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Old 03-07-2012, 05:51 AM
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Triton V10 6.8 oilchange

Hi there,

have a motorhome with Triton V10 6.8. After how many miles should I change the oil? I have no manual
What kind of oil should I buy? What does a oilchange costs?
Is there something what I have to do for a long engine life? (change spark-plugs etc) Has 85000 mls on the speedo.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:03 AM
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The oil change interval depends on how much you drive the motorhome. 3-5000 miles is a safe interval for a normal vehicle, 6 months is good for a vehicle that isn't used much.

You didn't say what year the motorhome is, or whether the engine is a 2 valve or 3 valve engine. Recommended oil can be 5w-20 or 5w30. Use Motorcraft or Wix filters. Avoid Fram.

Post the year and we can probably find a downloadable copy of your owners manual for you, or go to this link and download an F-53 motorhome chassis for the proper year.

http://www.motorcraftservice.com/vdi...S-EN&YEAR=2004
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Good Morning German Joe. You can probably find your answer by searching over in the V10 forum: Modular V10 (6.8l) - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums Good reference for later for you also if you run into problems or want to make some changes.

Based on your public profile, see if this works for you: http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pub.../99nmgmg3e.pdf
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Sorry, but the links are not working....there is an error......
Itīs a 1999, but I donīt know whether 2 or 3 valves
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If it's a '99 then it's a 2 valve.

I have a 2000 (basically the same engine) and use synthetic 5W-30. Since I don't put too many mile a year on my truck but it's "severe" duty (always towing) I change mine about every 4 months.
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Time based oil changes are not necessary, especially when you live in dry climate that doesn't trigger condensation. Oil in my motorhome is about 5 years old and I had the synthetic in my boat for 5 years since it was parked on the land.
Bear in mind that the same engine burns about double the fuel than it does in a pickup, so if don't stretch the mileage based intervals too much.
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Time based oil changes are not necessary,
I think I change mine so often just for peace of mind, rather than an actual "need". I ask a lot of my truck and spend LOTS of time in dusty, off road environments. I guess I feel it's the least I can do, not like it's going to do any harm.
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+1 on that. My theory is that nobody ever lost a motor due to the oil being too clean.
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I only drive 3000 mls a year, because the motorhome is just for vacations in the USA.
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+1 on that. My theory is that nobody ever lost a motor due to the oil being too clean.
The truth is that oil quality plays small role in engine life. I am pretty sure any today's engine will run for over 100,000 miles even on cooking oil.
Years ago I worked with a guy who never changed oil in his Nissan truck and added oil only when the red light would stay for over a minute.
By the time I changed the job, he logged 140,000 miles still running perfect. That was in 1980's when not too many engines having oil change 3000 would last for 140k.
Contamination aside, modern oils changed too soon do damage the engine. Again the difference will be not noticeable for owners, but the chem pack and overdose of detergents in new oil is calculated for recommended intervals, so changing the oil at 1/2 of recommended interval is draining perfectly balanced oil and dumping excess of chemicals with a new one.
The OP might confirm it, but lot of cars in Europe run 40,000 km on oils.
Than how many of us care if the engine will last 800,000 miles, or only 750,000?
Ops this is a thread about gasser. Ignore my last numbers.
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Here is a link to download your owners manual in PDF format.

http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pub.../99motog4e.pdf

Ford recommends 5w-30

Here is a link to download your maintenance schedule.

http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pub.../99nmgmg3e.pdf

Right click on the link and select SAVE AS or SAVE TARGET to save a copy on your PC.
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I had an 28' 2003 E450 class C V10 and used ford motorcraft 5w 20 and the motorcraft filter. Changed it every spring and fall. Towed a 29' enclosed trailer its whole life and never skipped a beat.
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I only drive 3000 mls a year, because the motorhome is just for vacations in the USA.
If it were me I would use a synthetic 5w-30 like Pennzoil Platinum and change it once a year. Use an FL-820s oil filter. Check oil level on a regular basis. A motorhome is a "severe duty" application.
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The truth is that oil quality plays small role in engine life. I am pretty sure any today's engine will run for over 100,000 miles even on cooking oil. ...Ignore my last numbers.
When you post completely ridiculous statements like the first one, it's quite easy to ignore pretty much everything you say.
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When you post completely ridiculous statements like the first one, it's quite easy to ignore pretty much everything you say.
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Oil can go to crap with age especially dino oil. Only way is to do a UOA. Thing is for the cost of a UOA I could do a change with PP and an Fl820s oil filter. We are only talking 6 quarts of oil here. If I could get 5w-30 Motorcraft oil in 5 qt jugs readily I would probably use that.
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