- Apr 18, 2017
- Fort Worth TX
Hi! I have been a long time lurker here and have finally opened a account. I apologize that my mind is everywhere, not very good at organizing my thoughts (A disability of mine https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/images/icons/default/frown.gif ) CLIFFS: -OEM filter vs fancy filter for vehicle that sits? -Any advice on how to help car last long time that ends up sitting? -Using amsoil filter vs oem for different vehicle that is driven hard and will be using amsoil oil (change more often). I had a few questions, I have 4 vehicles between my wife and I currently and my toyota truck basically just sits for long periods of time before we need to use it. Considering selling it but I just love it way too much. I have a case of OEM filters for it that are also fit my Toyota sienna so I have been using them for both. Anyway I just did an oil change on the truck and switched from conventional/synthetic blend high mileage 5w30 (mixed my self) to full synthetic PP 0w40 Euro. I figured the synthetic combined with the 0w portion would help with dry starts from sitting for weeks without being started. HERE is the real question: Would using a top quality oil filter also help with preventing all of that start up wear? I am considering a amsoil filter though I wouldn't be putting 15k miles a year on and would likely change filter/oil after 5k in one year. Or maybe something like the bosch distance plus? Ive used this before and I really like the look and material quality of this filter, seems to be very good. OR would just using my toyota OEM filters be just fine? If there is a good amount of benefit to using a better filter I am all for it, spending extra for a filter vs rebuilding an engine sooner than I can afford it is more than worth it to me. Another question: Is there any general must do's for a car that sits? I add Lucas fuel treatment to the gas to keep it from destabalizing and making it hard to start and that has seemed to help the Geo I owned and had sit for almost a year start without a jump or anything. Anything else? Should I go out and start it once in a while? I can see how that would help keep battery alive and all but I feel like idling an engine for 15 -30 minutes is more harm to the engine than just waiting until I need it. If it is best to start truck so often, how often? One last question: My sienna I currently have the OEM filter for the truck on it (I think might be OEM for it too) and I have PP 0w20 high mileage full syn in it, I plan to drive it on that for 5k miles and switch over to Amsoil 0w-20 (maybe mixing with 0w40 since the wife will be driving it and she drives faster than me) since I have some left over from my Insight hybrid. Would using OEM filter on a vehicle that is driven 4 or so days a week be just fine with the Amsoil? I would intend on changing out the filter every maybe 5 - 7.5k and run amsoil for 15k miles. I am not sure if it would not be a good idea to use a lesser quality filter (than the amsoil) will have an affect on being able to go 15k miles on it. The driving style is that of my wifes and she gets on the gas quiet a bit. Thank you for everyones time!