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    What Kind of Oil?

    Hi: Could someone please tell me what kind of oil and how much a dodge sprinter 2500 diesel will take? Also, do the quickie oil change places change oil in them?
    Any help will be appreciated.
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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    229.51; NAPA and PEP Boys has some or order online.

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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    Jim...what year of Sprinter?
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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    okay, might be stating the obvious
    Diesel oil like Rotella?

    Unless Sprinters use oil of unicorn?
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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    To beef up your understanding of this topic, try doing a search for "sprinter oil", and "fumoto". There is a good chance you'll end up doing your own oil changes, since the sprinter is one of the easiest vehicles to service (engine oil-wise; transmission service is a different story).

    You can find filters in bulk at places like, Sprinter Filters - OEM Filters for Sprinter Vans and Europarts: Online Source for Sprinter Parts and Eurovan Parts These places will give you an idea what other supplies are available and their prices.

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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dakota View Post
    okay, might be stating the obvious
    Diesel oil like Rotella?

    Unless Sprinters use oil of unicorn?
    Sometimes I think it's easier and cheaper to find unicorn oil than the proper sprinter grade oil.

    Another reason I think the sprinter van isn't a good starter vehicle for expediting.

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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    To even further beef up your understanding of this topic, crack open the Owner's Manual and look at what kind of oil is recommended. It also tells you how much is required. If an oil you want to use is not on the list, don't use it.



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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    Hello all!
    Probably not the spot for a first post, BUT I did want to add my own bit of info.

    I drive the shell rotella road show rig, that some may of seen at the expo with speedco.
    I first heard about the oil spec issue for the sprinters there, as it was brought to my attention that speedco does not service them.

    From what Ive read, the gasoline sprinters use(since 2005) MB 229.5 oil spec, and since 2007 diesels use 229.51.
    These are synthetic oils.

    Rotella does not currently meet the 229.51 spec, only the MB 228.31. The difference is seemingly minor on paper, as part of the issue is a difference in ash chemistry (.8% compared to 1.0% I believe) among a few other differences.
    BUT none the less, shell does NOT recommend the use of Rotella in these engines.
    Better for the life of the DPF,motor, and of course the warranty in the long run to use what the motor was designed for.

    From what I have seen:
    Mobil 1 ESP Formula M 5W-40
    Valvoline SynPower MST 5W-30
    The above meet the specs.

    (Info taken from here)

    For the gas motors, shell does have a Eurpo spec penzoil 5w-30.

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    No matter what,with any oil, take what you hear from others, and read online with a grain of salt(even my above post). Always refer to the owners manual, not what someone says "oh that should work, always has for me".

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    Last edited by existenz; 08-01-2011 at 07:08 PM.

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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    dakota wrote:

    okay, might be stating the obvious
    Diesel oil like Rotella?
    Yea...right...

    existenz wrote:

    I drive the shell rotella road show rig, that some may of seen at the expo with speedco.
    I first heard about the oil spec issue for the sprinters there, as it was brought to my attention that speedco does not service them.

    Rotella does not currently meet the 229.51 spec, only the MB 228.31. The difference is seemingly minor on paper, as part of the issue is a difference in ash chemistry (.8% compared to 1.0% I believe) among a few other differences.
    BUT none the less, shell does NOT recommend the use of Rotella in these engines.

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    Shell Rotella T is on The List for pre-2007 Sprinters.



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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle View Post
    Shell Rotella T is on The List for pre-2007 Sprinters.
    That's good to know!

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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    I have a 2005 sprinter and I use rotella in mine. And it is an APPROVED oil for the pre 2007 engines.

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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    You can go for ROTELLA. It is very good oil...

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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle View Post
    Shell Rotella T is on The List for pre-2007 Sprinters.
    Would I just need to check the owners manual to see what is approved for a 2007 sprinter?


    edit: found it on pg 350, they've been doing the oil changes themselves at the shop and there is a jug of rotella in the back, what can happen if they are using the wrong oil?
    Last edited by mcavoy33; 08-18-2011 at 04:51 PM.

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    Re: What Kind of Oil?

    Quote Originally Posted by mcavoy33 View Post
    Would I just need to check the owners manual to see what is approved for a 2007 sprinter?


    edit: found it on pg 350, they've been doing the oil changes themselves at the shop and there is a jug of rotella in the back, what can happen if they are using the wrong oil?
    Blocked DPF, extra maintenance down the road, the oil may not hold up as long as it should.
    The differences in the oil is small, but it matters.
    Using an oil with out the right spec can void a warranty as well.

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