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post #1 of 20 Old 08-08-2009, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody use Rotella T Synthetic?

Thinking about using synthetic Rotella T oil in my next service. I can't find it in 15-40. Only 5W- 40, but the bottle says it is recommended for all heavy and mid duty diesel engines. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.
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I use it in my 6.0. Didn't notice any difference over the 15-40 rotella I had been using except it started alot easier for me in winter. I don't think that's a problem in your neck of the woods...............

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I ran it twice just cause Wally-world had it cheaper than reg Rotella T, didn't notice a diffrence. But then again I used reg Rotella inbetween. Today I noticed at Sam's Club they had 2 2.5 gallons for $15 more that 1 2.5 gallons, allmost bought some but I had a goal. Go to Sam's and not buy crap I didn't need.

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WHY? Are you wanting longer change intervals? If so you first need a bypass system and frequent UOA reports. By the time you add up all the cost I don't see any advantages with going synthetic. Modern day oils a far supperior to anything we had 10+ years ago, just change the oil every 5000-7500 miles and you will be fine.

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My goal is making this engine last another 200,000 miles. Its was used with 150,000 on it when I bought it. I want this thing to keep running a long time. When I dump the oil now it is jet black after only 3,500 miles. Now my work truck (6.0 liter F350) which has similar miles runs synthetic. They change the oil every 10,000 miles and when it comes out, it just looks really dark brown. I don't know, there has to be something to synthetic oils. Every major car company recommends it in their high performance engines. I guess I am just looking for a majic bullet.
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i run the rotella synthetic and change it at fords recommended intervals, 7500 ... and am still going to be installing an oil bypass to make it as clean as i can.

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What is an oil bypass? Is it the filtration system I read about in the magazines? If so, are they expensive to buy and or install? Thanks.
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I went with the Rotella 5-40 synthetic, for its cold flow properties, and I REALLY notice the difference in starting effort at 5 below

I still change it every 5k though


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What is an oil bypass? Is it the filtration system I read about in the magazines? If so, are they expensive to buy and or install? Thanks.
there are a few different brands of bypass kits, but basically it is just a 1 micron filter that a small amount of oil runs through to help keep your oil cleaner ... it's somewhat expensive, depending on whos kit you go with

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