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Old 01-10-2022, 04:10 PM   #1
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Default Rotella T6 5W-40 Shortage

Does anyone have a connection to get some Rotella 5W-40? I had not heard this is out of stock everywhere. Was going to do an oil change this weekend, but might be a bit difficult with no oil on store shelves.
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Old 01-10-2022, 04:19 PM   #2
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Rotella has been hard to get for many months.


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Old 01-10-2022, 04:19 PM   #3
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Well crap! That’s what I run in my XJ’s!
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Napa has had it in spurts. Our Schaeffers rep said he's been getting a lot of new business from the Rotella shortage.
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Another question. What are folks running instead of Rotella full synthetic in their diesel trucks?

I will pay for quality.
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Old 01-10-2022, 04:30 PM   #6
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I had an issue finding it and it is through the roof on Amazon. The manager at Oreilys said that they havent had it in months. Later that same day I ordered it on their website and got it in two days.
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I had an issue finding it and it is through the roof on Amazon. The manager at Oreilys said that they havent had it in months. Later that same day I ordered it on their website and got it in two days.
I can't find it anywhere. 1 gallon on Amazon. For $200.
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Old 01-10-2022, 04:37 PM   #8
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Default Rotella T6 5W-40 Shortage

I finally found a 5 gallon bucket at Tractor Supply in San Angelo. I had to search up and down to find some.

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Old 01-10-2022, 04:39 PM   #9
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Another question. What are folks running instead of Rotella full synthetic in their diesel trucks?

I will pay for quality.
I switched to bulk Napa Full Synthetic 5w40. Comes in a 6 gallon box. 14 quarts of that and a one quart chaser of Hotshots stiction eliminator.

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Old 01-10-2022, 05:09 PM   #10
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I had to switch to Mobil 1 Turbo Diesel. Haven’t seen Rotella T6 anywhere.
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Old 01-10-2022, 05:12 PM   #11
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Another question. What are folks running instead of Rotella full synthetic in their diesel trucks?

I will pay for quality.
Delvac 1 or Delo
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Old 01-10-2022, 05:13 PM   #12
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There are plenty of other synthetic 5w40's that are just as good or better. Shell buys baseoils on the open market to blend most of their finished products. You're just buying a brand.
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You'll likely have to find a different brand. It is in scarce supply
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Went looking for blue winter blend windshield washer fluid this morning. After stopping at the 4th auto parts store, the manager said he hasn’t seen it at all this winter and the Rotella diesel oil is also in VERY short supply.
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Old 01-10-2022, 07:14 PM   #15
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one of the main ingredients of the rotella is not made in this country ,,, it has always been imported ..... not that we make much of anything here any more
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Old 01-10-2022, 08:11 PM   #16
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What truck/engine do you have? The only reason I ask is because in some of these engines you can run 0w40 which is availible on oreilys web site right now.
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Old 01-10-2022, 08:15 PM   #17
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Delo will work
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Old 01-10-2022, 08:26 PM   #18
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Walmart had T6 15w-40 today. I was tempted to get some to run in my wife’s 6.7l but didn’t. Guess I should have went ahead and got it since it’s slim for the 5-40
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I got 3 gallons on T6 15-40 at Walmart in Fort Worth last week for my 6.7. 15-40 is fine in TX.
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Old 01-10-2022, 09:14 PM   #20
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I got 3 gallons on T6 15-40 at Walmart in Fort Worth last week for my 6.7. 15-40 is fine in TX.
I had to run this today. A couple k miles past my normal change out and didnít want to go any further. We will see how it does.
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Old 01-10-2022, 09:17 PM   #21
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Old 01-10-2022, 09:24 PM   #22
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Iíve currently got 200 gallons in stock, I was advised of the shortage coming 6 months ago. Ya may wanna stock up on DEF, thatís coming next
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Ya may wanna stock up on DEF, thatís coming next

Iíve heard from a couple people that are already having trouble finding it in some places. Glad my emissions system fell off so I donít have to deal with that BS.
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Thanks everyone. I'm about 1000 miles out on an oil change. DEF not a concern.

Those saying rotella is just a label. What are you running instead?
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Iíve currently got 200 gallons in stock, I was advised of the shortage coming 6 months ago. Ya may wanna stock up on DEF, thatís coming next
Want to sell me 3?!
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I heard about this a few weeks ago. Its great having to depend on China isn't it......
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I heard about this a few weeks ago. Its great having to depend on China isn't it......
Can't we just use our own urine and dilute it with water???
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Old 01-11-2022, 08:34 AM   #28
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Iíve currently got 200 gallons in stock, I was advised of the shortage coming 6 months ago. Ya may wanna stock up on DEF, thatís coming next
I've heard the same from a few people.
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So for those needing 5w-40, I found some on advanced auto parts website. I may have ordered at least one more oil change worth, but figured I would let folks out there know it's currently available on their site.
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I was able to find 15w-40 in 2.5 gallon bottles today. $75/bottle! bought two to cover me a couple changes.
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Not sure about the Duramax or Cummins engines but a VERY reputable Powerstroke builder said that almost all of the bad 6.7 Powerstrockes he gets in his shop have some sort of spun bearing. He says that when he has asked what oil they run all of them have said 15w40 even though Ford says to use 5w40. I believe the response he gets from the owners is that 15w40 is the only thing they have ran for 30 years in all their trucks and didnt know any better. The tolerances on these engines are super tight and needs 5w40 to lubricate everything properly.

He did say that the majority of failures are from folks in colder climates that do the remote start several times while it is idling in the driveway which compounds the issue.
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I started running the tsc brand oil. It meets all the required specifications from Ford. Can get a 5 gallon bucked for about 60 bucks .
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Not sure about the Duramax or Cummins engines but a VERY reputable Powerstroke builder said that almost all of the bad 6.7 Powerstrockes he gets in his shop have some sort of spun bearing. He says that when he has asked what oil they run all of them have said 15w40 even though Ford says to use 5w40. I believe the response he gets from the owners is that 15w40 is the only thing they have ran for 30 years in all their trucks and didnt know any better. The tolerances on these engines are super tight and needs 5w40 to lubricate everything properly.

He did say that the majority of failures are from folks in colder climates that do the remote start several times while it is idling in the driveway which compounds the issue.
Good info. I had not heard this, but I know not to deviate from specs on a motor where the long block is 10k...

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I started running the tsc brand oil. It meets all the required specifications from Ford. Can get a 5 gallon bucked for about 60 bucks .
Dang, not bad. Full synthetic?

I ended up finding oil. But I paid a premium.
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Not sure about the Duramax or Cummins engines but a VERY reputable Powerstroke builder said that almost all of the bad 6.7 Powerstrockes he gets in his shop have some sort of spun bearing. He says that when he has asked what oil they run all of them have said 15w40 even though Ford says to use 5w40. I believe the response he gets from the owners is that 15w40 is the only thing they have ran for 30 years in all their trucks and didnt know any better. The tolerances on these engines are super tight and needs 5w40 to lubricate everything properly.

He did say that the majority of failures are from folks in colder climates that do the remote start several times while it is idling in the driveway which compounds the issue.
That's interesting. Duramax here, I personally haven't heard that or seen it in my limited forum browsing. I'm gonna do some digging. I've been running 15w-40 about 95% of the time for the 196,000 miles I'm at. Have used 5w-40 twice when I couldn't find 15w40.
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That's interesting. Duramax here, I personally haven't heard that or seen it in my limited forum browsing. I'm gonna do some digging. I've been running 15w-40 about 95% of the time for the 196,000 miles I'm at. Have used 5w-40 twice when I couldn't find 15w40.
This builder specifically calls out just the 6.7 Powerstroke. He builds all the other Powerstrokes, Duramax and Cummins but didnt say a word about 15w40 in those engines so I assume the tolerances are not as tight. On the 6.7's he builds he actually increases the tolerances to avoid an issue, I have not figured out why Ford made the tolerances so tight.
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This builder specifically calls out just the 6.7 Powerstroke. He builds all the other Powerstrokes, Duramax and Cummins but didnt say a word about 15w40 in those engines so I assume the tolerances are not as tight. On the 6.7's he builds he actually increases the tolerances to avoid an issue, I have not figured out why Ford made the tolerances so tight.
You mean precise??? And why are the others so sloppy?
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Used 15-40 this time.
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Iíve currently got 200 gallons in stock, I was advised of the shortage coming 6 months ago. Ya may wanna stock up on DEF, thatís coming next
Doesn't DEF have a shelf life?
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Doesn't DEF have a shelf life?
I think he meant oil, but even oil has a shelf life. I'd imagine he has more than a few truck considering 200 gallons is enough for 500,000 miles assuming you can make it 7,500 on an oil change.

I am also struggling to find oil filters for my track car now too.
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I havenít seen rotella either. I donít run it in my daily driver anymore. But everything else in the yard gets it.
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Diesel_Motor_Oils_Meeting_Ford_WSSM2c171F1.pdf

Hereís a list of approved oils. Find a 5w40 (if thatís what youíre looking for) on the list from a reputable brand and you will be fine.


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Got oil changed today and Jiffy Lube has plenty
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Your Jiffy Lube uses Rotella? Nice!

I wouldn't trust any of the quick lube places near me, minimum wage high schooler with $10k engine? No thanks.
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Good info. I had not heard this, but I know not to deviate from specs on a motor where the long block is 10k...



Dang, not bad. Full synthetic?

I ended up finding oil. But I paid a premium.

Itís not synthetic, didnt catch that part on the original post .
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Your Jiffy Lube uses Rotella? Nice!

I wouldn't trust any of the quick lube places near me, minimum wage high schooler with $10k engine? No thanks.
Yeah itís a small town jiffy lube, I know the owner very well, pretty much the same employees the last 10 years
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Got oil changed today and Jiffy Lube has plenty
Do I want to know how much that runs these days?
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Do I want to know how much that runs these days?
Actually itís a EZ Lube and not Jiffy Lube, it cost 142.00 bucks to change oil and filter with T6 Rotella 5w-40
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Actually itís a EZ Lube and not Jiffy Lube, it cost 142.00 bucks to change oil and filter with T6 Rotella 5w-40
Thats not horrible, I think when I used to catch T6 on sale I would do it myself for somewhere in the neighborhood of $80-100. Not sure what engine you have but I know it is a big deal on how that filter sits in that bowl and how the cap sits on top of it fastening it down. Apparently some of the filter manufactures make the filter a different size and it comes with a new cap which might be fine until you change the filter to a different manufacturer but reuse the same cap. From what I understand two things can happen, first is unfiltered oil can get circulated or (and I am probably not going to explain this right) that filter doesnt sit on that spring and plunger correctly and you dont get the right amount of oil flow. On my Powerstroke and Cummins I only use factory filters and just to make sure I got a new cap for my powerstroke to make sure I had the right one.
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Just use a quality name brand 5w-40 full synthetic, your motor is not going to magically blow up if you don't use shell rotella.
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