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Old 01-19-2012, 02:34 PM
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So the book says I don't need to change the oil until like 7k but the computer came on today when I hit 3500... I'm sure its best to get it done now, but why the difference?? Also should I stick with reg oil or go synthetic? Will it make a difference since I pull a horse trailer? Recommendations appreciated!
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3500 miles haha, you're talking about the service record in the owners manual correct? That's just for all the stuff you have serviced on your truck in the period of time. And make sure you use synthetic, it helps in the long run
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I have to have the dealer do the switch to synthetic right? Which synthetic do you recommend. I used Mobil 1 in my other suv's but they weren't doing any work.
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you can use reg oil for the next 3500 miles and then switch to syntetic, and the message from the computer is gonna came every 3500 aprox. miles, if you want to wait for the 7k, and dont look the message erase it. Just put the key in on position(dont turn on the truck) and pump the gas pedal 3 times.
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I use castrol synthetic in my car (truck is too old for synthetic). I would recommend either castrol or mobil. Just stay away from pennzoil, as i've heard it tends to leave alot of buildup over time internally. I would even consider adding some Lucas to your oil changes, that stuff definitely helps in the long run as well. Hope this helps!
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I use castrol synthetic in my car (truck is too old for synthetic). I would recommend either castrol or mobil. Just stay away from pennzoil, as i've heard it tends to leave alot of buildup over time internally. I would even consider adding some Lucas to your oil changes, that stuff definitely helps in the long run as well. Hope this helps!
Absolutely...... we did a study in college and found that penz left the most gunk crap by far..... now if u dont wanna pay for royal purple, then go castrol ive always used it and i swear by it.... oil has come a long ways tho...... like they say ur truck cpu is programmed that after u reset it regardless of oil type and what not it will come on every 3500 miles...... so do like we do and just reset the computer and push on.......
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It is never too soon or too late to change to Synthetic motor oil
let the dinosaur oil stay in the ground

I switched to Mobile One Synthetic & i decided to go with a good oil filter, i prefer WIX brand, who also makes NAPA GOLD & Carquest oil filters

I buy my Mobile One at Walmart, 5 quart jugs, it is almost $10 cheaper then any where else, i go to an auto parts store for the oil filters, i also use the K&N air filter

I change my oil at 5,000 miles, my light comes on at 2,800 miles, i just reset it, using the method mentioned above

I still have the dealership do the service, so they can't say that i neglected it, if & when something should go wrong
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I personally will never change from castrol synthetic
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It is never too soon or too late to change to Synthetic motor oil
let the dinosaur oil stay in the ground
Synthetic oil is still "dinosaur oil". Both conventional oil and synthetic oils are made from crude. Synthetic is just more refined and uniformed. There is a lot of misinformation about synthetic oil.

http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/...Motor_Oil.aspx
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on the market right now the two top rated synthetic oils (according to studies, I'm no expert) are Penzoil Platinum and Valvoline Synpower. The old Penzoil that use to leave build up is no longer. Penzoil out preformed almost every oil out there. I don't run Penzoil I'm a Valvoline fan. Here is a good website for all the studies and performance tests of oils. http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/
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