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Unread 09-28-2014, 07:28 AM   #1
bublhead79
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Oil Changes

My wife has a 2014 Jeep Patriot. In reading the owners manual, it sounds like different drivers have different oil change requirements. What has everybody else experienced as far as mileage goes before needing to change the oil?

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Unread 09-28-2014, 03:58 PM   #2
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Our driving is a mix of suburban and rural, summer/winter. Short and medium trips with very occasional expressway miles. My Oil Life Monitor (OLM) has been going off between 6,000 and 7,000 miles. Now that my Pat is thoroughly broken in (+10,000 miles +/-), I am going to do a Used Oil Analysis at some point to confirm that the OLM is trustworthy.

So much has changed regarding oils and it was tough to shed the 3K/3month myth that I grew up with. This is the first car I have had with an OLM, the first time I am going beyond 5,000 mile oil changes, and also the first time using "synthetics" (group 3 Pennzoil Platinum).

Yes, driving styles and conditions will alter the the life of the oil quite a bit. But, today's oils are so much better compared to even just 10 years ago. Engines with fuel injection and MANY other improvements run much cleaner today also.

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Unread 09-28-2014, 11:24 PM   #3
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I am seeing about the same mileage...

My Compass is my company vehicle that sees about 3-4k per month...I got my truck on 7/8/14 and it is ready for its 2nd oil change...lots of highway/lots of city driving but the oil monitor kicks in about 6k miles each time...Since the dealership does the maintenance I have not run an oil test yet... But my Charger R/T has the same monitor and it also kicks in about 6k miles too...And its oil has been tested and it is fine so far,,,
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Unread 11-28-2014, 12:52 PM   #4
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Wife's '14 requested the first oil change at ~8600 miles. I changed it once at 1000mi.

It's nearing 15k miles and hasn't yet requested another change. Manual states no more than 10k, I won't go over 9 even though I use Mobil1 synthetic.
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Unread 12-06-2014, 02:16 PM   #5
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IMHO the oil change monitor is the 2nd most useless feature of our Patriot right after the TPMS. I believe the monitor is based strictly on mileage and in no way can measure oil quality after short trips or mostly highway driving. I change oil after 5k miles and I use synthetic and we have over 150k miles on our 2008 Jeep.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 10:21 AM   #6
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From the owners manual - "The engine oil change
indicator system is duty-cycle based, which means the
engine oil change interval may fluctuate dependent upon
your personal driving style."

From my experience, I'd believe it to be true...
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Unread 12-10-2014, 10:38 AM   #7
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It's the same way on my 08 WK. The PCM has some crazy algorithm that will trigger an earlier OCI if you constantly do short trips or run heavy throttle etc etc.

That said, I change the oil in my WK every 6 months which works out to 5-6k. I don't like letting oil go longer than 6 months but I have no problem with going 7-8k.
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Unread 12-10-2014, 01:40 PM   #8
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And FWIW, my experience with our 2012 Chrysler 200 (3.6L) also backs up duty-cycle based monitoring. More highway driving, longer OCI intervals.
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