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Old 03-13-2016, 01:50 PM   #11
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Almost forgot to mention, I bring our Solera to Mercedes for it's oil changes, not because I like paying the bills, but if I ever do have a problem ther are receipts that show the only place it was serviced was at a Mercedes dealer with their mechanics and with factory approved fluids.
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Old 03-13-2016, 02:13 PM   #12
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all this advise and not a single question asking what rig you are driving....ford diesel books mention 15k between changes....only if service is not severe.....towing,short daily trips, heavy hauling,dusty conditions.... all severe.
my opinion, 15k is beyond the pale....1/2 that should be the maximum norm.
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Old 03-13-2016, 02:34 PM   #13
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I change mine the first of June and the first of December. Manual says 15K miles or 6 months. So I usually get about 8-10K from a change. I still can't get over how nasty the oil looks after just a hundred miles or so. Dealer says it's just a part of driving a diesel. Truck has around 40K on it now, most all towing, and has yet to use a teaspoon of oil. Wish my 2013 Chevy Malibu was as easy on the oil. It goes through 2 quarts between 3K change intervals. Service manager claims that's normal for 4 cyl engines. Yeah, I'm sure.
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Old 03-13-2016, 03:34 PM   #14
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all this advise and not a single question asking what rig you are driving
Well, that's probably because this is a forum for owners of FR motorhomes based on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis. Guess we pretty much assume that folks are driving Sprinters...

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Old 03-13-2016, 03:43 PM   #15
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Might consider having your oil analyzed. Lot's of good info. I use Blackstone. You can call or email and they will send you free sample bottles.
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:37 PM   #16
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I agree with changing the oil, but I would also echo that biodiesel was a bad decision. Therefore, don't neglect changing the fuel filter too at regular intervals. My 2014 owners manual says change at 30,000 miles. My service tech said that is too long for folks who are using many different brand diesel in varied locations. I only will fill up at branded stations but B20 is ubiquitous.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:16 AM   #17
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I only own Gas engines,,, I never let mine go over 5k,,, I used to change very 3k,,,
I use SYN oil,,, I am not sure oil goes bad every year ???
I only put 3k on my F150 over the last 2 years !!!
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:07 AM   #18
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I only own Gas engines,,, I never let mine go over 5k,,, I used to change very 3k,,,
I use SYN oil,,, I am not sure oil goes bad every year ???
I only put 3k on my F150 over the last 2 years !!!
Diesels are generally harder on oil than gas engines - the sulfur and soot degrade the TBN (total base number) which in part is a measure of the alkaline additives used to neutralize the acidity of the contaminants.

Infrequent and/or short driving cycles can be tougher on oil than long stretches on the highway. The oil never gets very hot and the moisture that is prevalent never boils off - which contributes to acids in the oil and engine. So the TBN can fall off towards zero even with very few miles on the oil.

There are many articles out there about oil changes and while I no longer subscribe to the 3,000 mile oil change promoted by the quick oil change industry and some dealers, I change the oil annually or every 10,000 miles whichever occurs first.
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Because I tow, I change mine every 8,000. Why, it is just a number I picked.
If the oil change is going to fall due during a trip, I change before I leave. So what normally happens is, I change my oil a lot.

Buy Mobil 1 when Napa has it on sale (usually $5.99 qt).
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Sam's sells Mobil 1 for $37.78 for a 6 pack,,,
From time to time they have it for $32.78 !!!
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