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    Oil change interval

    Hi folks. I have a somewhat odd question.

    I have a fairly new to me 2012 Sport with about 65k.

    Recently I had the oil and filters changed (first for me) at the Fiat dealer shop, using synthetic oil. As you might guess, it wasn't inexpensive, but I thought best to have the dealer check things out. I'm in central Florida.

    I drive about 20 miles a week in one trip at about 40mph, no city traffic, no dust etc. I know the recommended oil change interval, but what is a rational reasonable interval for my very low usage? Thanks!

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    Whatever your owner’s manual says. Since you don’t drive much your oil change intervals will be limited by time which is probably a year. See if you can get a discount by bringing the dealer your own synthetic oil and ask for the empty containers back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnhicks View Post
    Hi folks. I have a somewhat odd question.

    Recently I had the oil and filters changed (first for me) at the Fiat dealer shop, using synthetic oil. As you might guess, it wasn't inexpensive, but I thought best to have the dealer check things out. I'm in central Florida.

    I drive about 20 miles a week in one trip at about 40mph, no city traffic, no dust etc. I know the recommended oil change interval, but what is a rational reasonable interval for my very low usage? Thanks!
    The rules for a 2012 are MAXIMUM 8000 miles, 6 months or when the oil change indicator light comes on, whichever occurs FIRST. That's from the manufacturer. Whenever you change the oil, if you wish to make sure the oil change monitoring system is reset...turn the ignition to ON (do not start), quickly depress the gas pedal to the floor THREE times in succession, turn ignition OFF and then start car. Monitor system should be reset. If the indicator did not come on before you had the oil changed there will NOT be any visual indication that it was reset, but the procedure to reset is the same whether the change light was on or not.

    Also know the monitoring system may turn on the oil change indicator at 3,500 or 7,500 miles depending on how the monitoring system interprets whether your driving is considered light or heavy duty.

    If you are using 5w-30 synthetic oil the owner's manual limits and intervals should be more than sufficient as 2012 Sport models came with regular oil and all the indicators are programmed for regular oil.
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    You can check dealer websites around your area, too. A handful run oil change/tire rotation specials, as low as $50.

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    With the crop of dealers who dont know how to lift a 500 seemingly increasing, which cause the side skirts to separate, how many of you request to WATCH the car being jacked up? How many dealerships would let you watch if you asked? Im kinda paranoid to let my dealer do oil changes anymore, since theyre the ones who crushed the side panels the first time. At least a local shop will let me watch...

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    I dont know how a Fiat dealership can make a mistake Jacking up a car. There are small embossed, arrows designating the jacking points, on the rocker panels.

    The reason you not allowed watching your car being service. It a shop insurance Liability issue.
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    lol. Well, they obviously didn’t know where those markings were. As far as insurance goes, I’d sign a waiver...

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    I'm more concerned with tire changes than oil. My dealer has a drive-on rack for oil, a "proper" one for tire rotation and service. They know how to lift my car... not so sure about other shops.

    Despite a waiver, the shop is liable for damage thru careless handling of the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by map View Post
    I'm more concerned with tire changes than oil. My dealer has a drive-on rack for oil, a "proper" one for tire rotation and service. They know how to lift my car... not so sure about other shops.

    Despite a waiver, the shop is liable for damage thru careless handling of the car.
    Honda takes care of their customers. They damaged my wheels, on one of our cars. They replace them.

    I think, if your worried about automotive service damage. DIY.
    Buy a oil extractor, oil filter wrench. A 24 volt impact wrench with plastic protection lug bolt sockets. A hydraulic car jack.
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    Thanks guys. I guess it's time to head to the dealer.

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