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My 2013 ram has just over 9k miles on it, I baby the hell outta this thing lol. I want it to last me forever (its my baby, I'm 22 years old, and i have the lifetime warranty for her) but i don't know much about oil for them. I do know a bit about cars, but theres always more to learn lol. My truck has had one oil change, i got 3 more remaining at the dealership. So far all thats been ran in it is regular oil. Should I upgrade to synthetic? what are the pros and cons? Thanks everyone!
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I always use Synthetic oil. I feel it worth the extra in cost. I change my oil every 7500 miles which is about 5-6mths. as a Aircraft Mech. Piston engine and turbine engine use synthetic oil (they been using this since the late 60's). The grade of oil is a lot different then car/truck oil but i always felt that Synthetic was worth the extra 15-20 bucks.

If you decide to go with Synthetic stick with one brand of oil. I perfer Mobil 1 also Amsoil is another good choice too.

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you think the dealer can do that kind of oil? i wonder if i can add the synthetic to my 3 remaining free oil changes. It won't hurt the engine switching after using regular oil will it?

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I had an oil change at the dealer and they said they use only "synthetic blend" oils. What's the difference between that and regular or synthetic?
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I put 15000kms on mine first to break in the new parts, then switched to full synthetic. Full synthetic does not allow the engine to break in as well so they use Syn/blend ,
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Synthetic oils also are more resistant to burn off generally. I was using the factory specified dealer oil before and it would use about a quart per 4000 miles or so. Switched to synthetic a while back and (clearly brand dependent) it stays right on the full mark for about every oil change there after.
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you think the dealer can do that kind of oil? i wonder if i can add the synthetic to my 3 remaining free oil changes. It won't hurt the engine switching after using regular oil will it?

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The dealer can do any kind of oil they can get their hands on, but don't expect them to upgrade you to synthetic on your freebies without the additional cost coming out of your pocket.
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Go synthetic, there are no cons. Be sure you get an oil filter with the bypass valve at the top of the oil filter to compliment the good oil.
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I've been to 3 different dealers, all of which have had full synthetic, not just blend
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My 2013 ram has just over 9k miles on it, I baby the hell outta this thing lol. I want it to last me forever (its my baby, I'm 22 years old, and i have the lifetime warranty for her) but i don't know much about oil for them. I do know a bit about cars, but theres always more to learn lol. My truck has had one oil change, i got 3 more remaining at the dealership. So far all thats been ran in it is regular oil. Should I upgrade to synthetic? what are the pros and cons? Thanks everyone!
Put 7qts pennzoil 5w20 platinum and the OEM filter, you cant go wrong. Go buy it at walmart, change it yourself. Torque the oil pan drain plug to 25ftlbs. If you cant or dont no how, then buy your oil & filter and take it to who ever.

The "pro`s" = better mpg with full synthetic, smoother running engine, easier cold starts.
The "con`s" = the dealership`s.
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