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View Poll Results: How many miles till the next oil change???
3,000 43 32.58%
4,000 16 12.12%
5,000 46 34.85%
6,000 14 10.61%
7,000 3 2.27%
8,000 5 3.79%
10,000 4 3.03%
10,000+ 1 0.76%
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:06 AM
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I just got my dodge a week ago so maybe these trucks are different but I've pretty much ran Wal-Mart brand Supertech in all my vehicles some with over a 150,000 miles on them and never once had a problem with it. As long as your changing it when you should any of the brands are going to work. The only one I wont ever put in my engines is Pennzoil. Sometimes Havoline, Chevron or Valvoline will be on sale and I'll get a case of it but for the most part I run Supertech. Unless somebody can show me solid proof that it's not good for these motors I'll be doing the same with this truck. The real question is do I need to run 5w-20 like it says on the motor or is 5w-30 fine?
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i normally go an extra 1k after the CHANGE OIL light comes on lol just because of time
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i normally go an extra 1k after the CHANGE OIL light comes on lol just because of time
Is the oil change interval not programable on your EVIC?
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I just got my dodge a week ago so maybe these trucks are different but I've pretty much ran Wal-Mart brand Supertech in all my vehicles some with over a 150,000 miles on them and never once had a problem with it. As long as your changing it when you should any of the brands are going to work. The only one I wont ever put in my engines is Pennzoil. Sometimes Havoline, Chevron or Valvoline will be on sale and I'll get a case of it but for the most part I run Supertech. Unless somebody can show me solid proof that it's not good for these motors I'll be doing the same with this truck. The real question is do I need to run 5w-20 like it says on the motor or is 5w-30 fine?
Nothing wrong with running any oil with the correct API rating and weight. No need to be afraid of Pennzoil either. I personally run their Platinum oil with no ill effects. The key is as you have stated, change it within an appropriate interval. I would run the weight the manufacturer specifies, 5w20 is good oil. A lot of people worry about using it because of its lower weight but 5w30 shears down to a 20 once it is hot anyhow. More good info on oil, filters, grease, and other fluids at Bob Is The Oil Guy.


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Don't be afraid to go to 6k since that's what chrysler recomends now anyway. Modern oils don't break as much as their progenitors did. The oil itself doesn't break down much anyway, it was the addatives that have the propensity to break down quickly. In particular the viscosity improvers added to give you the nice multi viscosity effect break down over time and the oil begins to act more and more like the lower number. In effect a 5W20 ends up being a 5 weight oil if you let it break all the way down.

The good thing is that the true synthetics (like M1) are enginereed as multi viscosity and don't have the viscosity improver addative to break down. They protect just as well as when new for much longer.

You can probably go much longer with oil anaylsis. At least at first to get a good idea of how long your oil is lasting.
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Just changed it at 2700 miles and will change it at every 5K. I use Mobil 1.
Remerson228, others, online articles, and the service manual have all convinced me that I would be wasting money if I changed it at 3K. Thanks to all for the great information from this forum.
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i have some ??????on this

1.the manual says 6k or 6 months so if i drive 2k in 6 months do i have to change my oil or can i safely wait till 6,000 miles even if its a year?

2. if this is what is recomended by dodge why do i get a service paper every 3 months telling me its time to change my oil,why not send it every 6 months?
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i have some ??????on this

1.the manual says 6k or 6 months so if i drive 2k in 6 months do i have to change my oil or can i safely wait till 6,000 miles even if its a year?

2. if this is what is recomended by dodge why do i get a service paper every 3 months telling me its time to change my oil,why not send it every 6 months?
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Like chithead, I, too, am stuck on the 3,000/3 mos. interval and I haven't made the switch to synthetic, mainly for budget reasons, lol, but like jkulysses, I swear NOT to use Pennzoil. I have been told by many different techs from different manufacturers, that it has wax in it and leaves sludge/deposits as a result, not to mention, I always thought it looked dirty coming out the bottle, lol.

That is a good question, too, foxcrazy, because I still get the reminders in the mail, also, every 3 mos. I think the reason I do is just 'cause they know me and know I do it that often, but are probably just trying to sell a few more oil changes, haha, but for me and my driving habits, until I make the switch to synthetic, will be keeping it a 3,000.

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Seriously guys, that Pennzoil has wax in it baloney is a wives tale. Pennzoil is a high quality conv. oil and they make a decent synthetic as well. I don't base this info on hear say talk, or so called experiences, but on used oil analysis (UOAs) comparing them to every other oil out there. That myth came from 40 years ago when all oils had paraffin wax in them as base stocks. Since than technology has allowed the use of better ingredients and synthetic base stocks that clean engines as well as protect better. Check out that link I provided earlier, lots of good educational information there.
If Pennzoil was really that bad and funked up engines how are they still in business today as one of the top oil manufacturers? The majority of engine sludge problems come from poor maintenance or poor engine design.
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