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was searching through some threads but none covered my year Ram. (02 4.7L) so sorry if its been discussed a million times

the owners manual says 5W-30 preferred, but can i use 10W-30? im in TN so it gets pretty hot here. the truck has 156K miles. i dont see any leaks but im still iffy on using synthetic. what other oil is a good one to use? didnt see many threads on oils, though i havent really began to dig through threads yet.

i also see some/most prefer to use a WIX filter, but theres not a NAPA close by. im assuming a mopar filter should be just as good? and advance auto carries them. also see lots of guys change the oil at at least 5K miles or more. ive always changed mine at the 3K mark. i want a problem free truck so ill stick with the 3K, unless i go with synthetic and would like to be schooled on oils and filters to use. this is my first V8, ive been in the 2.2 turbo dodges for years TIA!
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was thinking about using mobile clean 5000? walmart has it for 13.95 and using a mopar oil filter
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10w30 is generally good for 0°F an above, while 5w30 is better for even colder temps.

However, between 5w30 and 10w30 - there is no difference at high temp, so you won't see any benefit at all with using 10w30.

Stick with the 5w30 - it provides better start up protection, and slightly better MPG.
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thanks. i live in TN so temps get pretty hot, thats why i asked. were in the 90's right now. i just want to use a good quality oil and filter so i can driver her many miles with no problems.
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I like to run AMSOIL. It's pretty expensive, but the stuff works damn good! and your oil change intervals are ALOT longer with it.
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There's soooo much oil info on the net, and most of it is not complete or accurate. First of all, check out bobistheoilguy.com (if you have time). There's endless info there.

As far as the oil weights, there is absolutely no difference between 0w30, 5w30, and 10w30 at higher temperatures. They are all 30 weight. The first number is just representative of IIRC the temperature (in F) that the oil was tested down to. So 0w30 is good down to 0 deg F(for cold starts), and 10w30 is good down to 10 deg F (for cold starts). If you live in a hot environment, it doesn't really matter what you use, they'll all perform the same. If you lived in say alaska you'd want to use a 0w30 over a 10w30 since it would get really cold there. Once it's warmed up they will both perform the same, the only difference is the cold start.

As far as change intervals, don't listen to when people say "synthetic is good for X miles, conventional is good for Y miles". All conventional oils are not equal, and likewise all synthetic oils are not equal. Some last longer than others, and it also depends on the application it is used in. For regular use, a typical off the shelf (penzoil, mobil, castrol, etc.) is probably good for 3k-5k miles safely. I used the mobil clean 5000 on my old s10 for a while and never had issues, seemed to be good oil for the money. Synthetics are the way to go, though. They will not cause leaks, erase that from your memory as it's just simply not true. You can buy synthetic oil that protects better and lasts longer for the same price as conventional. I have used royal purple, mobil, and now amsoil(I get it cheaper now) and all are great. Like I said before, some synthetics last 5k miles, some 7500 miles, some 10k miles, some up to 25k miles. It just depends on the oil, and use. I use the cheapest amsoil product they have, and run it to about 6-7k miles. I change the filter every oil change as well(I use WIX).

Any filter out there is OK, but some are better than others, and often cheaper. The cheap frams are the worst, and usually not the cheapest. They use cardboard caps and seals and leaf type springs. The better filters use metal caps, rubber seals and coil springs. WIX(same as Napa gold) I know is good. I would bet mopar is good. Amongst others I'm sure...

At the end of the day.....whatever you use, check it often, keep the level correct(near full), and once it gets to looking really dark, it's time to change it. Change the filter with it as well(unless using one of those super long life filters, but I prefer changing it more often). Even with synthetics I check my oil once a week or whenever I think of it, and usually around 6k-7k miles it starts looking "bad" and that's when I change it. When it loses it's viscosity(starts looking and feeling more like water than oil) it's no longer doing it's job.

Hope this was helpful....sorry such a long post lol.
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LOL nah, was a good read. im a n00b when it comes to that stuff. i always change it every 3K miles, i drive hard too. always slap a new filter on every oil change too. i always read that synthetic was so good at cleaning out the motor that it will eat at the sludge that holds the gasket together (if thats the case), and cause what was once was holding fluids in to leak. most of the guys always post that up on the other forum im on.
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i always read that synthetic was so good at cleaning out the motor that it will eat at the sludge that holds the gasket together (if thats the case), and cause what was once was holding fluids in to leak.
Yeah that's a bunch of BS, wipe it clean out of your memory. I use synthetic because it IS better, and isn't really any more expensive. It's also more convenient. I even use the left over 1/2 qt's and what not in my lawn equipment. Actually, with longer change intervals, synthetic ends up being cheaper. Synthetic oil typically breaks down slower(less "sludge" buildup) and lubricates better(engine will last longer, SLIGHTLY better mpg and performance).

There's just really no down side to it. The only time I'd use conventional is for breaking in a fresh engine. I'd run conventional for initial start, then change the oil with conventional again, then change at ~500-1,000 miles and from that point on I'd probably use synthetic.
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thanks for explanation!! guess i know what to use now LOL
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