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  1. smokey7

    smokey7 Pinnacle OPE Member

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    The rotella oil my family has the most experience with is Shell Rotella. Now called T4. Ive personally seen 130hp turbo case tractors burning a few qts of oil a day doing hay and silage with valvoline, delo, mobil, gulf and others. Then switch to rotella and oil consumption go way down to a quart every 50 hrs. Thats a huge difference. On the farm we have several tractors with 6,000 to 18000 hrs and finally had 1 lost a turbo last year (compressor wheel blew apart). Thats not a oil issue tho. Several trucks with 300-500k on the clock and still not using any meaningful amount of oil. I remember a few years ago we bought a JD 2940 with 5500hrs. Engine was hammering bad. We rebuilt it had crank turned all new bearings new pistons, rings, liners and all. We ran it for a couple years then decided to sell it. Engine never burnt oil with us when we sold it to a local farmer with a 12 month engine warranty. The guy came back after a couple hundred hours and a oil change complaining about oil use. He switched to his favorite oil valvoline. He said he was using upwards of 4 qts a day running a silage bagger. He said something had to be wrong. We changed oil and filters back to wix filters and rotella oil use went back to nothing worth mentioning. He was shocked, i was also when i cut his filters apart and saw glitter. I still had the filters from the pm when we sold it (no glitter) i had him bring me the next pms filters back and there was tiny tiny amount of glitter (probably leftover from his valvoline pm) long story short i feel that rotella T4 is my oil of choice for diesels. I have no experience with any of the other rotella diesel oils tho.
     
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    Rotella synthetic oil. I have been out of the loop on their wording. Maybe called Rotella T? 5W40 oil.
     
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    We used Rotella T 15w40 NON synthetic but they also make synthetic.
     
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    Flatzout Well-Known OPE Member

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    Maybe the duramax didn't like rotella , it happens. Certain engines do better with certain oils. , that's the good thing about doing UOA's , to find out which one works for your particular situation.
    I've run SOPUS products forever it seems , never had a failure do to engine oil (knock on wood).
    My last oil change in the truck I went with Mobil 1 high mileage , it seems to run pretty good. I won't run anything but a Wix oil filter.
     
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    I want to try Chevron Delo synthetic next time around.
     
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    I'd like to hear the results , it's supposed to be really good.
     
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    It will be a while. I only change my oil once a year. That's in July, so I run it for one year. The by-pass oil filter really helps. My UOAs show I could get more out of the oil, but I always act on the safe side.
    I will report back when I get the results.
    Iffin I ain't banned by then.
     
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  9. Dub11

    Dub11 Some body poisoned the watering hole!

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    I need to run some of this in my pos Honda.
     
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  10. Keith Gandy

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    Why r yall talkin motor oil on 2 stroke oil thread? We suppose to be talkin mountain bikes! :eek::D
     
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    Or we could do bikes and chainsaws too....

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    You have a bypass filter? Is that a custom made filter?
     
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    I doubt it. I've seen the inside of saws with a lot less hours than that on other brand oils, 50:1, that failed. Most Loggers in my area their saws last less than a year. Might be more contributed to the quantity of used not the brand.
     
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    jakethesnake I Am The Snake

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    Nah. But I have over 10000 hours on the stuff on one single piece of equipment. 4000 on others. Million plus miles on some of the tractor trailer trucks. Other tractors with 10000 hours plus. Since switching to Rotella oil consumption went from a gallon every few days to you just don’t have to check it. I still do check but it’s always full. Even when things are overdue for a change. Good oil for big diesels. *s-word I use it in my pickup which is gas. I have a barrel of it so I use it for everything
     
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    My vw burns about 1/2 quart or less every 5000 on the 5w40 oils I’ve ran in it. A touch more with the thinner 0w40 Mobil 1 as expected.
     
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    huskihl Sausage Fingers Forever

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    The detergent in dino Rotella T 15w-40 dissolves carbon better than any oil I've ever noticed. We've had a few cars in the family that had high mileage on them and started to burn some oil. After a couple changes of Rotella T in them they actually stopped burning oil. Same thing goes for small Honda inverter generators. They end up burning oil after a while and one change of Rotella T in them and they quit
     
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    No sir. http://www.fs2500filter.com/

    It is like kidney dialysis for your oil.
     
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    All we run in our water pumps and generators at work is 15w40. Mostly Rotella and Schaeffers. I’ve got one water/trash pump that the seal went out on between pump and motor and has been running 15w40 milkshake for at least a month. It started as a let’s just see how long it runs til it blows. It just keeps going and going. Who knows....
     
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    huskihl Sausage Fingers Forever

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    As long as there's enough shake in with the milk it'll probably go a long time. Gotta do what ya gotta do
     
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    junkman Crush it

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    Why does oil in a diesel engine turn so black , I have changed a tdi vw engines oil 3 times trying to get it transparent again and its still turning black.
     
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