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Unread 08-06-2011, 04:52 PM   #1
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running diesel 15-40 in a 4.7

i recently had the oil filter on my 4.7 loosen off out in the middle of nowwhere and had to use 15-40 diesel oil that a very nice trucker had in his rig i was wondering if it would be harmful to my engine i ran it for about 250k before i changed it

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Unread 08-06-2011, 06:23 PM   #2
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That's only about 150 miles. It won't hurt the engine.
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Unread 08-06-2011, 06:47 PM   #3
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The grade is thicker than normal but you be ok.
In fact I know of some that run diesel oil in petrol engine because of it's cleaning agents.

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Unread 08-06-2011, 09:43 PM   #4
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No worries. I'm running it right now in my 4.0, probably not a good choice for the 4.7 but it wouldn't hurt it a bit being summer.
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Unread 08-06-2011, 10:34 PM   #5
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The cam followers are pretty sensitive to oil weight. Keep an ear out for knocking.
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Unread 08-06-2011, 10:46 PM   #6
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I ran royal purple 15w-40 HD in mine for 3000-4000 miles. No knocking. Theoretically with the extra detergents that diesel motor oil has it could cause oil leaks. If a build up had it sealed off and the high detergent oil broke down the build up.
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Ratmonkey is correct, the cam followers and hydraulic lash adjusters do not like oil that thick, you will develop a tick from either or both heads due to lack of oiling. Bearing clearances are set to run a specific weight and viscosity oil, start changing and mixing and what not, that's how knocks happen. The number 8rod bearing being most common as I have found in the 4.7s. It's fine to limp you home, but I would never run it 5k every oil change. I run motorcrafts semi synthetic blend of 5w30, works great.
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It could also cause a collapsed follower from crud getting into it. Killed my friends wj that way.
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