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View Poll Results: When do YOU change the oil on your 2013 Ram truck?
About every 3000 miles 60 16.53%
About every 6000 miles 59 16.25%
It varies, maybe 5000 to 7000 miles depending on driving 127 34.99%
About every 3 months 2 0.55%
About every 6 months 13 3.58%
It varies, maybe every 4 to 7 months 4 1.10%
I use the oil life indicator on the truck 82 22.59%
I look at the oil and if it looks dirty, I change it 5 1.38%
I use another way of determining my oil change interval 11 3.03%
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:35 AM
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I have had a life long habit of 3000 miles like everybody else over 30 years old, but I'm trying to force myself to go 4000 now. I know the manuals say 7500 and so forth, but it's really hard to get used to.
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I have had a life long habit of 3000 miles like everybody else over 30 years old, but I'm trying to force myself to go 4000 now. I know the manuals say 7500 and so forth, but it's really hard to get used to.
I know exactly what you mean. I have been in that habit since I first started driving in the early 80's. However, technology has changed so much since that time(remember early 80 vehicles? at 75,000 mile you had better get rid of them LOL) engines and vehicles in general are much better and with synthetic fluids I really think we can go 7500-10000 now. The company I work for has moved to this a couple of years ago and they use the cheapest dino oil changes from quick lubes and I havent seen any negative effects.

In short I am gonna follow the oil life indicator or 10,000 mile whichever comes first. That's what the owners manual says and I have 100,000 mile warranty. I will however be getting it done at the dealership and I will probably provide synthetic oil.
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Every 5,000 miles.
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I go by the oil life monitor or 1 year……... whichever comes first.


When I was growing up and driving 60's & 70's muscle cars, I would change it 2500-3000 miles without fail.

Todays oils and engines are light years ahead of those cars/engines… I see no reason not to trust the recommended oil change interval.
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Did anyone find that their mileage changed after their first oil change? When I first starting driving my 1500, the MPG would hover between 15.9 and 17 in the city. After the first oil change at the dealership, the MPG doesn't go above 15.4 and sometimes has gone to 14.8. Did they use the right oil? Does their blend just suck?
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Just had mine into the dealership at 12,000km. Oil life was showing 25% but since this was the first oil change and I had a couple of notices about some modules that needed re-programming it was just as easy to do it all at once. Truck is only 5 months old so I figured it could get changed a bit earlier.
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Did anyone find that their mileage changed after their first oil change? When I first starting driving my 1500, the MPG would hover between 15.9 and 17 in the city. After the first oil change at the dealership, the MPG doesn't go above 15.4 and sometimes has gone to 14.8. Did they use the right oil? Does their blend just suck?
I changed to Mobil 1 a week ago and I notice the MPG is now a hair worse. Kinda weird as I always heard the opposite
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Did anyone find that their mileage changed after their first oil change? When I first starting driving my 1500, the MPG would hover between 15.9 and 17 in the city. After the first oil change at the dealership, the MPG doesn't go above 15.4 and sometimes has gone to 14.8. Did they use the right oil? Does their blend just suck?
I have been getting 0.5-1MPG worse since I got the oil changed to full synthetic, but I attributed it to the colder weather that we started having at about the same time.
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I go by the oil life monitor or 1 year……... whichever comes first.


When I was growing up and driving 60's & 70's muscle cars, I would change it 2500-3000 miles without fail.

Todays oils and engines are light years ahead of those cars/engines… I see no reason not to trust the recommended oil change interval.
You do know that, for the current DEF equipped Cummins, Ram says EVIC, 15K miles, or 6 months .... whichever comes first.?.?.?

Personally, I see nothing wrong with what you're doing, but that's based on past oil testing used in a 5.9 Cummins... Me, I'm going to go with factory recommendations, until I get some oil test reference points...
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I have been getting 0.5-1MPG worse since I got the oil changed to full synthetic, but I attributed it to the colder weather that we started having at about the same time.
Do you get winter blended gas there in TX? Here in MD we do, and it drops MPG....
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