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Old 04-16-2010, 08:13 PM
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Should I Change The Oil

Hi all. I changed my oil in Dec. Lost the trans just before Christmas. Next to no hours on the the thing. I just got everything running again and am wondering if I should change the oil because it sat all winter. Thanks.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:29 PM
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:04 PM
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thats nothing. just check it out, see if it's dirty, make sure you haven't burned or leaked any, and you are good to go. if you said it has been sitting since the end of last summer i would have said to change it. december should be no problem.
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Oil sitting in a bottle on the shelf or in an engine shouldn't be much different. I go by strictly miles or hours of use.
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Thanks. I think I'll hold off until the regular hours are up.
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I would do it - just for peace of mind if nothing more. How much can three gallons of oil really cost anyway? Wal-Mart often has five-quart jug specials for $10, but that is for 'car' oil in 5w30 weight. 15w40 might be just a little bit more (Delo, Rotella, etc.) - but it is a small price to pay to keep that 7.3L in good running order.
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UPDATE:

Wal-Mart has a 2.5-gallon (10 quart) jug of Shell Rotella 15w40 motor oil for $22.50 - but I don't know how long the sale will last. The sale price was at a store in Chesterfield, VA; but it is very likely that it will be also be offered in several of their stores in other cities.

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wal marts price on Motorcraft 15w40 is 11.50 here for the 5 quart jug. Its been that cheap for some time now. nearly 3.50 or more cheaper than any parts store.

But, to the OP- I would leave it. I had my trans rebuilt and it sat for over 3 months and no probs with it. It wont hurt. I go by miles driven or hours if it idles alot.
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I would do it - just for peace of mind if nothing more. How much can three gallons of oil really cost anyway? Wal-Mart often has five-quart jug specials for $10, but that is for 'car' oil in 5w30 weight. 15w40 might be just a little bit more (Delo, Rotella, etc.) - but it is a small price to pay to keep that 7.3L in good running order.
It would be peace of mind fer sure. I think I will then as the say " When it doubt change it out"
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