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so it should work with mine... i jsut gotta see how much labor is because at 97$ for 12 quarts, i dont wanna go over the $150 mark by to much...
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Anything specified as meeting the Mercon V spec can be used. The Amsoil ATF does.

You don't have to use Ford's fluids -- though they'd like it if you did, lol. They can't void your warranty over using other fluids that meet or exceed the lubricant specification.
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A few questions for you guys using synthetics, when you are changing out your oil only so often, what do you do about the oil filter then? If you go to change the filter with the synthetic oil still in the engine, don't you lose a bit of oil, and get things pretty messy?-Or do they make filters that last as long as the oil now?
As for the transmission, if I were to put in Amsoil full synthetic into mine, would it make it more quiet? I've noticed its somewhat loud when driving without the radio. Also, would it change my shifting any (manual transmission)?
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The price spread evens out if you do long drain intervals. I would say I spend less on oil a year than most of you, even buying "outrageously priced" synthetic. I also contribute a tiny fraction of what most people do to the oil waste stream -- salves my conscience, but I still drive a gas hog so I'll have to take what I can get...
I agree it can even itself out with prolonged oil changes. I wish I knew "why" it is so much more expensive. They are two different subjects. 87 octane vs 93 premium gas carries a 10 or 20 cent premium per gallon, dyno oil vs full synthetic is a significantly larger spread.

PS- I use it too.
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Primarily BECAUSE they are synthetic. Basically, it's a "designer molecule" and not just separated and/or cracked from crude. Also, most synthetics have additive packages made up from either more and/or different components to allow the extended life. All of this adds to cost.

Further, synthetics still aren't produced in the quantities petroleum oils are, making there less of an "economy of scale".

Finally, the people selling them are probably as greedy as everyone else, lol...
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Finally, the people selling them are probably as greedy as everyone else, lol...
Good deal. I was beginning to think you were on their payroll
Coca Cola spends billions so they can charge a $1 more per 12 pack. This probably applies with synthetics.
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I'm going to add a tidbit of information I read in a magazine article about a trucking fleet. They started to use synthetics with testing every oil change. They have some truck running 100,000 miles per oil change. If that ain't money saved I don't know what is. Since that I've run synthetic in my vehicle, engine, trans, rear end. I swear I gained MPG since I did this.
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I recommend the amsoil trans fluid. used it for years and it just lasts and lasts. unlike the cheap conventional crap. do the job yourself and have the best for less than paying someone to put the garbage oil in. Obviously, there are people here that just do not understand what synthetics are...probably some old timer set in his ways. Don't believe the garbage he believes. Do a search in your search engine on synthetics and you will find the answear to your question. About the statement with synthetics causing problems with clutches and rod bearings...try using the right oil for the application. They do make specific oils for wet-clutch applications!
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Ha ha! I found out the hard way though how to "blend" a problem. I don't know if you read about it but I used synthetic in my limited slip/locker combo diff (Auburn ECTED) and ended up adding too much limited slip additive to the Amsoil gear oil -- I ended up with a locker that slipped and a limited slip that was less limited, lol.

I love Amsoil and I don't use any other synthetic.
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If we're talking engine oil, then synthetic makes good sense for most people. It cost about twice as much, gives better protection and easily last twice as long. So the cost is about the same, less work, for better performance. Of course this assumes you change your oil yourself. If you pay for it to be done, you'll pay through the nose.

I've got synthetic all around and still going strong. But then I've only got 171 K miles so far.
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For questions about Mercon V ATF....Check this pdfile.

Mercon V ATF

OR 4x4

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i just use mercon/dectron from walmart and a quart of lucas oil stabilizer in my manual tranny and it works fine.
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