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Old 08-02-2011, 01:03 AM   #15
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Been to Falcon earlier this summer. Stayed at the campground there.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:08 AM   #16
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Shell Rotella here too. and if you watch wal-mart they will put a "save $4.oo" instant coupon on the 2.5 gal jugs.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:13 AM   #17
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My edit feature expired
My correction is : 1000 to 1200 ppm of zddp

Hmmm I thought this quick reply would indicate what post i was referring. I guess I should just use a quote feature
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:53 AM   #18
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When I have been ask 'what oil' in my PM classes I taught for Caterpillar these were my guidelines.
1. Use the correct API grade oil, 'S' grades are for gasoline engines, 'C' grades for diesel. Some 'C' grade oils also meet 'S' grade requirements and can be used in gas engines. The reverse is not true. 'S' grade oils do not meet the needs of todays diesel engine.

2. Use the same brand oil all the time, even if it isn't on sale. Consistency with the same brand is more important than saving a few dollars.

3. Buy the best, 'High Efficiency' engine oil (and fuel filter by the way) filter you can find. Same brand is good but not as critical as consistency with oil brands.

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My suggestions are not the cheap way out. I think it was an old oil filter TV commercial that said 'pay me now or pay me later'. The most high priced Oil and Filters are cheap compared to an engine failure.
Don't get hung up on "my oil gets 'black' right away". This is actually a very good thing. One of the jobs of the oil is to keep contaminates off engine parts and suspended in the oil, to carry it to the filter or out when you change the oil.

Mineral oil of the correct grade will give good service for your engine. For example my 1977 F350 400 CID V8 service truck with engine mounted air compressor, and PTO hydraulic crane, that made 365,000 miles with only tune-ups, before it was totaled by a drunk driver. Had 135 miles on it when I got it and was not know for durability.
P.S. the drunk was in the Toyota that broadsided me. But that is another story.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:44 PM   #19
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All I have ever used in my 7.3 is Shell Rotella T 15-40. Had great service from the oil. For more info on you Excursion, check out www.thedieselstop.com
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:18 PM   #20
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Well I guess I am the odd ball, as I have been using "Super Tech" 15W-40 oil (Wal-Mart brand) and have been sending my used oil samples to "Blackstone Labs" to be analyzed with great results. I change my oil every 5000 miles.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:29 PM   #21
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Not totally the odd ball, I too have been using the Super Tech.. I'm at the 300K mark now.. and have had the truck since the 40K mark... Mine too gets changed every 5K. The only time I have strayed , was While I did an extended stay in Montana one winter, There I exchanged one of the Gallons for 0-30 Mobile One HD. the other three gallons were still Super tech.
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Rotella T 15-40w here
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I use chevron delo400 15/40
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:13 PM   #24
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400,000 an have always used delo 5-40 year around. dont for-get to change oil in the high pressure oil pump on the 7.3.....
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Rotella T 15W-40 is the only oil that goes in my 7.3L.

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Just got my F-350 6.0 oil changed today. $89 at Wal-Mart and that included a fram oil filter. They even washed my windshield and vacumed my interior! Rotella T 15-40w here too.
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Synthetic Rotella 5-40 for me now.
My 89 7.3 had rotella in it for the last 300,000 mile of its 400,000 life.
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You have to watch the knuckle-heads at the oil change centers on a diesel. They will put the oil filter on the engine dry. I always fill mine before installing it on the engine, otherwise it is running with no lube until the filre fills (about 1.5 to 2 quarts on the 7.3L)

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