At the moment it looks like my driving of this vehicle will consist of: 10 miles around town every weekend and 4-500 every late Fall (Hunting Season) including off-road.
That's a real option, especially during Summer. I didn't really consider it because I thought it was price at $26+ but the jugs must have been on the wrong part of the shelves (that never
happens at Wally World, huh?); looking online, the Extended Performance is the pricey one, not the High Mileage.
My desire to move to a 0w is the lifter rattle after startup during very cold weather. I'm worried in general about oil migration, its not just the lifter rattle but the engine sounds very unhappy for several seconds after each weekly start. (Switching to Ethanol-free in Winter and using some in Summer has sure helped starting issues, the truck sat enough for the Ethanol+water to stratify and it would run awful for the first several minutes every time I started it until I found the e-free).
The engine will be fine with M1 0W-30. It's hard to gauge whether the consumption will change without knowing where it's being lost. If consumption stays at a quart per 1k miles, I would just use whichever low-cost 5W-30 conventional is most convenient. With the frequent refresh of additives, sludging should not be a problem, and it will keep your costs down.
I'm sure the engine will be fine with most any modern oil.
I like to take good care of my equipment within a reasonable price. I'm really, really hoping that oil consumption will be less after this work, no matter what I use.
From discussing with my mechanic, the crack between the valve holes sets the valve stem a little crooked and then it burns more oil through the head. That, plus the intake manifold issue described in the TSB, plus the usual cylinder/ring wear-n-tear of a 100K+ mile engine made for a real oil hog.
I won't find out about oil consumption until this Fall when I drive it a bit more.
Beings as you had some engine work done, how well did the Quakerstate products do at keeping the engine clean?
The engine looked pretty good. Oil always looked awful due to the three issues listed above. This will be my first post-upper-end-rebuild oil change and I'm curious to see what the oil will look like.
Run 0w qsud. But i under stand m1 for less then two bucks more at wal-[censored]. I have been looking at amsoil ss 0w-20. But for 40.40/gal i think i may opt for delvac1, i think it would give ams a run for 25k and last as good.
I'm not familiar with any 0w from Quaker State... OK after a little googling I see from a press release that they've introduced it in 2010 but Wally World is not carrying it locally (yet). Anyway the only 0w I can find from QS is 0w20 and I'm not looking to go down in weight due to the oil consumption and age issues.
I'm with you on the amsoil et al, great stuff I'm sure but I'm already overbuying and overpaying for my needs.
Might flow a bit better in winter, but i doubt it will reduce consumption..
Reduce consumption ? I doubt it. Try a 10w-30 to reduce consumption. An engine will consume most of the oil its going to consume at start up when the piston is loose in the bore and will lessen as the engine warms up. A 0w will consume more at start up due to it being thinner.
I can (and will have to) live with a little oil consumption when cold. My primary concern is cold weather starts after 1 and occasionally 2 weeks of not running. My goal is to avoid any major engine work for as long as possible, I hope to own this truck for a very long time!