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Old 06-06-2012, 06:52 PM
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I'm getting close to 3k miles on my new ram and its time to change my oil. I've always used Mobil 1 full synthetic in my 2005 ram with great results but i'm thinking about using Amsoil in my 2012 ram because i heard its the best and i like the best stuff. Does anyone have any input on the subject ?
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You've opened up a pandoras box on that question. I'm quite certain any of the major brands will do just fine.
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I have been using Amsoil 0W20 exclusively and feel that it really performs well. I haven't used mobile1 however I have also heard good things about it. As long as it's 100% synthetic of good quality and of course the correct weight you will have no problems. If you do it yourself it's a good idea to take pictures and keep all your receipts, that's what I have been doing.
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You of course can change your Ram oil & filter at the mileage you choose
especially the FIRST time

Most people change synthetic oil at 5,000 miles, although the Owners Manual reads more then that, even if you stay with the conventional oil

I use Mobile One & a WIX filter & i change it at 5,000 miles, give or take some
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I use mobil one 5w20 or havoline 5w20 both full synthetic every 5,000miles or year haha. Just never use a fram filter!!! WIX or purolator are good filters they have good internals and a check valve built in.
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Can I ask what oil Dodge prefer and how does the stock oe oil filter stack up against the competition?

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I am using mobil 1 full synthetic and Mobil 1 Filters, I read a good article about oil filters the other day, because I was not sure what oil filters out there where any good, you hear stuff about some Brand name filters that are nothing but a hole for oil to go in and come out and found this article which seemed interesting, here is the link, I thought it was a good read.

http://www.efficient-mileage.com/oil-filters.html

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Some brands should be avoided like poisonous frogs. Fram, Bosch and WIX make the worst oil filters. Bosch oil filters let everything go through unfiltered. The Delphi and STP filters are identical to the Walmart SuperTech brand for double the price. The Delphi, STP and Walmart oil filters have no bypass valve so everything gets filtered. I don't know if the thing will come apart under severe stress.
Fram oil filters are notoriously awful in construction quality. The end caps are cardboard for crying out loud! Bits of cardboard flake off and bind up in engine parts causing damage. Fram also advertises that their filters are impregnated with PTFE (Teflon). Teflon is a solid plastic that melts together in the oil passages and forms a clot. PTFE is discusses in more detail on the engine oil web page. Fram oil filters are a proven way to ruin Chrysler 2.0L engines.
The WIX oil filters I've seen use undersized filtration media. If the WIX oil filter is cut open, about half of it will be filled by filter material. The rest of the space may be occupied by a plastic insert or who knows what. However, if the filter can is full of media it may be okay.

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I am using mobil 1 full synthetic and Mobil 1 Filters, I read a good article about oil filters the other day, because I was not sure what oil filters out there where any good, you hear stuff about some Brand name filters that are nothing but a hole for oil to go in and come out and found this article which seemed interesting, here is the link, I thought it was a good read.

http://www.efficient-mileage.com/oil-filters.html

Here's a small exert from the article about the filters

Cruelty in a Can
Some brands should be avoided like poisonous frogs. Fram, Bosch and WIX make the worst oil filters. Bosch oil filters let everything go through unfiltered. The Delphi and STP filters are identical to the Walmart SuperTech brand for double the price. The Delphi, STP and Walmart oil filters have no bypass valve so everything gets filtered. I don't know if the thing will come apart under severe stress.
Fram oil filters are notoriously awful in construction quality. The end caps are cardboard for crying out loud! Bits of cardboard flake off and bind up in engine parts causing damage. Fram also advertises that their filters are impregnated with PTFE (Teflon). Teflon is a solid plastic that melts together in the oil passages and forms a clot. PTFE is discusses in more detail on the engine oil web page. Fram oil filters are a proven way to ruin Chrysler 2.0L engines.
The WIX oil filters I've seen use undersized filtration media. If the WIX oil filter is cut open, about half of it will be filled by filter material. The rest of the space may be occupied by a plastic insert or who knows what. However, if the filter can is full of media it may be okay.
To the article; BS I say. Seems for a few bucks a month for a web site and a little typing skills anyone can claim to be an 'expert'. I've been driving since 1970, driven well over a million miles since then using Fram and Wix and have never had a problem.
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To the article; BS I say. Seems for a few bucks a month for a web site and a little typing skills anyone can claim to be an 'expert'. I've been driving since 1970, driven well over a million miles since then using Fram and Wix and have never had a problem.
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Dumb question, but when I drove my ram off the lot, was it filled with regular oil or synthetic?
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