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#4483080 - 08/08/17 08:22 PM Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi
ChesterCopperpot Offline


Registered: 07/08/17
Posts: 18
Loc: West Virginia
Hello to all,

For anyone that is interested in this UOA:

Oil Used - Valvoline Synpower 5W-20
Miles on Oil - 3000 Miles
Make/Model - 2012 Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi (36000 miles)

I know 3000 miles is way too early, but I really wanted to see how things were going as this would be my first UOA. BTW, I do not drive this truck often.


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#4483090 - 08/08/17 08:35 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: ChesterCopperpot]
Slick17601 Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1512
Loc: Pennsylvania
Looks good, copper is likely from the oil cooler.

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#4483092 - 08/08/17 08:37 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: ChesterCopperpot]
FlyNavyP3 Offline


Registered: 07/04/16
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Great report. People slam Valvoline SynPower for low starting TBN but it always seems to deliver on the UOA reports. I also had an excellent run on it of ~7,000 miles in my Lexus. I see no reason not to keep using it.
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#4483284 - 08/09/17 03:29 AM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: ChesterCopperpot]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
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No wonder the copper is high.... Your name smile

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#4483420 - 08/09/17 08:34 AM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: AirgunSavant]
deven Offline


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Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
No wonder the copper is high.... Your name smile

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#4483960 - 08/09/17 06:19 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: deven]
SirTanon Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 1987
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona - USA
Originally Posted By: deven
Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
No wonder the copper is high.... Your name smile

shocked grin


Yeah.. I, for one, was also really sorry to hear of your failure to find the treasure of One-eyed Willy.
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#4484000 - 08/09/17 07:10 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: SirTanon]
ChesterCopperpot Offline


Registered: 07/08/17
Posts: 18
Loc: West Virginia
Well, its kinda hard to do since I was pinned down with a boulder the size of a car. Plus, some punk kids lifted my wallet and stole my Lou Gehrig baseball card, and most importantly the "Key"!

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#4484005 - 08/09/17 07:15 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: Slick17601]
ChesterCopperpot Offline


Registered: 07/08/17
Posts: 18
Loc: West Virginia
Agreed on the copper. I'm wondering if the "Silicon" level is considered somewhat high?

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#4484117 - 08/09/17 09:25 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: ChesterCopperpot]
Ihatetochangeoil Offline


Registered: 10/28/14
Posts: 573
Loc: On the road Midwest
Originally Posted By: ChesterCopperpot
Agreed on the copper. I'm wondering if the "Silicon" level is considered somewhat high?


I'm not familiar with either this oil or this engine, but I can tell you that I've had oil tested by Polaris, Blackstone, and "Check Oil" and no one I've heard or read about considers Silicon "high" unless it is over 20 ppm; and most of the time they tell you to check for intake air leaks. When installing a new air filter, I grease the gaskets to get more of an "airtight" seal.
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#4487507 - 08/13/17 03:46 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: Ihatetochangeoil]
danielLD Offline


Registered: 08/12/17
Posts: 225
Loc: Chicago
Originally Posted By: Ihatetochangeoil
Originally Posted By: ChesterCopperpot
Agreed on the copper. I'm wondering if the "Silicon" level is considered somewhat high?


I'm not familiar with either this oil or this engine, but I can tell you that I've had oil tested by Polaris, Blackstone, and "Check Oil" and no one I've heard or read about considers Silicon "high" unless it is over 20 ppm; and most of the time they tell you to check for intake air leaks. When installing a new air filter, I grease the gaskets to get more of an "airtight" seal.



That is because everyone uses Polaris' standards, not because they actually set their own standards. I can name a bunch of other labs that follow Polaris to a T.

CopperPot, this test is very limited in data. Consider selecting a slightly better service.

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#4488432 - 08/14/17 02:24 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: ChesterCopperpot]
bigt61 Offline


Registered: 02/12/13
Posts: 3117
Loc: Virginia
Silicon is low - no worries. How long was the oil in there time-wise? No make-up oil? Looks like you could go 7500 miles easy IMO.
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#4489138 - 08/15/17 10:38 AM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: ChesterCopperpot]
sw99 Offline


Registered: 03/22/06
Posts: 2098
Loc: Colorado
My 2012 5.7L 2500 had quite the well known hemi tick and consumed a little oil. Any noises with yours?
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#4489734 - 08/15/17 09:38 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: sw99]
ChesterCopperpot Offline


Registered: 07/08/17
Posts: 18
Loc: West Virginia
I've tried a bunch of oils to see which ones minimize the hemi tick. Valvoline Synpower and or Durablend were pretty good at minimizing the tick to almost nothing. Every now and then I'll hear a slight tick mostly when in the garage. The best oil I've come across was QSGB. The Mopar oil filter is the way to go as well.

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#4489736 - 08/15/17 09:40 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: bigt61]
ChesterCopperpot Offline


Registered: 07/08/17
Posts: 18
Loc: West Virginia
Time-wise I would say 7 months. No make up oil as it doesn't consume anything discernable. I agree 7500+ should be no problem.

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#4489737 - 08/15/17 09:42 PM Re: Valvoline Synpower 5W-20 - 5.7L Hemi [Re: danielLD]
ChesterCopperpot Offline


Registered: 07/08/17
Posts: 18
Loc: West Virginia
I probably will try something different. It was only 15 bucks for the test so I said what the [censored]...

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