Best Medicine for frequent short trips is.....

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Shorter, more frequent OCI's? Doing more short trips than I thought, so I'm thinking of using a lower priced, quality dino like Formula Shell, QS, or YB ever 4k miles, max. Is this a good plan? I'm thinking any of these oils would work well. Otherwise I may spring for Rotella Syn at 5k intervals.
 
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yes, agree with 4k miles max, in winter make it 3k miles max. use dino oil, and mix 50:50 5w30/5w20. also buy a timer and plug in the block heater, run it for an hour before u start in the morning even in the summer, so the engine quickly gets up to operating temperature. consider dual heat (block + oil pan) so oil and coolant are both heated. this will make a big difference, bigger than any other factor.
 
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imo, premium synth formulations are no substitute for draining out the contamintes and starting over. If synth costs 2-3 times more, so you would have to run it 2-3 times longer to break even. It just does not work when you compare dino at 5-6k and synth at 10-15k. Dino will give a better result. Short trip situation is the best demonstration of this.
 

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Any oil suggestions, or do you think any of the above would work fine? Or...would it be an even better idea to go MC 5w20
 
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Dumping it so soon, I would do a dino. Preferably a house brand like NAPA, Advance Auto, Super tech, etc.... No need to spend big bucks or even medium bucks on the oil. Use a decent filter though, Like a purolator. I have 2k miles on my short trip Super Tech oil. Running it to 5k and doing a UOA sample prior to changing it. I want to see how its holding up in my particular application.
 
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 Originally Posted By: BTLew81
Shorter, more frequent OCI's? Doing more short trips than I thought, so I'm thinking of using a lower priced, quality dino like Formula Shell, QS, or YB ever 4k miles, max. Is this a good plan? I'm thinking any of these oils would work well. Otherwise I may spring for Rotella Syn at 5k intervals.
Great plan, IMHO. I think you're right on the money. \:\!
 
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I'd suggest draining the oil and just using 12 ounces of PROLONG. After all Al unser drove a Viper a short little trip around a race track without any oil. I'd think that's all you'd need for those grocery runs.
 
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 Originally Posted By: wannafbody
I'd suggest draining the oil and just using 12 ounces of PROLONG. After all Al unser drove a Viper a short little trip around a race track without any oil. I'd think that's all you'd need for those grocery runs.
LMFAO
 
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PP 5W-30 has a relatively low visc at start up, lower than dino. it could help w/ a lot of short trips and resist oxidation, prob go 5,000 or 6 months in your Mazda 3 no prob. and cleaner
 
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