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Rotella or DELO or... #4756248
05/13/18 06:52 PM
05/13/18 06:52 PM
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In the shop
53' Stude Offline OP
53' Stude  Offline OP
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In the shop
So, what do you guys with diesel vehicles run? DELO or Rotella. Like most stuff here it seems anything SOPUS is treated like GOLD. Never hear much about people using DELO or store brands etc

Last edited by car51; 05/13/18 06:53 PM.

09' Camry LE

ST 5w30 and TG 4386(filter on for second 5k run)
Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756250
05/13/18 06:54 PM
05/13/18 06:54 PM
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Posts: 2,125
The land of USA-made Subies!
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The land of USA-made Subies!
I like the DELO brands, just wish they had a couple "available" synthetic 30-weights.

Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756252
05/13/18 07:01 PM
05/13/18 07:01 PM
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Posts: 7,140
Michigan
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Michigan
Rotella T6 for many years and miles. But I'm not married to it. I switched from Valvoline Premium Blue, and a short flirtation with M1 TDT before settling on RT6. Mostly because it's available for $22 per gallon at every Walmart across the USA. But next oil change I will give Valvoline MaxLife Heavy Duty Diesel a try for the summer months. The 15w40 will be fine in the warm weather, it's cheaper than RT6, and I want to see its effect on oil consumption.


1985 Z51 Corvette track car
2002 Camaro Z28 LS1/6-speed
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel
1972 GMC 1500 shortbed project truck
Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756254
05/13/18 07:03 PM
05/13/18 07:03 PM
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Tri State Conservative
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Tri State Conservative
Delo in gas and diesel. Mostly the 15w30 in gas and 15w40 in diesel. Ope!


"If I walked on water, they'd say I couldn't swim."
Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756258
05/13/18 07:08 PM
05/13/18 07:08 PM
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Posts: 2,195
US-WA
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US-WA
Loved DELO, but with the SN acquisition and the P limit inherited with that, I see no use for it. The CJ-4 stuff was great in the bikes, have one more gallon for the R1, then going to SOPUS/Supertech/Kendall. Can't say there is any difference in the Jeep, would be surprised if it ran any different on kerosene or NLGI6.


95 Cherokee 190K DELO 10W30, XG8
07 IS250 104K STP syn HM 10w30, FULL
04 YZF-R1 19K DELO 15w40, XG7317
99 HD XL1200S 21K VR1 20w50, NG1515
14 RX450h 37k Idemitsu 0w20, 57047
Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756272
05/13/18 07:16 PM
05/13/18 07:16 PM
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DFW
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DFW
There's quite a few folks around here that seem to like Delo. I can't speak for it, but I'm sure it's perfectly fine for suitable applications. I do have Rotella T6 5W-30 in one of my cars and it's been perfectly fine thus far. I have a few more jugs of the stuff and I'll probably continue to use it (if I can find it again).

Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756307
05/13/18 07:52 PM
05/13/18 07:52 PM
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KS
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KS
Mobil 1 TDT 5w40
Mobil Delvac 1300 15w40


2008 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 6.7 CTD 68RFE.
Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756316
05/13/18 07:56 PM
05/13/18 07:56 PM
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Iowa
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Iowa
Guys that run the big trucks, run Delo a lot, they are very familiar with it.
Tom


Tom
2016 Ram 3500 cummins 6.7 68RFE 3.42
2015 291RLS Travel trailer , 9,800 Lbs
Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756348
05/13/18 08:41 PM
05/13/18 08:41 PM
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
Ive used either interchangeably. I tend to run 5w-40 vs 15w-40, and have used either many times.

Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756367
05/13/18 09:10 PM
05/13/18 09:10 PM
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Posts: 18,058
Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
Delo has a huge following here. Seems nobody likes rotella.


02 Wrangler carlube 5w30
87 F250 traveler 15w40
07 fjcruiser Chevron 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756373
05/13/18 09:20 PM
05/13/18 09:20 PM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
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I wpould be be interesting to see the market share of the big rigs between Shell Rotella, Mobil Delvac and Chevron Delo.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756404
05/13/18 10:30 PM
05/13/18 10:30 PM
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A Highway Near You
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A Highway Near You
Delo..in all our diesel stuff.


HDEO in Diesel Engines. No spark plugs here.
Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756434
05/13/18 11:31 PM
05/13/18 11:31 PM
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Posts: 176
UT. USA
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UT. USA
In my opinion, all of the major companies produce excellent HDEOs. I've probably been using Delo products the longest, but I wouldn't hesitate to use Rotella. I've used Delvac Super quite a bit, and I've just started running Phillips 66 Guardol. I used Phillips 66 Super HD-II for many years back in the 90's.

Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756493
05/14/18 04:15 AM
05/14/18 04:15 AM
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Northern, NY
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Northern, NY
Last I knew Delvac 1300 was the only 15w-40 to carry the CF-2 rating. Perhaps they are the only ones that pursued the approval, but I always thought it was a more shear stable product than Rotella.


2016 Ford Expedition EL Platinum
2016 Ford Expedition XLT
1999 Ford F350, V10
Re: Rotella or DELO or... [Re: 53' Stude] #4756728
05/14/18 08:42 AM
05/14/18 08:42 AM
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SC
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SC
Both Delo and Rotellla are very good HDEOs. With the advent of CK-4, Chevron elected to dual-rate their HDEO products to comply with the API CK-4/SN requirement of < 800 PPM of phosphorus whereas Shell did not. Rotella T4 is formulated with >/= 1000 PPM of phosphorus which makes it a logical choice for 6.7L Powerstroke owners who want to comply with Ford's warranty requirement...right, wrong, or indifferent.

Blackstone Labs published an article "The Oil Report July 2017" statistically validating that "Whatever differences exist from oil brand to oil brand, we dont see a lot of difference in terms of wear". The choice of Delo or Rotella is really a user preference. Both oils will perform well if used within manufacturer's application and OCI guidelines.

The choice of conventional or synthetic is further a user preference. I realize that users who live in the northern US and Canada have a need for lower viscosity synthetic oil during the cold/winter months to facilitate diesel engine starting and warm-up. However, for those of us who live in more temperate climates, an appropriate API approved conventional 10W30 or 15w40 HDEO provides very good diesel engine protection.

So which is better: Delo or Rotella? There is no winner they are both very good HDEOs - both can be used with confidence.

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