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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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#1 oil ?

What oil works best for a 01' 7.3 powerstroke with 250,000 miles. I'm new to diesels and just wanting some insight.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 03:32 PM
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Re: #1 oil ?

That's a loaded question. Rotella is a good oil that a lot use. Others are Valvoline Premium Blue which I use, Motorcraft, and a few others in the 15w/40 viscosity. Now for synthetics a lot like Valvoline Blue Extreme and Rotella's synthetic.

The big thing in picking a oil is to make sure that it is a diesel rated oil.

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Re: #1 oil ?

Thank you that helps me get an understanding about what others use.
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I use delo 400 it works good for me

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What oil works best for a 01' 7.3 powerstroke with 250,000 miles. I'm new to diesels and just wanting some insight.
Clean oil, the cleaner the better.

If only those who knew what they were talking about replied, this thread would still be on page one.
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Happy with Schaeffers 9000 5W-40 here.

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jpowers: What viscosity are you going to go with? 15W-40/5W-40/10W-30?

15W-40--> Delvac-Delo-Rotella
5W-40---> T6 Rotella-M1 TDT-Valvoline Extreme Blue-Schaeffers
10W-30--> T5 Rotella

There are many more to chose from these are popular brands...

Main thing is as stated above is Fresh Clean oil... Don't push it to much past 5K miles between oil changes... Keep that Fuel Filter changed between the 10K-15K mile mark...
Keep that Air Filter Clean... Turbos are very expensive...

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Clean oil, the cleaner the better.
^^^ agree, your 7.3 doesn't care about what name is on the bottle. All the major brands (Delo, Delvac, Rotella, Premium Blue etc) do a great job and while the additive packages might be a little different manufacturer to manufacturer they all seem to work well. If it gets much below 10-20*F where you live a diesel rated (CI or CJ-4) 10w-30 or 5w-40 will help with cold starts but not completely necessary.

Personally, in the winter I run a 10w-30 and in the summer I run whatever name brand 15w-40 I can get one sale.

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Re: #1 oil ?

Thanks for all the insight I'm glad I have joined the nation. Hopefully people will be this helpful when other problems arise. Just remember cummins is the mess stroking leaves behind.
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