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Old 05-19-2015, 01:19 PM   #121
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Would you go 15k "under a certain set of conditions" between oil changes?
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:35 PM   #122
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Though not verified, it seems as though starting in 2013 they did away with the severe service recommended 7500 oil change and are going with a 15K/ 6mo change interval across the board. Considering the vast majority of non commercial users will likely travel 15K or less in a year, that will still translate to a 7500 or less change for most if you are adhering to the 6 mo. part.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:37 PM   #123
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I went from F150 gas to F350 diesel for following reasons.

1. Recommended by a Ford diesel mechanic who has been a good friend for many years. He wasn't too impressed with the gas motor performance
2. My current trailer weighs around 8500 # but bought truck in case I found a bigger TT that I couldn't live without.
3. Planned on keeping this truck for a long time which justified the extra cost,at least to me.
4. Went with F350 because cost wasn't that much from a F250

I have had truck for 3 years now and have towed around 8,000 miles with it and couldn't be happier. Much less stress towing especially long distances. What impressed me most is when I am towing on flat road at 65 mph...the tach is at 1600 rpm and I get close to 13 mpg. When I hit upgrade in road, it rarely downshifts, the turbo just increases.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
PS. this is my daily driver and no issues.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:40 PM   #124
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Would you go 15k "under a certain set of conditions" between oil changes?
If the manufacturer states in writing that I can, why wouldn't I?
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:45 PM   #125
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IMHO, if Bubba Joe Backyardmechanic tells me I can go 15K between changes, I'm gonna question that number. But if the MANUFACTURER gives me an oil change interval under a certain set of conditions, I should be able to take that as gospel.

Disclaimer: I am NOT a mechanic. I do not play one on TV. And I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
It's a "tree hugger" deal.... or some people call it GREEN. Yes, the metallurgy and fuel management has improved several hundred percent in the last 30 years... but facts are facts oil gets dirty and detergents break down...especially in a diesel.
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So, The Big 3 auto companies have bitten so hard into the "green effort" that they will allow their customers to potentially damage their engines. And all in the name of "being green"? Is that what you're saying??
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:31 PM   #127
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In fact working the Cummins engine towing a heavy trailer is better for the engine rater than using it has a grocery getter.
dont take this the wrong way but I always chuckle when I hear this. As a certified diesel mech since 1983, can you explain this reasoning to me? cylinder pressures, gear train, bearing,rings, valve train and just about everything in the engine including the oil is getting it`s life shortened with heavy use. driving 2 miles is not good for any engine and the diesel takes longer to heat up and burn off the condensation from sitting idle, as a diesel owner for a long time, if I was looking for another it would be a non towing vehicle, one that was just driven around town to get grocerys
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:34 PM   #128
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dont take this the wrong way but I always chuckle when I hear this. As a certified diesel mech since 1983, can you explain this reasoning to me? cylinder pressures, gear train, bearing,rings, valve train and just about everything in the engine including the oil is getting it`s life shortened with heavy use. driving 2 miles is not good for any engine and the diesel takes longer to heat up and burn off the condensation from sitting idle, as a diesel owner for a long time, if I was looking for another it would be a non towing vehicle, one that was just driven around town to get grocerys
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I was driving a fleet delivery truck when the 15k oil changes became popular. What happened was the oil started to break down after 8-10k and consumption increased to the point where a low oil usage engine went to high usage. The lazy driver that didn't to check the oil was now in trouble. At 15k the usage was so high in some cases the engines ran out of oil due to the lack of monitoring it. So the 15k oil change went away in our fleet.
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:46 PM   #130
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If the manufacturer states in writing that I can, why wouldn't I?
Let me rephrase that. Do you go 15k between oil changes following what the manufacturer say's?
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