How Soon Do I Change My Oil (First Time)

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  1. gordonquixote

    gordonquixote Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I have about 10 driving miles on the car but it is the oil I put in it from the get-go. It has been started umpteen times and run for a 5-10 seconds (it was too loud to run it longer with open headers then).

    I have a good K&N oil filter but my oil is getting dirty looking and smells a little like gas. After I fire it up and then check it it looks clear though.

    Also, it doesn't smoke at all but it looks like the oil level on the dipstick dropped quite a bit since the last time I drove it.

    I just got back from another ride!
     
  2. GoldenOne7710

    GoldenOne7710 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I'm assuming the gasy smell is due to a rich condition at intial startup and the rings not being seated allowing some unburned gas to get into the crankcase. Gasoline will deteriorate/break down motor pretty quickly. Not only that, but it will also act as a "degreaser" inside your engine and oil won't stick to the metal surfaces, therefore you're lacking that protective "film" on critical moving parts. I'd say change it ASAP along with your filter.
     
  3. bmxmann

    bmxmann Veteran Member

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    I think its 500 miles after a rebuild, and regular oil, not synthetic.
     
  4. pete0331

    pete0331 Veteran Member

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    One at 500 miles and another at 2000 miles
     
  5. Marks71BB

    Marks71BB Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Did you change it after breaking in the cam? I have had machine shops tell me its good to get the break in lube out after cam run in.
     
  6. theflash

    theflash Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yep, you should have changed the oil right after the cam break in before you drive it, then again at 500 miles, then at normal intervals.
     
  7. bmxmann

    bmxmann Veteran Member

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    I knew I forgot something...
     
  8. 78LT383

    78LT383 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    If it's a roller cam, he might not have bothered with the cam break in.

    If it is, yeah you need to change it as soon as it's shut down after that 20-30 minute 2000+ RPM garage howl. The old moly disulfide (IIRC) stuff clogs the filter pretty quick.

    I usually change the oil again in 50 miles, again at 200 miles, and again at 500 miles. After that, every 2000 miles until I get to about 10,000 total. After paying for a rebuild, the oil and filters seem awful cheap.
     
  9. al5570

    al5570 Veteran Member

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    thats the advice i was always given.
     
  10. gordonquixote

    gordonquixote Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Thanks guys - I'll change it before I flog it again.
     

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