Get in truck. Close doors. Turn key on. Push odometer reset shaft until " Oil Life" message appears above odometer. Push and hold reset shaft until it "beeps" a few times. Oil change warning is now reset.
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First thing,don't let the manufacture tell you that you can 5000 to 6000 mile without an oil change.Next thing they want you to use oil that is much too thin.They don't want the engine to last too long because they can't sell you a new car that often.City driving you need to change your oil at least every 3000 mile and highway every 4000 mile.The biggest problem is having you oil changed at a quick change that uses BULK oil.If they don't offer oil from a jug,next time bring you own oil if you have to.Use 10w30 in the winter months and 10w40 in the Summer.It don't hurt to put in a can of STP after each change.
Well, longer oil change intervals all insist on enough oil. you cannot just keep going without checking it ROUTINELY.
I am not sure about the "thought I needed more oil" either it measured low or it did not....However, situations like you describe would not usually cause engine damage, and oil would not cause no start. I suspect that something else has happened, and I suggest that you get your vehicle towed to your mechanic, tell him all of the details and have it diagnosed.
Change your oil evey 2,500 to 3000 miles, it is cheap insurance.
Everyone say's 3000 miles. I was a technician for 16 years, I own three cars. One with 194000, one with 140000 and one with 107000 miles on it. I change my oil every 4000 to 5000 miles. From my experience most engine problems are from a lack of oil, not from a lack of oil changes. Remember to always keep an eye on your oil level.
Exactly five quarts to do an oil change on this van assuming you are also replacing the oil filter.
How long between oil changes is typically recommended to be 5000 miles by Toyota. The van's service reminder light comes on at 5000 miles just for this purpose. To increase that interval is your choice.
It used to be every 3 months or 3,000 miles but some manufacturers are suggesting that 5,000 miles is ok. My view is that it does not hurt the motor having more oil changes. I continue to have them done every 3,000 miles myself even if my oil life indicator has not come on. Clean oil is very important to have a engine last for many miles. There are some full synthetic oils that can go for 5,000 or 7,000 miles beteween oil changes but cost alot more than the standard oil.
There are two mechanical noises you will hear from an engine, lifter noise, wrist pin slap, and rod bearing noise. The only one that will go away, if at all, with engine warm-up, is lifter noise. All assuming of course, the noise is coming from the engine, and not any of the externally mounted accessories. Have the oil changed, and continue to change every 2000-3000 miles with a good quality oil, maybe the lifter will clear itself. If it does, maintain the oil changes for the next few changes to assure it is cleaning out. You might also try adding 1-2 pints Berrymen's Chemtool to the oil 200-300 miles before you plan to change the oil.
most common cause of this would be failure to change oil on a maintenence schedule 3months or 3000 miles. Dodge more so it seems than others sludge internally and begin to lose oil pressure.The cheap way to either rule it out this being the cause or determineing this isnt cause would be to flush the motor with a engine flush and do a change oil.If this continues next step, make sure it isnt a sending unit error, then would be to check on price for oil pump.I always rule out maintenence not maintained first.
U do not have to use synthetic oil but I recommend u do if u plan to drive the car for 100,000 miles or more, syn oil almost eliminates engine wear, if u use it change the oil and filter every 5,000 miles