RotellaT Syn over Chevron

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Great stuff for the price and you can also find it Walmart for $12.98 a gallon.

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I like Rotella T syn 5w40, too. I've run Delvac 1 5w40 (liked that, but pricey), then tried Rotella T syn 5w40, then tried M1 10w40, will switch back to Rotella T syn on the next change. My fuel economy was best w/ the Rotella T syn (this is for a '86 4runner w/ 4-cyl, fuel injected, 157K mi engine). With the Delvac 1, I got about 24.1-24.5 mpg. With the M1 10w30, it dropped to 23.5-23.8mpg, while w/ Rotella T syn 5w40, it averaged a consistent 25mpg (these are averages over 3K mi). These mileages are to/from work (22 mi each way, maybe a dozen traffic lights, surface streets, light foot). BTW, I usually run Chevron 91 w/ techron fuel. The best I ever got was 27mpg down from Flagstaff to Tucson (loosely drafted a big-rig for the last 100 miles--just far back enough so I could see the driver's side mirror). That was running Shell 91 gas w/ Rotella T syn 5w40.

I read specs showing the TBN (total base number) on M1 10w30 is only 6, while w/ Delvac 1, it's 12 and with Rotella T syn, it's 10. This suggests to me that extended intervals using non-0w40 M1 is more marketing hype. Looking at the specs, the chevron synthetic (I think 5w40) seemed the best of any brand, but I've yet to see that anywhere.
 
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I use the rotella T 15w40 dino on the stinky as its got the "C" class for diesels
I never looked at the Syn stuff to see if it also has the the "S" and the "C" class on the SAE circle
If so then I may have to start getting it by the drum :D
 
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I ran dino Rotella T 15w40 last summer and liked it. If the syn doesn't work I will get a drum of dino RotellaT too.
The Rotella says it is for all diesel and gas motors.
 
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Couple of Comments:

1) TBN- For some reason, not all TBN's are equal. Some deplete faster than others.

2) Rotella- Both the Rotella T and the Rotella Synth are diesel/multi use fleet oils, so feel free to use them in either (assuming your Diesel doesn't have a really strange oil requirement).

3) If you are looking at Rotella T Mineral, you should also consider the Chevron Delo 15w-40, probably the best mineral oil made.

Cary
 
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This definitely seems to be a small drip – not gushing. This morning it dripped pretty steadily. But after topping it off with oil at lunch it seems to have subsided. Not too sure what’s going on.
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Landtoy,
Your are correct. I got the wrong thread.
But at leat I'm dripping Rotella-T Synthetic, so it's not completely off topic. :D
My bad.
CJ
 

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