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Old 01-13-2012, 07:21 PM   #211
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I did not feel comfortable pulling my 31 foot very far with the GMC 1500. Besides the transmission fell out not pulling anything so I had concerns. I saw a new 2500 HD Denali with a Duramax diesel. Didn't even drive it but made the deal mostly for the Allison. In30 seconds fell in love with it. Soon I hope to hook the AS and see how the torque works. Planning on many good miles. As a first time Diesel guy with no knowledge any recommendations on the best oil to run in a diesel. I have always used Casteroil but this is a new game for me. Thanks for information.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:38 PM   #212
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:59 PM   #213
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Thanks for the advice

Seems like Rotella is used a lot especially in big trucks, I think I will. I recently turned(made it to) 62. The reason I purchased the truck, really the Duramax is the America the Beautiful park pass. This summer I hope to hit as many National Parks around the country as I can hold up to. I want something that will keep going as long as I feed it fuel and good preventivative maintenance. Thanks again. I see I have much to learn from the pro's.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:00 AM   #214
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Bill, I bought the truck at 2 yrs old with 41,700 miles on it.
Obviously, I have already made the decision to not trade, but do the repairs and drive it some more.
Scoggin-Dickey in Lubbock is one of the largest parts distributors for GM in the nation. They are the source of the info on the OEM filter only being 7 microns. I will have to double check exactly what specs are on that filter at the dealer. I know the CAT filter is 2 microns and cost $17.75 each out the door instead of $55.10 for the OEM filter, so I am not unhappy about the secondary system from Nicktane.com.

I finally got an answer to the filter medium size. A bunch of folks retired and they had to go back through some engineering work orders to find what I needed. About 6 years ago ALL oem (dealer procured) as well as AC DELCO DuraMax diesel fuel filters went from 10 microns to 4 microns. All parts stock inventory was purged at that time.

The dealer info you got (7 microns) is INCORRECT.

If you are buying aftermarket....check size. 4 microns MAX is recommended. Carry a spare.
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