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View Poll Results: When do YOU change the oil on your 2013 Ram truck?
About every 3000 miles 64 16.45%
About every 6000 miles 62 15.94%
It varies, maybe 5000 to 7000 miles depending on driving 134 34.45%
About every 3 months 2 0.51%
About every 6 months 14 3.60%
It varies, maybe every 4 to 7 months 4 1.03%
I use the oil life indicator on the truck 90 23.14%
I look at the oil and if it looks dirty, I change it 7 1.80%
I use another way of determining my oil change interval 12 3.08%
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I don’t put many miles on my truck, 2900 in 9 months to be exact. I spoke with my service manager about intervals since my mileage accrues so slowly and he recommended every 8 months for me, or 5,000 miles.
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Recently had my first free oil change at about 5000. Dealer recommends every three thousand so I will just have them do it with dino oil. Using synthetic would just be throwing money out the window. I use synthetic on all my other vehicles and change around 6000 miles.
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Recently had my first free oil change at about 5000. Dealer recommends every three thousand so I will just have them do it with dino oil. Using synthetic would just be throwing money out the window. I use synthetic on all my other vehicles and change around 6000 miles.
Your dealer is plain wrong. Period. Wrong.

Follow the OLM, or any recommendations in your owners manual.

Again - he is wrong and giving you bad advice.
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I don’t put many miles on my truck, 2900 in 9 months to be exact. I spoke with my service manager about intervals since my mileage accrues so slowly and he recommended every 8 months for me, or 5,000 miles.
What does your OLM say after 8 months and 5000 miles?
Oil doesn't go bad after 8 months. If the monitoring system says it is still ok, it is.

Dealers are so mis-informed on oil service and life. Email Chrysler engineering and see what they tell you, I bet it is different.
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Your dealer is plain wrong. Period. Wrong.

Follow the OLM, or any recommendations in your owners manual.

Again - he is wrong and giving you bad advice.
I tend to choose my battles carefully. I believe they recommend 3000 because most people tend to neglect their oil change. I will stretch it out a little more than that. I figure it's a cheap insurance policy in event I would ever have an engine problem. I usually do my own oil changes but my dealer has excellent customer service far beyond any other dealer I have purchased from.
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3,000 miles is crazy,5000 miles is still slightly crazy ....7,000 is a good starting point

Modern engines are Way better than prior engines when the 3,000 rule came about. Today are engines are run with a EFI system that controls fuel 100% of the time. 100% intune 100% of the time.
This translates into no wasted fuel getting past the rings and contaminating the oil. Day's of the carb when we pump the gas 10 time's to fire up the old clunker are long gone.

stop wasting oil ! your cheap insurance claim might seem like a good idea but inturn your wasting alot of our oil supply and throwing good cash right out the window.

I have my oil tested by blackstone.
My 2009 taurus's oil has tested good at 9,000 miles
My Big truck cat c13 has tested good at 20,000miles with only a filter change at 10,000 miles.
My ram is to new yet to test, I changed the oil at 1,000 miles(brake in). and now will test the oil at 10,000 ... Im betting the test will come back fine.
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My son is an ASE Certified Master Mechanic...I know virtually nothing about cars/trucks. I defer to him. When I bought my 2013 (a year ago) he advised me to go with a FULL synthetic (Mobil 1 is not a FULL synthetic). He showed me case studies (pictures, test results, etc.) of conventional motor oil changed every 3000 miles vs. synthetic blend changed every 7000 miles vs full synthetic changed every 10,000 miles. These tests were conducted over 100,000 miles on the same engine - in a lab, so that the conditions were constant for all three engines. The results were overwhelming in favor of a FULL synthetic change every 10,000 miles. The engine looked better, sounded better and performed better than the other two.

Based on that, I go 8,000-10,000 miles between oil changes (start thinking I need to get it done at 8,000 so that I am sure to get it done by 10,000). Did my first one at 6,000 miles - the Oil Indicator in my truck was at 22% on the "factory" oil. Next two with synthetic oil (9,260 miles and 8,400 miles) the Oil Indicator wasn't below 46%.

Anyone that thinks Synthetic Oil isn't worth the extra cost or is just a scam to get you to spend the money has their head buried in the sand.
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3,000 miles is crazy,5000 miles is still slightly crazy ....7,000 is a good starting point

Modern engines are Way better than prior engines when the 3,000 rule came about. Today are engines are run with a EFI system that controls fuel 100% of the time. 100% intune 100% of the time.
This translates into no wasted fuel getting past the rings and contaminating the oil. Day's of the carb when we pump the gas 10 time's to fire up the old clunker are long gone.

stop wasting oil ! your cheap insurance claim might seem like a good idea but inturn your wasting alot of our oil supply and throwing good cash right out the window.

I have my oil tested by blackstone.
My 2009 taurus's oil has tested good at 9,000 miles
My Big truck cat c13 has tested good at 20,000miles with only a filter change at 10,000 miles.
My ram is to new yet to test, I changed the oil at 1,000 miles(brake in). and now will test the oil at 10,000 ... Im betting the test will come back fine.
First off my truck will be a year old soon and it has a little over 5000 miles so it would be due for a change regardless. (you had yours done at 1000)

Secondly you sounding off like you are going green but yet you drive a Ram and your big truck and your fuel consumption doesn't seem to bother you? (It's not like your driving a Prius) What do you think gas is made from?

Thirdly I am in construction and have an 05 Neon to commute to and from work when I am not in need of my truck so I can save fuel and use my truck sparingly, thus the low miles.

I just hope if you blow up your engine and have to take it to your dealer to see if you can get it replaced that they will honor your blackstone test.

I prefer not to have to butt heads with my dealer if an unfortunate engine failure would occur.

If you dig through some older post I'm sure you can find a couple where previous owners had a difficult time trying to get Dodge to honor their warranty on engine failure. I wouldn't want to go down that road.

Oh by the way dino oil is recyclable, actually my son's auto repair shop has a heater that runs on used engine oil, no waste there!
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Changed to Delvac 15W40 at 8359 miles for FIRST oil change. I think the OLM was saying 46%.
I had intended to do it at 7500 but was waiting for a replacement seatbelt latch for the rear driver side seat.

Took delivery in July with, I think, 13 miles on the odo.
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My son is an ASE Certified Master Mechanic...I know virtually nothing about cars/trucks. I defer to him. When I bought my 2013 (a year ago) he advised me to go with a FULL synthetic (Mobil 1 is not a FULL synthetic). He showed me case studies (pictures, test results, etc.) of conventional motor oil changed every 3000 miles vs. synthetic blend changed every 7000 miles vs full synthetic changed every 10,000 miles. These tests were conducted over 100,000 miles on the same engine - in a lab, so that the conditions were constant for all three engines. The results were overwhelming in favor of a FULL synthetic change every 10,000 miles. The engine looked better, sounded better and performed better than the other two.

Based on that, I go 8,000-10,000 miles between oil changes (start thinking I need to get it done at 8,000 so that I am sure to get it done by 10,000). Did my first one at 6,000 miles - the Oil Indicator in my truck was at 22% on the "factory" oil. Next two with synthetic oil (9,260 miles and 8,400 miles) the Oil Indicator wasn't below 46%.

Anyone that thinks Synthetic Oil isn't worth the extra cost or is just a scam to get you to spend the money has their head buried in the sand.
Since when is Mobil 1 not a full synthetic? - http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/...s/Mobil_1.aspx

States full synthetic...
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