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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5076467 04/16/19 08:01 AM
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Any oil from the major producers with the proper ratings will be excellent


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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5076481 04/16/19 08:09 AM
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May want to give a check on the U joints. A family members burban had one fail at 165k, the other shortly after. A little time consuming but very inexpensive to replace. An extremely worn U joint can take out the yoke.


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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5076482 04/16/19 08:10 AM
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I prefer 10w30 myself as long as its not real cold.


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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5076528 04/16/19 08:50 AM
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Any oil that meets the makers specs will work. Why would a special fill be needed?


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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5076557 04/16/19 09:21 AM
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I used to make a trip annually with that kind of miles (South Carolina to Duluth) and never gave a second thought to the oil in the pan. I was (still) using Mobil1 HM 10w-30.


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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5076607 04/16/19 10:22 AM
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OP, what oil have you been using for the 100,000 miles that’s been logged already ?

Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5076701 04/16/19 11:50 AM
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Well long trip and as you said, Max load.

I'd probably go with the heavier weight oil, although I'm sure that engine will be fine with just about anything.

In a milk crate I'd bring the following...

I'd bring an extra gallon of coolant (for emergency/boil over).
I'd bring a tire plug kit and a small electric air compressor.
A small jump pack would be good just in case you have an electrical issue and need a jump.
An extra set of keys in a magnetic storage box tucked somewhere convenient (all you'd need is to lock your keys in it somewhere 2,000 miles from home).
1 quart of tranny fluid (any more and let's face it, there's no fixing it).
Duct tape

Make sure your jack and spare tire cable work before you leave. Rain X the windshield and make sure your blades are new, and clean the windshield before you go...worst thing is realizing at night, in the rain, that you can't see out of the windshield. Obviously check all fluid levels before you go (brake fluid too). And I'll tell you what...how hard would it be to pack a headlight bulb and extra brake light bulb? Imagine driving down some strange road at night and having a headlight go out? Or getting pulled over because you brake light or liscense plate light is out? The bulbs are only a couple bucks, throw the money in the glove compartment.


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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5076724 04/16/19 12:17 PM
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Agree with raildust on the spare tire hoist. Check it they are problematic with age. I modified mine, the is a thread on it here somewhere.


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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5076729 04/16/19 12:22 PM
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I have heard that during the summer the construction is in full swing which sometimes means traveling through a bit of dusty highway. Make sure your air filter is up to snuff beforehand.


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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: dave1251] #5076739 04/16/19 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by dave1251
If you have a Napa near by buy a Napa Platinum and Napa Syn 30 grade of your choice and head on your trip.



Thats a perfect combo. NAPA syn 10w-30 and a Platinum or gold. I think that combo is on sale for $21.99 right now through the month.

Change a week ahead of the trip to assure no leaks, and carry an extra qt. or two.

BTW, I am headed to Anchorage then all the way up north to Barrow AK in about a month!

Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5077055 04/16/19 06:30 PM
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I bought two of those Napa specials however my order is on back-order due to the filter being out of stock for my Civic so still waiting.

Does the OP have anything against Pennzoil? I run the regular PP 5w30 in my 2004 GMC Sierra w/ 5.3 and has served me well.

Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5077144 04/16/19 07:51 PM
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From the options you gave, I would use QS in 10w30. But any of those oils will be fine. Have a safe trip


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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5077159 04/16/19 08:02 PM
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I would run a full synthetic oil. My choice would be Mobil 1 AFE 0W/30.

Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5077290 04/16/19 10:16 PM
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I vote for the QSUD. It's quality oil at a reasonable price.


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Re: Recommended Oil for 4000-Mile Trip on 5.3L LS Gen III Truck Eng [Re: SteveG4] #5077333 04/16/19 11:31 PM
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Thanks for all the comments, guys. I'll go with a 10W-30 semi-syn or syn oil, though not sure which or if that really matters too much. I'm thinking about 2 each 5-Quart jugs of QSUD 10W-30... and will order through Wal-Mart for delivery to the Wasilla, Alaska store. Those can be had for $19.97 each. The remaining 4-quarts will tag along upright in a spare auto parts box. I'll install the Purolator Boss filter because of its thick case -- don't want to take a chance with the gravel encountered. I have one on-hand.

Before hitting the road, I will be changing out the following:

- Installing new Rain-X pre-curved wiper blades
- Changing out the transfer case fluid with AutoTrak II
- Changing out the radiator fluid
- Changing out the rear diff fluid with Mobil-1 LS 75W-90
- Replacing a serpentine belt tensioner/pulley mechanism that's beginning to make a racket on startup
- Greasing the front end zerks-- the front end steering is good on this truck!

Besides hauling along basic extra fluids, I'll pack a spare ACDelco air filter and serpentine belt, and low-beam headlight and taillight bulbs, and a fuse kit. Other related parts to be taking are flares, jumper cables and one of those new Li-Ion compact battery jump starters, duct tape, first-aid kit, tool kit, etc. You get the picture.

I will need to drop down the spare tire to see if that mechanism still functions properly...

The truck will be ready to go.


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