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    Lucas Oil

    Has anyone used the Lucas oil that you mix into you engine oil. It's supposed to help stop oil burn off. I have a Dodge Ram 1500 V8 engine with 215,000 miles & I'm starting to burn oil & would like to slow it down. The truck is only used to make short runs to the recycle center (fancy for dump) & picking up building materials. Total truck use over a month's time is maybe 75-100 miles at under 50 MPH. Thanks.

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    You are better off to go up a weight or 2 in oil than use Lucas. The "stabilizer" only thickens the oil and waters down the original stock's additive package as the Lucas contains no detergents or anti-wear additives. If it was mine, I'd swap out the oil for some 15w40 and motor on. My uncle did that in his 95 Chevy pickup a number of years ago... before my cousin totaled it.

    Side note: my dad sells Lucas products but I do not advocate for anything other than the 2 stroke oil and injector cleaner. I use those 2 a lot but won't touch the rest of their products.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeereNC View Post
    You are better off to go up a weight or 2 in oil than use Lucas. The "stabilizer" only thickens the oil and waters down the original stock's additive package as the Lucas contains no detergents or anti-wear additives. If it was mine, I'd swap out the oil for some 15w40 and motor on. My uncle did that in his 95 Chevy pickup a number of years ago... before my cousin totaled it.

    Side note: my dad sells Lucas products but I do not advocate for anything other than the 2 stroke oil and injector cleaner. I use those 2 a lot but won't touch the rest of their products.
    ^^^ x 2 ^^^
    With that amount of miles and distances traveled I'm guessing valve seals and/or rings kapuut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbnpp05 View Post
    ^^^ x 2 ^^^
    With that amount of miles and distances traveled I'm guessing valve seals and/or rings kapuut.
    My thinking exactly. You would be better off rebuilding the engine and tranny then use additives and put off the real issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeereNC View Post
    You are better off to go up a weight or 2 in oil than use Lucas. The "stabilizer" only thickens the oil and waters down the original stock's additive package as the Lucas contains no detergents or anti-wear additives. If it was mine, I'd swap out the oil for some 15w40 and motor on. My uncle did that in his 95 Chevy pickup a number of years ago... before my cousin totaled it.

    Side note: my dad sells Lucas products but I do not advocate for anything other than the 2 stroke oil and injector cleaner. I use those 2 a lot but won't touch the rest of their products.
    Interesting comment. I've been going back & forth about the Lucas oil additive Vs. a heavier oil. Actually, I was thinking of using either Shell Rotella 15W 40 or Deer's 15W 40. But then I thought those oils are just for Diesel engines? But in an engine with 215,000K I think I would be ok with either brands. I looked for a 15W40 labeled for gas engines ( my truck is a gas engine-not diesel) but could not find any on the shelf. Do you think I can use the 15W40 diesel stuff OK? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbnpp05 View Post
    ^^^ x 2 ^^^
    With that amount of miles and distances traveled I'm guessing valve seals and/or rings kapuut.
    Quote Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post
    My thinking exactly. You would be better off rebuilding the engine and tranny then use additives and put off the real issue.
    Actually, I think it's valve seals- maybe rings too. When I first start it up I can hear "clicking". When the oil starts flowing & she runs about a minute it quiets down & smooth's out. If I do a lot of forward & reverse moves, I will blow out a light puff of very light exhaust & I can smell it as well as see it.

    Yes- The real thing to do is to either swap out the engine or rebuild. But the reality is the cost as with most issues. Also I only use this vehicle to make a run to the county dump about twice a month. The other use is for hauling some lumber & landscaping materials on the various home projects I'm working on. Picking up building materials does not happen every day or that often. This truck sometimes sits for two to three weeks or longer before I need to use it for the dump or the lumber yard. So to sink any money into it has no real payback for me. If I had to guess at it a engine swap is probably a $5k deal & a rebuild would not be too far behind that. Thanks for the opinions.
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    You can run most diesel rated oils in a gasoline engine.
    I used to run Mobil 1 5W40 Turbo Diesel Truck oil in my 2005 Dodge Ram SRT 10 with a Viper engine because of the additive package.
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    How much oil does it consume between oil changes or per 1000 miles? If its a quart or less, I wouldn't stress over it. You can go to a thicker oil but really if the oil consumption is not that alarming why bother. It sounds with your use, the truck will last a really long time before it dies. Depending on the engine that is in it, you can find a used one from the junk yard (with less miles or at least in better shape) and have it swapped in for a lot less than your $5k estimate. I would just keep the engine oil topped off and go with it, unless you have to pass some sort of emissions test/inspection.

    You can get it diagnosed on whether it is rings or valves. If the problem is in the cylinder heads, then that is a considerably cheaper fix than a complete rebuild.

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    Just a suggestion to check the coolant and rad often in addition to the oil issue you are dealing with. I had a '87 F150 that i used similarly....dump runs and material pickup about once per month. I didn't check the rad as often as I should have - overheated the engine on the way back from a dump run and found a really sludged up rad.
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