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Old 12-04-2008, 06:00 AM
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Oil Change/Service Question

I change my fluid/filters as follows:

Oil/Filter every 5K miles - use RotellaT and Fram or Motorcraft Filters
Fuel Filter every 10K - Use Raycor or Motocraft filters
Tranny cooler filter every 15K
Trannt fluid and filter every 30K

I will be driving to KC Mo. on Dec 20th from Jackson, Mississippi ~ 770 miles one way. I will be there a week and put probably 200-300 miles on the Ex in city driving, then 770 miles back home. Total of ~1,800 miles total. My 10K service is due in 2,000 miles as of today. In the next 3 weeks I will put another 800-1000 miles on the oil/fuel filters. So do I:

A) Take in to my local shop on Dec 12th and change the Fuel Filters/Oil Change as usual and waste 1000 miles of oil life.
B) Take it to the Ford place on Dec 12th and pay way more than I need to for a code read and oil change/fuel filter service
C) Travel up there with no service except a fluid check and have it serviced there by someone out there you all recommend
D) Travel up there and back on current fluids/filters and have it serviced when I return.

Thoughts?

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Old 12-04-2008, 06:21 AM
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I say go with D. If you have it done up there you are just loseing time with it plus someone you dont know is putting his hands all over your girl.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:03 AM
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D- for what it's worth.

You aren't driving a playtoy, and neither are the components you listed. IF they can't protect ya for far more than those few puny miles...you are using the wrong stuff. I agree...wait till you get back and you know it's done right!
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If it were me, I'd go with D as well, unless you suspect you got a bad batch of fuel or something in the last 8k that would be clogging things up.

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I'd do "D" also - You'll find oil manufacturers will have different change intervals depending on your driving. If you are doing Highway driving, the interval may be 5000 miles vs city driving where the recommended interval is 3000 miles.

As SWGent says, you'd only be going over a little bit, if at all.
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I say go with "A". If your already have 4K (especially since it's Rotella) on your oil it's probably sheared severly and these injectors HATE Rotella anyway. Fuel filters are hard to judge without a fuel pressure gauge, but sooner better than later as you NEVER know what kind of junk fuel you're going to get from ANY station even if you frequent it regularly. I had a set last 2K and it was from my regular truck stop station. Maintenance is cheap compared to doing anything on a 6.0 mechanically.
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I say go with "A". If your already have 4K (especially since it's Rotella) on your oil it's probably sheared severly and these injectors HATE Rotella anyway. Fuel filters are hard to judge without a fuel pressure gauge, but sooner better than later as you NEVER know what kind of junk fuel you're going to get from ANY station even if you frequent it regularly. I had a set last 2K and it was from my regular truck stop station. Maintenance is cheap compared to doing anything on a 6.0 mechanically.
What oil do you recommend?

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Conventional......I use Motorcraft 15w40. Synthetic......Schaeffers, Mobil1 or Valvoline Premium Blue.

If I had the money for synthetic I'd run Schaeffers hands down. I have had excellent results with the motorcraft and I change it ever 4K because that's all my injectors allow. Any longer and they get "cranky".
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I agree with npccpartsman. These things shear oil really quickly and there have been reported issues with the 6.0 and Rotella. I run Schaeffers 9000 5w40 full synthetic and even it is sheared to a 30w in 5K miles verified by UOA.

Food for thought.
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