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Old 02-19-2009, 09:16 AM
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Arrow Oil Change...you do it? Or take it somewhere?

Hey guys,

Bought a 1999 Ford F550 7.3L w/ a 12' Dump body.

I would like to have the oil changed and have a couple of questions for you.

Do you guys do it yourselves or is it cheaper to have somone else do it? If you bring it somewhere, where do you go and how much?

Synthetic or regular??

Also while Im at it, should I change the fuel filter? Dont know when it was changed last. How often do you guys usually change them?

Thanks in advance,
John
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:28 AM
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ya change it. i used delo 15w40 every 3000 with a puralator filter. just every 3000. if you want longer intervals use a bypass filter and synthetic. all depends on how much money you want to spend.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:30 AM
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Jiffy Lube does all my oil changes... Never had one issue...
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change it yourself, just use a synthetic get a good filter, and it will still be cheaper than taking it somewhere, where they're just going to use the cheapest stuff they can.............
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:33 AM
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I do my own. Less of a hassle and i hate waiting for them. i use rotella 15 40 with a motorcraft filter
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:37 AM
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Do you have to some how convert over to a synthetic oil, or can I just start using synthetic? How much you guys usually spending on oil and filter?

Thanks guys!!
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:43 AM
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If you do the math, you don't really save anything by doing it yourself. I take mine to Texaco Express Lube, and they will use what I bring them. That being said, the breakdown goes like this: 4 gallons of Delo 400- $40, Motorcraft filter- $10 So, even if I don't bring my own, they have both of those at Texaco, and it costs me around $60-70. Not bad considering the labor is costing me around $15 and I never even had to get out of the truck.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:45 AM
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i use john deere 15-40 plus 50 fleet guard filters and yes i change my fuel filter on every oil change and grease the front end and service the air filter and always check all my fluids i have no problem taking it in we have some good shops here but i like to know where everything such as levels are at and stuff like that its just for my own piece of mind
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:33 AM
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For just an oil change, I'll pay someone to do it. Not worth the mess to me, and the possibility of spilling oil into the ground. You can throw synthetic in if you want, won't hurt anything. Synthetic can get spendy, I just use regular DELO.
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Not me, Nobody, and I mean nobody touches my truck!! I have heard so many horror stories from these lube and tune places, that is the last plce I would ever take my truck. If you know the owner and trust the dude doing the work it may be different. If you just bought the truck I would change all fluids and filters right off the bat. The FF should be changed every third oil change, 12-15K. I also don't see a need for synthetic oil. I do a oil analysis every third oil change and the numbers are always below the national average. They always suggest going to 7500 miles on the next change, but I stay with 5K. Modern oils are far better than they were 10-15 years ago. Congrats on the new truck.

NCH
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