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Old 05-08-2010
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v6 3litre vulcan......been runnin regular oil since day1. Comin up to 85000km.
Debating to switch to a synthetic blend or a full synthetic.
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syn blend at least. It's a 3.0...don't waste money on full syn. Get Valvoline MaxLife for the engine. Sign up for the engine guarantee and go to town.
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It doesn't matter, both will do a good job. Full syn you can run longer if you don't like changing the oil.
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blend or full...both will work great. I run MaxLife blend every 5k miles. I'm sure I could probably go 6k or so...but 5 is plenty since I barely turn 10k a year. I'm on the fence if I want to use regular Motorcraft oil though...
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i run royal purple have had no problems since i started running it. its not cheep but when u go threw engine im not chancing cheep oil any more. started running it when the 3rd engine went in.
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I run motorcraft synthetic blend 5w30- has proved fine for me so far
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Mobile 1, 5-20.
Not sure much has changed although the engine runs quieter.

Make sure you use the OEM Weight recommended by Factory, i think 5-20 is it but check it.

p.s. Not to be an a$$ but 5-30 is not 5-20 just to be ahead of the game here !
5-30 made my 5.0L noisy, chgd bak and it quieted down.
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Eneos Full Synthetic 5-30
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i run 10-30 ran 5-20 and lost the first engine within 500 miles of last oil change and it was noise with that oil in it. it runs great with 10-30 no noises and it never loose any oil pressure my gauge is always steady and never gose below 20psi even at an idle
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I run Valvoline max life in mine i got 148,000 miles
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I run Royal Purple, mainly because I get it at cost.
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If it was a matter of cost, I'd keep what was in it from the factory. 5 W 20 seems to be on the rise with auto makers but I still have a harder time finding it then 5 W 30. I do the three thousand mile measure just because it takes me about 4 months to get there.
What ever is on sale or with a mail in rebate, Usually Q-state or Penzoil form Menard's. Most auto part stores advertise a "oil change special" 5 quarts and a filter for about $13.00 but I can get a case of oil for that same price after I get the rebate check back. They have been getting them out really quick now, just make sure you use a different address on each rebate you send in.
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i run 10-30 ran 5-20 and lost the first engine within 500 miles of last oil change and it was noise with that oil in it. it runs great with 10-30 no noises and it never loose any oil pressure my gauge is always steady and never gose below 20psi even at an idle
If i'm not mistaken your oil gauge is rigged to act like that from the factory and will only show a change if your pressure drops below about 5 PSI.

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i run 10-30 ran 5-20 and lost the first engine within 500 miles of last oil change and it was noise with that oil in it. it runs great with 10-30 no noises and it never loose any oil pressure my gauge is always steady and never gose below 20psi even at an idle
WIshed I had an Oil pressure gaug! haha but thats just me. iirc it says 5w20 on the cap ... and I run a regular oil but i have less than 30K Miles on my truck. but with 85K km id says switch to full now it wont hurt ya!
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I put 15K miles on the truck using the full Syn Mobile 1, (no wood to knock on), so far so good.

Money wise no real change, I still think the engine runs smoother.
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If i'm not mistaken your oil gauge is rigged to act like that from the factory and will only show a change if your pressure drops below about 5 PSI.

Richard
i have a machanical oil gauge in it when its cold and at an idle i have 60 psi and at a hot idle i have 20 psi. i never trust just oil lights. installed my gauge in a custom roof console will oil and volts and engine temp
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I usually wait till Shucks has a Royal Purple sale, and they have a deal of 4 quarts + a K&N Oil Filter gets you another free quart - so your saving a few bucks on the quart - and you only have ot change the oil once a year if you dont do huge highway drives
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