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My oil change indicator was saying I'm down to about 5% the last time I checked, but I can't believe it is right. Just wondering if anybody knows how accurate it is? I don't remember the exact recommendations, but I thought it was something like every 8k miles or 6 months. I'm under the mileage as I just went over 10k and got it changed at about 4.5k the first time, but I'm pretty sure it has been about 6 months. For some reason I can't find the sticker or my receipt as I usually keep it in the glove compartment. I was going to try to do it myself, but still don't have all the tools so guess I'll start shopping around for prices. I was thinking of going to the local Ford dealer since it is literally a couple blocks away, but it looks like they are booked up until the middle of next week. Same with the Dodge dealer in the town I work at. I really didn't want to go back there since they were so pricey and lied about the warranty coverage on my seat, but I just got a raise so not really worried about a few bucks and they should have a record of my last change.

I'm also wondering if I were to buy the oil myself if I can find some on sale and take it in, how much that would save? I just saw Walmart had a 5 quart Mobile 1 0w-40 jug for about $25 which seemed pretty reasonable, but it said it was a European car formula if that makes a difference. I would also need a couple more quarts, but they are at least $10 each there for some reason. I know I should try to find a local shop as it may be cheaper than the stealership, but not having much luck in my area. I guess I could drive over to my previous town, but it's a good 45 minutes away.
 

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Dang, $88. My local small town dealer charged me over 120 last time! Btw, I thought fully synthetic oil was good for 10k miles? Anyway, the indicator is down to 1% now so I suppose I should call around and get in whoever's has the first opening.
 

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Yeah, I always did the change every 9 months to a year in the stang since I usually don't put a lot of miles on my cars. Never had an issue, but then again Dodge is stricter with their warranty than Ford.
 

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For what it’s worth
when I bought my challenger I was warned several times that letting the oil change meter go below 20% could create a situation where the service department may put up a fight over future warranty issues
Edit: my last oil change was 84.00 at the dealership
 

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When I bought my new 2016 Challenger RT plus I changed the oil myself after the first 1,000 miles.

Every April is the anniversary of bringing her home so she gets a new Mopar SRT oil filter & 7qts of Mobile 1 synthetic. The 5.7 Hemi maintenance requirement is oil changed each year regardless of miles driven.

I have just passed 14,000 miles and this week the oil life replacement message came on for the first time ever. I have never re-set oil percentage after my oil changes because it never alerted me it was due.

When I checked the dipstick. It shows full and almost as clean as when I changed it. Almost 6 months past my April 1st oil change, this is the first time the oil life warning has come on.

For comparison, I change My 2010 Jeep Wrangler oil every 3,000 miles ( since new ) and the maintenance required warning light comes almost with in 200 miles of every oil change I have done on it. I re- set the oil maintenance light every 3k.

I learned how to & reset the oil percentage on the challenger, but I also wonder if other owners have experienced this on their cars.
 

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Yeah, I could see requiring it changed at least once a year, but this 6 month thing is stupid. For people like me that don't put a lot of miles on it or rarely drive it hard and I'm sure a lot of people just drive theirs on weekends and it seasonal. Anyway, I did find a tire place nearby that does oil changes and they quoted me $86. Not too bad, but their first opening is the middle of next week. I should be ok as it is only a couple weeks past 6 months I believe. I wonder if I can get a printout of my last oil change from the dealership since I can't find the receipt or is it not a big deal?
 

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Yeah, I could see requiring it changed at least once a year, but this 6 month thing is stupid. For people like me that don't put a lot of miles on it or rarely drive it hard and I'm sure a lot of people just drive theirs on weekends and it seasonal. Anyway, I did find a tire place nearby that does oil changes and they quoted me $86. Not too bad, but their first opening is the middle of next week. I should be ok as it is only a couple weeks past 6 months I believe. I wonder if I can get a printout of my last oil change from the dealership since I can't find the receipt or is it not a big deal?
Do you read any posts here? The oil thing on a 392/ hellcat has been beat to death, 6k or 6 months while under warranty or you certainly could be denied a claim. Steve White our resident dealer has even chimed in this is true and claims have been denied for failure to change oil on time.

As for oil dont forget that not all oil meets dodges specifications so taking it to the tire guy is certainly sketchy at best.

Do you know what brand of oil they are using as the typical 0w40 mobil one that everyone has in stock is not even recommended by mobil 1 for your car.

if it were me id bring my own oil or just go to a dealer as it is available on amazon along with filter and have them install it to make sure you have the correct oil in there.

Think of it as your engines blood putting in the incorrect oil can void your warrenty and since issues seem to follow you around, i dont think id chance it

Although i can only imagine the my engine blew up and the tire guy put the wrong oil in thread. good luck
 

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Do you read any posts here?
Do you?

Medsport is so notorious for making inquiry posts then ignoring the factual, credible advice he gets because it doesn’t fit the mustang narrative constantly running through his head…

…or waffling back and forth because of $$$…

…that his forum name has become an adverb for being unable to make a decision and take action

”The indecisive young man Medsported his chance at a date with a fashion model”
 

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Do you?

Medsport is so notorious for making inquiry posts then ignoring the factual, credible advice he gets because it doesn’t fit the mustang narrative constantly running through his head…

…or waffling back and forth because of $$$…

…that his forum name has become an adverb for being unable to make a decision and take action

”The indecisive young man Medsported his chance at a date with a fashion model”
The noun version would be “ Forum Gump. “
 

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Do you?

Medsport is so notorious for making inquiry posts then ignoring the factual, credible advice he gets because it doesn’t fit the mustang narrative constantly running through his head…

…or waffling back and forth because of $$$…

…that his forum name has become an adverb for being unable to make a decision and take action

”The indecisive young man Medsported his chance at a date with a fashion model”
What does have any of this have to do with pool filters?
 

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Use the pennzoil platinum 0w-40. It has SRT on the bottle. It's what dodge recommends for the 6.4. Mopar 899 oil filter is readily available too.
 

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Yeah I changed my mind and decided to go back to the Didge dealer instead of the tire place. It cost about $30 more, but they should know what they are doing and may be easier to track in case I ever need warranty work. Their records are showing that a cabin filter is due at 12k miles. Since I'm almost to that mileage I'm thinking they might as well change that too even though I know it's probably overpriced as well at about $35.
 

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Well I got it done at the stealership, $172 this time, but that included a cabin filter. Apparently the oil went up to $13 something a piece. I think I'll take my own oil next time. Anyway I was over the 6k miles by about 120 and 12 days over the 6 month mark. I'm thinking I should be ok if I ever need warranty work as it is extremely close, do you agree?
 

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Well I got it done at the stealership, $172 this time, but that included a cabin filter. Apparently the oil went up to $13 something a piece. I think I'll take my own oil next time. Anyway I was over the 6k miles by about 120 and 12 days over the 6 month mark. I'm thinking I should be ok if I ever need warranty work as it is extremely close, do you agree?
yep you will be fine, you wasted your money on the cabin air filter though unless you drive in the desert with the windows open? cabin filters are a cash cow for dealers like windshield wipers and regular air filters and nitrogen in the tires.

For years i drove a duramax diesel with a filter gauge in the air cleaner that if it sensed restriction it would go red and stay there till reset, yet every time i changed the oil the tec would bring the air filter over and want to replace it, i would ask him if the filter gauge needed to be reset and he would scratch his head walk over to the truck and look and come back and say no. at that point id tell him since i drive it like a raped ape and if under full throttle there is no restriction why would i replace it? he would put it in and go back to changing oil.

dont be a sucker,if the air is blowing fine and you typically are not in a dusty environment you do not need a cabin air every 12k nore like every 50k or 5 years.

service managers and tecs bonus on the add on crap they sell you i know this is a fact as my neighbor is one and has bragged about his bonuses for years for selling people things the owners manuals told them they needed that were just high profit items the dealers like to push.
 

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You guys would cringe having a friend like mine. His 1320 is already 3 years old and has the original oil in it. Says he don't need to change it because he only has 750 miles on it. Just drives it to the car shows. Gas is too expensive, excise tax, insurance, and the monthly payment. So he just drives a POS Ford Escort everywhere. He already had to replace the battery because it froze last winter. He never started it all winter. A trickle charger is too expensive. The only tools he owns is a screwdriver and an adjustable wrench.
-John
 
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