Oil change before or after?

Oil change before or after?

This is a discussion on Oil change before or after? within the RAM 1500 Diesel Towing & Hauling forums, part of the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Forum category; I have an untuned 2018 Laramie with 3.92s, I have ~10% oil life remaining per the EVIC, about 3000 miles per the 10k intervals. Pretty ...

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    Oil change before or after?

    I have an untuned 2018 Laramie with 3.92s, I have ~10% oil life remaining per the EVIC, about 3000 miles per the 10k intervals.

    Pretty basic question that my inexperience may be showing here, should I get my oil changed before our ~300 mile trip towing our travel trailer this weekend and tow on a fresh load or should I tow with the current oil and do a fresh change at the end of camping season when we get back? Or is it irrelevant?


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    I'd change before, only because of the heavy soot load in the oil with a stock tune. If you had a decent ECM tune I wouldn't hesitate to wait.
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    I'd do it after your trip when the EVIC says to change it. You have plenty of life left for your trip. We have a forum thread with oil analysis results on it and it shows that the oil is safe to use for several thousand miles more than the 10,000 mile change limit.

    Oil testing results at the following location

    https://www.ram1500diesel.com/forum/...t-results.html
    Last edited by howie12; 08-27-2019 at 08:50 PM. Reason: added oil testing results thread
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    Do what your gut tells you to do. Changing oil before the "clock" runs out is okay. Waiting until afterwards is within the specified interval.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siha View Post
    I have an untuned 2018 Laramie with 3.92s, I have ~10% oil life remaining per the EVIC, about 3000 miles per the 10k intervals.

    Pretty basic question that my inexperience may be showing here, should I get my oil changed before our ~300 mile trip towing our travel trailer this weekend and tow on a fresh load or should I tow with the current oil and do a fresh change at the end of camping season when we get back? Or is it irrelevant?


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    Maybe my math is fuzzy, but ~10% of 10,000 is 1,000. Is your trip ~300 round trip? Or 300 each way?

    Either way you're in the factory interval and I wouldn't worry about it. That said, timing works out to where I've always changed around the 9,000 mile mark. Others UOA shows they could go longer, but I've never pushed it beyond that.

    Short of it is you're fine but change if you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D94R View Post
    Maybe my math is fuzzy, but ~10% of 10,000 is 1,000. Is your trip ~300 round trip? Or 300 each way?
    Oil life meter doesn't always follow the 10k interval with the stock tune,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bounty Hunter View Post
    Oil life meter doesn't always follow the 10k interval with the stock tune,
    That’s true. I’m at ~7500 since my last oil change/reset. I’m just wondering if there is any benefit to getting all the hard towing for the year done and running clean oil until the spring with no “wear and tear” of towing


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    With a stock truck and that many miles, it doesn't matter if you change oil before or after the trip. Your engine is all sooted up anyhow. Probably about ready to spin a bearing. Maybe this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7milesup View Post
    With a stock truck and that many miles, it doesn't matter if you change oil before or after the trip. Your engine is all sooted up anyhow. Probably about ready to spin a bearing. Maybe this weekend.
    That's a crap response and you darn well know it too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bounty Hunter View Post
    Oil life meter doesn't always follow the 10k interval with the stock tune,
    You're inferring his oil life meter is letting him go 30,000 miles then. Not gonna happen.


    Regardless, based on his numbers, it's bad math. EVIC or no EVIC, 10% of 10,000, per him, is not 3,000 miles left.
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