04 Camry oil change interval

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Old 09 Aug 2006, 09:16 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Please pardon my ignorance, just inherited the vehicle. 5K or 3K?
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Old 09 Aug 2006, 09:19 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Matt wrote:
> Please pardon my ignorance, just inherited the vehicle. 5K or 3K?
> TIA
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Just found the thread regarding oil changes on the 99. Seems like a
spirited debate! By the way, my wife and I love the car.
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Old 09 Aug 2006, 10:00 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"Matt" <mjrdjr@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Please pardon my ignorance, just inherited the vehicle. 5K or 3K?
> TIA
> Matt


I would switch to Mobil 1 and go 5-6K between changes. Or at the very least
use a synthetic blend and go 4K.


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Old 09 Aug 2006, 11:54 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Synthetics are excellent. But I go for a more frequent interval with
dino oil, whatever is on sale at 60-90 cents a quart (Chevron, Shell,
Valvoline, Quaker, or Havoline I used them all). Cam lobes look
prestine while changing timing belt/valve cover gasket, shiny and not a
hint of scuff marks. IMO the quality of oil filter is more important
than the brand of today's high quality dino oil. I use Purolator
PureOne (www.pureoil.com).


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> TIA
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Old 10 Aug 2006, 06:21 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 04 Camry oil change interval

>> Please pardon my ignorance, just inherited the vehicle. 5K or 3K?
>> TIA
>> Matt

> Just found the thread regarding oil changes on the 99. Seems like a
> spirited debate! By the way, my wife and I love the car.


A good synthetic oil is so far superior to even the best dino oil, there's
no comparaison.
I use Valvoline synthetic and go 10,000 kms between oil changes. I could go
even more.
My 98 Camry with 215,000 kms runs very well. LOL
Mobil 1 is also an excellent product.
Using a good oil filter is also important IMHO
http://www.frankhunt.com/FRANK/corve...lterstudy.html

You'll find no other debate that can go as emotional and cause as much
mudslugging in car talk as oil and filter. Have fun.


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Old 10 Aug 2006, 12:34 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"Bassplayer12" <perettij@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
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> A good synthetic oil is so far superior to even the best dino oil, there's
> no comparaison.
> I use Valvoline synthetic and go 10,000 kms between oil changes. I could
> go even more.
> My 98 Camry with 215,000 kms runs very well. LOL
> Mobil 1 is also an excellent product.
> Using a good oil filter is also important IMHO
> http://www.frankhunt.com/FRANK/corve...lterstudy.html
>
> You'll find no other debate that can go as emotional and cause as much
> mudslugging in car talk as oil and filter. Have fun.


I agree with your comments, but that filter study is so out of date, that it
is basically worthless. Some of the brands may have switched manufacturers
(there are only a few different manufacturers who make oil filters), or even
if the same manufacturer is used, the specs may have changed.


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Old 10 Aug 2006, 02:46 pm   #7 (permalink)
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If you find a more recent oil filter study, please, don't hesitate to post
it.

"Mark A" <nobody@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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> "Bassplayer12" <perettij@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
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>> A good synthetic oil is so far superior to even the best dino oil,
>> there's no comparaison.
>> I use Valvoline synthetic and go 10,000 kms between oil changes. I could
>> go even more.
>> My 98 Camry with 215,000 kms runs very well. LOL
>> Mobil 1 is also an excellent product.
>> Using a good oil filter is also important IMHO
>> http://www.frankhunt.com/FRANK/corve...lterstudy.html
>>
>> You'll find no other debate that can go as emotional and cause as much
>> mudslugging in car talk as oil and filter. Have fun.

>
> I agree with your comments, but that filter study is so out of date, that
> it is basically worthless. Some of the brands may have switched
> manufacturers (there are only a few different manufacturers who make oil
> filters), or even if the same manufacturer is used, the specs may have
> changed.
>



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Old 10 Aug 2006, 07:35 pm   #8 (permalink)
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"Bassplayer12" <perettij@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
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> If you find a more recent oil filter study, please, don't hesitate to post
> it.
>

No, I don't have one. I first read that one at least 5 years ago, maybe
longer. (it was originally on another site and has been copied by many
people after the original site went away). It is interesting reading, but
products change, and brands often switch manufacturers (some brands are dual
sourced to begin with).


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Old 11 Aug 2006, 10:23 am   #9 (permalink)
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Matt wrote:
> Please pardon my ignorance, just inherited the vehicle. 5K or 3K?
> TIA
> Matt

==========
Full synthetic like Mobil 1 - 5K
Conventional - 3K
is optimum
Actually 5k with conventional oil is probably OK too unless you're
driving lots of short trips in cold weather.
And Mobil 1 says you can go the manufacturer's maximum, which used to
be 7,500 miles.
My simple method, is to check the oil level and condition weekly with
the engine cold.
You should see a dark color near the bottom.
If you don't see a lighter color near the top, just change the oil
regardless of mileage.
Never hurts to change the oil a couple of times more frequently on a
newly acquired vehicle.
Also check other fluids like power steering, transmission and brake to
see if they're old and dark, or clean and fresh.

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Old 11 Aug 2006, 09:17 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Daniel wrote:
> Matt wrote:
>> Please pardon my ignorance, just inherited the vehicle. 5K or 3K?
>> TIA
>> Matt

> ==========
> Full synthetic like Mobil 1 - 5K
> Conventional - 3K
> is optimum
> Actually 5k with conventional oil is probably OK too unless you're
> driving lots of short trips in cold weather.
> And Mobil 1 says you can go the manufacturer's maximum, which used to
> be 7,500 miles.
> My simple method, is to check the oil level and condition weekly with
> the engine cold.
> You should see a dark color near the bottom.
> If you don't see a lighter color near the top, just change the oil
> regardless of mileage.
> Never hurts to change the oil a couple of times more frequently on a
> newly acquired vehicle.
> Also check other fluids like power steering, transmission and brake to
> see if they're old and dark, or clean and fresh.
>

Helpful. Thanks very much.
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