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Old 09-12-2010, 02:41 PM
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Dealer DEF service?

No, I don't have a 6.7. But I was just curious what is the dealer charging to refill the DEF tank?
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:09 PM
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Dont know what the dealer charges. But I can tell you that my warning light came on at 800 miles from empty while I was in Laughlin, NV last weekend. So I went to about five different auto parts stores looking for DEF (wanted FORD DEF but the local Ford dealer was closed on account of labor day). At each place, the staff looked at me like I was crazy. Finally got to a truck stop in Barstow and bought two of the 2 1/2 gallon bottles they had. Took on one whole bottle and about 7/8 of the second bottle. Cost me about $20. Guess this doesn't answer your question, but did want to share the story with you because as I learned, not all auto parts stores have DEF.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:11 PM
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truck stops are by far the best bet for getting it. At ford it is roughly $10 a gallon, where as the post above said the truckstops will sell it much cheaper. I did some research into where to find DEF and what brands are there, OM says any AFI certified, there are a few brands out there. They also say there is another "certification" that is acceptable that is still cheaper. Mainly because ford is obviously going to hike the price at a dealership, and the AFI certification cost the manufacturer annually and there is a surcharge to put the label on the product adding about a buck to each bottle. PILOT truck stops has their own brand that is 8.99 per 2.5 gallons.
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:03 AM
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I was kinda curious because we have it at our oil change place for 10.99/gal. But we buy it from our supplier at 7.99. So not much a markup. Mainly it's just a service.
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:45 PM
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Diesel Exhaust Fluid. Mixture of urea and water. It's basically a liquid catalytic converter. Converts NOx into Nitrogen and Water.
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My first service was part of the deal when I bought my truck. I dropped the oil and refilled at 3k miles but when it hit 6k I took it in for the free service and the reflash. My warning was on for DEF and I was sure that would not be included in the service. When I went back to pick my truck up I bought 5 gallons of DEF ($19.59 each 2.5 gal with discount) and planned to fill the DEF tank when I got home. The truck was running when I got in and no warning but I just figured the valet had cleared the screen.

I stuck the first jug into the tank and it took about a quart and stopped filling. I couldn't believe it, my dealer had filled the DEF tank!! They greased the fittings too. I figured I would get a cut-rate service with only oil and filter for free so now I'm pretty impressed with Team Ford in Las Vegas.

I still have almost 5 gallons of Ford DEF in my dark, cool closet. I'll need it someday.
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