Rotella t6 oil shortage ?

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Just for fun I perused the motor oil aisle in an east Texas Walmart. They had plenty of motor oils to choose from. No shortage there. But oddly I didn't see a single bottle of Shell motor oil of any type or viscosity. My local Walmart here in north Texas has some Rotella T6 in stock. I'm not sure if their inventory of Shell is lower than normal, since I don't normally buy motor oil. I bring mine to a Shell Rapid Lube.
 

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After reading this thread and since I plan on using Rotella T6 after 10K miles I checked out the Walmart website. I found one 1 gallon jug for $22.28. I think it may have been the last jug they had since they wouldn't let me buy more than one. Today it shows out of stock. The next best I could find was O'Rielly's at $28.75 for a 1 gallon jug, so I used a bunch of reward points and ordered 5 jugs.

The OEM conventional Motorcraft Ford Diesel Oil in 15w-40 that I'm going to run until 10K miles seems to be plentiful, but the Shell Rotella T6 is getting harder to find on local brick and mortar shelves in my area. I don't even have an order confirmation email for my truck from Ford and I'm already becoming an oil hoarder! Lol! Let's Go Brandon!
 
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Check your local Home Depot. Yep, That’s where I found it for my Cummins. 5W-40 Rotella T6. About $23 a gallon. Just about had to park my Cummins in October. Couldn’t find DEF or oil. Oil filters and fuel filters are on backordered right now too. Guy on the Cummins forum told me to check the local HD and I found some there. Another reason I’m heading back to a gasser.
 

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I did my first service yesterday at 4924 miles. The oil monitor was at 16% with 201 total hours and 60 idle (which I really don’t see how 60 is possible). I managed to find one gallon of T6 in my area. I had to settle for Motorcraft 10w30 and had to visit multiple stores just to find enough. I did see A LOT of STP 5w40 and while it claims on the label that it meets Ford’s specifications, I don’t see it on the list.

I also installed a Fumoto valve, greased the front U-joints with Red n Tacky and drained the fuel/water separator and installed an SPE plug.
I got my motorcraft 10w-30 at summit racing fairly reasonable. shipped and arrived in a couple days
 

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I try to avoid ordering oil now days. Had some cases show up soaked in oil on the porch on more than one occasion where the containers were busted in transit.
 

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The hoarders probably not aware that oil and other products have an "effective shelf life" (additives).....3 to 4 years with most all brands. Probably best not to stock pile too much oil, ATF, etc.
Where did you get this data from, "3 or 4 years" ??
 

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Yea that data is wrong. Several brands make recommendations, typically 5 years however some reviews/research/reports say that’s simply marketing. I know many people that have and still do use oil that’s up to 10 yrs old that is unopened in original containers store in climate controlled areas. Not saying I would, but when they tell you to change your oil every 3,000 miles, not surprised they would say their is a shorter 1/2 life than what is actually true.
 

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Where did you get this data from, "3 or 4 years" ??
This information is readily available on the internet. In 2016, I contacted some oil companies. They all told me the additives in unused oil breakdown over time. I could have put the range at 3 to 5 years, but most representatives said either 3 years or 4 years.
 
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This information is readily available on the internet. In 2016, I contacted some oil companies. They all told me the additives in unused oil breakdown over time. I could have put the range at 3 to 5 years, but most representatives said either 3 years or 4 years.
Blackstone did a series of articles where they bought and tested oil that was 30+ years old. They went a step further and actually used it and tested it. The conclusion was there is no shelf life.

Here is one of the articles I could find: https://www.blackstone-labs.com/wp-...as-Diesel-2012-04-01-The-eBay-Oils-Part-1.pdf

Most all of the big oil companies state five years.
 
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Well guys thank you all for the information I was able to locate 8 gallons of t6 rótela 5w40 I got lucky and found it at my local tractor supply now the oil filter I ended up going to the dealer because no one had the Motorcraft oil filter I now have enough oil for at least three or changes not including the 2 1/2 gallons that I found in my shed from my last oil change. so I should have enough stock for a while being since I only change the oil every 10,000 .
 
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