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Lwiddis

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Posted: 06/09/21 07:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I change when it starts to remind me at every start. Usually 4-5%.


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I do both fuel filters and the oil and oil filter each spring. Both tend to show 25-35% left at that point, give or take. I run full synthetic and use the stratapore (?) Fleetguard filter. No issues yet.

I did finally buy one of those aluminum filter plugs and that's a gamechanger for the 4th gen and up Cummins trucks. It's still a stupid place to put an oil filter but the plug sure helps a lot - no mess and it makes it easy to pull out a filter full of hot oil.


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I have a 2015 Duramax - the dealer told me to not worry about what the DIC says, but to bring it in at 5000 miles, oil change and tire rotation. I have been doing my own DEF as the one time I let them do it, they spilled it all over.

By the way, the dealer that I bought it from has free oil changes for life, so doesn't cost but for the tire rotation. Probably doing it more than I need to, but still only about once every 9-12 months or so. I do also check my oil every couple times I get gas. Learned that the hard way with an Acura that had an oil issue. By the time the DIC says get an oil change, the light usually comes on, no oil on the dipstick. They told me to stop following the DIC and come in every 3500 miles. They replaced the top end of the engine under warranty, but I still check the oil every fuel fill up.

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4x4ord wrote:

I usually reset the meter when it displays change oil soon … then the next time it comes up I change it if I still own the truck.


Honestly why change oil at all on your rigs. [emoticon]


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IdaD wrote:

I do both fuel filters and the oil and oil filter each spring. Both tend to show 25-35% left at that point, give or take. I run full synthetic and use the stratapore (?) Fleetguard filter. No issues yet.

I did finally buy one of those aluminum filter plugs and that's a gamechanger for the 4th gen and up Cummins trucks. It's still a stupid place to put an oil filter but the plug sure helps a lot - no mess and it makes it easy to pull out a filter full of hot oil.


I have switched from the Stratapore to Donaldson-AMZ/OIL oil filter as they filter even better and are US Made.

Simply remove intake tube and RnR filter from the top it's very easy and no spilled oil.

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Thermoguy wrote:

I have a 2015 Duramax - the dealer told me to not worry about what the DIC says, but to bring it in at 5000 miles, oil change and tire rotation. I have been doing my own DEF as the one time I let them do it, they spilled it all over.

By the way, the dealer that I bought it from has free oil changes for life, so doesn't cost but for the tire rotation. Probably doing it more than I need to, but still only about once every 9-12 months or so. I do also check my oil every couple times I get gas. Learned that the hard way with an Acura that had an oil issue. By the time the DIC says get an oil change, the light usually comes on, no oil on the dipstick. They told me to stop following the DIC and come in every 3500 miles. They replaced the top end of the engine under warranty, but I still check the oil every fuel fill up.


I can only giggle and wonder after reading this post!


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

4x4ord wrote:

I usually reset the meter when it displays change oil soon … then the next time it comes up I change it if I still own the truck.


Honestly why change oil at all on your rigs. [emoticon]


Like button. 4x’s philosophies are umm interesting, to be polite.

But more so, they’re subtle, maybe passive aggressive attempts of conveying his financial security to the point that changing a truck is just less of a nuisance than maintaining it, when the cost of trucks is like beer money to the “commoners.”

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Thanks to you all for your responses. Everyone seems to do it a little different but pretty much all in the same mindset.

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

My F350 is used so little that the last time I changed it at 5000mi it had been over 2 years. Worries the dealer to death. It sits out there in the garage but I start it and let it run awhile every now and then.


Define, "let it run awhile". If that's sitting in the garage idling for 10min, probably more harm than good.

If you do that, get it out on the road and up to speed for 15-20min, so everything heats up fully.

I usually do an oil change every 6000miles or when she gets put to bed for the winter (if we are headed overseas for the winter).


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ferndaleflyer wrote:

My F350 is used so little that the last time I changed it at 5000mi it had been over 2 years. Worries the dealer to death. It sits out there in the garage but I start it and let it run awhile every now and then.


I once bought a new truck that had been on the dealer's lot over 6 months. I suggested that they should change the oil since the oil change interval was 6 months. They made it clear that time on the dealer's lot doesn't apply to oil changer intervals.

I wouldn't crank the one in the garage unless I planned to get it well warmed up. You really want to cook out any condensation before putting it back in storage.

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