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Old 04-12-2008, 11:03 PM   #1
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I searched for "road trip" and "oil change" but didn't come up with any relevant search results. In a couple of months I plan on doing a road trip back home to see family and friends before I deploy in August. It's 2,000 miles each way. Since home is in South Carolina, and the Tail of the Dragon is about 3-4 hours away, I plan on making the drive up there and driving it as well since I've never been.

Normally I do my oil changes at or before 3,000 miles. I understand that highway road trip-type driving is easier on a car than stop and go traffic, so what I'm hoping is that it'll be perfectly ok for me to do my road trip (on a fresh oil change), my trip to the Tail of the Dragon, and back to Tucson, and just do another oil change when I get back. That'll have me doing an oil change on 4,000 miles of highway driving, + about 500-600 miles of normal driving and some spirited driving at the Dragon. Is that ok, or should I just do an oil change when I get to South Carolina and another when I get back to Tucson?
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:23 PM   #2
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Perfectly fine. Have a great trip!
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Old 04-13-2008, 12:19 AM   #3
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^yea I agree. there's absolutely nothing wrong with that unless you have very high mileage or some sort of engine issues (leaks, etc).
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:49 AM   #4
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i drove from anchorage alaska to dallas tx on one oil change, this is what blackstone-labs told me:

COMMENTS: Wear improved nicely in this sample. With another oil change or two all wear should read at or below universal average levels. We found fuel at 2.3% in this sample, which is just into our cautionary range. This level may show a fuel system problem developing but we're hesitant to call is a problem just yet. We'll be sure to keep an eye on it next time. No other harmful contaminants were found. The fuel lowered the viscosity a little but your engine didn't seem to mind. The TBN read 4.1 so you still had some active additive remaining. Try 5,500 miles next time.


the fuel in the oil was caused by a misfiring problem that developed while i was in dallas
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:59 AM   #5
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Be sure you check your oil level throughout the trip. Dont be a quart low and hit the Dragon and wonder why you are a new member of club "spun bearing".
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Old 04-13-2008, 12:43 PM   #6
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Oh yeah, definitely, I wouldn't do a drive like the Dragon without doing an inspection of fluid levels and tire conditions and all that.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:55 PM   #7
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It depends what oil you're running. Make sure you run an oil that can handle the trip. I assume you do since you drive a modded WRX in AZ. Last summer I put 8,000 miles on Syntec 0W30 (German Castrol). I did a two week 2,000 mile trip from NJ to SC and then to the Outer Banks, NC in July.

The temps in SC and NC were over 100F for several days. I drive on the beach nearly every weekend in the summer in NJ and I did 20 miles on the sand in the Outer Banks. I didn't need to add any oil until after I got back home and added 1/2 quart. I had it analyzed and the oil kept it's viscosity and the lab said I could've gone farther.

Yeah, highway driving is easy on oil. It's what you do when you get to your destination that may be harder on the oil (the Dragon).

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