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RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Jeremiah, what was the difference in cost to do an oil change between the Amsoil and the Pennzoil ? Just curious, because in all honesty,whatever that difference is, in the overall cost of operation during the life of the vehicle, I think it's negligible. The cost for the Amsoil was about $7 per quart and the Pentastar requires 6 quarts...plus the oil filter at about $7.00 ish. So it was right at $50.00 for the Amsoil OE and filter. You can get better prices on the Amsoil OE by becoming a dealer or a preferred customer. The Pennzoil was $21.00 for 6 quarts plus 7 for the oil filter so right at $30.00. All in all,you are right, the cost is insignificant. I am doing this for the Data on the UOA's to compare the Amsoil vs Conventional... Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/05/15 05:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Little update for everyone. In my profession I am a business analyst and its driving me crazy that I don't have data to compare the Amsoil OE vs the Pennzoil Conventional that is used at the factory on these Pentastars. I can't claim one is better or the same or worse than the other without the data. With that said. I picked up 6 quarts of Pennzoil conventional (PYB, Pennzoil Yellow Bottle) to replace the Amsoil OE and a new Fram Oil Filter (gasp, but they make a darn good cartridge filter) today. Chrysler lets this oil go 8-10k miles before the OLM goes off so I am not afraid to run this. I double checked my log and its been 7,060 miles since the last oil change. So the oil wasn't as "used" as I thought. No worries, I like refreshing oil sub 10k anyway. So, here is a shot of the PYB Oil and the filter. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/Truck%20Stuff/E522EA5F-21ED-424A-8A49-F969F8779256_zpsqjiie7a3.jpg width=640 Here is a shot of accessing the oil filter housing... I remove the air intake as the 30 seconds or so I takes to remove it makes it so much easier to access the oil filter housing. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/Truck%20Stuff/CA5615A8-4869-47B8-85E1-D4AD03362DAF_zpswyfu5qth.jpg width=640 I used a Wix oil filter with the Amsoil OE... Here it is laid side by side with the Fram. Perception is skewed a bit as the Fram looks longer in the picture.. it is not. The end caps on the Fram have no significant lip compared to the Wix. I am not afraid of the element moving as the end caps are connected by a plastic cage that travels down the center of the filter. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/Truck%20Stuff/C03B7E25-61ED-4B54-9DFB-E6B35B1A3FC2_zpssemgank4.jpg width=640 Something that surprised me is that there are many more pleats in the Fram Filter than the Wix. I know the wix is used but it had those distortions in the pleats when I first bought it. Interestingly.. the Fram should have more surface area to filter the oil. Quick tip for those who change the oil in their Pentastars. Once you remove the drain plug and after the gush of oil slows to a trickle make sure that you let the trickle completely stop. My Pentastar will trickle out an additional .5 to .75 quarts with just a small trickle. So.. now that the oil is changed.. The Amsoil OE is out of the crank case and the Pennsoil PYB is back in.. whats the plan? I collected a sample of the Amsoil in a sealed glass container and have set it aside for the Oil Analysis. (the kit is not back yet) I will change the oil in about 5,000-7,000 miles and collect a sample of the PYB oil so we can compare the two. Same test.. similar conditions. Earlier in the thread when I filled with Amsoil OE I said that I could hear a difference in the motor. I am not sure that this statement was accurate as the motor sounds the same after PYB oil fill and a quick 15 mile drive. Earlier in the year I had the pleasure of renting a 3.6 Pentastar powered Dodge Journey for work and while I had it I parked it next to my Van, turned both vehicles on and tried to hear a difference between the two. The Pentastar in the Journey with conventional was actually quieter than my Pentastar in my Minivan. So, no claims of oil eutopia or anything like that from me. I want to see what the data says. Once I get the results of my UOA with the Amsoil.. I will post back to this thread. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/05/15 03:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help, Help need reviews for a 15 tundra to tow

That trailer...IMHO...needs a HD half or a 3/4 ton. The tongue weight is going to be 1,000 lbs plus. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/04/15 02:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Just got some bad news, could use some perspective.

I'm sitting in a GM dealer right now. I can get all I wanted with a 2200 pound payload, and better advertised fuel economy than the Ford 5.0.... Even if it is the same I'd be happy. Not looking good for Ford. Also my dealer has not called today as promised. Anything bad about the GMC/Chevy 5.3's and associated transmissions I should be aware of? The 5.3 is a GREAT motor. Its not an EcoBoost and has a few less HP than the 5.0 in the 2015 Ford F150 but it is NOTHING to be ashamed of. They are powerful. I do agree though.. If you can get the LTZ package you can then get the NHT max trailering package with the 6.2 v8... Over 400 HP and the Amazing 8 speed Transmission Here is a YouTube video showing a 6.2 GMC vs the Ike Gauntlet. IKE Gauntlet 6.2 GMC Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/02/15 05:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

My oil bypass pump, primary oil pump, oil filter, oil galleys, etc etc etc...seems to be working fine with this AMSOIL OE...Chrysler spec Meeting ... Oil. Thanks Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/02/15 02:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Just got some bad news, could use some perspective.

2015 Silverado NHT with the LTZ trim package and the 6.2 NA monster would be about 2,000 ish lbs of payload as well. True that the aluminum doesn't rust...that doesn't mean that the aluminum will not corrode. It can and will corrode if the circumstances are right. basically, if you get two dis-similar metals touching it will corrode once it's actually metal on metal. Right now we are in wait and see mode to see how well the new F150 bodies hold up over time...I suspect that they will be fine...but I'm not a big fan of beta testing things like this. JMHO...but the EcoBoost is proven now. We are nearly five years in and there are lots and lots of 2011 and 2012's with 150 plus K and they seem to be holding up just fine. I like the 5.0 and its a fine choice...but the body...that's the question mark for me. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/02/15 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota wins the Ugly truck award!!!

I don't know... saw one of the new f150 in person yesterday and found that to have a very ugly front end too. Will agree this one is not pretty either. I'm very dissapointed in the new F150. It has no physical presence...just an ugly truck. The interior is pretty terrible too. JMHO...and I am a long time Ford Customer. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/02/15 06:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

And all the rst of us have been using numerous other oils with great results. /thread Not quite...it's my thread about my experience with Amsoil OE. We can close it after I post lab results and review them. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/01/15 05:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Ford V-6 Ecoboost vs V8

One other positive of a heavy half with the ecoboost is forced induction. To get forced induction on a 3/4 ton truck you have to get a Diesel. Now, is a Diesel 3/4 ton truck more expensive than an Ecoboost with the max payload? Maybe.. Depends on how they are optioned. Right now our local Ram dealership has 2500 Ram Tradesmen crew cabs with the 6.7 in the low $40k range. I have seen a lot of loaded up 2015 F150's selling for 50k plus. Just wanted to mention that because the disparity in price for the class of truck isn't really that much. Thanks! Jeremiah And which one will be an easier sell and a better ROI 3 to 5 years down the road? I suspect in 3-5 years is going to be pretty difficult to sell either truck and claim a better ROI.... There are tons and tons of new trucks being sold now...I hope I am wrong, but I could see the truck market taking a dive again in the next 3-5 years... Especially since used trucks are selling for very high prices right now...that will change. I've never thought about personal vehicles ROI from a financial stand point... ROI is really a profit term... A truck for personal use is financially a liability... A depreciating "asset" is not an asset... It's functionally a liability from a purely financial perspective. The ROI for my vehicles comes from their ability to do three things... 1) safely and comfortably transport my family and I 2) protect my family and I in a collision 3) handle utility DW was rear ended last year and I was thankful to have her in a unibody midsize SUV that can take a hit and keep her safe. That 30k I paid for that vehicle was money well spent... I just don't think about how much I can sell a vehicle for in the future... I fully expect everything I buy to be worth A small fraction of what I paid by the time I get done with it. My 2000 Lincoln Town Car has 163k miles on it and I intend to put 400k on it. I hope that makes sense. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/30/15 11:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ready for a better hitch...B&W or Anderson Ultimate

Thanks for the catch redhooker. You are 100% correct. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/30/15 08:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I am well pleased with the Amsoil OE. The engine is quieter with this oil than the dino Pennzoil that was in it from the dealership...and flat runs great. Do you long time Amsoil users have any thoughts on the oil being so clear and Amber in color 8,000 miles into the Oil Change. Again, this is Amzoil OE and I am using a Wix oil filter. Is this typical for this oil? I'm getting ready to do an oil change as I have about 2000 miles of Vacation coming up in the next few weeks and will likely use Amsoil OE again. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/30/15 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ready for a better hitch...B&W or Anderson Ultimate

I spoke with Curt tech support today, and they confirmed that 1/4 " is about a normal slack tolerance with the jaws around the pin. Sounds like you have the slide bar model of the Curt 16k hitch. It's VERY secure...if the bar is across the pin in the back...you are locked in. The down side is that there is some slop with a slide bar hitch. If it is the Slide bar version there should be a tension rod at the back of the hitch head that is supposed to take some of the slop out. Thanks! Jeremiah The slide bars can break, my Dad's did on his RBW. They are noisy. I had a RBW also and cringed everytime I stopped or took off! Thanks for sharing that information! That the kind of details we need in a forum. The Curt like the OP has IS the grandchild of the RBW Lil' Rocker. The design is nearly identical with the only exception being the lack of side to side pivot lock outs on the Curt. Even the instruction manual is word for word the same in some cases. Do you know how your Dads slide bar broke on the RBW? I have heard of damage happening when someone forgets to open the slide bar jaw but that can happen with nearly any hitch that requires the user to open the jaws before hitching. (I am not alluding that your dad made a mistake) But I think your dads experience is the first I heard of the slide bar actually breaking. Since there are thousands of similar hitches on the road by Husky, Pro Series, Curt, and used RBW's out there I think its worth the discussion. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/30/15 07:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: ready for a better hitch...B&W or Anderson Ultimate

I spoke with Curt tech support today, and they confirmed that 1/4 " is about a normal slack tolerance with the jaws around the pin. Sounds like you have the slide bar model of the Curt 16k hitch. It's VERY secure...if the bar is across the pin in the back...you are locked in. The down side is that there is some slop with a slide bar hitch. If it is the Slide bar version there should be a tension rod at the back of the hitch head that is supposed to take some of the slop out. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/30/15 04:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Toyota tough.......not

Looks like a great candidate for a flatbed conversion. Those little trucks are tough as nails. There are several still driving around here now. I am seeing less and less 70's and 80's Ford/Chevy/gmc/Dodge trucks being driven around. Just a casual observation. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/30/15 04:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: f150 versus f250

I've never seen anyone on the forum complain because they had too much truck. Well, you can never say that again. I HATED this truck http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/Truck%20Stuff/IMG_0760_zps48b7320e.jpg width=640 It was TOO much truck for my needs. Best day of my automotive life was when that truck drove off into the sunset with its new owners. 9 mpg.. hot floor boards...uncomfortable seats..handled terribly. Wrong truck for me and my families needs. Sure did look good though. Must admit that the 05 and up Superduties handle much nicer. OP My next truck will likely be a "Half ton" with 1500-1900 lbs of payload...I'm a Ford guy traditionally. I have owned half a dozen Ford trucks and two Ram's. I've had two motors fail on me in my life so far and they were both GM's. That being said... The 2015 F150 doesn't appeal to me right now. I just can't get accustomed to that front end. Seems I am in a minority here because they are selling like hot cakes around here. My previous dually was an example of over-trucking... I would have been much better served by a truck that met ALL my automotive needs. Not just pulling a trailer. I would often have to park in four spaces like the F450 above. Just not an easy vehicle to live with when not towing... now that's just for ME.. different people have different needs. A half ton with 400 lb ft of tq, 360-400 hp is more than enough for me, if the payload can get up to 1500 ish lbs plus. These are much more truck than many of the 3/4 tons of the past. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/29/15 11:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Indeed, as another poster pointed out, Amsoil has almost a cult like following. I have a buddy that has used it for years. For a long time her was a "dealer" of it. Something that I find noteworthy ( although it may not be related to his used of that brand of oil ) is that he has a twin turbo Audi sitting in his workshop with both turbos failed. Inadequate oil ? I have no idea. Personally, I never have use Amsoil, and would not. I use Mobil One in my Nissan truck and in my motorcycle. I use Motorcraft ( which is semi-synthetic ) in all the Fords here. I also use Motocraft oil 5-20 in my Ford Modular Motors as well as Motocraft filters. The Modular motors seem to run best with Motocraft oil and filters so I just leave well enough alone. I tried this Amsoil because I got what I felt was a great deal and it met the certification for Chrysler. I paid about 7 or 8 bucks more than a Mobile 1 oil...I also went with the Wix oil filter recommended by Amsoil. I wanted to move to Synthetic oil and Mobile 1 was not an option. The reason I went with Amsoil vs Mobile 1 is because Mobile 1 Does NOT carry the Chrysler certification. I have since found that Pennzoil synthetic also carries the Chrysler certification my Pentastar needs. So there are other options out there. I am anxious to see what the labs come back to say. I hope that the clear oil is an indication that my motor is running clean and the oil filter is doing a great job and the oil is doing what it needs to do. If everything comes back peachy I see no reason to change from Amsoil. If the reports come back bad then I have bigger problems than Amsoil. LOL Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/29/15 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Page 3 shows a few pictures of the bottle...it indeed says API Certified. The labs will tell the tale. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/29/15 10:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Thanks for the feedback folks...and yes. I know that the oil color has zero to do with how well the motor is being protected. Just for clarity sake..this Amsoil OE carries the Chrysler Certification needed for my van. I am also anxious to see how the Lab results come back. It's going to be interesting for sure!! I am going to opt for the extra test that will show how the additives in the oil are holding up too. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/29/15 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Just a quick update. I am well pleased with this oil. I am at 8k miles on this Amsoil OE oil and it looks like I just poured it into the crankcase. Not only is the oil clear it still has the amber color to it. I know its superficial... but this is a first for me. I have NEVER had an oil look this good... even Mobil 1 looked like black soot at 5k miles in my wifes former gasser VW Jetta. I've ordered a Oil Analysis kit from Blackstone Labs and look forward to seeing what the actual health of my wonderful Pentastar V6 is along with the actual data of the performance of the Amsoil OE. I'll post the results of the analysis here too if you all are interested. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/29/15 12:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: ready for a better hitch...B&W or Anderson Ultimate

They are both great hitches. I'd be inclined to go with the B&W.
jerem0621 06/29/15 12:06am Fifth-Wheels
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