Lubricheck gizzmo

Collapse
X
  •  
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Lubricheck gizzmo

    I struggle a bit with how often I need to change the oil on my girls. I have, in the past, gone strictly by mileage. My brother-in-law has been using this device for a couple of months and sent me one for my birthday. He swears that it is pretty much right on for predicting his oil life on his vehicles as he checked recommended changes by operating hours (farm equipment). He did say on his Honda car that has about 5000 since his last change was still in the good range. I checked 4 of my 5 vehicles a few minutes ago and it looks like I have a few more miles to go on the 99 Aspy before I need to change it.



  • #2
    Originally posted by Corkster52 View Post
    I struggle a bit with how often I need to change the oil on my girls. I have, in the past, gone strictly by mileage. My brother-in-law has been using this device for a couple of months and sent me one for my birthday. He swears that it is pretty much right on for predicting his oil life on his vehicles as he checked recommended changes by operating hours (farm equipment). He did say on his Honda car that has about 5000 since his last change was still in the good range. I checked 4 of my 5 vehicles a few minutes ago and it looks like I have a few more miles to go on the 99 Aspy before I need to change it.

    it's a simple dilemma .. Amsoil synthetic M/C oil every 5,000 miles .. or once a year (if you don't ride that much), at the end of the year.
    See Bulldog or Meech at Shinhopples dot com for fast, great service with the customer in mind.
    Watertown, CT .. Hiddenite, NC

    Comment: (For off-topic replies)


    • #3
      I wouldn't put a lot of faith in that gadget.
      If you really want to know the condition of your oil, send a sample off for analysis. You can do this at almost any truck or equipment dealer. It is fairly inexpensive and will give you real data on your oil and if done regularly to establish an accurate base line, will also give you a look at the condition of your engine and transmission.

      Bottom line is that no one device is going to give you the whole story because there are entirely too many things that effect oil quality and I would not trust what a $50 pocket tester tells me to determine how often I am going to shane my oil.

      Comment: (For off-topic replies)


      • #4
        Okay. Points well taken. Interesting to toy with though. Have a Subaru hat I just changed the oil in that was in the 8-9 (out of a total of 10) range and had a yellow light. It is now down to a 1 and green light.

        Comment: (For off-topic replies)


        • #5
          Same here i wouldn't trust a gadget like that either The oils we have today are very good great additives and much longer lasting. I look for the cleanliness in my oil, i change it when it gets dirty and i go to around 5000 or 6000 miles on all my vehicles. The 3000 mile change is designed to get you to your dealers so they can rip the crap out of you. Most oils today get dirty before they breaks down a good filter and oil is the key. Plus the only way to get a good base line is with a lab test.
          2018 DCT non tour, Pearl Stallion Brown, Double Darksider #856, Live To Ride, Love my Wing, IBA Member# 63744 Yellowbird Alias Coppertone

          Comment: (For off-topic replies)


          • #6
            All my toys get their oil/filter change at 4,000 miles. To me that is cheap maintenance.
            T.A. Jens
            The Pizza Man
            1800 06 White Champion Trike
            2005 Bunkhouse Camper
            2006 Breeze Cargo Trailer
            GWRRA Life Member

            Comment: (For off-topic replies)


            • #7
              It was a gift from brother-on-law that has been turning wrenches for almost 50 years now, so, the price was right and thought I should give it a try. Didn't mean to offend anyone by sharing something I discovered........

              Comment: (For off-topic replies)


              • #8
                I doubt that anyone is offended. I know I'm not, and if someone gave one to me, I would play with it too. I just wouldn't rely on it as a gauge to extend oil change intervals.

                Comment: (For off-topic replies)


                • #9
                  Old posts keep getting cycled, due to the Related Topics feature... ::sigh::

                  So, how is this device any different than the build-in oil life sensors that are finding their way onto many motor vehicles these days?

                  Now, some are done with sensors (probably similar to this device), others are done using the engine computer and an algorithm that computes end-of-life for engine oil.

                  I won't necessarily pay for a oil analysis with every oil change - maybe every other - but, if a device like this gives an approximation and that approximation is reasonably close to an oil analysis...maybe the OP got a killer gift from his B-I-L.
                  Effective 09/29/2021, in a self-imposed "social media detox" - focusing on offline social interactions and actions.

                  Comment: (For off-topic replies)


                  • #10
                    Oh no, not another "gizzmo"!

                    Comment: (For off-topic replies)

                    Sorry, you are not authorized to view this page

                    Related Topics

                    Collapse

                    • srt8-in-largo
                      Oil Reports
                      by srt8-in-largo
                      A few months ago I had a mishap that required transmission repair. As you know, to do this requires the engine to be dropped and opened to get to the tranny. My dealer (Tampabay Powersports) took care...
                      07-07-2015, 09:52 PM
                    • Doug44
                      My New Wing Was A Quart Low On Oil In 435 Miles
                      by Doug44
                      As the headline said I decided to check my oil before leaving on a 2500mi trip. I am sure I checked it the day I brought it home and it was full. Anyway this is serious and I wanted to get the message...
                      04-17-2018, 04:54 PM
                    • trip
                      Another Oil thread...
                      by trip
                      I realize that this is just another oil thread... ad nauseam.... and I also realize we all have our particular brand of oil that fits our needs. I'm good with that.

                      But, I wanted to communicate...
                      04-21-2018, 02:40 PM
                    • Wingnut09
                      Burning Oil
                      by Wingnut09
                      Three weeks ago I changed my oil & filter before going on a 2400 mile trip through the New England states. I added 1 gal of oil and checked it a few times before leaving. When I returned I started...
                      09-26-2015, 04:47 PM
                    • gug1953
                      Changed my oil @ 3868 miles.
                      by gug1953
                      I have a Tour with a manual transmission. I took my time and was very methodical including letting the oil drain for over an hour. I did rely on the parts person to give me 5 quarts of oil, should have...
                      05-12-2018, 06:37 AM
                    Working...
                    X