Milkshake Oil - Ram Ecodiesel

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...or he's just being hypersensitive because the EcoDiesel platform has had it's share of issues and the forums become echo chambers that repeat the experiences of a portion of owners.

I bet your oil is fine. But, yes, get an UOA. They are cheap and will give you peace of mind. I do an UOA every time I change the oil. I'm an oil "hobbyist" and think they're fun.

I change my oil every 5k miles with 15w40 Synthetic Blend and have a 3 gallon sump due to my aftermarket AFE oil pan.

I've had my timing cover leak, fuel pump fail, and EGR replaced (recall, no failer). All replaced/repaired under warranty. 75k miles on my truck.
 

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Had a 2003 Dodge PU with 4.7 gas engine. Because of the placement of the oil filler neck, the oil would cool and turn to a white froth.... looked like dirty cool whip. Supposedly no problem for the engine though. Some folks fashioned heat blankets around the filler neck to try and correct the problem.
 
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My 2 cents. Only saw milkshakey oil once. When I drained the oil out of an air cooled Briggs powered mower. Mower ran out of gas right when I finished up using it. Flipped it over on a tree stump burn pile. Oil came out looking pale brown and frothy. Odd.
 
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Wouldn't you expect the water to come out of the drain plug first? Assuming you changed the oil when cold, couldn't tell from the original post.
 
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Wouldn't you expect the water to come out of the drain plug first? Assuming you changed the oil when cold, couldn't tell from the original post.

Hi
The way i see it is the oil and water emulsify and do not seperate out. I had a head gasket failure on a Rover K series engine and the oil looked like white coffee.
 
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I've seen it in winter on an engine with a weak/stuck open thermostat that didn't get up to full temperature regularly, but only in the filler neck or valve cover. I think I would make them pressure test the cooling system & see if it holds pressure-if it doesn't, with no visible external leaks, it'll have to come apart. Had an abused GM straight six back in the day, cracked head & bad HG, the oil ALL looked like a milkshake!
 
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If this thing is not short tripped often and you’re getting that much moisture/water in your oil, take peoples advice and get it to the dealer. Something is not right.

I used to watch videos from a guy with his Ecodiesel...think his name was Sean...he was on the forums. Guy really documented his ecodiesel experience. Put a ton of miles on it in a short time, tried to modify a few things and had his “methods”. Loved that truck, but at 120,000 the top of the engine needed to be replaced...camshafts I think. Then he went out and bought a new engine. Guy ended up committing suricide...such a shame, had young kids too. Anyway, if you’re on the forums over there I’m sure you’ve heard of the guy and seen his videos. They’re pretty good I’m my opinion.
 
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For the past year, dealers have been replacing the whole EGR unit on recall for Ecodiesels 2014-2019.



While this happens, it is less than 10%. (Yeah I know 10% is probably about 10,000 engines and is unacceptable.) I have been a member of both EcoDiesel Forums since 2014 and read it all. So far I have been a part of the 90% of owners that have had outstanding trucks.

Vern is another one.....

VernDiesel said:
My ED has 341,000 transporting TTs & boats. Motor has never been apart.

I've spent time on Ram1500Diesel. Vern gets away with murder. He overloads his truck all the time. He probably gets lucky because he does drive his truck so much and is frequently towing. Its always at the same temperature and not dealing with constant heat cycling, which probably what causes failures with the oil coolers. Hot, cold, hot, cold, grow, shrink, grow, shrink.

341,000 miles in 5-6 years is a TON. That truck is always running.
 
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Update.... I have been driving the truck and keeping microscopic attention to the coolant levels. Initially, the coolant dropped about 1/2 an inch in the reservoir, but it appeared to boil out. Once that 1/2" was gone, it hasn't appeared to consume any more coolant and that includes a drive from COS to Cheyenne and back.

I received my Blackstone Bottle two days ago and haven't had decent enough weather to crawl under and get a sample. Tomorrow, we should have some warm temps and I will get a sample and mail off.
 
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