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best oil and filters

What do you guts reccomend for the best oil 1540? any brand? synthetic? Any oil or fuel filter recommend or to stay away from.
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Oil filter--Motorcraft/Fram/Racor. Those are the only three I know that properly fit the housing and won't allow the bypass to open. Racor is the manufacturer of these filters and Fram is actually buying them from Racor and packaging them in Fram boxes. Motorcraft/Fram available at wally world and if you watch for some of the major auto parts chains when they advertise the Fram's on sale you can get them really cheap. I know Checker/Schucks/Kragen just did it as did Pepboys and others. Kinda screwed themselves offering a $20 filter 2 for $10 bucks or something like that. Fuel filter--get it at an IH dealer for about $32 bucks. Ask for filter for a vt275. If you ask for vt365 filter it will be wrong. It MUST have the white aquabloc membrane around the filter to be effective as the filters without it (Wix, Napa, etc) don't have the membrane and will allow water through to your injectors. I don't have the new part# for the IH filter, but the last number changed from a 2 to a 3 but even if they have old stock they're still good. I also know from personal experience that the "willfit" fuel filters will break the plastic standpipe in the secondary fuel filter housing. I don't use them any more.

Oil--and API certified 10W30, 15W40, or 5W40 synthetic, are good depending on the temperature you operate most in. CI4+ or CJ diesel rated. The most important thing is that these motors like clean oil due to the shearing effect they have on oil. 5K is the what most people change at--less if you tow a lot.
 

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I use Motorcraft filters and Rotella T oil.
 

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Thanks guys great advise. Wow I always thought wix was the best and fram was low end. oh well I was wrong
 

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My experience on the oil filters is that the Racor family of filters are superior. The oil filters are marked Made in Germany. I bought a bunch of them from a salvage store at $8 each. I get my fuel filters from shopdiesel.com. Also, I line my filters up on a shelf like this - Oil, Fuel, Oil, Oil, Fuel, Oil, so that I remeber it is time to change the fuel filters at every 10,000 miles. I buy all my maintenance materials and let the guys at my tire shop do the labor for $10-15.

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I use a Racor filter and Shell Rotella T Synthetic.
 

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I have motorcraft oil, and filter in it right now. This will be my first oil change, and I have a motorcraft filter and 5w-40 syn Rotella in the garage for the next oil change, but Im going to go with amsoil's single bypass with there 5w-40 after that.
 

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I live in South Louisiana where the summers get hot and Winter is not much to talk about. What is the best brand/weight of oil to use in my 6.0? The dealership changed my oil last time and I would guess that they used Motorcraft. Thanks
 

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I use 5-40w rotella synthetic. You are going to get many different answers on this!
 
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Motorcraft oil and filters.....
 

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Best oil to use IMHO is a quality synthetic, 5w-40. Brands can be debated, but the benefits of syn. oil in a 6.0 cannot. Some of the most popular brands are Valvoline Extreme blue, Mobil 1, rotella syn, schaeffers, etc, etc...
 

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First and most important thing to look for when choosing a motor oil for the 6.0l is making sure it has the Cl-4+ rating as per the owners manual. I personal use Amsoil 15W-40 Synthetic Heavy Duty Diesel & Marine Motor oil. I have used Amsoil know for 8 years in 6 trucks and cars and have had really good luck with their products. I have had valve covers off of trucks with over 100,000 miles on them to look brand new. I just recently purchased a 2006 F350 DRW with 32,000 miles and I changed the motor oil, transmission, transfer and front and rear gear lube with Amsoil. To me the engine and transmission same to run smoothier. I also noticed a 1.5 MPG increase when towing my 11,300lb fifth wheel to NC this week. I was only getting 10.5 MPG prior to changing all the oils. Hope this helps....
 

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The 6.0L is know to shear oil, so when doing your oil research look at that very closely.

Here is a good place to learn a lot about oil.
 

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I think I would stay with what Ford sayes ! From what ive read the 6.0s were alittle picky when comes to motor oil ! But it also depends on climate ,and other things of course! Some people will argue about this subject to!
 

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Amsoil all the way! i have been using in my past three vehicle and on this truck for the past 40000 miles.
 

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I live in South Louisiana where the summers get hot and Winter is not much to talk about. What is the best brand/weight of oil to use in my 6.0? The dealership changed my oil last time and I would guess that they used Motorcraft. Thanks
I am also from South Louisiana (go tigers) and I just recently switched to Rotella 5W-40. I used Rotella 15W-40 for most of my trucks life. I haven't noticed a difference other than the motor is louder. I wouldn't waste your money on the 5W-40. Be sure and only use Motorcraft filters and do not buy them from Walmart. The prices at the dealership are reasonable and you know what you are buying. Do the same with your fuel filters.

I'm switching back to Rotella 15W-40.
 
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