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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-12-2014, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Oil rule of thumb???

So in reading quite a number of posts, I see what oil to use can be debated till you're blue in the face. I see some like 0w while others like 5w, or 15w...and so in and so on. Then there is the issue of what (if any) additives should you use?!

I guess what I'm asking is, is there a rule of thumb you can follow? Is there an oil that is good no matter what the application? Whether you have high or low miles, whether you pull a lot, or not at all?

I have a 2005 with almost 170k miles. I will drive it less than 5k a year. How often should I change the oil to make this engine last? And what oil should be used? Thanks!
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Pepsi or Coke, but a full synthetic can help with stiction issues.

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Re: Oil rule of thumb???

I see snow, so at least a synthetic, probably 5w-40 would be fine.

5000 a year, you could end up with turbo issues down the road. Make sure your truck has the vane sweep program in it.

My truck was only used 5000 a year by the original owner and it went through 3 turbos. All from not being used.


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Make sure your truck has the vane sweep program in it.
Depending on flash version if the EGR valve is not electrically connected the PCM no longer will do the vane sweep at startup

It gets to -40C here and I use 5W40 synthetic, but I use an oil pan heater also.


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Fill me in on vane sweep please. My truck is bone stock.
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Only applies if you have done an EGR delete.


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I plan to in the future. Can you educate me?
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Only applies if you have done an EGR delete.


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What's the flare to In Your avatar? You work at a refinery? Oil and gas field?
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Use to work at a refinery, now at a ethane cracker. LOT cleaner process. :)


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Use to work at a refinery, now at a ethane cracker. LOT cleaner process. :)


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I bet it is cleaner!!! We have cracker plants popping up around here in wv/pa now. I work in the Marcellus shale myself.
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