What are some positive aspects in the Lexus Oil Change Monitor? Will the car be fine with synthetic and 10k intervals? The service manager at Toyota is an older person and his explanation is that the engines and the oils have improved since the days of 3000 mile oil changes as specified when we were younger. Without the air filter, Lexus engines are prone to sucking in pollutants like leaves, dust, and other things which cause abrasive mechanical damage. Oil filters go into bypass many times, whether overloaded with contaminants or not. Driving a Lexus with uneven tires causes vibration and roughness and if rims have dents, tires also vibrate. Lexus recommends maintenance to be done after 5,000 miles or every 6 months depending on your driving habits. If this happens, the oil will indeed contain significantly large particles that could accelerate engine wear. It should be this way.
My 1965 Rambler specified an oil and filter change at 4000 miles, so it seems plausible that with full synthetic the oil change interval is 10k. Only case I would ammend that is Irun Man 's case if you have a brand new car and get an initial change on the manufacturer specified interval just for the sake of being thorough. What do I base this statement on given my support with the 3,000 mile oil change for numerous years? But since wear and tear may be uneven, rotating the tires after 5,000 to 7,000 miles evens them out according to Bridgestone Tires. If broken when the engine is running, it causes serious damage to it. Since I want to do drivers schools - I will change the tranny and diff fluid at least every 3 years.
Will 10k intervals be fine? Lighter, more moderate driving conditions and temperature will require less frequent oil changes and maintenance, while more severe driving conditions will require more frequent oil changes and maintenance. The maintenance light came on at 5000 miles. Manufacturers do not like nor should they have to pay for an owner's ignorance. In latest years the petroleum firms, operating hand-in-hand with carmakers, have created stronger additive packages that address these elements. Be on safe side, unscrew the over fill plug at 104F transmission fluid, check for the right fluid level.
Nobody is doubting your ability to do it though. The oil filter removes debris and contaminants from the oil before it is recirculated through the engine. If you're planning for a road trip, or just looking for ways to keep your car healthy. I change mine yearly and use synthetic. A mechanic by trade, he shows us what he's done. Forum Member mmade22 shows us the way.
They're not doing people like me any favors by pulling these things out; as a matter of fact, this would be a deal-breaker for me if I were looking to buy a new car. Where wheels are balanced by a non-calibrated machine, the roughness can be detected and the steering wheel vibrates. With good full synthetics, 10k is perfectly safe, especially in a hybrid. Motoring experts advice the filter be replaced after your Lexus clocks 30,000 miles. I won't be bothering with the filter. Sometimes you do get what you pay for. Nice to see so many replies and suggestions on the topic - thanks all! Bypass doesn't just happen when the filter is overloaded with contaminants.
When that happens people like to blame the car or transmission rather than themselves for failing to change it. But if you do at least 50% city driving, 5K is preferrable. Lexus recommends 5k oil changes so it's moot. Various Lexus dealers recommend that spark plugs be inspected after 15,000 miles and changed or tuned up after your Lexus rakes in 60,000 miles. However the reason for the failure is the fact that the fluid had not been changed as soon as it should have been something like 40 - 50,000 miles.
If you suddenly brake and your Lexus takes time to stop, it's another indicator a need to change it or the braking system has moisture. The Corvette's monitor algorythm takes into consideration engine operation length of time, oil temperature data, and other factors. If Your Lexus has trouble starting it could indicate the belt is worn out. This is my first newer car. Engine Oil, Oil Filter, Tire Rotation, etc.
There are those who like to cast aspersions on dealers, independents and other automotive service people; go ahead if you want to. If you only use the car for highway, 10K might be acceptable. However, two days later I received a letter in the mail from Toyota that the new interval for oil changes is 10,000 miles and this recommendation replaces what is stated in the manual. If you must, after 5 k miles, have your oil tested; then at 7500 miles after the next change until you can comfortable with it. Several years later, Car manufacturers issued revised oil change interval suggestions: Each 7,500 miles for regular service, and 5,000 miles for serious service. Another reason why buying used is going to get to be a real crap shoot with all of these extended maintenance intervals.