can i trust the oil life meter ?

Nizar

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Dec 7, 2011
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when i used 76 semi oil it came on after 5000 miles then used better oil brand the light came on after 7500 miles so is safe to always wait for the light ??
 

The_Roadie

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The OLM has no idea what KIND of oil you use, but it takes into account environmental conditions (cold starts, etc) and how you drive it. Many owners trust the OLM because the GM engineers depended on it to keep the warranty in effect and they were otherwise very conservative (TM in the PCM, for instance). If you're more conservative than the engine designers, you can certainly change more often, like at 75% or otherwise.
 

strat81

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Dec 29, 2011
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Nizar said:
when i used 76 semi oil it came on after 5000 miles then used better oil brand the light came on after 7500 miles so is safe to always wait for the light ??

Can you trust the OLM? That depends.

Use crap oil and crap filters, and I'd say it's a crapshoot.

Use quality oil and quality filters, and you'll be fine. Do some reading at BobIsTheOilGuy.com to reach your own conclusion as to what "quality" means. I believe the owner's manual even mentions the specific GM specification for engine oil (not just viscosity).




If you do not have a DIC and rely solely on the instrument cluster light, keep track of your mileage, just in case that bulb burns out.

It's also good practice to check your oil level regularly as oil consumption/loss is not measured by the OLM.
 

Mark20

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Dec 6, 2011
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Or add a Scan Gauge and program it for the GM oil life monitor. The Scan Gauge does a little better job than the GM driver info center for oil life. The Scan Gauge reads out to tenths of a percent and in colder weather starts you can see the life dropping quicker.
 

Sparky

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strat81 said:
If you do not have a DIC and rely solely on the instrument cluster light, keep track of your mileage, just in case that bulb burns out.

It's also good practice to check your oil level regularly as oil consumption/loss is not measured by the OLM.

I glance at all my lights when I start the vehicle to be sure it kicks on for its light test.
 

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