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Oil for really cold temps ?

Going to be buying a 2002 F250 7.3 Litre here in a few days. Living in Alberta, going to be seeing temps of up to -50 celcius.

Should I be running a 0-40 or is 5-40 synthetic good enough?
Also what brand of oil would be the best ( don't care about price)

Also would an oil pan heater be wise to have?

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5-40 should be okay. Either Shell Rotella T6, Amsoil, or Schaffer would be your best bet. I wouldn't think a pan heater is necessary, especially with a bolck heater and 5 weight.

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I have been using t-6 5-40 all year around....I like it a lot

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Cool thanks, never owned a Diesel. Hope shes good to me
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You'll want to make sure your glow plug system is up to par as well.

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Yeah T6, a working GP system, and a good block heater should get that 7.3 running in those temps. I would also make sure you have synthetic fluids through out the rest of the truck as well (brakes, trans, powersteering, etc). Should all work together and help your truck run well in the ice box.
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You'll want to make sure your glow plug system is up to par as well.


I run Amsoil 15-40 full synthetic and it starts MUCH easier in the cold, and I have cold-started down to -25*F with no issues.
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CJ: alot of good advice above... On top of all that... Make for SURE your 2
Batteries are in excellent shape... This is Very Important!!

Keep that Air Filter Clean & Inside the Housing
Keep that Fuel Filter Changed every 10K miles
Keep that Oil Changed every 5K miles with a Good Filter

There are many things you can do to prepare your PSD for those cold winter months ahead... Like posted above-->If you have the money and the access to Good Quality Synthetic Oils? Start on the Front of the truck and work your way to the back...Change all Fluids to Synthetic...

A perfect senerio would be if your PSD was kept in a garage overnight and only out in the cold during the work day... But just prepare your truck for the worst... All of this is just a start...

These Trucks are Awesome but they require Good Maintenance Schedules...

Congrats on your New PSD!!

One more thing... Put this site in your favorites... I have found myself going back there many times for more information and to make sure I'm doing things right...

http://www.superdutypsd.com/

01F250-4WD-XLT-AUTO-CC-7.3L-{295K} Miles
Donaldson AIS Intake System w/Zoodad
4''Turbo Back MBRP Exhaust
Remote Spin-on Coolant Filter/Red {ELC}&RMI-25
Remote Spin-on Transmission Filter/Lg Magnet
203*F T-Stat w/Billet Housing
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Oil-------->T6 w/Amsoil Filter & Lg Magnet
AMSOIL-------->Every where else

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Another thing to think about....make sure your coolant is up to spec!

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Thanks all for the replys.


Anyone have a rough idea the cost of changing all the fluids to synthetic? What is there..transfer case,transmission,front/rear diff,engine oil...anything else for the cold ?

I'm used to putting 3 litres of oil into my old toyota...15.7 litres in the new truck I might need to get a second job!
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