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Hello. I have a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire and I just changed the oil myself. I change it every 6 months but I only put on 1,386 miles from the last oil change 6 months ago. Do you know if the oil is still good if it is just sitting? Should I wait longer, say a year to change my oil based on the small amount of miles I put on my car? My step dad works on cars and he doesn't know. Thanks for your help.

Hi jenifer.

My rule of thumb is every 3,000 or 3 months which ever comes first. If you drive it that little I would stretch it to 5 months and change it. condensation in the oil cuase sludge to form that is going to be more of an issue for you then dirt in the oil from it running. of course if you use a synthetic blend or a full synthetic oil you can go even further.  for what you told me the milage you put on it in a year 2 changes a year would be okay I would say.  

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.


Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician


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