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There was a test done some years ago on Oil Filters. I don't remember where I saw it now. Most of the Non Factory brand filters (like Fram) were equal to having no filter at all. Motorcraft filters rated near the top of the list, with Baldwin filters being the best over all.
You can't go wrong with Motorcraft, especially for the price.
Regarding oil, you might want to consider going with at least a synthetic blend as that is what Ford puts in them from the factory. I also use a additive from Ford called XL-17. Some on this site say it has stopped the dreaded "typewriter noise" that the 6.7 sometimes gets after the oil is changed. I use it as a preventative measure.
I have my oil changed at the Ford dealership. While I admit there's something satisfying about doing it yourself, they [the Ford dealer] does it for about the same price that I can do it myself. You also get the benefit of having the oil changes documented in the Ford computer system so that if there's ever a warranty issue with the engine, Ford can't argue that you didn't change it properly, or within the correct interval. Also, if there any updates or a reflash needed, they do it then as well. They also top off my DEF and only charge for the amount used, and drain the fuel water separator. I change mine every 3,000 miles.
I hope this helps.
2002 F250 ECLB, XLT, 7.3 PSD, 4X4, Auto, TW 6pos. Tuner, 42,000 original miles, 4" Diamond Eye Stainless Exhaust with 2 mufflers, Britebox, EZ Down tailgate assist, Rear Air Bags, 6.0 trans cooler, Wicked Wheel 2, Corey's HPX, Dieselsite Water pump w/built-in filter, 203 degree thermostat, Max A/C assist valve, Oil drain valve, Non EBV pedestal & Flange, S.S. bellowed up pipes, Dieselsite Lifetime Rad. hoses & Intercooler hoses,
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Last edited by RJC2; 07-02-2014 at 07:33 PM.