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Old 07-06-2012, 05:17 PM
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It was time for an oil change so I got the filter (Fram Tough Guard) and the oil. Got the truck on the lift, removed drain plug and let it drain out. Jacked up and blocked the truck so I could rotate the tires. Tires rotated, drain plug back on and removed the filter. Filled the new filter with an extra quart of 5W20 I had from last time and lowered the truck to add the 5 quatrs of oil. While I was adding the new oil to the truck, I noticed it was 20W50, not the 5w20 it calls for.

I have only driven it off the lift and and back under the carport. My question is can I leave it in there or drain and refill with the right stuff? I hate to waste the $25 but that nothing compaired to the $25,000 truck.... What are the reprocussions if I leave it in there for 3-4000 miles? I'm in south MS so it's in the 90's everyday, will that thin the oil out enough to run it until the next oil change?

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Old 07-06-2012, 05:23 PM
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Yes you need to drain it out and put 5w20 in right away do not drive it anymore. mds will not work properly without the right weight oil and you can damage your engine. the oil will not circuliate through the engine properly with that
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20w-50 is waaay too thick for your modern engine and the oil pump will most likely be unable to pump that goo into the upper part of the engine.

And, if you have a engine seize, Dodge will deny a warranty claim once they determine you put the wrong viscosity oil in the vehicle.

And, definitely get another brand of filter. The Fram Tough Guard is nowhere near as good as even the factory Mopar filter. A Motorcraft FL-820s is a superior filter to the Fram.

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Dont take the risk bud, drop that drain plug right this moment.
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Alright, I figures it was to thick. I only drove it 40 feet so another 40 feet to put it back on the lift. Guess a trip to the store for oil and filter tonight.

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yup, only oil you can ever use with a newer hemi is 5w-20 or you will get problems with mds. I've seen 5w-30 blow out the little screens on the oil control valves which sets all kinds of codes
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Do,as everyone is suggesting.
Drain that oil out
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Why did you fill the new filter with oil prior to installation?

Never seen this done B4.

Not to mention what a mess it'd be putting it back on.
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I have always filled the oil filter first also. I was taught that you need to do that because if you don't when you start the engine the oil will be getting pumed into the filter instead of going through the engine until the filter gets filled up. I'm sure that just takes a split second, maybe even a second, but it's still time that the engine doesn't get oil. Of course I may be totally wrong and it probably doesn't make any difference.
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Why did you fill the new filter with oil prior to installation?

Never seen this done B4.

Not to mention what a mess it'd be putting it back on.

It's not messy, You fill the filter so your engine is not running with out oil for that second while the pump is filling the filter. I've always done this.
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