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#4483139 - 08/08/17 09:23 PM Need help with oil question
Keith64 Offline

Registered: 08/08/17
Posts: 3
Loc: Texas
I need help with selecting the best oil for my RV. I have a small RV built on a 2013 Sprinter 3500 chassis with a 3.0 turbo diesel. I recently read an article that had many bad things to say about the oil that is recommended by Mercedes. Without going into to much detail the article seemed to recommend that I deviate from the recommended oil. I am hesitant to do this since doing this would void my warranty. I am researching to find a really quality oil that still meets Mercedes 229.52. I am looking at amsoil European formula 5w40 but I am looking for advice. In the article I read it seemed that the writer who has a long history with Mercedes thought that the Viscosity index and the Noack number were extremely important. I found this forum and was hoping to get some advice. Thanks in advance for any insight you can give.

#4483151 - 08/08/17 09:43 PM Re: Need help with oil question [Re: Keith64]
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Registered: 10/30/15
Posts: 436
Loc: MN
I don't know the specifics of what you read, but as a general rule, it's hard to do better than what the manufacturer specifies.
Essentially, if you use an oil that meets their specification and change it as often as they say, you should be good for a great many miles/years. Does that mean that there aren't better ways to do it? No, but it's hard to go wrong with what they say.
2006 Buick Lacrosse 3.8 V6 150,000 mi
2015 Chevy Silverado LT Z71 5.3 V8 30,000 mi
2010 Toyota Sienna 3.5 V6 150,000 mi

#4483161 - 08/08/17 10:01 PM Re: Need help with oil question [Re: TmanP]
Keith64 Offline

Registered: 08/08/17
Posts: 3
Loc: Texas
Thanks for the reply TmanT. That's the way I've always believed also but I have been reading and seeing so many auto manufacturers being charged with falsifying data concerning diesels and the EPA is putting such stringent requirements on auto companies that I am not so sure anymore.

#4483255 - 08/09/17 12:59 AM Re: Need help with oil question [Re: Keith64]
AirgunSavant Offline

Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
Why not link the article here? It may help with you getting more answers.

#4483266 - 08/09/17 02:39 AM Re: Need help with oil question [Re: Keith64]
Garak Offline

Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 24620
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Here is a starting point for you, the approved oils list. Certainly, link us the article, too.
Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515

#4483287 - 08/09/17 03:40 AM Re: Need help with oil question [Re: Keith64]
Donald Offline

Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20472
Loc: Upstate NY
What about Rotella T6?

This is a diesel engine so you need a CJ-4 or CK-4 rated oil?

Amsoil makes excellent oil, but you should be able to find oil at Walmart that will meet what the manufacturer recommends.
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
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#4483358 - 08/09/17 07:01 AM Re: Need help with oil question [Re: Keith64]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
It sounds like you are looking for the BEST oil....

The manufacturer would have to PROVE (how?) you were not using "the best oil" if something fails.

I don't think you have to worry about your warranty, unless you filled the entire engine full of "Prolong Engine Treatment". That would be bad.
"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."

#4484128 - 08/09/17 09:39 PM Re: Need help with oil question [Re: AirgunSavant]
Keith64 Offline

Registered: 08/08/17
Posts: 3
Loc: Texas
I'm not sure if I can link it but I'll try.