The Type of Oil to Use for a 7.3L Powerstroke

When it comes to a Powerstroke engine, there are several oil requirements that must be met. If you have a vehicle that is a model 1999 to 2003, you will benefit greatly from this information. Each of these models should have a 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine.

When the time comes to change your oil, you may wonder about the price. If you have a high-performance vehicle, chances are that your final cost will be on the expensive side. You could be paying anywhere from $50 or more to have your oil changed at any given service station. You will usually receive at least four gallons of oil and maybe have a quart to spare.

As far as the type of oil that needs to be used, Motorcraft is the number one choice. This type of oil should be used for severe to nomal instances. Motorcraft or the equivalent can be used in this instance. There are certain precautions that you need to be aware of when it comes to using oil in this situation. Oil that is only labled with:

  • CE
  • CF-4
  • SG
  • SH
  • CG-4

should avoid being used. Make sure that you keep this information in mind because using such products could cause extensive damage to your engine. A lot of people have chosen to use Shell Rotella 5W40, which is synthetic motor oil. This oil is great to use during any time of the year, but is especially great when the cold months roll around due to the starting advantages.

The 7.3L Powerstroke engine is one that requires at least 15 quarts of oil to change it properly. Two quarts will remain in the filter and thirteen quarts will be for the crank case. When you are purchasing oil for this type of engine, you need to be aware of the severe and normal usage instances.

As far as normal instances are concerned, you will not be doing any extensive driving or hauling. This means that you will need to change your oil every 5,000 miles. If you operate your vehicle under severe circumstances, which includes:

English: Line art drawing of a diesel engine.

English: Line art drawing of a diesel engine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • towing a trailer
  • extended idling
  • operate in extreme dust conditions

this means that your oil should be changed every 3,000 miles.

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