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#4448901 - 07/03/17 10:47 PM Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi
Mathew_Boss Offline


Registered: 09/16/14
Posts: 169
Loc: Nebraska
We bought a 2011 Dodge Durango AWD with 109k miles on the clock. There are so many oil options and drain intervals that I could pick that I'm having trouble picking. I'm leaning towards Valvoline Synpower Max Life 0w-20. I would definitely like to stick with a high mileage oil but what are the community thoughts?

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#4448911 - 07/03/17 11:05 PM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
I use valvoline synpower in all my gas engines.
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#4448922 - 07/03/17 11:28 PM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
FlyNavyP3 Offline


Registered: 07/04/16
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Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Although I'm a big fan of Valvoline oils especially their SynPower lineup (moms Lexus currently has Valvoline SynPower with MaxLife technology in it in 0w20) I thought the Hemi specified 5w20? I know they're both Xw20 oils but the 5w20 usually carries with it a slightly higher HTHS viscosity. I would use VSP w/MLT or without with confidence in the correct weight. Napa Gold / Wix filter or a Fram Ultra for the oil filter,
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#4448924 - 07/03/17 11:28 PM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
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Registered: 08/02/14
Posts: 1452
Loc: Gulf Coast, MS
I actually live Valvoline as a company. I feel they make great products at a decent price but a lot of people here don't seem to consider them a tier one company (along the lines of Pennzoil, Mobile One, Castrol (to an extent) and many of the more exotic oils options such as Redline, Amsoil, etc.

The don't seem to get much love here beyond their Max Life line (if the vehicle in question calls for it).

Honestly think their love for sodium plays a big role in it (high sodium being a sign of coolant leak).

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#4448933 - 07/03/17 11:39 PM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Crawfordville FL
If you plan to work it hard go with a 5 or 10-30. Otherwise 5w-20 of any SN you like
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#4448952 - 07/04/17 12:01 AM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
Nyogtha Offline


Registered: 10/13/14
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
I have a 2012 Ram 5.7L Hemi, I used to live in the Great Lakes area.

My experience is a 0W-20 is preferred in the colder months as well as a base end bypass oil filter - the Mopar Mo-899 is what I settled on. I had some horrible screeching in ambient temp below 10°F with PPPP 5W-20 & a Mobil 1 M1-210 oil filter. Switching to 0W-20 PPPP & Mopar MO-899 oil filter resulted in no such issues the next winter. The previous combination allowed emulsion and / or ice to accumulate at the dome end of the oil filter, and a dome end bypass allowed this stuff a straight shot to the engine when cold starting the engine after sitting in low ambient temoeratures.

I'm currently running 0W-20 PPPP & MO-899 in San Antonio summer heat and it's working just fine. The oil & filter only had 2K miles on it when spring rolled around so I'm letting it go 1 year until Sep. this time.

I normally run 5W-20 in the warmer 6 months of the year along with a dome end bypass higher efficiency oil filter though the MO-899 is no slouch with 94% efficiency at 20 microns according to the Amsoil chart.
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#4448955 - 07/04/17 12:06 AM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Nyogtha]
Flying_A Offline


Registered: 10/14/11
Posts: 282
Loc: San Francisco, CA
Does it have MDS (cylinder deactivation)? You'll have to use a Xw-20 oil if you don't want a check engine light.


Edited by Flying_A (07/04/17 12:06 AM)
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#4449089 - 07/04/17 07:55 AM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Flying_A]
Mathew_Boss Offline


Registered: 09/16/14
Posts: 169
Loc: Nebraska
Originally Posted By: Flying_A
Does it have MDS (cylinder deactivation)? You'll have to use a Xw-20 oil if you don't want a check engine light.


I don't think it has MDS but it might. I traded in my Mitsubishi Mirage in on it so I don't have anything to pull. Ibwould like to borrow my stepdad bass boat but it's only about 1400lbs with the trailer so it shouldn't be worked hard. I would like to take it to Minnesota in December.

Thanks everyone for the replies. I appreciate the feedback on filters as well.

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#4449121 - 07/04/17 08:25 AM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
vwmaniaman Offline


Registered: 04/18/13
Posts: 131
Loc: Kevil,Ky
I have a 2007 Ram 1500 with the Hemi and am using syntec 5-20. Works great and now have 193k on it. purrs like a kitten
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#4449127 - 07/04/17 08:30 AM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
barkingspider Offline


Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2049
Loc: socal
I would run 5w20 even 5w30 in that Durango. Valvoline syn is a very good choice
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#4449212 - 07/04/17 09:51 AM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
TexasVaquero Offline


Registered: 05/31/17
Posts: 127
Loc: South Texas Rancho
Chryslers are terrible vehicles. Make.sure to change the oil every 3k as insurance.
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#4449218 - 07/04/17 09:58 AM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
ejes Offline


Registered: 01/11/16
Posts: 313
Loc: Kansas
I have a 2004 1500 with the 5.7 and I run Valvoline Sypower w/ML and it does very well on it.

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#4449342 - 07/04/17 11:51 AM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
Flying_A Offline


Registered: 10/14/11
Posts: 282
Loc: San Francisco, CA
Originally Posted By: Mathew_Boss
Originally Posted By: Flying_A
Does it have MDS (cylinder deactivation)? You'll have to use a Xw-20 oil if you don't want a check engine light.


I don't think it has MDS but it might. I traded in my Mitsubishi Mirage in on it so I don't have anything to pull. Ibwould like to borrow my stepdad bass boat but it's only about 1400lbs with the trailer so it shouldn't be worked hard. I would like to take it to Minnesota in December.

Thanks everyone for the replies. I appreciate the feedback on filters as well.


If it has MDS don't listen to anyone telling you to run anything besides a 0w/5w-20. You will get a check engine light so be sure to make sure your car is equipped with one. If not, you have some more freedom.
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#4449362 - 07/04/17 12:14 PM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: Mathew_Boss]
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Registered: 04/28/08
Posts: 36464
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I'd run M1 EP 0w-20 in it or if that's not available, the AFE 0w-20. I ran the latter in my wife's 5.7 Charger.
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#4449419 - 07/04/17 01:46 PM Re: Pick an oil for a new to me Hemi [Re: TexasVaquero]
WiskyBadger Offline


Registered: 01/14/13
Posts: 1648
Loc: Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: TexasVaquero
Chryslers are terrible vehicles. Make.sure to change the oil every 3k as insurance.
Is this guy for real? Troll troll troll your boat. OP I'd run the Synpower with Maxlife no problem, atleast 5k probably just follow the olm.
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