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Old 03-25-2012, 02:55 PM
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I recently bought a 2012 Ram ST and have about 550km on it. I want to change over to synthetic oil and am just wonding if I can striaght up drain the old and add synthectic or is there a specific procedure.
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When my oil change was due, i just switched to my preferred synthetic motor oil & a proper oil filter
I also added a Catch Can to keep any oil that the smog system might pick up from returning into the combustion chamber where it does not belong.
Oil belongs below the piston rings, not above them
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yes you can change to synthetic, and back if you choose. think synthetic blend. it is all compatible now.
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Just switch it, you'll have no problems. Just make sure you use 0 or 5W20 weight and a good filter (like Wix, Napa Gold).
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great. thanks for the replies.
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want to add, i have changed oil to synthetic as soon as i got from the dealer. done this on every new car since 1984. never an issue.
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I switched to Mobil 1 5w-20 and a Motorcraft FL-820S filter (exact match for the 5.7 Hemi) on my second oil change without any issues.

I use the same oil and filter in my wife's Escape, makes it easy when I'm buying supplies.

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Just my two cents here, but I would wait for the first oil change interval before switching to synthetic. This gives the engine time to wear in properly. The new synthetics are so good they actually don't allow propper break in sometimes. I have not made the switch yet, but will at my next oil change (8,500 miles). Probably mobile 1 as that is what was speced for my 300 SRT8.
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Just my two cents here, but I would wait for the first oil change interval before switching to synthetic. This gives the engine time to wear in properly. The new synthetics are so good they actually don't allow propper break in sometimes. I have not made the switch yet, but will at my next oil change (8,500 miles). Probably mobile 1 as that is what was speced for my 300 SRT8.
rollin, many will say that waiting to for x many miles to use synthetic is a myth. i started, using synthetic with out waiting for a "break in" when new cars started coming from the factory with synthetic, "mobil1" from the factory late eighties, think corvette and the gmc cyclones. never had any oil related problem. back in the mid seventies when mobil1 first came on the seen, people did have trouble by using in cars with 40000 or so miles as, it would cause a problem with older style gaskets. tighter specs, newer metals, better seals have made waiting obsolete. besides, unless you spend big bucks on some of the botique synthetics, they are all made from the same base stock, just use different additives now. also keep in mind, i am not an expert.
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I've switched the last three cars I've owned to Mobil 1 5W-20...and I agree with Rolinfast that you wait for your first oil change after breaking. That allows the engine to break in properly, then flush out the particles that might have been generated during the break in period. If you have an automatic, there'll be some of the old oil left int the torque converter that you can't get out, but it will just be diluted with the old and at the subsequent oil change down the road completely gone. I've run Mobil 1 is everything from my previous one ton dually to the Porsches....it's probably one of the best synthetics on the market. Don't cheap out on your filter either....a good filter can save you a lot of wear on the engine.

If you opt to just use the oil provided by the dealership, you might want to ask what brand they use. they usually buy in bulk and the brands vary from dealership to dealership. The dealership I bought the truck from uses Penzoil...too much parafin for me. Since I can't crawl under cars anymore to change my own oil, I just buy it from Walmart (best price I've found for Mobil 1) and they charge me $14 to change it out for me.

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