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#380 of 409 anyone using synthetic oil
Dec 17, 2009 (10:17 pm)
in the 09 Rondo owner's manual, the recommended oil change interval is 8000km (5000 miles) in normal driving condition.
Fram has an Xtended Gard oil filter, the oil change interval is 16,000km (10,000 miles) with synthetic oil.
is anyone using synthetic oil who can provide some recommendation, and will this cause any problem with the factory warranty?
#381 of 409 Re: oil change interval
Jan 02, 2010 (3:43 pm)
Does anyone know why the recommended oil change interval isn't the same for US and Cdn version Rondo?
according to their respective owner's manuals:
US : 7,500 miles (12,000km) or 1 year
CDN: (5,000 miles) 8,000km or 4 months
#382 of 409 Freezing windshield washer lines - Anyone else?
Jan 03, 2010 (4:08 pm)
I'm using fluid rated for minus 20F. I had to put a couple of ziplock bags filled with hot water on the nozzles to get them to thaw out. There was no ice covering the nozzles or anything. A half an hour later they unfroze. The back nozzle started working after the front nozzles unfroze. I'm not sure how that worked.
Temperatures have been in the teens and projected to get 5 to 10 below zero later this week,
Pretty hazardous situation. Wondering if I should invest in a heater for the fluid?
#383 of 409 Re: oil change interval 
Jan 04, 2010 (5:03 am)
I would suspect the number one reason to change more often is the warm up cycle which will take longer in colder climate. Mixture is richer during warmup and blow-by will condense in cold oil.
Because of the extreme temperature change during warm up I'd definitely consider an engine heater even if changing every 4 months. Constantly cycling through the extremes would add to metal fatigue.
I have a new Malibu and living in southern GA. The computer determines when to change, but as of now it looks like that will be about 12,000 miles and I will make the one year mark first. I'm sure I'll change earlier though.
#384 of 409 Re: Freezing windshield washer lines - Anyone else? [ramblinmo]
Jan 04, 2010 (5:06 am)
It sounds like you forgot to flush the system with the new fluid. Or maybe you did not get what you paid for?
#385 of 409 Re: Freezing windshield washer lines - Anyone else? [e_net_rider]
Jan 04, 2010 (8:48 am)
Or maybe you did not get what you paid for?
That could be the case. I'd love to find a flat heater to mount under the area with a switch inside.
#386 of 409 Re: oil change interval [e_net_rider]
Jan 09, 2010 (8:36 pm)
wow, 12,000 miles, that'a amazing!
in the warmer months, with 60/40 city/hwy driving, my Venture's (3.4 V6) oil life monitor would indicate to change oil at around 7,000km (4,000 miles).
Chevy is just like the Rondo, i believe the US/Cdn versions have different programming for the oil change interval.
i'm switching to full synthetic next time i change the oil, hope i'll have time to send a sample to oil analysis to determin the proper oil change interval. i want to be good to the environment.
#387 of 409 Aftermarket fog lights
Mar 10, 2010 (8:40 am)
I just joined this forum because my fiance just purchased an '08 Rondo. Unfortunately it didn't come with fog lights, which is a handy option up here in Wisconsin. I acquired OEM fog lights and bezel blanking covers before I discovered that the Rondo puts the switch in the turn signal arm.
Has anyone here installed an aftermarket switch? If so where? Any/all advice on this would be most appreciated.
fyi--I advocated for the purchase. I really like the Rondo's roominess and elegant simplicity. It reminds me of my AWD Honda Element.
#388 of 409 Re: oil change interval 
Mar 10, 2010 (9:23 am)
IMO synthetic is the way to go, its proven to me to simply work better because I also ride Harley-Davidsons. On my air-cooled V-twins, running synthetic actually lowers my engines temperature.
#389 of 409 Re: Aftermarket fog lights [rmblroy]
Mar 10, 2010 (9:49 am)
I have a '08 EX Rondo with the factory fog lights. In my own experience I really haven't found any necessity to need them (I thought it was a good thing to have when I bought it). I find the regular low beam with the distinctive cut-off and wide spread seems to do a terrific job - works great in heavy snow too.
Have you tested them in your local fog first?
my location: Ontario, Canada