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View Poll Results: Synthetic after Dino Oil in High mileage Engine
Yes ---- switching is fine 26 76.47%
No ----- your asking for trouble 8 23.53%
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:59 PM
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I just got a 2000 4x4 1500 with the 5.9l and i was thinking of switching everything to amsoil. Oil, Oil filter, Lube, transmission fluid, gear oil ect.
But i keep hearing that if i switch to a synthetic i may be in for trouble with leaks around the seals,
The truck has no leaks around the engine it is spotless and it has 107K miles i'm worried i might mess up switching and causing leaks.

And for the record i'm not wanting to switch so i don't have to change my oil as often. I'm going to be pulling a 24' pontoon and i want the motor and tranny working as cool and comfortable as possible
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I have 140,000 miles on my truck and all I run is Amsoil . No leaks . The motor is as clean as the day it was new . You won't get the full benefit running it now . It's designed to reduce wear , and free up friction . Having 107,00 miles means the motor has gotten some wear on it . Changing over now won't hurt you , you'll still get excellent benefits from extended change intervals etc...
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I have an S10 that I bought with over 100K and it now has 218K and it never had synthetic in it until I put it in.... no leaks and it runs great
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I have ran full synthetic in my truck since it had 20k in it.. truck has 71K i it now and no leaks ***( knock on wood) I ran Mobil 1 till about 60K the switched over to there 15,000 mile protection brand.. still mobil 1 though...(full synthetic still)
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Still not sure about switching. The dodge Mechanic told me another story about leaking seals. He said if it ain't broke don't fix it. But i like to think preventative care would keep it from breaking.
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Well i went ahead and changed it. Autozone had a sale on 5qt of mobile 1 and a mobile 1 oil filter for 26 bucks. I've gone about 300 miles since the oil change and i haven't seen any problems yet.
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Looks like you went ahead and did it. I was gonna suggest that you install the proper weight and also do a flush do there is no DINO oil residual left over to mix with the new Synthetic Oil.
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SLUDGE has been a problem for me in the past whe i tried synthetic and was told to treat once and then give it 3000 mile changes
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I switched my 94 dodge over 2 synthetic oil and it actually helped mine stop drinkin oil and mine hasn't run better. It won't hurt it but if u do switch don't switch back cause it will hurt u're engine then.
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Ok, I could give you a long answer with history etc. but I'll spare you and give you the short answer. Yes and No.

No - synthetic oil will not make you seals leak.

Yes - if you have seals which are going bad already and sludge from your old oil is helping plug potential leaks the synthetic oil may clear out that sludge and so a leak may appear but that is a bad seal and not the synthetic oil creating a leak.


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Looks like you went ahead and did it. I was gonna suggest that you install the proper weight and also do a flush do there is no DINO oil residual left over to mix with the new Synthetic Oil.
No reason to do that Dino and synthetic are compatible. However, if you suspect there is a lot of sludge in your engine I would not go more than 3000 miles before the next oil change. Save extended change intervals for a clean engine.
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