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#1027750 - 11/14/07 09:14 AM Best oil for Dodge Ram 1500
alpha6164 Offline


Registered: 08/01/07
Posts: 36
Loc: Jacksonville,FL
Just picked up a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 with 56,000 miles that appears to be in good condition. I am not sure if the owner used synthetic with this truck or not? What is the best oil for this 5.2L V8?

I was thinking about Rotella T 5w-40? What do you guys think or the non synthetic Rotella 15w-40. I live in Florida so temps dont go below 30F.

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#1028043 - 11/14/07 03:41 PM Re: Best oil for Dodge Ram 1500 [Re: alpha6164]
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Registered: 11/23/05
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Loc: CFB Petawawa, Ontario
If it is a 1500 with a gas V8, the best oil is whatever the manufacturer recommended. In your case, the latest spec gasoline engine oil. Many people tend to use diesel oil in their gassers- personal preference I guess. But it is not spec oil for your truck. If I were to use one of the new HDEO's for a gasser I would probably run the new Rotella myself.
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#1029735 - 11/16/07 09:19 PM Re: Best oil for Dodge Ram 1500 [Re: D-Roc]
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Registered: 10/06/05
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
Given your area the 15w40 will more than likely work well.

I believe the recommended oil is 10w30.

If you pick a conventional 10w30 that truck will last a long time.
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#1029755 - 11/16/07 09:43 PM Re: Best oil for Dodge Ram 1500 [Re: racer12306]
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Registered: 11/23/05
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Loc: CFB Petawawa, Ontario
Recommended oil for Dodge gas engines is 5W30 in the trucks- 5W20 for those with MDS.
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#1030346 - 11/18/07 12:17 AM Re: Best oil for Dodge Ram 1500 [Re: D-Roc]
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Registered: 06/24/06
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Loc: Irving, Texas
I had a 99 dodge with the same motor. Manual said 5w30. I ran 5w30 and 10w30 oil changes. No ill affects. Really couldn't tell a difference from either weight. North Texas winters are pretty mild as well. I would stay with one of them unless I had a consumption issue. Then, I may look at a thicker oil.
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#1030448 - 11/18/07 08:32 AM Re: Best oil for Dodge Ram 1500 [Re: tsmay51]
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Registered: 10/06/05
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
Really, I'm very surprised by that. Every thing I had seen said 10w30, but there is no harm in running 10w30 in that engine.

Granted this was from memory, but I hope my memory isn't failing at 22


Edited by racer12306 (11/18/07 08:32 AM)
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#1030456 - 11/18/07 08:48 AM Re: Best oil for Dodge Ram 1500 [Re: racer12306]
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My fault- that is the new ones. 99 would probably be 10W30 or 5W30
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#1030859 - 11/18/07 09:22 PM Re: Best oil for Dodge Ram 1500 [Re: D-Roc]
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Registered: 10/06/05
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Thank goodness, I was worried for a bit. \:\)
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#1033243 - 11/22/07 07:19 PM Re: Best oil for Dodge Ram 1500 [Re: racer12306]
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Registered: 05/26/07
Posts: 1547
Loc: West Michigan
good truck, i've got a 2001. i've been using the mobil 1 TDT (delvac1) with good results.
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