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Old 12-08-2010, 03:11 AM
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I have a 2010 Dodge Ram 4X4 BigHorn Edition, I bought new in July. I am coming up on 3000 miles. Do I wait for the oil change indicator to come up or should I go ahead and change the oil at 3000 miles? Just thought I would see what you guys thought.
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If the indicator isn't on yet, then you probably drive the truck in a way that allows for oil changes at greater intervals. If you want to change it now for peace of mind, by all means, do so. Make sure that 5W-20 goes back in the engine and that the oil life monitor gets reset.
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I do my oil changes at regular intervals and I don't wait for the vehicle to tell me when to do it. That way, it's a habit and I am not left wondering when it should be done.
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I on a new car actually change the oil around 1000 miles. Then go to full synthetic and change every 7500 miles. Might be over kill but I have had trucks well over 120K miles that have never had any problems at all. (knock on wood lol)
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I on a new car actually change the oil around 1000 miles. Then go to full synthetic and change every 7500 miles. Might be over kill but I have had trucks well over 120K miles that have never had any problems at all. (knock on wood lol)
I don't think it's overkill and personally I wouldn't even wait that long to go with synthetic. To the naysayers that claim your engine won't break in properly on synthetic, I would direct them to the numerous engines that are factory filled with synthetic oil.
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3000 miles is a good interval . I run Amsoil in my vehicles and just change the filter every 3000 then do a complete change out every 20,000 .
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If you plan on keeping your truck around for awhile, dont wait until the truck tells you to do it. Just get into a routine either by mileage or by time. Right now it is probably the cheapest and easiest way to help keep your motor happy. As far as what type of oil, there are alot of good suggestions here, as long as they meet the manufacturer reccomendations.
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I agree with the thinking on making the first change early in the engines life (1-2K), and I agree that full synthetic on modern engines is absolutely okay. The old thinking about proper break-in was for older engines and it was true for them. In fact the best way back then was to use non-detergent oil for break-in and then switch. Tolerances are much tighter now so full syn is fine right off the bat. Decent filters matter too. I like the Mopar ones due to their average to better than average quality, combined with less chance of a warranty issue, if ever needed. And be sure to stick with the proper weight (5w-20), that DOES matter...a lot. Finally, I would change every 5-7K on full syn and every 4K on conventional. JMHO.
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Thanks for the replies. I will change my oil and filter this weekend. I have always used Mobil 1 synthetic in my other car, so if i put Mobil 1 5W-20 synthetic in the Hemi I should be ok?
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Yes Mobil 1 5w-20 is good! I got a K&N filter when I did mine also. I did my first change about a month ago. pretty easy... didn't even need to jack it up!
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