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Old 10-16-2015, 04:20 PM   #11
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I have a good friend who is a diesel coach mechanic (and luckily who is happy to answer my questions - too bad he's in AK and my bus and I are in WI), and he advocates changing the oil every 2,000 miles, although they don't change the oil that frequently in the fleet he works on. His reasoning is that the bus will always run better on new, clean oil than on dirty oil, so change it as frequently as you can.

He must own oil company stock.
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Old 10-16-2015, 04:48 PM   #12
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Our trucks get fresh oil every 250 to 300 hours which ends up being about 13,000mi or so in my truck. That's what the manual recommends for extreme conditions. Engine is a cat ct13.

I do believe international set the maintenance interval for a dt466 at 500 hrs or 13,000 mi.
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Old 10-16-2015, 06:55 PM   #13
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Well, heck. Thanks, opus. You're clearly right...I wonder what he's thinking? Good thing I've only had Velda for 1,000, so I'm a long way (and a conversion) from needing my oil changed.
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:09 PM   #14
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I forgot to ask... are you guys using synth or conventional oil for your bus?

Also, any tips on where to buy oil in that quantity for a decent price?
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:30 PM   #15
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I forgot to ask... are you guys using synth or conventional oil for your bus?

Also, any tips on where to buy oil in that quantity for a decent price?
Dino oil. I buy my Rotella at Walmart.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:09 PM   #16
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Delo 400 from Walmart. $12.57 per gallon.
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Old 12-11-2015, 04:35 PM   #17
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Finally did it! Oil cost about $130 for 9 gallons. I bought 3 packs of 3 gallons from NAPA auto parts because we don't really have a Walmart where I live (shocking, I know).

To catch the oil, I used one of those Costco crate/boxes that I lined with 2 trash bags and then taped around the edges. I filled that up to about an inch from the top. It was definitely cuttin it close lol. But at least it didn't leak.

The hardest part was getting the oil filter off. I bought the biggest oil filter wrench I could find at NAPA and it was still too small. That thing was not budging by hand either, and I'm a strong guy. Eventually, I just used one of these woodworking clamps:



It compressed the filter in a bit but it didn't leak. After a lot of budging it finally came loose. I refilled the bus per crazycal's instructions. After adding oil to the filter & actual pan, I went through about 7.5/9 gallons that I purchased.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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Old 12-01-2016, 02:47 PM   #18
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What would you recommend if we're storing the bus through the winter and we changed the oil just before a 6,000mi trip? Should we change it when we open it up in the Spring before any short trips? We won't be taking any long trips for a while, so I'm wondering if the condensation build up would be a good reason to change it now or later?
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Old 12-01-2016, 04:03 PM   #19
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do you have the capability to warm upo your bus during the winter? start it, place it into high idle and run it up till your temp gauge is at 180+ for a bit?

do it every 2-3 weeks, also keeops the batteries up as well...

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Old 12-01-2016, 04:55 PM   #20
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Best oil wrench I ever bought. I can pull the filter from the top of the engine!!http://www.gearwrench.com/gearwrench...drive.html!And very easiy.
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