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Old 05-22-2009, 04:46 PM
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What kind of oil do you all use and what is your opinion on it,and would you recomend it because I want to find out what kind of oil is the best to use(especialy for my 3.9 V6 with 127,9XX miles), Regular,Sinthetic,etc
Ive heard Lucas is good but lets hear others oppinions
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I switched to Mobile 1 at 102,000 miles. I bought the truck with 86,000 on it, and no reason to believe synthetic was used before. I've had no problems.
I have been thinking about switching to Castrol or Valvoline synthetic.

I would recommend a synthetic, but really, people have run these, and many other engines, for 200,000+ on regular oil.
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I have used 4 quarts of Castrol GTX High Milage 10W-30 and 1 quart of Lucas Oil Stablizer (which is the recommended 20% by Lucas) every 3000-3500 miles since I owned the truck. I don't know if the v6 is also a 5 quart capacity, but I would recommend using Lucas Oil Stabilizer 20% of whatever your capacity is. When I first got the truck, it had some blow-by if you got on the gas when the engine is cold, but now I haven't seen any blowby in almost a year. I will keep using that oil combination cause I'm happy with it.

On a side note, I also use that Lucas Oil Stabilizer 100% in my rear differential and it has been great. That differential makes no noise at all.
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I am using Valvoline High Mileage Synthetic Blend 10W30 with 20% Lucas Oil Stabilizer. When I swap in the V8 I will run a full synthetic with 20% Lucas Oil Stabilizer. Most likely Castrol or Valvoline.
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im running synthetic 10w30 valvoline max life (for engines over 120,000KM) along with 50% lucas oil stablizer (higher recommendation for more worn engine) in my v6.

bad news for me is, even after the hughes plenum fix, and 50% lucas in the oil, shes still burnin oil. not nearly as bad as before, but, you can still see the blue smoke coming out of the tailpipe and you can smell it.... im stumped as to whats gunna fix mine....
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Id like thank everyone for posting what kind of oil you all use and id also like to see more posts from people so keep them coming

now for 3.9l93dakota: I think your probably going to have to tear that engine apart but ive also read that your also lookin for a 318 so i dont know what you would want to do
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now for 3.9l93dakota: I think your probably going to have to tear that engine apart but ive also read that your also lookin for a 318 so i dont know what you would want to do
well i was originally looking for a 360, but now im getting a free 318, so im debating a 390 stroker... but thats another subject. ive really given up all hope in ever getting my 3.9 to run and work properly. so im just gunna run it til it dies, and then drop the new engine in. ill keep up routine maintenance, but no major repairs...
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Out of all the people that have viewed this thread only 5 use oil??! What the hell people, just write down what ya use and what you think of it
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I have used 4 quarts of Castrol GTX High Milage 10W-30 and 1 quart of Lucas Oil Stablizer (which is the recommended 20% by Lucas) every 3000-3500 miles since I owned the truck.
same here, but i've only done 3 oil changes since i've owned the truck (had it under a year) so I am still trying to find an oil to stick with. the change before i used penzoil high millage. i liked that too. though, for sure, i'm stickin with the lucas... burning less oil and runs a bit smoother. plus just the thought makes me feel like i'm being responsible... usually i get kinda cheap about things like this, but I figure this is definitely worth the investment.
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Just an update to my opinion on oil here. After taking apart the 318 with 50,000 miles on it and seeing the original honing marks and the condition the engine was in, I will be switching over to Mobil 1 synthetic in my trucks. For the 318 and the 4.7L when I get it running.
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Ive always ran Valvoline high millage 10w30 in my vehicles from my 3.9 to my 318 mag and my la318 also in my 3.7. thats just what i like to use
but i will never use synthetic because my uncle (a mechanic since forever) absolutely hates synthetic motor oil. he tells me its because if you blow the engine after using synthetic its more likely to damage the cylinder wall worse (less likely to be rebuildable) as apposed to non-synthetic it would be more likely to be rebuildable.
But you can take that how you will.
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I have heard of engines leaking really bad when switched to synthetic if you have any existing leaks. Haven't heard about engine cylinder walls getting damaged if it blows up though. Personally, I think running good synthetic oil can be a preventative measure though to blowing your engine up. But that being said, everyone has their opinion and when it comes to synthetic vs. conventional it seems to be one of those hotly debated topics.
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Currently I use Pennzoil High Mileage 10w30 and a can of Restore or Wynns Friction proofing when I can find it. I've heard that it's not good to convert over to synthetic if you've been using regular oil, unless you're rebuilding the engine. That may just be an urban myth but, I'll wait til I rebuild my 318 Mag before I switch to synthetic.

Has anyone had any experience with that Z-Max I always see on TV?
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I agree and could see switching from reg oil to synthetic being a problem and from synthetic to reg.
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i use Pennzoil 10w30 in my 318 and its got over 350000+ miles on it and still run strong dont use any Oil Stabilizer just transmission is the only thing that is going out of my truck and im not easy on it drive it every day like i say i dont drive it easy
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i have a 89 dodge d 250 with 411 rear and a auto 3 speed motor is real strong
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The new "conventional" oils, according to people who know a lot more about oil than I do, are actually more synthetic than the old "synthetic" oils...

I used to care, then I stopped doing that. Now I buy a case of Mobil Super 10-40 whenever it goes on sale at Kragen. I use that to change the oil in the Dakota (145k miles), the Audi S4 (210k miles), the Mazda RX-7 (99k miles), the Range Rover (180k miles), the Tacoma (150k miles) and the Land Cruiser (120k miles). None of them have ever had any oil pressure issues, none of them burn more than a quart between changes, and the oil comes out looking clean after 5000 miles. I should also add that every engine listed above is "virgin", having never been taken down lower than the heads. And I am HARD on my cars. All of them have been over 100mph, and the Audi regularly gets tossed through turns at full throttle and bounced off the rev limiter.

Edit to add: The fleet I currently have is the youngest fleet I've ever owned, miles-wise. My Porsche had 210k and a giant turbocharger and my 1970 BMW had 950k on the original block, many of those miles raced in BMWCCA events.
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I use 10w30 Valvoline Max Life conventional in the winter and the same in 10w40 in the summer.

My 3.9 has 161K on it now. I ran Mobil 1 synthetic in it about a year ago for around 5,000 miles....while it ran great, I did notice a bit more seepage from the rear main. With conventional oil, I can go 2K to 2500 mi. before I have to add a half quart or so. It was more often with the synthetic. The truck doesn't 'burn' any at all. No smoke at start-up or under WOT. Plugs are always clean.

It was basically 'raised' on conventional oil with regular changes from the previous owner and I. Seems to really like it so, I'll stick with it.

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I did a major repair job to replace rear main seal and plenum gaskets, valley pan, & hoses (the truck was marking its territory in the carport.) So my 230xxx mile 5.2 is fairly dry now. 'cept for the leak on the junction between the trannie and the x-fer case. When it cools off here in the gateway to Hell, Tucson, I'll be changing the valve cover gaskets.

I'm currently running Rotella T3 sythetic--it's what I had in the cabinet when I did the work. When oil change time comes, I'll probably change back to dyno Rotella T, 15w40. It's what I use in my KLR, it's great oil, takes a likkin' and keeps on tikkin'. And it's pretty economical.

Modern standard oils are (imho) at least as good as earlier generations of synthetics.
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http://www.widman.biz/uploads/Modern...tion_Guide.pdf
Modern car means roller tappets not flat tappets
if you want the details
http://www.widman.biz/uploads/Corvair_oil.pdf
an essential read if you are running a flat tappet cam and informative for all
if you are running a stick shift (synchromesh)
http://www.widman.biz/Corvair/Englis...Transaxle.html
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