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Old 08-29-2014, 01:21 AM   #1
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Default Advice about 15,000 mile service

I'm currently sitting at 13,500 miles and had my last oil change at 11,500 miles. I'll be going on a 2,000 mile road trip in a couple weeks. I can't decide whether I should go in for my 15,000 mile service before or after my trip.

Based on my weekly commute, I'll have about 14,000 miles by the time I start my trip. At this point I'm leaning towards going in for the service before my trip just to make sure everything checks out. Also, I'll avoid going 4,500 in between oil changes. However, just wanted to get others opinions. Thanks.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:57 AM   #2
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Do the 15k service and don't worry anymore.
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:14 AM   #3
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:28 AM   #4
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Do the 15k service and don't worry anymore.
Thanks. This is what I'm leaning towards.

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Old 08-29-2014, 06:50 AM   #5
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Don't get caught up with the "xxxx k mile" thing. The 15,000 mile one is pretty much change the oil, throw some lube on door hinges, make sure nothing is hanging off the car, have a nice day, that'll be $350.

Just change your oil before you go. When you hit 30k, then change the air filter, rear fluid, tranny fluid and of course oil again.

I'm pretty rigid on my maint schedule, but bringing the car to the dealer isn't in my schedule until I'm ready to trade it for my next car.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:54 AM   #6
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You can do your "15K mile service" at any time. It won't kill the car doing it at 13,999 or 17091.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:00 AM   #7
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You should be doing several things to prepare your car for a long road trip. Google will give you more info.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:04 AM   #8
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You should be doing several things to prepare your car for a long road trip. Google will give you more info.
This, I am about plan one as well. Hopefully where you will be going will have a lot of twisty roads.

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Old 08-29-2014, 09:05 AM   #9
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Things to do to prepare for trip:
Ensure maintenance is up to date.
Pack snacks.
Drive car.

No need to worry about driving a modern car carefully or going crazy, they will make it just fine.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:14 AM   #10
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Listen to Hinshaw and pack snacks, I love snacks.

As stated you car will be fine, personally I would change before you go and when you get back but I'm kind of anal about that kind of thing and I do it all myself.

Dealership no touch, unless recall.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:25 AM   #11
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Honestly, before or after the trip on the oil will be fine. It's 4.5k, not 7k or something. 2k is early, but won't harm it. It's $25 or so.

Everything else (if there's anything else notable with 15k maintenance) can be left until you return... and probably then some.

And yes, I'm also a maintenance freak, but when you get up over 100k like I am, intervals start going on their own, especially when you have no idea when things where done last with previous owners.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:25 AM   #12
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Thanks all for your inputs. I'm pretty good about checking the oil and everything else (i.e., keeping the fluids at the proper levels, proper tire pressure, etc...). Oil still "looks" relatively clean and the car hasn't had any oil consumption issues at all, even in the slightest.

However, since it is close to that magic "15,000" mile maintenance marker, and just for a little piece of mind, I'm going to take it in for service. Also, it will be free as well as I got those 4 maintenance vouchers purchasing the car. Knowing how I am though, I'll be checking everything again closer to the day I head off.

@Stealthfish, yes, I will be driving through some twisties Actually, a lot of the driving will be on twisties and some dirt paths since this will mostly be a mountain biking and camping trip
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:40 PM   #13
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Oil color means little.

If you planned on doing the maintenance, why even make a thread?

Over thinking the simple will make you worry. Modern cars don't get destroyed the second they go 1 mile over "recommended" miles. Just drive it.
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Old 08-30-2014, 05:07 PM   #14
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No worries, enjoy trip, car will be fine!!
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:16 PM   #15
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Oil color means little.

If you planned on doing the maintenance, why even make a thread?

Over thinking the simple will make you worry. Modern cars don't get destroyed the second they go 1 mile over "recommended" miles. Just drive it.
Just wanted to get other opinions, and appreciate all the ones given. I will heed your advice as well and just go drive!

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No worries, enjoy trip, car will be fine!!
Thanks!
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