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Old 11-19-2006, 02:10 AM
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Ok im confused ,there are people changing oil at 5000miles and then there are pople changing oil at 3750 miles because 5000 seems to long??? If im right the regular schedule for oil change is 15000miles for normal and 7500miles for severe, so what is the benefit of changing oil so early? other than wasting $100 bucks all the time ,worked on diesels in the army and for defense contractor and never under stood this. anyone have a explanation? maybe i have my a@@ up my forth point of contact but hey i need to know?


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First off, an oil change is only $40 if you do it yourself. I can't speak for everyone here, but for those of us who bought an '06 it's possible the truck has been sitting on the lot for about a year. In that case, you'll want to change the oil earlier than scheduled. I've also heard reports of extremely dirty oil at 3500 miles due to engine break in and the age of the oil. It can't hurt, and $40 is a small investment to keep everything running well.
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Cummins themselves say you can go a maximum of 15,000 miles on an oil change, provided you use oil that meet specific criteria. If you don't use oil that meet that, they recommend a maximum 7,500 change intervail. Read my post here for more information and links.
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Anyone runs AMSOIL??
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Many do use Amsoil and some use some of the other Synthetic oils on the market..
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I paid the extra 700 dollars to get oil changes every 3500 miles. About 3 times a month on average for me. So the 700 was a good investment for me. I change mine every 3500 because i already paid for it so i am going to suck the dealer for all there worth.
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NOW THATS A WORTHWILE REASON AS WELL AS REALY FUNNY!
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Old 11-21-2006, 10:53 AM
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With todays oils some say 15k is ok. I'm a tech at a dealership for other model vehicles and I got to tell you the oil might be able to hold up (synthetic) but I have had quite a few filters come apart in my hands (cartridge style filters). So the dealership started to pay for a 7,500 mile oil change then the client is responsible for the 15k.
As for myself I change my oil at 5,000 miles (Rotella brand oil) and rotate the tires then next time around I balance and rotate.
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Old 11-21-2006, 03:35 PM
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Myself, I think I will change the oil in my 06 at 3500. Then every 7500 after that using a good quality 15/40. I am sure I could go every 15K, but after getting hit up for a 5K+ expense for a diesel motor, I would rather be safe than sorry.

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I change my oil every 5K. It's just easy for me to remember to change it on the 5's and the 0's. LOL !!

I just got my new drain plug ( again ). Looks like it should fit this time, but since I just did an oil change I've got about another 4K to go before I try it out.



HEY ... was it my imagination or did someone here recomend using grease on the oil filter gasket instead of oil? I remember hearing it somewhere but I can't remember where.
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As I see it the problem is that not every body drives there truck long enough to get it up to operating temps to burn off the fuel and other things that gets in to the oil. A lot of stop and go driving along with long idle times is not good for the oil. Also those who don’t drive it for at least 10 miles minimum to get the oil hot cause the oil to break down faster and there for it needs to be change it out at less than 7500 miles and not the 7500+ that the oil is good for. Too many people drive for .5 to5 miles and this will not get their CTD up to full operating temps wonder why their engines have so many oil related problems.

This reminds me of what I heard one man ask the SM, why was it not good for his new CTD to be driven 1 mile to work and 1 mile back home verse letting it sit until needed. It’s all of the uninformed people that the dealerships like to visit them so that they can make good $$. In fact I think all dealerships think that 99% of all people are uninformed so that they can say and do as they please when it comes to work being performed on the vehicle, even more so when it’s about warranty work.
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Well said my friend, you explained 99% of what severe driving conditions are! In summary severe conditions are short trips less than 10 miles, stop and go driving, frequent towing/hauling heavy loads or driving in dusty conditions. Under these conditions your oil needs to be changed more frequently unless you use an oil analysis service and it comes back good. As everyone knows, synthetics hold up better than petroleum base oils. It is no secret that all major Airlines, Race cars, trucks, bikes, and even the gas turbine engines in Naval ships use synthetics. Why you ask? Because they do not break down as quickly as petroleum based oils when put under extreme pressure and heat. They also have a variety of additives to control acids from combustion blow by and EGR, control soot thickening, oxidation and engine wear. So while an oil change using petroleum base oil may be cheaper, it WILL NOT protect your engine like a good synthetic oil. I use AMSOIL because of it's high TBN(Total Base Number) of 12. and extended drain intervals. With AMSOIL you can go 15,000 under severe conditions as long as you use their filter which is among the best on the market.



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It is no secret that all major Airlines, Race cars, trucks, bikes, and even the gas turbine engines in Naval ships use synthetics.

I didn't know that ...
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