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When to change oil for the first time?

New truck, when to change the oil?

When to change oil for the first time?

Postby robhanna [OP] » May 17 2012, 1:41am

I have heard different things from different folks, so I'd figure I'd ask the group. I have turned 1,500 miles on my new 2012. Should I change the oil now to get the "break in wear" out of the oil? The recommended maintenance schedule says not to change the oil until the computer tells you to. The computer shows 80% oil life left.

What about the transmission or the differential?

The newer vehicles I have owned within the last 10 years haven't required a break-in change, but they also said not to do one in the owner's manual. The Silverado's manual is silent on the issue, or at least I don't see where it speaks to it.

Thanks for the help!
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Re: When to change oil for the first time?

Postby tcarr25 » May 17 2012, 1:47am

I just changed mine around 3000 miles. And so far haven't had any adverse side effects of it.
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Re: When to change oil for the first time?

Postby na8rboy » May 17 2012, 1:49am

I have always changed mine around the 1500 mark. Don't know if it' makes a difference. It's what I like to do. Then change to Mobil one, or Amsoil at next oil change-7500 miles
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Re: When to change oil for the first time?

Postby Airwolf79 » May 17 2012, 1:51am

Yeah, plus the vehicle is under warranty. They use a semi synthetic blend on these trucks now, so it is not necessary to change it early. Save ur money.
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Re: When to change oil for the first time?

Postby Pinnacle » May 17 2012, 1:55am

GM's V8's take some time to to brake in, from the engine oil analysis I have seen over the years wear metals are high for about 10000 Miles. Get yourself a synthetic that's on sale and go 4000 miles and change again. So, 1500 change then 4000 then 4000, you should be good after that.
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Re: When to change oil for the first time?

Postby ASTE25 » May 17 2012, 1:58am

I'm a bit overkill, but, I changed mine at 1000 miles and then at 3000 mile intervals.
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Re: When to change oil for the first time?

Postby O'Brien » May 17 2012, 2:12am

I've of the same school of thought as ASTE25. My new puppy's got a modest 275 miles on the clock and I plan on an initial oil change at 1000 miles. At least every 3000 after that.
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Re: When to change oil for the first time?

Postby parrothead » May 17 2012, 4:39am

I too did mine early--the dealership didn't have any problem taking my money. After a oil change at 1500, i have been hitting it at 3500-4000k mile increments. Changing it too often can only hurt your wallet--not your truck. IMHO, Its cheap insurance.
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Re: When to change oil for the first time?

Postby EX-F150 owner » May 17 2012, 4:48pm

tcarr25 wrote:I just changed mine around 3000 miles. And so far haven't had any adverse side effects of it.

Same here. I changed mine again at 6k. I am hitting 3K miles every 6 months so I figure it doesn't hurt to chang it twice a year. I switched over to Mobil 1 0W-30 oil with a AC DELCO filter on the first oil change :)
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