New commute, adjust OCI?

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Hi guys, I'm moving closer to work and am wondering if I need to change my OCI. Old drive: 30 miles each way, almost all freeway. About 5 miles of stop & go traffic. New drive: About 5 miles each way, 3 miles on freeway, the rest on 50 mph streets. I was doing 7K OCIs on my 1999 Civic EX. I'd like to keep it close to that, if possible. I'd also be doing a weekly 80 mile round trip (all freeway) to visit my parents if that helps at all.
 

JHZR2

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Run some UOAs. Ill bet you are more than fine given the 80 mile trip. My mother does 5-block commutes, and we found that the non-severe service OCI was sufficient using a syn oil and given routine long trips on the weekend.
 
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You are likely OK at 7K. 5K would be safer. Like JHZR2 said, if you drive the car regularly on longer trips to your parents, or maybe a trip up to Pt Reyes (I so miss that place!) or Bodega Bay, then you are still good. Your generally warm climate facilitates a rapid warmup. I think you'll be good at 7-7.5K still.
 
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You might have to look into changing oil by time rather than mileage. Assuming you will end up driving around 200 miles a week then 5K/6months might be a good interval to follow.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. I've been running synthetic and I picked up M1 HM for my next change since I've got 170K and it uses a little more than a quart in 7K miles.
 
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