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short trips; oil considerations?

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Mar 7, 2022, 5:11 PM

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My wife drives a 1995 Skylark to work. The trip is only a mile or so. Every month I take it out for a long drive to get the engine hot on the notion that a hot engine will drive moisture and other volatiles out of the oil. Conditioning as it were.

#1 Is my idea just baloney? I use synthetic oil.

#2 I've been told short trips like this wear on oil and necessitate more frequent changes. Is that true?

Thank you.

Hammer Time
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Mar 7, 2022, 5:24 PM

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Yes, #1 is Baloney

#2 is correct

Yes, short trips create moisture and reduces oil life but you can't simply burn it off. You just have to change the oil more frequently and probably the exhaust system too.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 8, 2022, 2:02 AM

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Take this for a longer ride more often and still dump the oil every month for literally that many ONE mile rides. Oil is just too loaded with water (most places) and exhaust like HT said will out-cost even the hysterical costs of fuel vs more care. Ah - keep fuel full suggested. The air space on top will condense or evap out isn't really recaptured it's wasted.
IMO, low use thing is worth keeping this up or sounds almost like time to do without this car or any at all? IF you've fixed the issues it has and is ready to use could sell for a good price as car to use - I'm seeing the high mile/hard use new stuff failing cost tons to do anything to them,



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