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Curious on the use of synthetic oil. Bought an 07 2500 and would like to know if it would be worth the extra money to use synthetic when I get the next oil change. This is the first diesel that I have owned.

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I am no expert on oil, so I can't say for sure if it is better option for you. I switched to Schaeffer's Full Synthetic at about 3,000 miles, and have staye with it ever since. Change my oil every 10,000 miles. No problems so far, at 98,000 miles.

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Originally Posted by percivaa View Post
Curious on the use of synthetic oil. Bought an 07 2500 and would like to know if it would be worth the extra money to use synthetic when I get the next oil change. This is the first diesel that I have owned.

I run Royal Purple in my trucks as well as big engines I have 28000 mile on my last oil change I change the filter every 3000 miles and take a oil sample and send in for analysis the oil sample kit comes from Stewart and Stevenson like 12 dollars and that includes the analysis I have 148000 miles on this truck and am on my third oil change after brake in of 3000 miles I have 3516 Caterpillars with 10000+ hours on a single oil change using the same method with the addition of a Spinner 2 oil filter. The bang for your buck with a good synthetic comes from the proper analysis. This also can predict engine failures and dictate proper preventative maintaince as well. Best luck
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I have been using full synthetics since the 70's and have never had an engine problem that involved excessive wear or lube failure. That being said, Dino oil is vastly improved as are engine and bearing metalurgy. Thin wall casting techniques improve cooling and computer simulation improves block and water passage design. In short, engines and oils are better. Synthetic oil may well be nothing more than an added luxury like an insurance policy should a catastrophic failure occur. But then I remember that in 1970 I payed $3000.00 for a brand new truck. Today, that same truck costs more than $60,000. I keep using synthetic so it must be worth it.
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