I,too, had the same thing today. I had an oil change but not air filter. i use synthetic oil as I drive 128 miles a day for commute. 06 Forrester w/87k miles. Seems flashing cruise is a disabling feature to prevent further damage but what is the correlation with the oil change? I have appt monday with dealership, but they best not be telling me to tighten gas cap. I do not have power problem as others have described butI may try disconecting battery to see if I can reset computer and see if that will fix problem.
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Re: CEL on with flashing cruise
Car does not have an accelerator cable everything is controlled by wiring and sensors,the cruise light will flash because it is disabled due to the check engine lamp being on ,bet its a misfire code,probably a coil or wires
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Some people change oil at 3000 miles,most people don't really care or keep track
I would say 3 times a year,if you drive less than 10,000 per year
4 times a year ,up to 20,000 miles per year driven
Use at least semi or full synthetic oil
don't know about the MPG it could be a lot of things. I have a 2001 Jetta TDI. You should NEVER change the oil at 3K miles. VW recommends 10K miles for a reason. The Synthetic oil has additives to remove varnish and it does that but it needs some time to replace the varnish and properly protect sensitive engine parts. 3K is oil changes are not a good thing for a TDI......Just use the right oil and change at 10K
If you drive normally then change your oil/filter every 5,000 miles. If you drive mostly city driving change it every 4,000 miles. If you drive mostly highway then change it every 6,000 miles. If you are using a synthetic oil then add 1,000 miles to each of these intervals. Use the correct weight oil for your 1997 MPV as listed in the owner's manual. Also use a quality filter such as Purolator, Wix, or Bosch. Change your air filter every 30,000 miles unless you drive in dusty conditions and then change it more often.
Yes it makes a difference. You can never go wrong following the manufactures recommendations in your owner's manual. Saying that, I recommend every 5,000 miles if you use conventional oil and every 7,000 miles if you use synthetic and drive normally. If you drive mainly highway driving you can extend these 1,000 miles. Just as important is to change the filter at every oil change and to use a quality filter such as Purolator, Wix, AC/Delco, Motorcraft, or Bosch. Avoid cheap filters. Also important to a clean engine is to change the air filter every 30,000 miles.
The 3000-4000 mile oil chnage interval is for extreme driving as described in the user manual. If you are not driving in stop and go traffic,frequent engine shut off's and restarts or dusty conditions, short trips, you can adhere to the higher mileage interchange. Your vehicle should alert you when service is due.
To keep it simple: Your car should have used synthetic oil originally:
If you are using Regular Motor Oil - I found through many years of doing oil changes & auto repairs that 3000 miles is the MAX you should drive before changing. After that it tends to lose it's protective qualities & you can actually feel the difference (once you've removed a few thousand dipsticks) in the viscosity.
Synthetic Lubricant- Higher Quality Products will make your car last longer & I can suggest no better improvement to anyones vehicle than to use Synthetic Oil. Change at 6000-7500 miles depending on type driving. City, Idling a lot, hard driving = 6000 & Cruising/highway regular speeds=7500.
Always make sure your air filter is clean & a new Oil filter is installed each time as this will keep the new oil clean longer which provides better lubrication & performance. Some car Mfgs say to skip oil filter change & do every other but I like the results I have rec'd with changing it each time. It also helps to keep the new oil cleaner by not mixing in the dirty oil that is in the filter & associated piping.
If your car is running well, stick with the 5W30 that was recommended as Honda engines are extremely close tolerance. If it has used regular motor oil & is a little noisy, during the warmer weather you could step up to a 10w40 or even better a 15W50 in the summer, preferably Synthetic. Better fuel economy, acceleration & less wear & tear.
Finally: 140K should earn you a badge. That's just a well broken in Honda if it's been well maintained and you should expect much more service from it. I hope that this helps. Good luck!
If you are a normal driver then I recommend you change your oil/filter every 5,000 miles if you are using conventional oil. If you are using synthetic oil then change every 7,000 miles. Just as important is to use a quality filter such as AC/Delco, Purolator, or Wix. On your GM vehicle I would use an AC/Delco filter. Another very important filter is the Air Filter. Replace this filter every 30,000 mile unless you drive in very dusty conditions, and if so every 20,000 miles.