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Changing the oil and filter on these trucks is a breeze, made even easier by using a K&N filter and replacing the drain plug with a Fumoto valve. 10 minutes tops, start to finish. Nothing but Amsoil.
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My local dealer is running a 4 oil & filter change deal for $80, good at any Chrysler dealer for 2 yrs. I'm assuming it's a nationwide pro-mo. At that price you can afford to change it a little early.
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The dealer I purchased my Ram offers $9.95 oil changes. If it weren't for the 2-3 hour wait at the dealer, I'd go for it.

I'm using Mobil 1 5w-20 and a Motorcraft FL820s filter and changing every 6K miles.

The Fumoto valve sounds like a good idea, but I really don't have an issue with the factory drain plug. It's the mess taking off the oil filter that is a pain in the rear.

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I have always changed my own oil until I bought my current truck. During the "wheeling & dealing" I was able to talk them down lower than I had ever imagined. But the stipulation was I had to purchase a service contract (the salesman gets "cudo" points for pushing additional purchases), and I still made out like a BANDIT!!! With that said, it drives me freak'n nuts that i'm not changing my own oil! SNRUSNAK, I couldn't agree more. The oil change on my 4.7 would be insanely fast. I have never seen an oil filter so accessable on a truck. But since I paid, I have to bring it in to the dealer for the oil change, and man, it takes a while. I HIGHLY encourage you to change your own oil and you will catch yourself doing what all guys do, and that is laying on your back and looking at every part/component.
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There's a lot of pretty parts under there
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If you are going to do it once a year, I'd use the OE, or the XL at the most. No need to spend the extra couple bucks per qt when it's not needed, the OE and XL is still great stuff.
Honestly I don't think the OE is worth the price. If I'm going to change the oil at the manufacturer timetable I believe any oil will do. I run the Sigmature series and change it 2x a year which is the recommendation for towing a lot. I also run a remote bypass filter set up which increases capacity to almost 9 quarts. The cost is about $100 twice a year (I drive 20,000 miles a year) vs about $60 six times a year.
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I was thinking about adding 1 of those remote bypass filter setups, because I too drive over 20k miles a year (as evidenced by the sand-blasted front of my truck), and I figured in addition to the extra filtration I could make the filter(s) more accessible, although the factory location really isn't bad at all. What kind setup do you have?
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Honestly I don't think the OE is worth the price. If I'm going to change the oil at the manufacturer timetable I believe any oil will do. I run the Sigmature series and change it 2x a year which is the recommendation for towing a lot. I also run a remote bypass filter set up which increases capacity to almost 9 quarts. The cost is about $100 twice a year (I drive 20,000 miles a year) vs about $60 six times a year.
Well I'm getting the OE at the same price as conventional from the store, so it's worth it IMO. I spent $150 on 2 WIX filters and 12 qts of OE for my truck and 3 WIX filters and 12 qts of OE for my wife's car. That will last about 1 year for my truck (2 changes at about 5-7k miles a change) and about 1.5 years for my wife's car (3 changes at about 10k miles a change). It comes out to about $30 an oil change for my truck, twice a year. Comes out cheaper on the wife's car, probably closer to $20 a change. Sure you can get cheaper oil changes, but not with good oil.
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i bought my truck used at about 80k miles now so im not sure if there using synthetic oil so my question is will it hurt it to change to a synthetic oil now if it hasnt bee nusing that oil since 05? and ive always been a castrol man.... any comments regarding castrol
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There is no harm switching to synthetic at high mileage. All the bad stuff you hear is just myths. I switched my s10 at over 100,000 miles and never a problem. Castrol makes a good synthetic from what I hear.
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