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#3012693 - 05/24/13 10:23 PM 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins
hollnagelc Offline


Registered: 04/06/13
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Loc: Texas, good old USofA
First sample I have ever had done. Thought I would share. This is the second oil change for the truck. Oil used is Valvoline Premium Blue 15W/40

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#3012702 - 05/24/13 10:45 PM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
LargeCarManX2 Offline


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Excellent, bump her OCI up to 7.5K and resample.
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#3012789 - 05/25/13 06:21 AM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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I usually wait until an OCI that starts after 20K to do a UOA. Before then it could be anything.

I prefer UOAs that provide oxidation and nitration.

Thanks for sharing.
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#3013972 - 05/26/13 01:53 PM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
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There is nothing but break-in wear here; this is not data that can be used to establish any range or trend.

On the positive side, contaminants look well in control.

I would OCI at 10k miles and again at 15k miles. The goal would be to flush out the break-in metals. Don't even both with a UOA for these next few OCIs; waste of money.

Stick with the VPB; excellent product and reduces variables for future UOA trending.

At 15k miles, start doing 7.5k mile OCIs, and then start your UOA data tracking.
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#3013975 - 05/26/13 01:56 PM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
hollnagelc Offline


Registered: 04/06/13
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Loc: Texas, good old USofA
Thanks for the advice guys!
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#3080149 - 07/29/13 05:58 PM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
hollnagelc Offline


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Here is the run with the premium blue extreme 5w40 6000 miles.

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#3080491 - 07/30/13 06:13 AM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
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I'm a journeyman diesel mechanic at UPS. The yard shifter trucks use a de-tuned version of the 5.9 or 6.7 Cummings depending on the year. Those engines can last seemingly forever. Keep in mind if you ever have a fuel system issue, don't drive it and get it fixed. Cylinder wash down is the only thing that has ruined these engines in our industrial application.
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#3080607 - 07/30/13 09:01 AM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: skyactiv]
hollnagelc Offline


Registered: 04/06/13
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Loc: Texas, good old USofA
That's great to hear. My main concern with the 6.7 cummins was possible fuel dillution. From the regen process. But I think with my driving routine it's not going to be an issue (knock on wood).
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#3169181 - 10/27/13 10:12 AM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
hollnagelc Offline


Registered: 04/06/13
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Loc: Texas, good old USofA
Here is the latest on the vpbe. Used up what I had I have delo 400 le 15w40 in the truck now. 11.50 a gallon is nicer than. 26.00 a gallon.

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#3169330 - 10/27/13 02:24 PM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
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Registered: 05/13/13
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Loc: upstate NY
Thanks for sharing your reports!

I've never tested any of my diesels that low in mileage so I don't know if that aluminum number is normal at that stage or not (referring to the latest report). It looks like the engine is coming along nicely, though.

I don't blame you for saving money with delo 400. It'll do very well for you.
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#3170368 - 10/28/13 03:25 PM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: dustyroads]
jayg Offline


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Originally Posted By: dustyroads
I don't blame you for saving money with delo 400. It'll do very well for you.


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#3170449 - 10/28/13 04:59 PM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
hollnagelc Offline


Registered: 04/06/13
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Loc: Texas, good old USofA
Yeah that's the plan. Trying to get off the synthetic kick. It was real popular when I first started buying vehicles. Got drawed into it and just now trying to not waste money. hooked
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#3230742 - 12/29/13 10:15 AM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
hollnagelc Offline


Registered: 04/06/13
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Loc: Texas, good old USofA
Here is a short run of the delo. Went ahead and changed early. Recently made some modifications on the truck. So I wanted to drain this and see how the next one looks. Also put a fumoto valve on this time so maybe my sample taking will be a cleaner experience smile

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#3231098 - 12/29/13 04:40 PM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
dustyroads Offline


Registered: 05/13/13
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Loc: upstate NY
I'm a bit worried about that aluminum number. It's not coming down as the engine is breaking in, although 21k is nowhere near "broke in". I've never watched a diesel breaking in as you are showing, so maybe there's nothing wrong.

With the increased aluminum in this last short interval it just seems that something is wrong, but I have a lot to learn.
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#3231100 - 12/29/13 04:43 PM Re: 2012 Ram 3500 6.7 Cummins [Re: hollnagelc]
hollnagelc Offline


Registered: 04/06/13
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Loc: Texas, good old USofA
Yeah I guess I'll see how it goes on the next one. I did have more idle time (cold mornings) and short distance drives during this interval.
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