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Old 06-04-2021, 10:10 AM   #1
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Post Adding oil

I am about to do my first oil change.
What is this round port with a twist-off lid on the front right of my engine?
In the picture it's right above the red ISC logo badge

Can I add oil through it?
The only other place I see to add oil is on the top of the block all the way at the back and it looks like I would need a super long neck funnel and a lot of patience.

I have read my manual and watched as many youtube videos as I can for changing oil on an 8.3 and I can't find good information.

Aside from answering the question above does anyone have a good resource about how to learn this information. I am a very do-it-yourself learning type so I want to be able to do all my maintenance.

I still need to find resources to learn to do basic things like start the bus the correct way, maintain and bleed air brakes etc.. when I got my bus they just handed me the keys and said see ya. I can't figure out what I need to know to even google search. If I knew what needed to be done routinely I could then search those things and learn them. I should clarify I have read the maintenance schedule for my engine, but I also mean practically as a bus owner what things I need to always be looking at and monitoring etc...

Thank you all!!!

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Old 06-04-2021, 10:21 AM   #2
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Yes that is the oil fill.
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Old 06-04-2021, 10:22 AM   #3
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Pre fill the oil filter. Use 15w40 oil. I use rotella.
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Old 06-04-2021, 11:03 AM   #4
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Pre fill the oil filter. Use 15w40 oil. I use rotella.
Thank you!
What brand of oil filters do you recommend?
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Old 06-04-2021, 11:05 AM   #5
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wix, baldwin, fleetguard are 3 good ones. NAPA and carquest are wix.
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Old 06-04-2021, 11:39 AM   #6
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strange one for me.. when I use WIX branded filters on my DT360 i have to tighten them ungodly tight to not leak.. when I use NAPA branded filters (which should be wix) I tighten them by hand plus a little and they never leak
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Old 06-04-2021, 02:24 PM   #7
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Wix is now part of Mann and Hummel. Happened about 4-5 years ago. Maybe NAPA is something else now. The insest that goes on in the automotive world is breath taking.
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Old 06-04-2021, 06:37 PM   #8
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Pre fill the oil filter. Use 15w40 oil. I use rotella.
I have seen some people have a tool that is used with a socket set that can lock on the bottom of the oil filter the way you would grab a lightbulb from below. Used to tighten or break it loose. I can't seem to find what it is called to be able to get one. Any help would be great! I assume there must be something similar for the fuel water separator also. I am going to do both since I don't know when it was last done.
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Old 06-04-2021, 06:40 PM   #9
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I use a strap wrench. It is nylon web with a socket 1/2"
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Old 06-04-2021, 06:46 PM   #10
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my filters aren't pre-filled. says not to in the manual. Cat 3126... fwiw.
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