First oil change

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tearza

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My first oil change is coming up. What do you recommend the type of oil I should use. I live in the Nevada desert.
 

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That's a loaded question. You will get both ends of the spectrum from any name brand on the shelf to home brews of mixtures.

Short of shelling out the extra $$$ for Redline (more moly) I found that Pennzoil Ultra Platinum (not to be confused with Pennzoil Platinum) and Mobil1 full synthetic were well regarded for someone who wants good oil but doesn't want to pay a lot extra or deal with a chemistry lab (I'm not 25 any more).

I went with Pennzoil Ultra Platinum (PUP) and had no issues for the 4 years and 86K miles I had the truck. YMMY
 

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Before you drain the oil, just make sure you're able to loosen the oil filter. If it turns at all you're good to go. Some people have gone to the dealer for the first because of tight filters. Mine was easy to do. I run the PUP as stated above. Good luck.

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Just an fyi the filters from the factory can be a real bear to get off the first time.
OH yeah, we know, which is why I had Dealership monkey off the first change. I think the factory machine puts them on at like 470 ft lbs.
 

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I would let the dealership do the first oil change. On my first OC (which was free) the dealership cracked the oil pan taking the plug out. It was replaced on their dime, but I have the feeling, if I cracked the pan on the first change it would have been my $$.
 

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I had my first oil change last month and went with red line and a royal purple filter. I changed the oil plug with a magnetic one. The red line is expensive but PUP is well regarded.
 

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Neither my oil filter nor my drain plug were overly tight so were not hard to break loose. With a 4x4 there is not a lot of options to reach the oil filter. I went in from the front with this type of oil filter wrench:

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This has better contact with the filter for grip IMO and also doesn't damage the filter in the unlikely event you need to reuse it for any reason.

I only had a occasional tick for the first few seconds on cold days as the oil initially started pumping through the block. Had it grown to something more constant I would have bumped up to Redline with a higher moly content.
 
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Once I broke the filter loose I put a quart freezer bag around it to keep it from dripping oil all over. Since the oil is warm/hot I would double-bag it so that it wouldn't melt through both bags before I could get the filter out and in the pan.
 
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