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Yesterday, I got a warning message saying that I need an oil change (1st one). I was surprised at this since I have only 2200 miles on my car so far. From my previous experience, I've never had an oil change warning message come on with less than 3000 miles on any of my previous cars. Should I wait 'til at least 3000 or go ahead and get an oil change now? ....or should I check the oil level and add more oil and wait 'til I get to 5000 miles?
 

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The oil change message comes on for the first time 500 miles before your oil change is due
 

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I think that is what the copputer is set at; therefore, it may be going off again at 4400, or another 2200 whenever you reset it. I know my jeep goes off at 2500, something I didn't set but just reset it when it comes on because I do change it every 3k miles.

I've seen many people do an oil change at 500 miles to get the break in oil out, so it wouldn't hurt to change it now. If it were me, I'd wait until 3k and then start changing it every 3k miles there..
 

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On all new Chrysler products it will vary based on engine run time and specific driving conditions. If you drive in city traffic only you will be doing more frequent oil changes than someone who drives mostly on the highways.
 

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The oil change sensor is based on engine duty cycles including heat. It can't tell if your oil is dirty though. You can turn the alert off by turning the key to ON and depressing the gas peddle to the floor 3 times within 10 seconds.

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I changed mine at 300 miles to get the break in oil out. I'm around the 2600 mile mark now and no lights yet. Regardless, I still do my oil every 3-4k miles depending on how I added the mileage.

http://www.wk2jeeps.com/wk2_oil_indicator.htm

I will say when I looked at my catch can early on the oil was funky looking and had a strong smell. I just looked at it now and with the oil change it looks/smells a lot better. I'd recommend getting that break in oil out sooner than later IMO.


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I don't believe the break in oil stuff. This is not the '70's.

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I don't believe the break in oil stuff. This is not the '70's.

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Parts are not machined perfectly, there will be extra wear in the beginning as pieces mate with one another and wear into each other. I say get the oil out soon with those contaminants instead of letting them circulate.


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I think it's more a matter of additives rather than wear.

This is from an SRT Engineers chat session 11-19-2008...

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The oil change light is base on an algorithm that takes into account the oil temperature, ambient air temperature, and engine rpm. That being said, the first oil change indication is ment to be shorter, but then return to the recommended intervals based on vehicle usage.....
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Break in oil contains additives that,help the break in process.There are no contaminents circulating through the engine,those get picked up by the oil filter.

Call the dealer,get his advice.I find it funny that so many people want to change the oil themselves or go to a cheaper place.Get it changed at the dealer,this way if anything happens it's on them.If we can afford SRT8 products,surely we can afford paying the dealer for warranty protected oil changes.
 

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Break in oil is not synthetic? Never knew that!
The factory fill is synthetic. I don't know what the additional additives are, but nowadays they're using Penzoil just like they used to use Mobile 1.

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Oil should be changed every 6,000 mile or every 6 months, whatever comes 1st. It's synthetic.

The time part is a load of crap.

I have an analysis that proves otherwise.

 
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The factory fill is synthetic. I don't know what the additional additives are, but nowadays they're using Penzoil just like they used to use Mobile 1.

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I can believe that assuming they have come up with something to get the rings to seat.That is also why it is important to keep the break in oil in the engine for as long as the engineers say it should be.
 

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I can believe that assuming they have come up with something to get the rings to seat.That is also why it is important to keep the break in oil in the engine for as long as the engineers say it should be.
Don't the rings seat within the first few miles of running the engine under a moderate throttle (cylinder pressure)?


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Don't the rings seat within the first few miles of running the engine under a moderate throttle (cylinder pressure)?


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As you know the first few hundred miles on any internal combustion engine is critical.An engine needs an amount of duty cycles[hot,cold,hot,cold] for a proper wear in process.So i would say an engine definetly needs more than a few miles.

As SRT8 owners do we know what really takes place upon assembly.Maybe every SRT8 engine is run the appropriate number of miles for break in at the factory,thus negating the customers participation?I dought that,so i will stay old school and keep the break in oil for as long as recomended.
 

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Regardless of what oil you use, you SHOULD CHECK YOUR OIL AT LEAST EVERY OTHER FILL UP. New car or not. Take it from me who lived the experience of a new srt jeep that I changed oil every three thousand to have a motor blow due to low oil. No warning light will come on for low or even no oil in these trucks. And no no matter what it will NOT be covered under warrnty. Still fighting it. So no matter what you believe how many miles the brand of oil says you can go you need to check. Even in our manuals if you drive ten miles or less at each drive or do a lot of idle you are considered under severe oil Change habits.
Just a fair warning from someone who had the unlucky snake bite. Tottal mile on jeep was 21 thousand.
 

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Regardless of what oil you use, you SHOULD CHECK YOUR OIL AT LEAST EVERY OTHER FILL UP. New car or not. Take it from me who lived the experience of a new srt jeep that I changed oil every three thousand to have a motor blow due to low oil. No warning light will come on for low or even no oil in these trucks. And no no matter what it will NOT be covered under warrnty. Still fighting it. So no matter what you believe how many miles the brand of oil says you can go you need to check. Even in our manuals if you drive ten miles or less at each drive or do a lot of idle you are considered under severe oil Change habits.
Just a fair warning from someone who had the unlucky snake bite. Tottal mile on jeep was 21 thousand.
Great post ltleo and I agree on all points! One of the first things the SRT engineer told me when he delivered my Jeep was to watch the oil closely on these things. All of us should be going by the Schedule B for maintenance and that means change the oil every 3 months or 3000 miles whichever comes first regardless of what oil analysis says. Never met anyone who would qualify for a Schedule A maintenance either. Doesn't matter if you change it yourself as long as you keep the bills, but they will deny warranty claims if proper maintence is not done as you know already.

Schedule B

Day or night temperatures are below 32 F
Stop and go driving
Extensive engine idling
Driving in dusty conditions
Short trips of less than 10 miles
More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high speeds during hot weather, above 90%
...and a few other non applicable examples for our Jeeps

Schedule A

"It is for vehicles that are not operated under any of the conditions listed under Schedule B".
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