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Old 08-02-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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Just like to hear some opinions here. I've got about 10 months and 4000 miles on my oil. Am going to be doing a trip west and planning on putting on about another 5000. Just got the chassis lubed and didn't realize that it is part of the oil change at my FL dealer, so don't want to spend another 200 bucks there. I am capable of changing the oil and was wondering if it would be ok to change oil this time but not change the filter. I'm not a big fan of this, but with only 4k on it and cummins saying 15k or 1 year, I'm thinking the filter is not worn out and the oil itself is the more important lube component here. Also, I'm going to have FL change the oil and do preventive maint. before winterizing about a month after my return. If I do change the filter, do I need to fill it before replacing it? Thanks for any thoughts....

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Old 08-02-2014, 04:48 PM   #2
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Rich,
With only 4k miles on the filter, I would think it should be fine to change just the oil. When I picked up my coach I changed only the oil when it had about 2k miles on it.
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I don't know if Cummins got it ironed out, but they used to have a problem getting all of the casting sand out of the block. When changing oil on Dodge trucks with the 5.9 the first oil change would have a few grains of grit in it. Filters are too cheap compared to engine price.


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Old 08-02-2014, 05:07 PM   #4
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Mine is not a 5.9 it is a 6.7l and isn't that what the filter is supposed to do, remove and trap any debris in the oll?
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I don't know if Cummins got it ironed out, but they used to have a problem getting all of the casting sand out of the block. When changing oil on Dodge trucks with the 5.9 the first oil change would have a few grains of grit in it. Filters are too cheap compared to engine price.


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I've already done one oil change with filter, so I guess I should be ok. Mine's also a 6.7

Tom, that's kind of the lines I was thinking along....

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Old 08-02-2014, 06:31 PM   #6
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heck I would change the filter and leave the oil alone
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:33 PM   #7
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The oil's looking a little black and nasty......
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:17 PM   #8
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6.7 is an enlarged version of the 5.9, same "B" block, and oil filter can't catch what goes to the bottom of the pan and stays there.


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Old 08-02-2014, 09:23 PM   #9
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Just change the filter also, don't half ass it! You got 10 months on it, almost time per cummins anyway.
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I would agree that changing just the oil should be fine.

But....I'm the kind of guy that if I'm going to down there anyway, I would go ahead and do the filter also. Sometimes I may overdo what is 'needed' though and am not ashamed to admit it.
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