5000 miles and engine oil still clean - DodgeForum.com

Go Back  DodgeForum.com > Dodge Trucks > Dodge Dakota > 2nd Gen Dakota Tech
Reload this Page >

5000 miles and engine oil still clean

Notices
2nd Gen Dakota Tech 2nd Gen Dakota Tech - The ultimate forum for technical help on the 2nd Gen Dakota.
Sponsored By:
Sponsored By:

5000 miles and engine oil still clean

Reply

 
 
 
  #1  
Old 08-09-2018, 10:17 PM
Dodgevity's Avatar
Dodgevity
Dodgevity is offline
Record Breaker
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 1,250
Default 5000 miles and engine oil still clean

Pulled the dipstick and the oil is honey colored with 5K on it. Haven't had to add any either, so she is doing well at almost 300K.

I'll change it when it hits 7.5K, as usual, but heck, it will probably still be clean. I'm running Quaker State Ultimate Durability 0W20 and a Fram Ultra XG 16 filter, which is full synthetic media. Any hi milers out there seeing the same thing? Makes me think I can extend the OCI. Is color a reliable indicator of oil quality?
 

Last edited by Dodgevity; 08-09-2018 at 10:20 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-10-2018, 12:05 AM
primem
primem is offline
All Star
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 941
Default

all highway miles?
I use full syn in all my vehicles...they run perfect...the oil is changed out every 6000 kilometers...its always black.
 
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-10-2018, 08:40 AM
djacobson
djacobson is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 17
Default

Its safe to run that thin oil? Apparently it is with that many miles on the engine and the oil change. Just got my Dakota 4.7 with 92000. In a few hundred miles its black. Im going to do a couple short (1000 mile) oil changes. I wonder if an oil like that would help my cleaning process.
 
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-10-2018, 10:47 AM
Dodgevity's Avatar
Dodgevity
Dodgevity is offline
Record Breaker
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 1,250
Default

Originally Posted by primem View Post
all highway miles?
I use full syn in all my vehicles...they run perfect...the oil is changed out every 6000 kilometers...its always black.
Mixed driving, lots of stop and go in heavy Atlanta traffic. The QSUD is full syn.

Originally Posted by djacobson View Post
Its safe to run that thin oil? Apparently it is with that many miles on the engine and the oil change. Just got my Dakota 4.7 with 92000. In a few hundred miles its black. Im going to do a couple short (1000 mile) oil changes. I wonder if an oil like that would help my cleaning process.
Is it safe? Yes.... 5W20 is now standard fill for all 4.7L at the dealerships and has been for years. 0W-20 is only thinner when cold, for faster flow. At normal operating temp, it's 20 weight. The truck runs superbly on it.
 

Last edited by Dodgevity; 08-10-2018 at 10:58 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-10-2018, 12:01 PM
djacobson
djacobson is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 17
Default

I was just going off the owners man for the oil type. 2001 Dakota 4.7. So you say they changed it to a 5w20 recomendation so a 0w20 should be ok then? Not that I really need to change, but in ND winters it may be nice
 
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-10-2018, 05:33 PM
Dodgevity's Avatar
Dodgevity
Dodgevity is offline
Record Breaker
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 1,250
Default

Originally Posted by djacobson View Post
I was just going off the owners man for the oil type. 2001 Dakota 4.7. So you say they changed it to a 5w20 recomendation so a 0w20 should be ok then? Not that I really need to change, but in ND winters it may be nice
True, that is what the manual says. Your manual is also around 20 years old. You can call any dealer and ask what weight they would put in your truck, if you were to have an oil change.

Oil has improved greatly over the years. In torture tests that tests the toughness of oil films by apply pressure until the metal scars, 0W20 usually beats out 5W20, so even though it's thinner when cold, it's tougher all around and usually beats out 5W30 too.
Pic of the dipstick taken today....

 

Last edited by Dodgevity; 08-10-2018 at 06:05 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-10-2018, 09:52 PM
primem
primem is offline
All Star
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 941
Default

and better fuel mileage also...that's why all the new trucks are using it. I'm debating on making the change. There is some talk its responsible for the hemi tick on start up...any truth to that?
 
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-10-2018, 10:17 PM
Dodgevity's Avatar
Dodgevity
Dodgevity is offline
Record Breaker
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 1,250
Default

Originally Posted by primem View Post
and better fuel mileage also...that's why all the new trucks are using it. I'm debating on making the change. There is some talk its responsible for the hemi tick on start up...any truth to that?
Well it flows faster on startup, so lubrication reaches the top end faster. My 4.7 has the ubiquitous lifter rattle on startup and they quiet down faster than when I was running 5W. You really don't need to debate, I've been using it for years. The truck seems to run better with it than when I was running 5W30, but that might just be my perception.
 

Last edited by Dodgevity; 08-10-2018 at 10:27 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-11-2018, 10:03 AM
djacobson
djacobson is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 17
Default

So what do I do with the 10qts of 5w30 I have now if I make the change? Since I’m doing short (1000 mile)changes I think 0w20 on the next change. I hope the possible sludgeing is clearing up by then. The oil already looks better than from the 1st change. It will be just in time for winter for me. The Dakota kind of stays home in summer. The Geo Tracker (Suzuki) with the soft top is my daily unless its raining. Thanks for the info and real world experience.
 
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-11-2018, 01:47 PM
Dodgevity's Avatar
Dodgevity
Dodgevity is offline
Record Breaker
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 1,250
Default

10 qts? Send them to me. Nothing wrong with 5W30, just use it till it's gone.

Regarding the sludge.... Save some of your used oil and after a few more oil changes, run some motor flush thru it at idle speed for about 5 min. Drain oil and drain the old filter too then reinstall it. Fill with used oil and run for a min or two to get rid of any traces of the flush solvent. Drain again and install fresh oil and filter.

Again, don't do this right away. Let the synthetic do its thing a few more changes. You dont want any clogs in the pickup. You can even replace a quart of oil with ATF, 500 miles before your next oil change, for a bit more agressive cleaning.
 

Last edited by Dodgevity; 08-11-2018 at 02:20 PM.
Reply With Quote
 
 
 


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: 5000 miles and engine oil still clean


Featured Sponsors

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: