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Old 09-21-2012, 03:20 PM   #21
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It depends on the make of car and type of coolant. GM uses a 5-year type that is orange in color. The mechanic I go to says if it isn't changed the penalty is severe; the stuff gunks up the engine water passages and no amount of flushing will get it out. Might as well trash the engine. I have not verified this through other sources but I came from an era when you changed it every two years regardless.

I don't push the envelope on those things so I change it myself every three years. I figure it won't hurt anything.

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Old 09-23-2012, 02:45 PM   #22
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I still change my oil and filter every 3,000 miles even though the owners manual says 5,000. 90% of my driving now is short trips of 4-8 miles one way so 3k is a lot different than when I was working and driving 300 miles a week just for work. Now I drive almost 7,000 miles per year, when I was working I was driving 18,000 per year. Oil and filters are cheap, engines are expensive.

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Old 09-23-2012, 04:40 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by veremchuka View Post
I still change my oil and filter every 3,000 miles even though the owners manual says 5,000. .........
My owner's manual has two schedules, regular and severe service. Short trips and / or lots of idling fit into the severe service category.

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