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post #1 of 18 Old 02-01-2008, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Synthetic - how often?

How often do you change synthetic (Rotella) oil on DL650?
If it's more than 3.5K - do you change filter every time?

I'm trying to decide if I should stick with recommended 3.5Kmiles intervals or if using synthetic means longer interval is OK.
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I go 5k miles between changes. I always change my filter every time.

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I stick to the 3500 mile interval unless I'm taking a long trip. Then I'll go up to 7000 miles on a two week trip. If I'm in 3500 mile interval mode, I'll change the oil filter every second oil change.

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When I ran synthetic, I always changed around 4 thousand miles.

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I go 5k miles between changes. I always change my filter every time.

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+1. Synthetic MC specific oil and a new filter. Unless anyone can show why this is bad, I'll just keep this schedule.

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change oil and filter every 5,000mi

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I go 5k miles between changes. I always change my filter every time.

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+1 Same here.


The CalSci Oil guy claims it's good for 7,000mi.

I've heard a lot of claims that the OEM oil filter is MUCH better filtering than the K&R. So much so that I switched back to OEM, even though I loved the K&R welded on nut for removal. I don't know, but I've never seen much in my oil ever. I've used Rotella since mile 70, and I'm over 19000 now.

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Make the math easy.

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+1 Same here.


The CalSci Oil guy claims it's good for 7,000mi.
I could easily live with 7000 miles and not worry about it. I decided on 5000 because it makes the math easy.

Do I need an oil change? = Does my odometer devide cleanly by 5000.

As cheap as the Rotella is, I'm OK with wasting 2000 miles of use. If I used the expensive MC specific oils perhaps I would feel differently.



I also do the same thing with chain oiling. My 2nd change wants to be oiled every 300 miles (The OEM one said every 600). I probably did my OEM one every 500 miles so I could use the same math to determine when it's needed. Now I have harder math since I try to oil every 333miles.

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I go 5k miles between changes. I always change my filter every time.

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Ditto, I didn't notice any difference in shifting or engine sounds after 5K and the old oil still looked good when I drained it, not like new but not all black and nasty looking either.

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5K Oil & Filter Change

i change on even 5k's give or take a few. I had a beemer that i ran synthetic on and had the oil tested. The guidance from the test was that based on the wear i should be able to go 18k on that oil before needing replacement. Yes i know a beemer is dry clutch which makes a difference.

5k is plenty fine unless you do not do a lot of short or real dusty trips.

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Used oil for sale...

I find that my shifting starts getting stickier at around 1500 miles or so. I've noticed it with rotella, mobil 1(cycle specific) and the amsoil that i run now. Soon as it gets noticable i change it. Goes right back to butter smooth soon as i do. No doubt the oil is good way beyond that but thats where i change it. I'm doing my best to conserve now(AL GORE said to...) as i used to change it every thou...

...someone once said it was clutch material that begins to cause that...?
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