Best diesel engine oil and additives for Duramax, Powertroke, or Cummins! How to get to 1 million miles out of your diesel engine
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I've always ran Valvoline blue in my cummins no issues I use the lucas and or power service depending where I'm at what's available but these 5.9 just run and run. I have a first gen so lots of little headaches going to completely rewire the whole truck , add hydro boost finally, and get a self exciting alternator put on. Love your videos they're true honest first hand experience videos!
Idk but any diesel that cant get near a half million needs scrapped anyway. And cough the modern diesels are lacking lol.. the 12v Cummins and the I-H 7.3 are just unmatched for longevity and I didnt include that pos I-H 6.0 on purpose bc it was absolute shit. I think I'll stick with racking up the miles on my gas jeep 4.0 tho, currently sitting at just under 418,000 miles that's like 670,000km or something in non America I think. All original aside from water pump, distributor shaft and some random sensors. It's always ran conventional pennzoil.
I have a 2003 F350 7.3 393,000 on it only changed 1 injector but the trans maybe 6-7 since it was new first one went at 150k I use rotella 5/40 S&B air filter 4in banks exhaust and a tuner that’s it still runs like new was thinking of putting 2 stroke oil in fuel what do U think ?
I’ve always ran Shell Rotella in my diesels. Using 5w40 synthetic now. I’ve always used Mobil 1 5w20 and Lucas engine oil treatment in my 2004 Honda. It now has 485,600 miles on it and I bought it new!
I used GW 10w40 top dog for my 7.3 plus moreys additive. Increased mileage, quietened engine, revved smoother, truck was also used for heavy towing, hot shots etc. Engine was stock and 400000+km regularly serviced every 15000km
However I spent the money and had the transmission rebuilt to handle the towing demands. 👍
I used to be a diesel mechanic on semis then branched off to kinda what you do work on everything then i started driving but any ways i serviced a older gentlemens 7.3 and 6.6 and swore by lucasand the 6.6 went to almost 970k something cant remember actual number before motor went and the 7.3 went 996378 before it went and that sold me on lucas and shell
Say what you want about the Shell oil, I have 2 fiends that have been with shell for over 30 years each. They said all the packaging is a scam. Whether you buy shell Rotella T6 or Motomaster diesel synthetic, it’s the same oil. They don’t have separate tanks for each brand, nor do they make it different for anyone. All a marketing scam. Just like gas stations, it all comes from the same depot lol. But still not a bad idea to add Lucas or Archoil to both fuel and oil.
For my Duramax lly I used rotella 15-40 until I tried Mobil delvac 15-40. The delvac made my truck run quieter and smoother. For the diesel additive fppf makes the best additives in my opinion. I can tell when I don't have the treatment in the fuel. This is what works best for my lly. I'm always working my truck also I use it for work every day it's pulling 15k lbs or more stop and go
I agree 100% on the shell plus Lucas i’ve been using the same combo I learned that trick from my uncle that’s a diesel mechanic for Miami transport. and to go by my hr meter and The condition of the oil not mileage. and as long as you drive it like a truck and not a race car they will go the distance. no expensive additives needed with expensive marketing wank.
Jason Challis There so many variables for fuel mileage and winter doesn’t help. My semi when I put drive tires l can count on losing 1 mpg till I get the tires 1/2 wore out. The biggest improvement I seen on my semi and my dodge transmissions was how much smoother they shifted and the fuel mileage increase too. I run oil samples on both outfits, the Dodge I add motorkote once a yr to the motor oil ,change oil every 8000 to 10000 miles even pulling my 11,000lb camper oil samples come back good, I could go longer than that without any trouble and that is with a mineral 15-40 wt oil. On my flatbed trailer a wheel seal leaked all the oil out that was treated with motorkote, filled it up with oil and headed for the truck stop 50 miles away, bearings showed no sign of damage. New seal and brake shoes and I was good to go. I use it in anything that uses oil.
+craig johnson what kind of fuel economy results? I've put some in my two vehicles. It was just recently, and with cold weather we idle more to warm up, and fuel has more butane. So I haven't got any idea if it's working for me. I've seen a video on a guy testing it in a lawn mower engine. Then drains oil. Fills engine with water. Ran for quite awhile on water because motorkote won't wash off very well.
Jason Challis I use motorkote in my Detroit plus in the transmission and rear ends plus my flatbed oil wheel bearings . Like the results and I use in my Dodge cummins with a 6speed. The stuff isn’t cheap an I wouldn’t use if I didn’t get results.
Not a fan of the 6.4 at all but I know a guy who runs a shop who services one with 800 thousand miles on it so about 1.3million kms. Truck does basically what this dodge does. If you want pictures I can ask if to share. Stock engine with the egr still on it surprisingly.
I’ve got a question about the oil. I have heard from a couple ford mechanics that the Rotella will foam in the HUEI injection system. In your experience, has that been the case or is there any proof? I add the archoil AR9100 that powerstroke help recommends.
I'm an Amsoil guy myself and love it. But, no matter what, I think the real key is to get the factory fluids out of your vehicle ASAP after buying it and put lubricants in it from a lubricant campany. Auto makers aren't in the lubrcant business. they're in the "money making business".
Same, your logic goes for gas or diesel. I’m an amsoil dealer and have seen the difference it makes whether it be better fuel mileage in my Cummins or wife’s subie. I did see a oil pressure rise at cold start from rosella to amsoil. What people don’t understand is you can drive twice the mileage as standard crap oil and get better protection. Old dogs usually stick to old tricks and that is fine, just so as long as it doesn’t bother me with my rig.
I was chatting with a couple of fleet mechanics maybe 10 years ago about "the best oil". They said they liked and used Shell, but went through a period of a few years when Shell was not working so well, and switched to some other oil. Then Shell "made changes" and they brought it back. I like synthetic, either Shell or Mobil.
I have a 1999 F350 cc dually 7.3 with 380k miles on it. I've owned it since 67k miles, I've always used diesel kleen fuel additive and Lucas for the oil. I also have a 2001 Chevy 2500 single wheel with the 8.1 big block I'm the only owner and it has 226k miles on it no fuel or oil additives, only issue I ever had with it was a leaky headgasket at 20k miles. Replaced under warranty and never had an issue with it since.
William Carnero Mobil 1 5w30 esp claims both gas and diesel. It has a low volatility for less evaporation back through the pcv and into the intake, which is bad for a modern gdi engine like the EcoBoost. That’s the reason people put catch cans, to stop the oil vapor from going back into the engine completely. Intake valves get carbon buildup otherwise, especially if you have an oil with higher volatility
See this is why I watch your videos because you're to the point no bulshit and either works or doesn't thank you for the tips on additives and oil all I use a shell oil but I've been thinking about using Lucas for a while but now I definitely had to go get some thank you again keep up the good work on the videos
I've got a 1996 ford f350 turbo 7.3. When I bought it the owner said it would never run again and it had been sitting for 10 plus years. Well after countless headaches and blood sweat and tears she ran and I'm currently at 900000 plus. I run only shell and Lucas and I'm sure if i didnt...she would be dead. Now with that being said my dad has a 24 valve cummins that he runs only shell and blah blah blah and the spedo stopped like a long time ago and he has a mil plus. So I swear by it. Not saying the trucks run like new but they still run! Lol
I have a12 valve with 420k the engines was perfect the oil would stay clean for months like you just poured it out of the jug I always put rottella 15_40 in it but came winter -20 I did an oil change and I cheaped out and got some cheap oil from Canadian tire within a week I could smell oil burning and light smoke never buy cheap oil a a bucket of rottella is a 129 +tax
just put injectors in my 6.0 the guy that built my injectors said to use the lucas additive if i wanted to but to stay as far away from rotella as possible. he said he gets more comebacks from people that run that than any other brand but then again it could be because its more popular and more common
I just run delo 15w-40 just because that’s all we ran in the semi’s at the shop I worked at mixed with Lucas and yes it does work 5/10 of our trucks had over 1 mil miles and ran great my truck 95 12v has 300k and runs like a top and it is also turned up into the 600’s so it’s definitely no light weight and has been turned up since 180k
I have pulled 50,000 lbs with my 2014 Ram 3500HD with a 6.7 Cummins before. It has 138,000 miles on it (still a baby) and the only issue it has is the DEF system (go figure...). Here's the kicker, it's a single rear tire truck, not a dually. I had an aftermarket airbag system installed in the rear end with a remote air control system. It has never let me down. I just pulled a 36,000 lb gooseneck at 80 mph for 4.5 hours the other day with it. I LOVE my Dodge.
1978 Ford F-250 ranger XLT 4 SPD granny low has 989789.4 miles on her when the block cracked on side wall between cylinders 4 and 6 and also 1 and 3. New motor put in truck still has original transmission. It's a Ford. The only Ford I trust
dad had a 1999 western star with a n14, it had 2.3 million miles on it with no overhaul and ran better then most new trucks, pulled 80,000 pounds %99 of the time through mountains and would pull brand new trucks like they was sitting still. the po would use shell rotella, and a gallon of lucas with every oil change and other the anti gel, and some lucas fuel treatment every know an then,that's all the additive that truck every got. god did that old n14 sound good too.
I swear by Lucas products. Had a 4L60e that was slipping bad. City shop said I needed a new transmission. I dropped the fluid, changed the filter and added one bottle of Lucas Stop Slip and it hasn't slipped since.
Used to run Shell Rotella, now I run Chevron Delo. Shell changed their additives in their new spec products to work better with emissions controls and I can't seem to find the older spec anywhere. I'm under the impression that Chevron Delo is better for pre-emissions diesels.
I always run Lucas Mucus in both my 6.5L and 6.6L, both with over 500,000km and no issues (which I know pales in comparison to 1.8 million).
496k miles and change no idea on previous owners but I run shell rotella in my 97 12v and power service fuel additive. Never thought about oil additive because I guess I put all my faith in rotella. Time to take a look at Lucas now.
I been telling people this for years. I actually have saved a bunch of injectors by throwing a whole gallon of lucus fuel stabilizer and a few quarts of transmission fluid in the tank can think of 4 different trucks off hand. I know a guy that wouldn't listen to me and was running amzoil on his 2012 Dodge blew the motor at 20k miles. I never seen and motor so bad off the whole valve cover was full of black sludge. Was a combination of Amzoil and not deleting his EGR and Converters. thanks
The Company I used to work for had a 2007 (Classic Body Style) Crew Cab Long Bed 3500 Dually 4x4 with the 6.6 Duramax LBZ (Vin D) and 6-Speed Allison. It was bought new by the company, and has only used Delo Oil with Lucas Fuel and Oil Additive. I was used as a cargo transport truck and usually had a Gooseneck Flatbed behind it. It generally towed right at its max tow rating and a tad over, 15,000-17,000 lbs, and 23,500 lbs GCWR, and has been way over its max towing a few times at 20,000 lbs. It just hit 905,000 miles before I left the company 7 years ago. I am sure it has over 1 million miles on it now. They still have it and it is still going.
Now, it has never been rebuilt, but has been "Bullet Proofed" to prevent any issues down the road. It has had ARP Studs Throughout (Head and Mains, with Rod Bolts) Alligator Performance "Bulletproof LBZ Package" (Deviant PCV Re-Route Kit, Deviant EGR Blocker Plates, FASS 150 Titanium Lift Pump), Rear Self Adjusting Airbags, E-Rated Tires, and a basic tune for towing. Nothing crazy.
You should rather take a look at Anthony Youngblood channel he works on 6.0 all the time with live feed sometimes
He leaves things better than factory, he once got factory heads for a 6.0 and resurfaced them himself to better specs.
Thanks Rich I just bought a bottle of the Lucas oil attive for my Cummins 2'nd gen 1 ton..The shell rotella has always been in it since new.I bought it from the orginal owner at 145k..I dont believe its even broke in good yet..Lol.Thanks also for all the info..Im all the way here in North Carolina..Im close to Boone in the App Mtns..I got the truck on Halloween day of 2017..We had some -o degree days last winter and I knw thats nothing for you people in Can..But Im proud to say she started first turn ever morning...I since have added a new South Bend Clutch I got from Thurabread Diesels..Ive added to new batteries just because thats what you do.The truck had a heavy equipment warrinty that the original owner had bough for the truck when the factory was up..I paid a little more than I wanted..but I knw I have a good truck..I watched for any blow by None when I got it none now...So GOD Bless You and Your Family at Deboss Guarage,...Mark Wood.
I dont know so much about the lucas "magic solution" for oil that is supposed to make it better, heard it can help or hurt. But id never leave the gas station without dumping some fuel additive into my cummins.
The current Shell Rotella T6 oil is literally universal. It has API CK-4 for diesel engines, API SN for gasoline engines, and even JASO MA/MA-2 for motorcycles with wet clutches. I've run it in many different engines, from old VW 1.8Ts, which absolutely MURDER oil, to lawn mowers, power washers, and motorcycles, and I can honestly say that there's no need for me to buy anything else. I always have at least 4 liters of this stuff sitting around, ready to go. There's nothing like it, especially for the price!
Mobile one with Lucas Is what I run and my 2003 gmc envoy with the 4.2 inline 6. It has 506,000 miles on it and it still runs strong and pulls like hell. It's been in my family since 53,000 miles and ever since it got into my family it has never seen anything else but mobile one and just over the last 75,000 miles or so is when we started adding Lucas. I know it's not a diesel but 506,000 on a gas engine is absurd
your videos kick ass bro. I've been trying to get my boss to get a couple 5.9s for hauling gravel and dirt. I can't get them off the 7.3s which in my experience are good till about 500k miles to best then they turn to turds. I personally run a peterbilt with a Cummins and am unstoppable. I'm gonna show them ur vids and hopefully they'll be convinced
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