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post #1 of 13 Old 03-09-2013, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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First Oil Change

Self performed the first oil change today at 7,300 miles. The computer did not say "oil change required" but had been saying "oil change soon" for a couple of weeks. Pretty much straight foreword other than the dipstick is extremely difficult to read. I had to reinsert the dipstick several times to get the correct oil level. IMO the dipstick on this motor leaves much to be desired. How many quarts does this motor take anyway?
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I will be doing my first change this week also. As the required amount in the manual says 13 I believe but seems like I remember people saying it takes more. How much did you add in?
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Completed my first change today at 4,000 miles, changed early because IM at 6 months plus IM towing a 5th Wheel. I poured in 13 quarts as per the Ford manual. Probably as much debate with oil amounts on the 6.7 as there was with the ol' reliable 7.3 Turbo PSD at 14 quarts. The dip stick on the 6.7 has to be the worse design for location and reading oil level ever for a Ford F Series pick up.



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Right at 14 quarts. The dipstick is very hard to read the level.
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Completed my first change today at 4,000 miles, changed early because IM at 6 months plus IM towing a 5th Wheel. I poured in 13 quarts as per the Ford manual. Probably as much debate with oil amounts on the 6.7 as there was with the ol' reliable 7.3 Turbo PSD at 14 quarts. The dip stick on the 6.7 has to be the worse design for location and reading oil level ever for a Ford F Series pick up.
I towed my camper twice, a total of about 200 miles. 13,000 lb 5th wheel and it towed it wonderfully. I wanted to change the oil sooner but FoMoCo clearly says to trust the computer.
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^ that's hard to do...I don't think I could trust the computer

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I kept waiting and waiting for the computer and finally decided to go ahead and change the oil around 7k. I couldn't wait any longer especially for the 1st change. You're right about the dipstick. It's definitely not the easiest to read. I used 13 qts of Rotella 5W40 and from what I can tell its just right.


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I towed my camper twice, a total of about 200 miles. 13,000 lb 5th wheel and it towed it wonderfully. I wanted to change the oil sooner but FoMoCo clearly says to trust the computer.
Personally, I don't care what that oil life computer says that's why they have a reset button. IM staying with 5,000 mile interval especially when towing a 36 Ft 12,000# 5th Wheel.

I reset the "A" gauge monitor every fill up and the "B" gauge will be reset at oil changes and this will be my visual oil change mileage monitor, plus record the gals of fuel used, hours, and fuel mileage over the course of my last oil change.

IM taking my first 300 mile trip pulling my 5ver next week and aside from a test tow the 6.7 is awesome. My test tow of 20 miles with starts, stops, hills up and down met my expectations. There was zero drive line shutter on starts and the tow haul feature is very nice.



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Right at 14 quarts. The dipstick is very hard to read the level.
Had to drain about one quart the next day. Oil level was easier to read the next morning.
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Put 13 quarts in it. Crank it up and let it run for a few minutes to heat up the oil. Let it sit for a minute or two then read the stick. Pouring in cold oil and not cranking the motor will not give you an accurate reading on the dip stick.
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