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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Oil life

Just got oil changed cause my oil life % keeps going down now at 69% what is it supposed to be? And why does it keep going down? Is it safe to dive at that %? Thank you for all your help.
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OK, sorry, but REALLY?

Have you read your manual?

Sigh. The oil life monitor (OLM) is reset to 100% when you change your oil. It then calculates the percentage of oil life remaining as you drive your car - based on a quite complex algorithm.

In theory you are supposed to replace the oil before you hit 0%, but I suggest 30% to be safe.
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No problem driving it at 69%. If percentage keeps going down, they forgot to reset it.

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Got it turn key no start hold arrow and info on wheel then hold info untill it resets bingo.
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OK, sorry, but REALLY?

Have you read your manual?

Sigh. The oil life monitor (OLM) is reset to 100% when you change your oil. It then calculates the percentage of oil life remaining as you drive your car - based on a quite complex algorithm.

In theory you are supposed to replace the oil before you hit 0%, but I suggest 30% to be safe.
TS is correct, but I have oil test results that show "safe" operation right down to 0%. I generally change at 10% or 12 months, and lately 12 months comes first.
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No problem driving it at 69%. If percentage keeps going down, they forgot to reset it.
As TS stated, the reading should be reset to 100% right after the change, then it will decrease approximately 15% per thousand miles under ideal conditions, more if you are doing things that are bad for the oil.

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No problem driving it at 69%. If percentage keeps going down, they forgot to reset it.

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Negative, Rusty. If it keeps going down that means you are driving it, and therefore, using the oil.

Note to Vincent - it is possible to see it actually go UP! I've seen it happen on my N/A after spirited driving on the side roads and then driving "easy miles" on the highway. It didn't go up MUCH but it did actually increase a few percent.

As Soup and John stated, the computer algorithm is based upon heat, rpm, speed, etc. If you're being hard on the oil the $ will decrease faster. If you're driving easy (highway) miles, it goes down slower.

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Got it turn key no start hold arrow and info on wheel then hold info untill it resets bingo.
NOW, if you truly were at 69%, that means you've used 31% of your oil's life, assuming you haven't changed the oil. If you reset it at 69% left, that means when you get to 31% remaining on the oil life monitor, you're at 0%.

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one thing that nobody has said is...

you have to manually reset the oil gauge to 100% after an oil change. It does NOT happen automatically...
The procedure to reset the oil gauge is in the owners manual.
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one thing that nobody has said is...

The procedure to reset the oil gauge is in the owners manual.
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Have you read your manual?
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Ahem :
Yes, the owners manual says to manually reset the oil gauge, but the text of the thread posts never stated it.
Some lazy people may skip the manual and just do what is stated in the posts.
So, I was trying to be helpful.
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I'm Old School. I change mine based on mileage. Started at 3,000 miles. After a couple of changes and inspecting the oil, moved that to every 5,000 miles.

I wouldn't go any higher than that - and may even bump it back down to 3K as she gets more miles on the clock.

During my last oil change, and with 82K on the odometer, I added some Lucas Oil Treatment.

She's running great! Now I just have to get that inside passenger door handle repaired...

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I'm Old School. I change mine based on mileage. Started at 3,000 miles. After a couple of changes and inspecting the oil, moved that to every 5,000 miles.

I wouldn't go any higher than that - and may even bump it back down to 3K as she gets more miles on the clock.

During my last oil change, and with 82K on the odometer, I added some Lucas Oil Treatment.

She's running great! Now I just have to get that inside passenger door handle repaired...
you do not say what kind of car you have.

If you have a gxp(turbo), then you have to be using mobil 1 or equivalent.

I did not expect synthetic oil to need any extra treatments...

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Sirwim, I have an NA 2.4 and use Castrol gtx conventional. I've used Castrol in every vehicle I've ever owned and feel safe with it.

But using what brand of oil is like what tire to use. Many are good and everyone has an opinion as to which is best.

Unless a vehicle I own calls for a specific brand (hasn't so far), Castrol is my go to.

I did just buy a Camry for the wife that calls for zero weight, and I'm going to have to check further into that.

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Sirwim, I have an NA 2.4 and use Castrol gtx conventional. I've used Castrol in every vehicle I've ever owned and feel safe with it.

But using what brand of oil is like what tire to use. Many are good and everyone has an opinion as to which is best.

Unless a vehicle I own calls for a specific brand (hasn't so far), Castrol is my go to.

I did just buy a Camry for the wife that calls for zero weight, and I'm going to have to check further into that.
Don't mean to hi-jack the thread but 0W20 changed every 10,000miles is correct for your Camry.
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