Amsoil in a 5.9 Cummins Diesel ??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by AltaLawnCare, Aug 7, 2001.

  1. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    Just curious if anyone is running it in their diesels - late model 24 valve.
    And also the bypass filter set-up. I did a search and I'm sold on using the 2-stroke 100:1 mix.
    I asked a couple of diesel mechanics I know and they both said not to run it in the diesel, stick with the Shell Rotella. Basically Synthetics were good for gas , but not diesel engines.:confused:
  2. Rooster

    Rooster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 460

    Go to the amsoil website,

    There is a toll free number you can call and get the information right from amsoil.

    I used amsoil in my tractor when I drove over the road, never had a problem.

    Also Amsoil guaranteed that using their products will NOT cancel or affect the manufactures warranty in any way!

    Their warranty page:
  3. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    Thanks rooster,
    I had hit their website, but not the warranty page.
    The TDR (club for Dodge diesel owners) endorses it also. I asked my local dealer, but they acted like they hadn't ever heard of Amsoil or a bypass filter kit.
  4. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    If your running it for extended intervals,its great,but the if your running it for longer engine life,stick with shell.The engine will go 500,000 miles easily,with nothing more than simple maintance,and 7500 mile LOF with Shell Rotella.The truck will fall apart way before that engine dies.I just bought a 2000 24v 2500 4x4,I love it,but I notice this engine is much noisier than my 96 12v was.
  5. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    Thanks John,
    This is sort of what I was thinkg also. I saw an article in the "Turbo Diesel Register" where one turned over 1 million miles.
    BTW my '00 4x4 is very noisy also.
  6. JLC

    JLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Messages: 467

    While on the subject guys, is there anything special to changing oil on these? I bought a 1997 and am coming up on an oil change. I've bought the Rotella, what filter do you recommend? Is there any special procedure for letting the oil drain? I've read that it can take several hours to have all the oil drain from the fuel pump. Any help would be appreciated.
  7. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    I use a Fleetguard stratapore filter. Your truck has the 12 valve engine(I believe), so your numbers are different from mine.
    Here are a couple of sites:

    I also added a "quick change kit" to my oil pan, sold by Genos. The factory drain plug is a pain to deal with.

    I've never waited long for the oil to run out - usually it stops in about 5 minutes.
    BTW. I change mine every 6,000 miles and rotate the tires, the dodges with the solid front axle wear tires very evenly anyway, so I'm hoping to get 60,000 miles out of my tires.:cool:
  8. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    I just changed the oil in my truck this weekend. I tried a trick I heard about, and figured I would pass it along.
    I used a small trash bag to surround the filter after I loosened it. With the bag around and under the filter I spun it off and let it fall into the bag. Then closed the bag and threw it in the garbage - no spilled oil.
    Just make sure the filter and oil is'nt too hot or it might melt the bag.
  9. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    While we're on the subject of oil changes on the Dodges I would like to know why it is that mine smells like diesel fuel for a week after I change it? I carry mine to Express and have every time so I'm not sure if they're spilling it on the exhaust system or what.............I just know it stinks for a while after each change. I'm also trying to keep mine changed every 3000-4000 miles, I see where others are stretching it to I wasting money? These are stop and go miles not road miles.
  10. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Homer,the smell is normal,the new oil,likely Shell Rotell a T,does that a lot,after a few hundred miles,the smell is gone.Check your mail.

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