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Oil changes synthetic vs regular

how often do u guys change ur oil in ur Ariens? i know the manual says after first 5 hrs...how often after? do u guys use synthetic? does it lengthen the times in between oil changes?
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I change once a season unless its like last winter. I use regular oil.

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Once a season should be adequate for most of us, especially if using a syn oil.

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Once a season and I use Mobil1, 0-40 that I get at Walmart.
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I change once a season unless its like last winter. I use regular oil.
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AMSOIL synthetic is what I use. Had the best luck using AMSOIL synthetic I currently have a 2003 Hyundai Elantra with 395000 miles on it. It still has the original engine and transmission it's never been replaced. Runs great and back a few years ago I had the valve cover gasket replaced. Mechanic who replaced the gasket said the inside of the engine was immaculate with no sludge deposits whatsoever. People complain that synthetic oil is way too expensive. I change my oil in my snow blower once the season Too. Couple extra dollars is pretty cheap insurance the way I look at it it's only going to cost a few dollars more for your snow blower each season at most.
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Once a year at end of season. Synthetic is preferred.
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Once a year at the beginning of the season. You'll tend to get a lot of condensation sitting over the summer so I just leave it and change it in the fall.
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I moved over to a Syn 5-30 w years ago on all my small engines, new and old, as you can see, Briggs & Stratton suggest it also for the widest coverage. Change it once a year. The biggest downfall on the lifespan of small engines is lack of maintenance.

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As the previous posters mentioned change it once a year and no difference if at end of season or beginning since if any condensation would occur, just running the engine for 15 minutes will dissipate any condensation.
As for oil type syn. vs reg., I use synthetic in all my engines whether car or small engines for the simple fact that the synthetic molecules are much smaller therefore filling microscopic voids which results in a better sealed components ei; piston rings, valve guides, crankcase etc. resulting in a much longer cleaner oil.
Conventional oil are ok too but it gets dirty faster since the bigger molecules allows the carbon to soil the oil black over time.
So my preference is Mobil Synt. 5w-30

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