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post #1 of 22 Old 12-24-2012, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Pentastar Break In/Oil Change

Hey guys I'm trying to figure out if I should give my 2013 Wrangler an oil change at 500 miles or wait till the computer tells me. I know on most engines it's a good idea to clean out the oil after initial break in in case of small metal particles. Any ideas ? Merry Christmas....

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post #2 of 22 Old 12-24-2012, 10:20 AM
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You're going to get a thousand opinions on this one.
I have always done a break in oil change. It's just cheap insurance.

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post #3 of 22 Old 12-24-2012, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I figured everyone would have their own views. I was just curious as to what most people have done with these engines. I'm most likely going to just change it because like you said it is cheap insurance.
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post #4 of 22 Old 12-24-2012, 10:43 AM
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You're going to get a thousand opinions on this one.
I have always done a break in oil change. It's just cheap insurance.
I'm good for two early changes, one at 500 - 1k or so and then 2k.
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post #5 of 22 Old 12-24-2012, 11:49 AM
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Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on the new Jeep purchase!

With that said, read and follow the owners manual.

That's the only "insurance" you need.

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post #6 of 22 Old 12-24-2012, 12:22 PM
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I held off until 1500 miles and then again at 4000 miles and from here on out I will go every 5000 miles. Sure it is wasting money but I don't waste money at strip clubs, so I guess I'm breaking even lol.
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post #7 of 22 Old 12-24-2012, 08:18 PM
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I changed my 2012 JKU the 1st time at 1800 miles. I'm at 4700+ now so I'll be changing it again soon. I still want to change it between 3000-4000 miles I don't care what the manual says the change interval is.
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post #8 of 22 Old 12-25-2012, 05:25 AM
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Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on the new Jeep purchase!

With that said, read and follow the owners manual.

That's the only "insurance" you need.
This is the same owners manual that has the 2012 running 5w30 and the 2013 running 5w20.

When I wrote in asking why the difference they wrote back without answering the question, saying "it's best to follow the manual"
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post #9 of 22 Old 12-25-2012, 08:22 AM
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Nope, not on today's factory engines, but, I'd also avoid a full synthetic oil until the second scheduled change, today's engines are so almost perfectly matched/machined that true break in can take a while. Drive it modest, especially the first 30 hours or so, alternate throttle position often, keep an eye on oil/coolant levels and enjoy..5w-20 while important to a manufacturers CAFE still gives you solid protection. If you are in the hot deserts driving harsh then consider a 5W-30 and or/full synthetic in 5W-20/30 (Penzoil Platimum, Mobil ONE, etc.,). A quality filter is often much more important than oil brand (As long as it meets the Jeep/SAE specs and has the familiar starburst you are fine....)

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post #10 of 22 Old 12-25-2012, 08:28 AM
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Just did the first oil & filter change @ 1,000 miles on my '13 (dino oil). Will switch to synthetic @ 4,000 miles, change every 5 or 6k after that.
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Nope, not on today's factory engines, but, I'd also avoid a full synthetic oil until the second scheduled change, today's engines are so almost perfectly matched/machined that true break in can take a while. Drive it modest, especially the first 30 hours or so, alternate throttle position often, keep an eye on oil/coolant levels and enjoy..5w-20 while important to a manufacturers CAFE still gives you solid protection. If you are in the hot deserts driving harsh then consider a 5W-30 and or/full synthetic in 5W-20/30 (Penzoil Platimum, Mobil ONE, etc.,). A quality filter is often much more important than oil brand (As long as it meets the Jeep/SAE specs and has the familiar starburst you are fine....)
funny thing is a lot of very expensive hi-po engines come from the factory with syn. I have been using synthetic oil in new engines since it came out in the 70's on cars, trucks and motorcycles and never had an oil related issue or actually any engine issue of any type.
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funny thing is a lot of very expensive hi-po engines come from the factory with syn. I have been using synthetic oil in new engines since it came out in the 70's on cars, trucks and motorcycles and never had an oil related issue or actually any engine issue of any type.
Synthetic is definitely the sh#t, but a bit pricey and probably overkill for the 3.8 and 3.6 unless it's going to see a life of towing.
You just want to know that your engine is completely worn in, when you add in the synthetic, some areas of your engine will almost stop wearing completely.
Personally at around 10k I go to a synthetic blend. Not much more than pure organic and a decent middle ground.

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Hey guys I'm trying to figure out if I should give my 2013 Wrangler an oil change at 500 miles or wait till the computer tells me. I know on most engines it's a good idea to clean out the oil after initial break in in case of small metal particles. Any ideas ? Merry Christmas....
I didn't reset my oil light after the early change, and it didn't turn on until around 8k miles...so the question is, do you really want to run it THAT long? (the answer should be an emphatic no)

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Hey guys I'm trying to figure out if I should give my 2013 Wrangler an oil change at 500 miles or wait till the computer tells me. I know on most engines it's a good idea to clean out the oil after initial break in in case of small metal particles. Any ideas ? Merry Christmas....
I think most (if not all) feel we know more than the engineers that designed the engine in the first place. Because we attack our rigs with all sorts of add-ons and high po replacement parts tends to lead us as individuals to think we're deeper in the "know". Well, listen to what is said in the manual and you'll be fine.
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post #15 of 22 Old 12-27-2012, 03:03 PM
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First oil change - 5132 (4 months after purchase)
Next - 10146 (4 months later)
Next - 14503 (4 months later)
Next - 17706 (2.5 months later) Went to Synthetic

My first three were included in the purchase of my vehicle, or I would have went to synthetic at 10k.

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