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Flytyer your very wrong about every car getting 5w20 alOt do but not everything
I don't think I am wrong. I am only telling you what I have been told. Now how can I be wrong?
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Oh yah a thread for me...I personally have worked as a Lube Tech for a Construction Company for 8 years (now a mechanic) and I have learned lots of things about Oil...We do lots of Oil Analysis and find that it comes down to detail when it comes to Oil...I personally like Valvoline and we have had the best results in the Lab with Valvoline....

The Intervals is the key....Change it on time and your doing your Trucks Good with any type of Oil! Synthetic is great, it doesn't break down like Regular old Oil but just because its Synthetic some people seem to think its makes everything easy. You still need to change it on time and keep things clean..When I talk about detail I'm talking about controlling what you don't want in your Oil and that's DIRT! If you find a Leaking Valve Cover, fix it! There are 2 Main Dirt Pathways into your engine and that's the dip stick and Filler Cap...If you pull your dipstick and look closely at the very top by the handle you will notice a little buildup of dirt on even a clean engine, Keep that and your Filler Cap clean....When checking or changing Oil act like a mad scientist at keeping things clean......
A very well defined post. Thank you. I like Valvoline. They say no matter what grade oil you use it should be changed at 3000 mile intervals if you use your vehicle basicly for anything. The dirt is very dirty and does hurt engines.
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The dealership is the last place to get advise on what Oil to use....The Car Companies and Oil companies work together to do one thing and that's selling a product....It also has some things to do with some Laws called CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy).... The government is involved with the Car Companies and keep a close eye on fuel usage which turns into emissions and that's why every Car Manufacture tells you you have to use 5w20...

5w20 is a fairly light viscosity which in turn lets the motor run more freely which in turn gets better gas mileage but probable doesn't do much for protection.... You could use 10w30 on a brand new car that says you have to use 5w20 or the warranty will void and have an issue and the Dealership will fix it, I guarantee it....
I agree about the Dealership but not the rest. Ford says on 2008 and newer vehicles to change every 7500. Change at 5000 if you basically do any on a list like Towing, Off Road, etc. Now if you go to Valvoline site they say do it at 3000 miles for the same criteria. I don't call that working together. At 3000 miles on Valvoline SynPower my oil still looks fairly clean. It doesn't seem to get really crappy until 5000 miles. I believe some of this is because I use USA Made Motocraft Oil Filters. I have tried several and these are in my opinion the very best for my trucks.
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My owner's manual says every 5,000 miles or six months, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST !!!
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My owner's manual says every 5,000 miles or six months, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST !!!
That is for pre 2008. But look at it, if you do any hard driving at all it says 3000 miles.
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If it looks good at 3000 check it again at 5. I got 10-15k on mobil 1 full syn
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Also at work I set the oil minder light or computer to 5500 miles
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That is for pre 2008. But look at it, if you do any hard driving at all it says 3000 miles.
My truck is a 2003.

I only put on 4,000 miles a year.

The way I read it, in MY case the manual tells me to change the oil every 6 MONTHS, regardless of mileage. At the end of the 6 month time, my oil is pretty dark and dirty compared to fresh oil. I also like to get rid of any condensation that has built up in the oil over time.

Everybody compliments me on how quiet my engine is while running.
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I try to run Valvoline. I like it. 5W-30 is what the sticker on my core support says. I think Ford changed there recommendation to 5W-20 back in like 04-05. The difference is negligible.

I think I have Mobil 1 in the now. It was on sale. My truck ran conventional till like 123k. I switched to syn-blend and now full synthetic as of last oil change. It probably would have been fine sticking with conventional but the cost difference is miniscule and it might give my engine a little more life.

My engine has a lot of lifter noise and has a tick, burns about a quart between oil changes. But as long as it's running and not smoking out the tail pipe I figure it's fine. I can't go back in time and make the DPO change the oil on time so all I can do is wait for the engine to die so I have an excuse to 5.0 swap lol.
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