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post #1 of 11 Old 07-12-2013, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Synthetic oil?

I have a 2001 7.3 with ts 6p chip, 38r, exhaust and intake. I'm wondering if I should be using synthetic oil or stick with the rotella I used before upgrading
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I'm a fan of the Shell rotella t 5-40 synthetic that you can get at wal-mart for like 20.00 a gallon. It makes the engine idle smoother, quieter and starts better when cold. There's nothing wrong with running regular oil, just for the price difference I think it's worth running synth and 5k between oil changes.

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I'm a fan of the Shell rotella t 5-40 synthetic that you can get at wal-mart for like 20.00 a gallon. It makes the engine idle smoother, quieter and starts better when cold. There's nothing wrong with running regular oil, just for the price difference I think it's worth running synth and 5k between oil changes.

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is that the t6? i know the regular rotella t is dino oil,

i have the t3 in mine right know, but only 1k miles(still looks clean),(was like $65 for a 5 gallon bucket)

hows the 7.3 do with synthetic? do they burn it at all? thinking of switch possibly to the t6 next oil change.

i have heard the 7.3 are hard on oil though, so i have been in debate myself on whether it worth it or not

are you running extended change intervals?

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Yup, t6. The injection system is hard on the oil no doubt, another reason I feel more comfortable with synthetic. Mine uses about a quart every 3k miles, but I think it did on regular oil too. Where do you live? If it gets cold in the winter then it's really worth the switch. It makes cold starts a little more smooth. There are better synthetics than t6, but I think it's a good balance between cost and quality. My oil analysis always comes back happy.
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Yup, t6. The injection system is hard on the oil no doubt, another reason I feel more comfortable with synthetic. Mine uses about a quart every 3k miles, but I think it did on regular oil too. Where do you live? If it gets cold in the winter then it's really worth the switch. It makes cold starts a little more smooth. There are better synthetics than t6, but I think it's a good balance between cost and quality. My oil analysis always comes back happy.
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Scott I just switched from a 6.4 to the good ol 7.3, I'm a fan of the t6 as well. What kind of intervals are you running your oil changes?


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Sorry, just getting back on here. But to answer your question, I run 5,000 mile intervals. I used to run 7,500 mi with no problem but I feel better doing them at 5k. Welcome to the 7.3 world!!

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Sorry, just getting back on here. But to answer your question, I run 5,000 mile intervals. I used to run 7,500 mi with no problem but I feel better doing them at 5k. Welcome to the 7.3 world!!

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Thanks Scott, on my 6.4 I got up to 12 mile intervals. But I was thinking with a 7.3, I'd hate to stress the hpop and or Injectors stretching the oil any higher than 5-7k miles. What's your opinion on that?


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I cant really say whats better. I run amsoil 15-40 and unless anyone tells me i shouldnt i will keep doing it. i run 5k intervals

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I am a brand new 250 owner and I drove it around the first week on the old dino then switched to rotella t-6 and being a new sensitive to every sound owner noticed a definite change in pitch especially at idle, faster starts which for me is one of the problems I am trying to figure out and overall it is more quiet. I had not read about these effects and thus was not looking for them and it stood out the very first day, then when I got home it seems as though many others have a similar experience. To me it is cheap "comfort" as I feel a little less guilty on those cold mornings and that I am doing almost all I can for the life blood of my hard working tool. I am switching my Tundra over to synthetic this next week without hesitation. Travis
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I've been running t6 for 2 years I will never switch oils its great stuff I can start down to 0 degrees unplugged no problem! I wouldnt go any more than 5000 mile intervals.

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