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Unread 05-20-2015, 06:56 AM   #1
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Oil life meter on 2015 JKU

I have 5K or so on my Jeep I did the oil at 1K when I got it. So 4 K or so on this oil change.
I check the oil physically and all looks OK.
Oil life meter says 55% used.

Does this meter to any testing or is it programed for like 10K?
I am thinking I am 1K over my usual limits. Not a big deal all highway miles.

Just wondering about the meter and oil life.

I think I need to get it changed sooner than later.

Any info on the oil life meter would be appreciated.
I am not running synthetic as far as I know it's what ever the dlr uses.

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Unread 05-20-2015, 07:11 AM   #2
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Did you reset it after the oil change? I believe it needs to be reset after each change.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 07:11 AM   #3
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In the owners manual it states that an algorithm is used to determine oil life. Such things as cycles, rpm's and such are used within the algorithm to give you the displayed value.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 07:26 AM   #4
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Yes It was reset by the dlr.
Thx on the manual stuff. I dont have my handy just now.
so the question is should I let it go longer since it says 55% used at 4K miles or get it changed. I usually do my non synthetic cars at 3500 miles but synthetic i run 5 or 6k miles.

I have not swapped this one to synthetic yet as I have 4 oil changes with the dlr and have to research what oil I can use in this engine. I like Mobile 1 for my GM cars.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 09:35 AM   #5
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You can't tell the condition of oil by looking at it, unless there's something REALLY wrong. Color isn't an indication of purity or condition.
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I have been curious about how good these indicators are. I don't have this on my jk but on my commander I do and I use synthetic oil and without fail the indicator comes on WAY early, sometimes even before 3000 miles. I am told this one is using the algorithm and not mileage based but surely synthetic is good for more than 3000 miles. Mine doesn't have a % indicator, just the note comes up its time for oil change.
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You can't tell the condition of oil by looking at it, unless there's something REALLY wrong. Color isn't an indication of purity or condition.

Well i disagree on that. My oil only looks slightly brown vs the original clearish color is is when new. Does not smell burnt (I would hope not on anew jeep)

If it was bad it would be dark brow or black etc.
Now with that said there is no way of know about suspended matter in the oil but one hopes the filter is doing its job.

I'll probably just get it changed in the next week or so when the DLR can get me in.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 11:12 AM   #8
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I just let mine get down to under 10% life then change it. I also use full synthetic.

If it makes you feel better than change it at 5k, but I went to 8k last change.

My Manuel says not more than 10k between changes.
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Unread 05-20-2015, 11:55 AM   #9
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Yes if I was running full synthetic I would leave it be.

What synthetic do you use in it?
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I typically go to at least 75% life on all my metered vehicles....

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If it was bad it would be dark brow or black etc.
Not necessarily true! A high detergent oil will carbon color faster than a low detergent oil... and I have personally changed the wiped mains on a Chrysler 360 after sludge plugged the head drain downs and the pump starved. The oil came out nice and amber - all the color was stuck as sludge in the head rather than mixed with oil!
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Go pull the oil out of a 6.5 GM diesel after 30 seconds of running and it is jet black. I leave the synthetic oil in my Focus for 10k and it comes out a nice amber color. I'd trust the meter, the 'change every 3k' thing worked great in the 70's, but engines and even dino oil has evolved
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i just change my syn oil and filter every 7000 miles. my meter has never informed me of needing a change.
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Unread 05-21-2015, 04:56 AM   #13
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Thx for all the good input.
I am old school so I amuse to the 3k or 3500 changes.

Not like I am gonna get it changed this weekend with the holiday and all.
Guess a another week or 2 wont hurt it.
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