Oil recommendation / 2009 Accord on a dirt road

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2009 Accord LX-P (4 cyl) with 46,500 miles. I just moved to the country, to the end of a long dirt road. Every drive begins and ends with a dusty half mile at 10 mph. Most days drive 4 or 5 miles around town. Once or twice a week, I'll log 40 or 50 mile drives at 55 mph on country roads. And every 3 or 4 months, I'll take ~1,000 mile road trips. I'm currently running Mobil 1 5w-20 with the Honda filter. I've never sent away for a UOA, but my mental maintenance minder starts pinging me around 5k miles and I have to change the oil. Any recommendations? And any tips for dirt road car care?
 
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I had a road to my house that was 1/4 one way 1/2 mile the other, plus my 1/4 mile drive( Finally it got paved). The oil will be fine, don't change air filters too often, when you do change them, change a day before your oil change. You will have more of an issue with dust eating the struts and suspension components. I drove the longer dirt road route and did have a lot of tire wear that just had to be from the road.
 
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Originally Posted By: Big_Clem
2009 Accord LX-P (4 cyl) with 46,500 miles. I just moved to the country, to the end of a long dirt road. Every drive begins and ends with a dusty half mile at 10 mph. Most days drive 4 or 5 miles around town. Once or twice a week, I'll log 40 or 50 mile drives at 55 mph on country roads. And every 3 or 4 months, I'll take ~1,000 mile road trips. I'm currently running Mobil 1 5w-20 with the Honda filter. I've never sent away for a UOA, but my mental maintenance minder starts pinging me around 5k miles and I have to change the oil. Any recommendations? And any tips for dirt road car care?
Wow, a 5k OCI on an ‘09 K24? Wow.... must be all your short trips and not fully warming things up-id say at that rate you have nothing to worry about by the dust, lots of that generation K24’s (mine included) go much much longer on their MM.
 
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I'd keep doing what you're doing and spend my money on a top quality engine air filter. Instead of changing it every 30K miles, maybe do it every 20K. I like Denso, Fram and Wix air filters, and I avoid the cheapos.
 
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Get yourself a filterminder and install it on the air box. That way you’ll know when the air filter is plugged. I think that’s most important here.
 
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Use a quality oil filter and don't worry much about the oil but I would use Mobil (american-owned) and I would worry more about engine air filter and cabin air filter
 
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Was someone who lives on dirt roads as well as lots of off road jeep trips. Don't worry about the oil. Watch for dust in the intake from a non sealing filter and use a quality filter. FYI a mile a day isn't much really.
 
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