I have a 2 month old Jeep patriot we just hit 4,000 kms and the change oil light has come on. the manual states not to change oil til 10,000 kms or 6 months. I checked the oil it is clean. the oil is topped up.
I reread the manual again and it says the oil will not need changing til this time, vehichles do not require it sooner.
Any ideas? I leave for a driving vacation in the morning.
Yes, i am a woman. :-)
The Patroit uses a combination of engine run time, mileage, and temp to determine when the oils needs to be changed. If you do a lot of idling you could require a change sooner than the 6000 mile interval. If you do get your oil cahnged or do it by yourself, here is the way to reset the oil warning from the owners manual:
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patriots have all kinds of cooling problems,make sure that you have enough tranny fluid in it and remember your torque converter uses about 4 quarts,the tranny has a cooler in the radiator,replace the radiator with one that has 2 rows of cooling,your radiator is going to die just like the rest of patriots
put a pan below the drain plug drain it open the top first. then take off the oil filter make sure you have old rags can get a little messy i believe that the filter is on the passenger side of the car near the wheel well. put the new filter on put a little bit of oil on the rubber thing on the new filter so it doesn't get stuck. put the plug back in make sure you wernt using synthetic before you should switch back to regular oil after using syntetic or at least thats what im told. put the plug back in on the oil pan. put the oil in the top it should be labled OIL. and make sure you use enough oil. I would also change my air filter too.
at advanced auto stores they will tell you what oil to use and how much by looking at one of the books that they have near the oil they will also tell you the filter size. recycle your old oil when your done.
It is usualy easier to just go to a shop but i love working on my jeep so i do it my self will probly cut down time too but price should be a little cheaper but not much. good luck shouldn't need it tho its really easy
If you want to keep the engine in good condition and minimize wear:
Change the engine oil at least every 3000 - 3500 miles (5000 - 5700 kms) or every 6 months whichever comes around first.
The oil filter should be changed every 6000 miles (10000 kms) or every year whichever comes around first. Essentially on at least every 2nd oil change. ( The filter can be changed at every engine oil change if you wish as to do so ensures that there is very little used oil left in the lubrication system at change over time).
Use only the oil grade /spec as specified by Volvo for the engine fitted to the car.
Check that the oil level is full.If the oil has been in service for more than 4,000 miles, change it. Replace the oil pressure sending unit. If nothing changes, put a mechanical gauge on the engine and read actual oil pressure. Though "acceptable" low pressure is only 5lbs, I would never accept that as safe. Minimum pressure should be at least 20-25psi and normal running pressure between 35 to 45psi. How low is "slightly low"?