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Old 07-07-2012, 01:23 PM
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For the 4.7 or 3.7 and 5.7 What pattern is best for changing oil during the first miles during breaking in period? I hope I am not asking to many questions but I can't resist taking advantage of all the intelligent members on this forum.
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I changed mine early the first time, probably about 500 miles, I changed it again at 3000 and switched to amsoil at 4000. This is likely overkill, you should be fine changing it at normal 3,000 mile intervals.
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For the 4.7 or 3.7 and 5.7 What pattern is best for changing oil during the first miles during breaking in period? I hope I am not asking to many questions but I can't resist taking advantage of all the intelligent members on this forum.
There's no magic number anymore, The issue back before 1984 is when the flat tappet cam was used, this is were 95% of the metal wear would come from and I would deff change of at 500 mile's. Now that all are using the roller lifter it's really up to you and your comfort felling. Me I change it first change at 3K and the 5K after that. I have 97K on this 08 and still run's like new, been using Amsoil sense 67K so well will see how far she goes.
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Changed mine the first time at 1200 miles, then 3000, and going to go in after I get back from Illinois and hit 5000. After that 3500 miles in between for me. New motors chug oil a bit and I just like to clean out any break in happenings with a new motor. Really no reason to honest, but there can be problems caused by not babien it in the first couple thousand miles. I mean the truck is 40grand MSRP for me, why would I not use up a couple free oil changes to just be sure?

Just my .02. Like another said! It is up to what you feel like. Congrats on the new Ram and enjoy!
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Changed mine the first time at 1200 miles, then 3000, and going to go in after I get back from Illinois and hit 5000. After that 3500 miles in between for me. New motors chug oil a bit and I just like to clean out any break in happenings with a new motor. Really no reason to honest, but there can be problems caused by not babien it in the first couple thousand miles. I mean the truck is 40grand MSRP for me, why would I not use up a couple free oil changes to just be sure?

Just my .02. Like another said! It is up to what you feel like. Congrats on the new Ram and enjoy!

I have to agree here. I just changed mine today at exactly 1130. I will change again at 3000. Then every 5k or 6 months whichever is first after that. I barley drive 10,000 miles a year which is why I say 6 months.

***Also thought I'd add this. When our engines are made at the factory they do not lubricate the oil filter gasket before putting it on and they put them on TIGHT. I needed a tool to get it off. Literally crimped my oil filter that is how tight it was. ALSO the gasket actually stuck to my oil seal on my engine. Make sure you remember to get the gasket off or you will be doing an oil change twice. Do not forget the gasket!

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Just did mine at 4500Km, next one will be 10500km or in 6k if you like, put in mobile1 full synthetic, should be doing them every 6k or 6months, whichever comes first.
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I've always changed my oil/oil filter immediately upon bringing it home.

I have no idea how long the oil in that vehicle has been sitting at the manufacturer's plant and/or the dealership's lot.

Then I use Amsoil engine oil and Royal Purple oil filter every 4K on all our vehicles.... religiously.
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[QUOTE=Grubrunner;836711]I've always changed my oil/oil filter immediately upon bringing it home.

I have no idea how long the oil in that vehicle has been sitting at the manufacturer's plant and/or the dealership's lot.

Then I use Amsoil engine oil and Royal Purple oil filter every 4K on all our vehicles.... religiously.[/QUOTE

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did my first change at 1000 miles, now every 6500 miles. i changed to syn. at first oil change. make sure you have everything you need to get oil filter off, it is a bitch for the first change.
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For the record, I have nothing negative to say about Amsoil oil filters.

For years I used Amsoil oil filters and would switch to Wixx filters when the Amsoil's weren't available [our local Amsoil warehouse here very rarely has Amsoil oil filters in stock; no idea why]. I had no issues whatsoever with either of them on many, many vehicles over many years.

Earlier this years, I switched to Royal Purple oil filters on all our vehicles based on a fellow firefighter's recommendations. This guy's a HP nut; he races boats, go-carts and trail bikes in his spare time and has built/sold an 8SEC flat street-registered Stang last year. In that Stang he said he eventually "cleanly popped" every top end oil filter on the market over two years at the strip with that beast.... except for the Royal Purple oil filter he switched to. He's currently working on a 1K plus HP Chevy Nova built purely for the track. Same brand oil filter with Amsoil motor oil.

That's why I switched. Sure my Ram will never see those extreme conditions his Stang did [or get anywhere near it] but I figured if it's good enough for him, then..... Have I noticed ANYTHING whatsoever different since switching to Royal Purple filters? Absolutely not.... but I sleep better at night.

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