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How often change oil if truck sits alot, especially nov-may (non camping time)

On my 6.4 , Just wondering what you diesel techs in the forum may think about this, changing my oil every 6 months seems a little extreme to me and that is what im being told. I think once a year would be enough. Example-aug 2012 oil/filt change now have only 1,500 miles on oil/filt. For dealer to $100.00 a pop is alot, It looks like even if i do myself its 89.00 for oil and filter and I will have to get rid of all that oil. Thanks for your advice.

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On my 2008 6.4 with 22,000 miles , I normally tow a 7000 lb TT may-oct about 6-8 times 200-800 miles each time. Just wondering what you diesel techs in the forum may think about this, changing my oil every 6 months seems a little extreme to me and that is what im being told. I think once a year would be enough. Example-aug 2012 oil/filt change now have only 1,500 miles on oil/filt. For dealer to $100.00 a pop is alot, It looks like even if i do myself its 89.00 for oil and filter and I will have to get rid of all that oil. Thanks for your advice.

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Thanks very much for the response. I have an extended warentee untill 75,000 miles or april 2015. Please, when u say" ford" Do you mean the "OWNERS MANUAL" ? Or do you mean what the dealership says. I dont remember what the manual says but I think it said mine was NOT "extreme" use, so oil change is every 10,000 miles or annually. Since I only tow a light load 5-8 times a year. Thanks again.

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Thanks very much for the response. I have an extended warentee untill 75,000 miles or april 2015. Please, when u say" ford" Do you mean the "OWNERS MANUAL" ? Or do you mean what the dealership says. I dont remember what the manual says but I think it said mine was NOT "extreme" use, so oil change is every 10,000 miles or annually. Since I only tow a light load 5-8 times a year. Thanks again.
Do what the manual says. If an extra $100 / year is a deal breaker, you shouldn't be driving a diesel.
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I do my 7.3L annually since it just sits with no miles put on. I'd do the same if I parked the 6.4L.

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I always recommend at least once a year, no matter the mileage, and twice a year if used all year but low mileage,

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thanks alot guys. after reading all the manuals and books that came with the truck they all say every 6 months regardless of the miles if you tow with it at all. even the quick guide i still have says it. I will still prob go with once a year after the tow season so it sits with fresh oil in it. I do drive it once or twice a month to work just to get it up to temps. I think it would be better to have it sit with fresh oil than with the used oil with some fuel in it.(we all know there is some fuel in the oil).

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I have a customer that does much the same with his 08 6.4 in an F250 with the exception of pulling a horse trailer. We pull oil samples on his every six months and send them to the "Cat Lab" for analysis as the cost is neglegible. So far none of the samples have come back showing negative trends. The oil is changed bi-annually anyway. This truck however does not stay parked out of doors unless at a show.

My hobby trucks are changed bi-annually also, but they reside inside the shop which is heated in the winter. Of the couple that are operable, these may get 500 miles per year.
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