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Oil change for my 2006 F-350 dually

I use Delo 400 15/40 in my dually that I purchased new in 2006 and I have gone through 4 turbos in 60K. The dealer told me that I am not driving it enough and soot is stopping up the ports. Would going to a lighter weight
oil (5/30) improve the turbo problem without damaging the engine? If not, than do you have any other suggestions such as oil additives that would stop the turbo problems. Thanks in advance for your advice and suggestions.
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I think your dealer is FOS.
I drive mine daily to my business and back which is only a mile away without ever having a "soot" problem in any of my Powerstrokes. Many days, my engine runs without totally heating up, and I have never had issues.

Just a thought , but maybe your problems are the other way around. I think it's possible that your consistant turbo problems might be caused by not enough cool down time. When you are towing, or running for a longer time period, make sure you idle the truck for at least a minute prior to shutting it down. That allows oil to not cook on the turbo bearing. Shutting it down instantly is horrible for turbo life. I also run synthetic so the oil has a better temperature stability.

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I use Delo 400 15/40 in my dually that I purchased new in 2006 and I have gone through 4 turbos in 60K. The dealer told me that I am not driving it enough and soot is stopping up the ports. Would going to a lighter weight
oil (5/30) improve the turbo problem without damaging the engine? If not, than do you have any other suggestions such as oil additives that would stop the turbo problems. Thanks in advance for your advice and suggestions.
Yeah!
Let's start with the basic. Tell us a little bit about your driving habits and your maintenance habits and we can tell you for sure what you're doing wrong (if anything). I have a 2007 f-250 (bought it new) and she never visited a dealer, she runs like a champ and runs with authority. I do a lot short driving (as little as 4 miles, a lot of city driving and lot of idling in some cases) and never had a single problem.

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Oil question for my F-350

Nelson, thanks for your reply.

I am a retired 18 wheeler pusher so it goes without saying that I do not have a great desire to travel long distances anymore.

I run 14 miles R/T into town a couple of times a week and I pull my 20' pontoon boat 150 miles R/T to the lake and back home several times a year. Thats about all the driving I do anymore.

The truck is a totally stocked 4X2, has always gotten a disappointing 11/12 mpg, and presently has 61,700 miles on it. I change the oil and filter every 7,000 miles. Because of the amount of driving I do I will change the oil about 2 to 3 times a year.

I think I will take George C's suggestion and start idling before shutdown and change to synthetic oil. However, if you have any further suggestions or advice I would like to hear them so please let me know what you think.
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