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Old 01-13-2012, 11:55 AM
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Well after 12,500 ks i made the switch to synthetic oil. Got my bill and man $143.00 later ouch.

I new it would cost me more but more then double the price of regular oil. Oh well it should be better for my truck.

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Old 01-13-2012, 12:14 PM
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dude do it yourself. these puppies are up high enough off the ground and it isn't as hard as you think
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Got my bill and man $143.00 later ouch.
Holy crap where was this? I just spent $150 on 24 qts of amsoil and 5 oil filters that will last 1 yr+ for my truck and 1.5yr+ for my wife's car...
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Yeah, you'll save a ton doing it yourself. I don't even have to raise my truck to do oil changes. Filter location isn't as bad as some report - you could do it yourself and switch to the KN filters that have the lug on the end - makes the filter VERY easy to remove.
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Yep takes me a whole 10 minutes, at most to change mine. I don't know about the hemi but the 4.7L filter location is easy to get to. I'm done before you are even at the shop...
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Yep takes me a whole 10 minutes, at most to change mine. I don't know about the hemi but the 4.7L filter location is easy to get to. I'm done before you are even at the shop...
Yeah, my hemi is easy, but it is 2WD if that makes any difference. I saw some posts about how difficult the filter access was, but I didn't notice that on mine. I do put a small, shallow plastic pan under the filter and on top of a steering component and let the filter and its circuit drain down for a few minutes before completely removing the filter, and this keeps the mess at bay.

I'm pretty much a proponent of good synthetic oil. I've torn down motorcycle and automotive engines run pretty much exclusively on synthetic, and I think there's a pattern of longer and better wear on most components. My GM 350 small block with 200,000 miles looked and mic'd out great when I turned it into a stroked 383. I sold the crank and rods for a good price, as they were practically in new spec. No, I'm not one of those "synthetic or die" guys, but it's darned good stuff. In motorcycles, especially dirt 4-strokes, I think it's an even better match to that harsh abuse.
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I agree....I've seen my cams get worn pretty badly in my old suzuki high revving 4 cylinder motorcycle, even with synthetic. I cut change intervals in half and it never got any worse. it was my first experience with motorcycles, and I didn't realize how much hotter an air cooled engine runs and breaks down oil so fast.
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I couldn't imagine paying someone to change my oil.
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wow i'm not geting enough for mobil 1 oil change on these trucks that mean. i had customer complain about my 79.99 price. 7qts plus a napa oil filter. hmmm i must rethink my pricing
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dude do it yourself. these puppies are up high enough off the ground and it isn't as hard as you think
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Holy crap where was this? I just spent $150 on 24 qts of amsoil and 5 oil filters that will last 1 yr+ for my truck and 1.5yr+ for my wife's car...
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Yeah, you'll save a ton doing it yourself. I don't even have to raise my truck to do oil changes. Filter location isn't as bad as some report - you could do it yourself and switch to the KN filters that have the lug on the end - makes the filter VERY easy to remove.
^^^^ Agree with all of the above. Got my case of Amsoil for $110.00 and I also change my own. It's easy, just keep reciepts.
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