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Just a quick question about the above.

My car was a year old last month. Are you supposed to get it serviced every 12 months or every 18k miles? Mines on 13,720 at the mo. Had it since it was at 7,003 and i've never seen the service warning light. (thats why i'm assuming mine is set for 18k services)

Got a mate who owns a garage and specialise in Renaults and performance cars. He told me that if your going to be hammering your car alot then you should get the oil changed more often. Roughly every 5k to 9k. So i changed the oil when i got it in November.

So my question is - If i've got 14k miles on the clock, no service warning light and the oil was changed 7k miles and 6 months ago do i need to book it in for a service?
 

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Oil changes

18k is way too much even for a high mileage, never thrashed car. I always change at 6 months or earlier if the miles are high. And I dont use any of that semi synthetic rubbish - nothing but fully synthetic is good enough for my car.

Interestingly enough Renault have reduced the service interval on oil burners. Seems they over estimated originally.

Change your oil early. Buy the oil from a motor factor,not a dealer, buy your filter from a dealer. Renault dealers will notice an oil filter that has something other than Renault written on the side - then you'll have warranty issues.

Changing the oil is simple and easy.

Warning - wear gloves. Modern oils and sump oil from diesel engines contain carcinogens.
Warm the engine up. Remove the sump guard. There's a ring of torx bolts underneath. It will need to be bent slightly to pull the front edge from the front valance. Leave the rear edge connected and the guard will also act as a drip tray to catch stray oil drips. Lay some newspaper under a sump can (old 5litre oil can with the side cut out). Remove the sump plug and allow to drain. While the oil is draining remove the oil filter. The oil filter is upside down so it will leak - be prepared with newspaper, another sump can and remember to wipe away the spilled oil afterwards. - it will dribble down the engine, frame, bodywork. Fit the new oil filter after wiping the filter mount with a clean cloth. Apply a smear of oil to the rubber seal before running it up hand tight only. Replace the sump plug after cleaning it with a clean cloth. Use a spanner - this must not be left just hand tight. Fill with clean oil until the dip stick shows oil to the top of the hatched area. Start the engine and let it tick over for a minute or two. Stop it and top up the oil again. Check the filter and sump plug for leaks. Wipe away any oil drips or spills. If it is all OK refit the sump guard, remember it needs to be bent slightly to get the front edge over the lip of the valance. Refit all the torx bolts. Check there are no bits left over other than a used oil filter and a can of black sump oil.
Dont pay more than £25 for fully synthetic oil - even brand names.
Total cost less than £30.
Time to complete - if you are an expert spanner man - 15 mintues tops including a cup of tea. Say 30 minutes for a semi-competent home mechanic.

If your car is petrol also change the plugs . Do it while the oil is draining and it'll only add a few minutes to the time.

(Cars thus targetted - 1.5 dci, 225)

Chris Full fat 225.
 

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I can only agree with chris on this one 18,000 miles is to long to leave it but is the stated service interval from Renault to keep your warranty.

Good how to guide Chris, but don't forget to change the sump plug washer at the same time.
 
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Getting my mate to change the oil as well. Getting all the parts from local Renault dealership for less than £35.
 

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when we first bought our cars over here, they said the service intervals were 15.000km (i guess thats about 9200mi). since then we have been told that the service intervals have been reduced to 10.000km. (6100mi). although i agree with you guys on better soon than late, isnt this a bit TOO soon?

you have to take into account that its pretty dusty over here, and the fuel quality is probably lower.
 

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which oil is the best mobil1 is what i have used in the past.....................
for other cars ive done just over 10,000..........
 

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Yours might be, mine isn't.

They changed the service intervals about halfway through 05, I think it relates to euro 4 compliance. The euro 4 engines are 12,000
 
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