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Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke #4685149
03/05/18 01:19 PM
03/05/18 01:19 PM
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Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
jaytb8842 Offline OP
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Hey all I am just about to purchase a 6.0 powerstroke but I have a few questions. I've done a ton of research on this engine before I go ahead with the purchase. The truck is bulletproofed and has all the work done to it but I am curious what oil would be best to run. I've put down the options to Valvoline Premium Blue 5w40, Schaeffer's 9000 5w40, Amsoil 5w40, Delvac 1 5w40, Delo 5w40, and Rotella T6. I also heard good things about the Archoil additive as well. I want to put whatever oil will make my truck run the best especially in the cold. I will use the motorcraft OEM oil filters. Thanks for all the help!

Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: jaytb8842] #4685153
03/05/18 01:25 PM
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kutztown, pa
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Any of those are fine oils. I prefer the amsoil, but the next guy down the list probably won't. To each their own. The biggest difference you will see is with the archoil. Use it. I swear by it. Made cold starting a breeze


2001 F250 7.3 powerstroke
1993 F250 7.3 turbo
1983 F250 6.9 483,000 miles and counting
Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: jaytb8842] #4685173
03/05/18 01:43 PM
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The land of USA-made Subies!
RT6. Cheap and stout oil!

Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: jaytb8842] #4685235
03/05/18 02:49 PM
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The Midwest
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You should rethink your purchase of that truck.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: jaytb8842] #4685273
03/05/18 03:38 PM
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Jupiter, Florida
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You won't find a better oil than Mobil 1, 5W-40 TDT. It's about as robust as they come. It's also a great choice for other demanding applications, such as air cooled motorcycles, generators and turbocharged cars.

Rotella T6 is a good oil, but keep in mind it's not as robust as the TDT, and Duramax owners have had some ticking/noise issues with T6.

Last edited by Cujet; 03/05/18 03:40 PM.

People who count on their fingers should maintain a discreet silence.
Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: Cujet] #4685281
03/05/18 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted By: Cujet
Rotella T6 is a good oil, but keep in mind it's not as robust as the TDT.
Based on?


2018 MB AMG GLC43 3.0L Coupe - Castrol 0W-40/Purflux
2018 MB C300 2.0L - M1 0W-40/OEM
2015 F-250 6.7L PS Diesel - Delo 15W-40/CQ Blue
2014 Explorer 3.5L Limited - M1 AFE 0W-20/FU
Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: Cujet] #4685343
03/05/18 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted By: Cujet
Duramax owners have had some ticking/noise issues with T6.


He's buying a Powerstroke.

Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: jaytb8842] #4685359
03/05/18 05:15 PM
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oh
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Try a 10w-30


'15 F350 6.7
Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: SubieRubyRoo] #4685376
03/05/18 05:36 PM
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Utah
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Originally Posted By: SubieRubyRoo
Originally Posted By: Cujet
Duramax owners have had some ticking/noise issues with T6.


He's buying a Powerstroke.



Yep-why would anybody want to get "involved" with that motor (the 6.0)?I like the term "bulletproof" BTW.

Last edited by CKN; 03/05/18 05:44 PM.
Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: jaytb8842] #4685421
03/05/18 06:21 PM
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Charles City, Iowa
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Wow. All these recommendations for oil for a 6.0 and most of you wouldn't even know one if you seen one. Just run a Dino HD 10w-30 or 15w-40 oil and change it when you should. There is nothing magical about a syn oil other than price. We have never lost an engine on this farm operation and there has never been a gallon of syn oil been used.

Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: rideahorse] #4685433
03/05/18 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted By: rideahorse
Wow. All these recommendations for oil for a 6.0 and most of you wouldn't even know one if you seen one. Just run a Dino HD 10w-30 or 15w-40 oil and change it when you should. There is nothing magical about a syn oil other than price. We have never lost an engine on this farm operation and there has never been a gallon of syn oil been used.



Dude this BITOG. The most (over) used phrase here is the following; "Just use "insert favorite oil here" with confidence". It doesn't matter if the engineers who know more about the cars than those here spec the oil or not. Don't second guess the shade tree mechanics on BITOG!

Last edited by CKN; 03/05/18 06:32 PM.
Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: jfairchild327] #4685458
03/05/18 07:03 PM
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Waco, TX
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Originally Posted By: jfairchild327
Any of those are fine oils.


Ditto that - - all are good!

Originally Posted By: jfairchild327
The biggest difference you will see is with the Arch-oil. Use it.
I swear by it. Made cold starting a breeze


Seems to be a fair bit of testimonials on this stuff


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: jaytb8842] #4685482
03/05/18 07:17 PM
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Rotella is good stuff


1994 Jeep 160k Mobil 5000 5w30
2014 Camry 34k Havoline 5w20
2018 Jeep Cherokee 2k FactFill
2014 HD Ultra 41k Mobil1 15w50
2012 Rav4 37k Pennzoil Platinum 5w20
Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: jaytb8842] #4685488
03/05/18 07:23 PM
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Crawfordville FL
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Any of the 5w40 HDEO will give good performance.


2010 Ford Fusion SE 3.0L V6, 178k miles M1 HM 10w-30
Re: Best 5w40 synthetic for 6.0 Powerstroke [Re: jaytb8842] #4685585
03/05/18 08:50 PM
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Campbellsville, KY
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While I try to be unbiased, I'm not partial to Fords in the first place - just to clarify that. But from my limited experience and some discussion with owners of 6.0's I can't see why anyone would chose one over the alternatives. Unable to run long OCI's, have to be "bulletproofed" just to hold up to what other diesels will do straight out of the box, faulty coolers that have to be subverted to keep antifreeze out of the engine... maybe they're good once you get them lined out, but the list of what it takes to get there is so long.

... but, to answer your question: I think Schaeffer's is probably the best value. I run 7000 10w30 in my 454 and 9000 5w40 in my IDI diesel. I've put it in several engines with the intent of cleaning them up as much as possible and it seemed to accomplish that. Amsoil may be a somewhat better oil but is probably substantially more cost per mile unless you're going to do UOA's and squeez every mile out of it.

Last edited by Alex_V; 03/05/18 08:52 PM.

I like Chevy and Valvoline.

'13 Cruze, 1.4T, 113K
'85 GMC C3500, 454, 130K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 169K
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K
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