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Date Registered: 06-2011
Location: Surrey Hills, VIC
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Servicing between scheduled services


G'day all
Due to time spent away, our diesel TL is now doing very few km's and will not be reaching the scheduled book service km milestones within the specified time frames. This means for example, it looks like it may take over 12 months to get from 15000km to 20000km.
Would any of the members know what service maintainence is recommended for diesels between the regular book services in such circumstances, and at what time periods ; eg., change engine oil every 6 months (?), and/or engine oil filter (?) and ????
Any tips will be appreciated.
Thanks Poitr

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Date Registered: 09-2006
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The schedule servicing book I have says to service EITHER on 10,000KM or 6 months - I believe that is whichever comes first. So servicing each 6 months is probably the way to go. From memory, its something about oil breaking down over time and not being able to do its usual job.
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Date Registered: 02-2004
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It is also a requirement to maintain your manufacturer's warranty and it means that you can have a mechanic change the oil and oil filter (not sure if the diesel oil filter lasts longer than the petrol version) every 6 months and stamp your service book.

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Date Registered: 08-2012
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Given the nature of your low km driving, I'd suggest having a supplimentary service done.

If you read your vehicle manual, it lists a number of uses where variances to the scheduled services are warranted.

Eg. Constant hwy/high speed use, use in constant high temperatures, (over 35deg) as well as frequent short trips/infrequent use.

If your vehicle has 15,000km service intervals, have basic oil & filter change done each 7500km in between the scheduled services.

Fresh oil and filter will not hurt and you are also having the vehicle looked over each time which hopefully avoids any surprises.

My exy does constant hwy driving in hot conditions, so I had the oil changed at the inspection service and have oil & filter done every 5000km since. Fresh oil never hurt an engine.

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Date Registered: 05-2013
Location: Melbourne
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Oil loses it's viscosity after about 5,000km of use. I change my oil and filter in between my scheduled services myself using Castrol Edge Titanium 5W-30 A3/B4.

The place that does my scheduled services also uses the same oil (at my preference).

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Date Registered: 05-2012
Location: Sunshine Coast
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and will not be reaching the scheduled book service km milestones within the specified time frames.



The problem is that oils deteriorate both over time as well as by the amount of engine usage.

Normal Service period is set by the Manufacturer playing a statistics game and deciding what will suit 'most' people to give good engine life (beyond warranty) at a maintenance cost that the average person will accept.

The main problem is that over time (and not much time) and distance (depends on how hard its flogged) the oil components lose something apparently called 'shear factor' and the lubrication effect is diminished.

Think of it as a natural oil breakdown by something like oxidation ... that will happen independently of the distance covered or work done by that engine.

Working the engine unusually hard or in a harsh (high temperature) environment, naturally causes the oils to deteriorate faster, so in such unusual (harsh) circumstances, the oil needs to be replaced more often.

The other way to abuse an engine is by doing short trips.

Start, drive a few km. Stop. Restart, drive a few Km. Stop, restart, drive a few Km - Repeat.

For both of the above: - It is a form of abuse, so the Service distance may be halved.

Otherwise,to get the best lifespan from your vehicle, regard oil as an expendable and time limited item like fuel / registration and just do it according to the logbook, secure in the knowledge that each stamped Service in the Book adds both to reliability (while you have it) and to the resale value (when you don't).

 Summary: Oil should be replaced at the scheduled Service period even if you haven't hit the base Km simply because it may be old and decrepit and therefore unable to perform to the high specifications necessary for today's machinery.

Then it is recycled ~ almost like Soylent Green.

It is an annoying but necessary fact of life for today's more highly stressed engines.





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Date Registered: 05-2013
Location: Melbourne
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What I never understand is people pay tens of thousands of dollars for their cars. Then complain about a few hundred for maintenance!

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Date Registered: 08-2012
Location: Canberra, ACT
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Well i have to do my 10,000km interval services every 10 weeks. I'd love to have be able to service my car only every 6 months

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