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Old 12-31-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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DIY Diesel Oil Changes?

I usually change my wife's oil & filter in her '09 Santa Fe... easy and definitely saves a few bucks since I do the full-synthetic thing... I have changed my own oil for decades, but having a company truck for the last 20 years spoiled me. Now I have this new Ram / Cummins and need to keep costs down. So... other diesel owners... is it worth my time and effort to do it myself? What are you paying to have your oil and filter changed? How about fuel filters? Mine has 2... worth doing myself?

Thanks in advance for replies...
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:12 PM   #2
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Also have a Ram w/Cummins and buy oil from Walmart, filters from O'Reilly and found a local garage who changes oil and filters for $20. Don't have to get dirty and deal with disposal and about $50 cheaper than dealer. Check around for a small shop.
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:34 PM   #3
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Ford F-350 6.7L turbo diesel requires ~13 quarts to change the oil. No catch pan I have will do the trick even if I wanted to. I took my old F-250 to the dealer and it was about $98 total each time.

I haven't changed oil in the F-350 yet but suspect it will be about the same at the dealer and I can do without the hassle. I let them do the fuel filters too but we only average 5k a year so it isn't needed often.

The F-350 has the oil minder system to tell when to change the oil...but it will get changed before the new camping season hits as the owner's manual says to run 10W-40 if towing regularly. If I had noticed that sooner, I would have had the dealer throw in 1 free oil change as I bought the truck to tow and they knew that.

So far I just chalk it all up to the cost of having fun camping!
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:38 PM   #4
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2011 Ram 3500 Cummins - have the dealer do the oil changes usually as I don't have time. They charge $149.00 but always seem to find me a coupon to bring it down to $89-$99 each time. And they usually will clean and vacuum the truck at the same time.

I have changed the oil on my own with the F350 and it was usually in the $65-$75 range for good oil and filters.
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:16 PM   #5
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06 duramax, I buy my oil at meyers for 19.00 for 4 quarts of rotella T6 syn, and the filter cost about 10 bucks, takes 10 qts for a change. and I have never paid someone to do this for me, It takes all of 15 minutes and I have a reason to look at everything under the truck. I replace at 6k interval,
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:18 PM   #6
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I can truthfully say I have NEVER paid or "had" the oil changed in any of our vehicles.So that would be about 55yrs of oil changes /filters/lube services.Ive been running Amsoil synthetic in everything everywhere since about 1985.That being said ,I have always had in my shop(s) a hoist,but even now, I dont usually use it for that because it doubles as a welding table and lift for the atv's,tractors.
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:26 PM   #7
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My Dodge Cummins costs usually $13 or less a gallon for Rotella holds 10 quarts & about $6 for a Fram filter my mechanic charges me $10 to change it and disposes of the waste. So under $55.

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I have always used a local place for my duramax. It cost about $58-59 with tax and all and they use rotella (which I've always used in my diesels ).
For me it's about the same cost as if i buy all the stuff, or maybe I'm paying about $10 or so for labor, but I'm good with that!!! Heck it only takes them about 10 minutes and the kids get a sucker and a sody pop!
Funny thing is, I'm a dealer tech, but I just would rather pay someone to take care of the simple little stuff like that.
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Old 01-01-2015, 08:15 AM   #9
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The day for me to change my own oil has long passed. I get mine changed between 4 and 5000 miles. The cost is around $79.00 dollars, but that is also with 14 qts of oil and filter. I have my fuel filters changed every other oil change, then my bill will double. The bonus is that they also fill all liquids if needed and do a 21 point inspection. These are no longer the same engines as I grew up with.
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There is no easy way for me to dispose of the oil, and along with the mess it's more convenient to take the truck and have it changed.
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