Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
John asks: My 2014 V6 Mustang oil change monitor is down to 15 percent. I only have 2,200 miles since the last oil change. The car is driven infrequently – but 10 to 50 miles per trip. Does the oil minder actually measure oil degradation or is it an arbitrary time\mileage factor?
My reply: According to Ford (see here) the Intelligent Oil Life Monitor (IOLM) in your car triggers a service reminder according to how the vehicle is driven, based on “several important factors” (e.g., trip duration, periods of “extended” idling and so on) rather than just mileage/time intervals.
The type of driving you do appears to qualify – per Ford – for the “severe” (but not “extreme”) changeout intervals, which are shorter than “normal.”
My attitude toward oil/filter changes is to err on the side of caution given the relatively low cost of oil/filters vs. the very high cost of major engine work/replacement.
So, if the the IOLM says it’s time to change, I would.
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