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Old 06-16-2011, 04:34 AM
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Higher Mileage, 200K+, Oil Recommendations

I bought a 97 F-350, 223K, a year ago and have done 2 oil changes since using Motorcraft 15W-40 and Motorcraft oil filter with no issues, not sure what the previous owner used. Without the block heater plugged in, she's a pain to start in the winter under 20 degrees (usually a few attempts followed by plenty of smoke). I live in Michigan and would love to have some feedback on good oil/filter to use year round. I'm changing the oil every 3000 miles right now. Just curious if I should change to Rotella (since everyone seems to use it with good results) or something else. Just want to hear some recommendations from some owners will higher miles like mine.

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i've heard a ton of good things about rotella and thats what i use.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:48 AM
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2x on Rotella. There is a reason that so many high mileage fleet trucks use it.
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Yeah, maybe I will give it a go. Any thoughts on synthetic vs. conventional? Motorcraft oil filter or aftermarket filter ex. Mobil?

Any recommendations on a service manual besides the Ford manual which is $$$$$?

Any recommendaitons on good, low price upgrades to the engine or truck itself?

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Yeah, maybe I will give it a go. Any thoughts on synthetic vs. conventional? Motorcraft oil filter or aftermarket filter ex. Mobil?

Any recommendations on a service manual besides the Ford manual which is $$$$$?

Any recommendaitons on good, low price upgrades to the engine or truck itself?

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Synthetic is always a great choice.


As for mods, ditch the stock downpipe and get a full exhaust, 6637 intake, and a TS chip with custom tunes.
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I'm runnin mobil delvac. It's a bit cheaper and IMO just as good. As for winter I run stock filter and synthetic rotella 5w-40. You're hard starts are probably caused by bad glow plugs. If it cranks slow that will also cause a hard start.
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Mobil Delvac and 1qt of Lucas synthetic additive. Runs great.
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I like Mobil Delvac as well. Never had any problems runnin it in our trucks or pickups.
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I'm runnin mobil delvac. It's a bit cheaper and IMO just as good. As for winter I run stock filter and synthetic rotella 5w-40. You're hard starts are probably caused by bad glow plugs. If it cranks slow that will also cause a hard start.

Thanks, I'll replace the glow plugs before winter. Should I just buy the standard Motorcraft, or are there better aftermarket? Would a crank slow issue be the battery?
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So if I choose to go synthetic, would I use a 5W-40 or something else? I don't put a ton of miles on my truck so I would like something that I can use year round. My next oil change might not be until January so I need an oil that will work well for cold starts also.
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