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#3202221 - 11/30/13 03:25 PM Need Oil recs, plz
sierraglen Offline


Registered: 06/01/10
Posts: 7
Loc: Boise, ID
I drive a '71 Dodge Van Class C motorhome with a 440 from a 78 van. I drive it less than 10k miles a year, and start-ups are about every 2-4 months. Any thoughts about what oil too use? When driven, the miles are easy, if I tow anything it's a 2500 lb boat/trailer, the trans is a 727 Torqueflite with a Gear Vendors over/under drive. Typical highway speeds are about 60 mph.
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#3202233 - 11/30/13 03:38 PM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: sierraglen]
GutsyGecko Offline


Registered: 08/16/12
Posts: 414
Loc: Youngstown, OH
A synthetic diesel 5w-40. M1 Turbo diesel truck or rotella T6. Change once per year. Use a good filter.

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#3202241 - 11/30/13 03:55 PM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: sierraglen]
sierraglen Offline


Registered: 06/01/10
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Loc: Boise, ID
Why a diesel oil, Gecko?
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#3202249 - 11/30/13 04:00 PM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: sierraglen]
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Registered: 02/13/12
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Loc: Northern NY
The Rotella T6 is a synthetic oil with both diesel and gasoline ratings. It's very stout and will keep that old 440 happy. I think I'd get a UOA at 7,500 and go from there.

If it leaks or burns oil, Maxlife 10w-40 is a good option.
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#3202251 - 11/30/13 04:05 PM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: sierraglen]
sierraglen Offline


Registered: 06/01/10
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Loc: Boise, ID
Thx guys.
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#3202336 - 11/30/13 05:55 PM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: sierraglen]
GutsyGecko Offline


Registered: 08/16/12
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Loc: Youngstown, OH
Like bandito said, it's a much tougher oil. Any old high displacement gas engine will thrive on it. Plus it has high amounts of zinc and can handle fuel dilution better. The zinc is for the top end.

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#3202440 - 11/30/13 08:29 PM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: sierraglen]
Zaedock Offline


Registered: 09/10/05
Posts: 3756
Loc: Massachusetts
Quaker State Defy 5W30 would be a good choice. If you can find it Maxlife Nextgen 5W30 is on closeout at Walmart.
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#3202507 - 11/30/13 10:10 PM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: Zaedock]
sierraglen Offline


Registered: 06/01/10
Posts: 7
Loc: Boise, ID
A filter choice?
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#3202511 - 11/30/13 10:16 PM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: sierraglen]
Zaedock Offline


Registered: 09/10/05
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Loc: Massachusetts
Originally Posted By: sierraglen
A filter choice?


A Purolator Classic from Walmart would be fine. I have run them in several of my off road vehicles, which are beaten beyond belief, and they have held up fine.
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#3202559 - 11/30/13 11:51 PM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: Bandito440]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 2867
Loc: Northeastern MT
Originally Posted By: Bandito440
The Rotella T6 is a synthetic oil with both diesel and gasoline ratings. It's very stout and will keep that old 440 happy. I think I'd get a UOA at 7,500 and go from there.


Bingo. Grab a Purolator or Fram Ultra off the shelf.
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#3202567 - 12/01/13 12:44 AM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: sierraglen]
Bandito440 Online   content


Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 1435
Loc: Northern NY
Originally Posted By: sierraglen
A filter choice?

Purolator Classic for 5,000 miles.
PureONE for 7,500.
Mobil 1, Bosch D+, or Fram Ultra for more than 7,500.
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#3202576 - 12/01/13 02:38 AM Re: Need Oil recs, plz [Re: sierraglen]
SS1970chrysler Offline


Registered: 05/01/11
Posts: 1301
Loc: PA
I'd use a good 15w-40 in that application or 5w-40 if used in real cold temps. I use either Bosch or Motorcraft filters on my Chrysler engines.
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