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Old 03-16-2010, 07:25 PM
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Oil change question

Changed the oil for the first time myself. The dealer was doing it under the maintenance plan but now they are saying every 10k miles. Would rather do it every 5k and just did it.

My question is what is the oil supposed to look like? After draining the old (Only 14 qts) it was super black. (Added 15qts) Would that be about right for only 4800 miles. No towing just city / highway driving. Just not trusting the dealer right now

Also what is the drain thread supposed to be tq'd at as well as the oil filter cap? 18.5 for both?

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Old 03-16-2010, 07:29 PM
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I do mine every 5. 15 quarts and yes it's super black. Normal
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I change mine every 7000 miles with 5w40 syn. rotella the oil always looks black when it comes out. you could put 500 on new oil drain it and it will probably be just as black. oil plug just gets snugged up i usally go a 1/4 turn more once it seats good. the oil cap gets a few ft pounds not much i do it by feel been doing the tech thing for many years so you get the feel for things.
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It's gonna be black if you drain the new oil back out an hour later bud! You should deff pull the oil filter out before you drain the pan and you will get a full 15qts out...
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That was new for me, too. When I was buying my '08, I pulled the dipstick and looked at the oil and said "You need to change the oil before I take possession of this truck." He checked with service and said that it had been changed a few days before. I, like you, was used to the oil still relatively clear after a few hundred miles. Yet another diesel learning experience.
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Thanks guys for the information can rest easier now
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:26 PM
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That is one thing I have noticed is these powerstrokes really dirty the oil.
My 1999 7.3 and now this 2008 6.4 have the dirtiest oil I have ever seen.

My 2002 Duramax at 5000km on the oil still looked fairly clean and at 10-12,000 kms the oil was still showing a bit of brown oil color(not as black as my 6.4 is with 1000kms).

I wonder why this is?
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:30 PM
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soot isnt it?
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Changed the oil for the first time myself. The dealer was doing it under the maintenance plan but now they are saying every 10k miles. Would rather do it every 5k and just did it.
I got the same thing from my dealer, using syn I can bring it back between 7.5K and 10K based on the type of driving I do.

Surprised me as well.
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That is one thing I have noticed is these powerstrokes really dirty the oil.
My 1999 7.3 and now this 2008 6.4 have the dirtiest oil I have ever seen.

My 2002 Duramax at 5000km on the oil still looked fairly clean and at 10-12,000 kms the oil was still showing a bit of brown oil color(not as black as my 6.4 is with 1000kms).

I wonder why this is?
You obviously have not seen a Dodge's oil (anything with the 3rd injection event...I think 2006 - now). My oil in my 2007 was three times darker than my Ford. I mean black as coal!!!
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