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Old 07-02-2014, 03:56 PM
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First oil change tomorrow, what to do?

I hate to sound like newb, but this is both my first new and first diesel truck. I want to do everything right, even though I have changed oil hundreds of times on different vehicles, I dont want to overlook anything.

Oil:
What kind of Rotella oil should I use? Just regular full synthetic? And what viscosity? (probably printed on the oil cap, but Im too lazy to run outside to pop the hood now). And how much oil does the 6.7 take?

Filter:
I am probably just going to use a regular Carquest Redline oil filter. Any objections to that?

Misc:
Anything else I should do or check out at this 5k mark? Tires look good all round, recently put oversized on so no need for a rotation yet.


Thanks in advance. Just want to make sure I am maintaining the best possible maintenance for the truck.

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I run Rotella T6. Takes 13 quarts.
I would use motorcraft filter. Just my .02
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I use 5w-40 synthetic, which is Rotella T6. However, I've heard of people also having success with 10w-30. You'll need 13 quarts, so buy (4) 1 gallon jugs and you should have 1 quart leftover. You may want to check if the air filter needs replacement.
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I believe it's 3 one gallon jugs and one quart.
Otherwise you'll have 3 extra quarts.
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I believe it's 3 one gallon jugs and one quart.
Otherwise you'll have 3 extra quarts.
Whoops! You're right. Only use 1 quart out of the 4th gallon and pour the rest down the sink or in the gutter. My bad..
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I second the motorcraft filter. Don't use cheap filters on an expensive truck.

13' CCSB FX4 6.7, 17"MB wheels, Cooper oversized all terrains, Amsoil 15w40 Diesel/Marine oil with Ea Oil Filter.
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DO NOT use anything but Motorcraft filters on these trucks!!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:52 PM
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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.

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you should top of the exhaust fluid as well.
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My preferences are -

Every 3,000ish
Rotella T6 5W-40 13 quarts
5/8" wrench for the drain plug and prepare for the oil to come almost straight out of the drain hole once the plug is removed. More than one guy has figured this out the hard way.
Baldwin or Motorcraft filters
Reset the oil life reminder in the dash
Drain the water separator
Air and fuel every 12-15,000
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