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Oil change needed?

I changed the oil on my 2013Wing on 8 October 2015. I run Mobil 1 4T synthetic. I haven't been riding the Wing very much since last oil change which was done at 13,689 miles.


We just got back from winter residence in AZ and want to start riding some. I've only put 1449 miles on Wing in past 20 months. Since it's 100% synthetic oil...does it need an oil change?


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-16-2017, 01:44 PM
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I changed the oil on my 2013Wing on 8 October 2015. I run Mobil 1 4T synthetic. I haven't been riding the Wing very much since last oil change which was done at 13,689 miles.


We just got back from winter residence in AZ and want to start riding some. I've only put 1449 miles on Wing in past 20 months. Since it's 100% synthetic oil...does it need an oil change?


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Yes, you need to remove the acids that build up from the hydrocarbons bypassing your piston rings and condensation contaminating the oil. Oil is cheap compared to new engine parts and labor.
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Yes, you need to remove the acids that build up from the hydrocarbons bypassing your piston rings and condensation contaminating the oil. Oil is cheap compared to new engine parts and labor.
What is your opinion on adding a small amount of ZDDP additive?

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I agree on the need to change that oil; but on the other hand, I have a brother in-law that has been using a Briggs and Stratton equippped rotary mower for 11 years and has NEVER changed the oil, just adds a bit now and then. The damm thing is still going.
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What is your opinion on adding a small amount of ZDDP additive?

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In times past, the use of ZDDP+ created quite a controversy on the board. It helped some and did not help others. In any case there is a notable lack of objective evidence that it helps Wings and their transmissions. OTOH, I have used ZDDP in 2 Wings. One of these was a relatively high-mileage bike and the other a low mileage bike. It helped both of them shift more smoothly.
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Hate to see that waste but less than 1,500 miles in two years? I bet it still looks brand new. Given the time, though, I'd lean toward changing. Then get some miles on that thing!

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What is your opinion on adding a small amount of ZDDP additive?

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I don't think a little will hurt, although there was something on the internet recently about it not being good. Don't have time to google it right now.

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By the way I agree I would change as well didn't mean to hijack thread.. thanks for answers techdude2000 and networkguy3... 👍🏻
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I agree with Techdude. That's the same reason you change oil before putting it up for the winter. The acids in the"old" oil will will eat at internal parts.

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Mobile 1 Racing 4T already has a pretty good load of phosphorus and zinc additive, so a little more additive goes a long way. 1 or 2 ounces in 4 quarts boosts it pretty good.
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