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Oil additives?

I see a lot of posts about people putting additives into their engine oil. What's the point? If you start out with a high quality oil you should not have to add anything to it. I'd never use any additives. All oil especially synthetic has additives in it all ready. Some oil manufactures even recommend that you do not add anything to their oil.

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on the engines you're probably familiar with, oil is for lubrication and you'd be correct.

In the 6.0L the oil is also used for actuating the fuel injectors, and in order to do that it's pumped up to very high pressure.

It means the oil needs to be able to put up with abuse not typical in other engines.

Residue can build up that needs to be removed by an added chemical in order to let the injectors function properly.

There are lots of threads with jawing about oil, but I've seen a couple that were pretty useful about the properties you need and that are attacked by this engine.

Bottom line is, to me, synthetic oil is good most of the time, but the buildup does require the occasional addition of RevX.

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I see a lot of posts about people putting additives into their engine oil. What's the point? If you start out with a high quality oil you should not have to add anything to it. I'd never use any additives. All oil especially synthetic has additives in it all ready. Some oil manufactures even recommend that you do not add anything to their oil.
If you use a synthetic oil and maintain your truck properly then you are right. You should not need any additional additives. However the 6.0 HEUI injection system is prone to injector stiction from varnish buildup on internal parts when using conventional oil. Products like Rev-X have been show to effectively clean out that varnish buildup and allow the injectors to function properly if they are not too far gone. Archoil also makes some very good additives which will do the same and are cheaper than Rev-X. The AR9100 and AR2300 products have gotten good reviews.


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on the engines you're probably familiar with, oil is for lubrication and you'd be correct.

In the 6.0L the oil is also used for actuating the fuel injectors, and in order to do that it's pumped up to very high pressure.

It means the oil needs to be able to put up with abuse not typical in other engines.

Residue can build up that needs to be removed by an added chemical in order to let the injectors function properly.

There are lots of threads with jawing about oil, but I've seen a couple that were pretty useful about the properties you need and that are attacked by this engine.

Bottom line is, to me, synthetic oil is good most of the time, but the buildup does require the occasional addition of RevX.
Bottom line is if you use synthetic oil and maintain your truck properly you should not "need" to use Rev-X at all.
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