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Old 11-07-2013, 10:37 AM
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Valvoline is my oil of choice and a Bosch filter, that's what I buy when I do it myself. In the case of my truck, I've kept it at the dealership for service, Mopar filter and usually Pennzoil is what I believe they use now, but that way they have my service records in the system so no arguing my upkeep and if they mess anything up it's on them to fix it. I get oil and grease enough at work lol (one thing I love about my job lol) but in my off time, I'd rather let someone else do it.

As for doing your own oil changes/maintenance and warranty goes, so long as you keep you receipts for oil, filters, plugs etc. I've been told that is sufficient when/if it comes to any warranty claims down the line. I have a folder that I keep with every receipt from everything that has ever been done to my truck.

I haven't switched to synthetic but if I do, Mobil 1 and a Mobil 1 filter would be the way I go. I'm just under 50K on the clock so will most likely just switch to a high mileage Valvoline which has enough of a synthetic blend to condition seals etc.

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Ive been using Valvoline full synthetic since I got my Ram a lil over a year and a half ago. Seems to be just fine, no problems so far. Anyone have any problems with that stuff?

I also have a question, my dad used to work for a car dealer and he said that when people came in for warranty work and showed that they did work on their own, even oil changes, that sometimes they would void the warranty.

So for that reason I have always taken it into get the oil change. Is there any truth to that? if not I would like to go back to doing my own services like on my old car.

Not a big deal, but any info or advise is appreciated.
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True or not about the warranty business, I've been told by others that as long as one keeps the dated receipts for oil and filter purchases, as well as keeps a written log of the dates changed and the odometer readings each time, the dealer is required to honor the warranty. Additionally, I'm told that oil changes done by other businesses will keep the warranty intact as long as you've kept the receipts. While I have no direct personal experience myself, I believe that it is law that the dealer must comply and that it is not a requirement that only authorized dealerships must perform this service. Look in your manual and warranty book, and I don't think you will find anywhere that it states that a dealership must perform this service for your warranty claim to be valid. For sure, there may be dealerships who will deny a claim, but that is why every manufacturer has customer service ombudsmen to intervene on your behalf regardless of what the service writer at your dealership tells you.
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Thank you for the reply, I kinda thought that was the case. It might just be a policy of whatever from where my dad used to work, I believe it was Isuzu. Anyway, I have found recently that the dealer is actually cheaper than the Valvoline in and out place I have been going. My dealer site had coupons so I use those.
I have one now for a 24.95 oil change and tire rotation, all they said I do is pay the difference for the synthetic, not too bad since I work a ton so I don't have the time or the energy to do much myself. Gonna drop it off in the morning to have it done while I get some breakfast. I have another dumb question, the service guy told me the deal is for 5 qts and I have to pay full price for the 6th, even after I told him it was the 3.7 v6 and that it only uses 5 qts. Is this dude trying to pull a fast one or maybe he just misunderstood me. Ill deal with it again in the morning.
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Get an oil test kit from Blackstone labs and you will know exactly what is happening inside your motor. Change oil and filter by the owner's manual to keep warrantee. I use Penzoil Platinum, same price as M1 at Walmart, $22-$26 for 5 quart jugs. Walmart also sells Mopar filters.
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Thank you for the reply, I kinda thought that was the case. It might just be a policy of whatever from where my dad used to work, I believe it was Isuzu. Anyway, I have found recently that the dealer is actually cheaper than the Valvoline in and out place I have been going. My dealer site had coupons so I use those.
I have one now for a 24.95 oil change and tire rotation, all they said I do is pay the difference for the synthetic, not too bad since I work a ton so I don't have the time or the energy to do much myself. Gonna drop it off in the morning to have it done while I get some breakfast. I have another dumb question, the service guy told me the deal is for 5 qts and I have to pay full price for the 6th, even after I told him it was the 3.7 v6 and that it only uses 5 qts. Is this dude trying to pull a fast one or maybe he just misunderstood me. Ill deal with it again in the morning.
The Ram 3.7 V6 engine holds exactly 4.7 liters of oil including what's in the filter. That works out to 4.97 quarts of oil. So, putting in more than 5 quarts of oil would amount to overfill. If your service adviser charges you for more than 5 quarts, he has over billed you more than what was necessary. If more than 5 quarts have been put into your Ram, then it is dangerously overfilled. My advice,...check your oil level and your receipt for work done,....if you find any discrepancy from the above specs other than minor, I'd go find the general manager of the dealership and demand an adjustment, both on the cost as well as the vehicle fluid level....I check this out personally before I ever leave the parking lot, and it will be right when I do leave.
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I dropped my oil temps quite a bit with an external oil cooler and relocated it to the firewall for easy access.
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