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2002 cummins #5331585 01/25/20 07:07 AM
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I recently purchased a 2002 dodge 3500 Cummins with 102,000 miles.
I'm wanting to run synthetic oil in it and looking for recommendations.
been considering rotella T6.


02 Dodge 3500 4x4 6speed cummins
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That would be a great choice.


32 Packard 15W40
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02 Volvo V70 XC 0W40 Edge
05 MB S600 0W40 M1
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Originally Posted by Astro14
That would be a great choice.


+1


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2009 BMW 328i N51 (58k) - Liqui Moly 5w40, MANN HU816X
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Delvac 1/ESP 5W40 would be pretty good too (that's what I use in mine). When I had my '02 Cummins Ram, it started so easily I just put whatever name brand 15W40 was on sale in it & ran it! Also, welcome


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i have my 01 2500 since 90k miles and been putting M1 Delvac 1300 15W-40 with no problem. I change it every 5k and dont worry about anything. If/When i switch to full synthetic i'll go with M1 Delvac ESP.


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thanks for your replies


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welcome
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It's OK to want to run a syn. But FWIW if your OFCI is going to be anything along the lines of normal, then you don't need to spend that kind of money. The Cummins doesn't need anything special to run for hundreds of thousands of miles.


The act of preventative maintenance, in and of itself, is FAR MORE important than brand/grade/base choices among lubes and filters.
- under maintaining something is akin to abuse/neglect; that can kill equipment by shortening the lifespan
- over maintaining something has never been proven to be anything but a waste of time and money
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Originally Posted by dnewton3
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It's OK to want to run a syn. But FWIW if your OFCI is going to be anything along the lines of normal, then you don't need to spend that kind of money. The Cummins doesn't need anything special to run for hundreds of thousands of miles.


Agreed, A syn blend like DELO XLE is a great value and great performer. Same with Rotella T5 if you wanted to stick with that.

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02 Dodge 3500 4x4 6speed cummins
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Originally Posted by dnewton3
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lurk here long or just getting started?

It's OK to want to run a syn. But FWIW if your OFCI is going to be anything along the lines of normal, then you don't need to spend that kind of money. The Cummins doesn't need anything special to run for hundreds of thousands of miles.

Originally Posted by dnewton3
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It's OK to want to run a syn. But FWIW if your OFCI is going to be anything along the lines of normal, then you don't need to spend that kind of money. The Cummins doesn't need anything special to run for hundreds of thousands of miles.

Its not a daily driver so it won't get oil changes often so why not put something good in it since I plan on keeping it around awhile.


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You're lucky to find such an old Cummins Dodge with those low miles. Just run a good 15w40. I would suggest the Ford Motorcraft 15w40 that you can get at any Walmart. Or Rotella T4.
Does your truck have a fuel pressure gauge or warning light? Fuel lift pump failures is the Achilles heel of this generation truck. Poor fuel pressure can cause problems with the VP44 injection pump.

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My 2011 Ram 3500 Laramie likes the Rotella T6. It's a good oil and easy to find. I use the T6 year round, you get the protection needed in all climate tempatures.

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Yes I have a edge programmer on it mainly for all of the gauges. I was lucky finding a clean older Cummins and with service records every 3 thousand miles since new.


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I'd go with a CI4+ oil myself, though a CK4 would be acceptable.


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If you want to be REALLY nice to it, find some Fluid Film or similar and coat the bottom of the truck with it, especially the frame-I've seen a few Cummins powered plow trucks from the '94-'02 era with frames rusted through & broken. The engine will outlast the truck no matter what 15W40 or other oil you use in it, but watching the VP44 injection pump & your lift transfer pump for issues with a FP gauge or indicator light is also a good move, my IP failed under warranty on my '02.


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