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Old 09-08-2009, 10:53 PM   #1
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Well, I'm feeling rather good tonight.

I just changed out the headlights, and just finished my first self oil change (with the help of a buddy.)

Was originally going to use the "royal purple" stuff, since everyone seems to recommend that, but didn't have the extra cash for it this time (perhaps the next 4,000 miles or so.)

They had a special going on at the local Auto Zone, so I got the Valvoline High Mileage 5W-30 stuff and got a free FRAM Oil filter.

So, I was wondering, would there be any difference if I were to (next time) get the Royal Purple oil with, say, the K&N "high performance" oil filter?

Also, how would one go about disposing of the old oil? it's just sitting in my garage in a big tub right now
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Re: First Oil Change!

you wont notice a difference really~ if your car has higher miles any damage done with using a non synthetic is already done~ you can run it if you want its up to you.

I would only use a ford oil filter it does a very good job and is one of only two oil filters on the market that has the drain back valve that ford recommends (the other is wix)
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Re: First Oil Change!

I think the K&N Oil Filter is overpriced, better off if you are strapped for cash getting the "weekly special" or if you have the extra cash go ahead and get the oil and filter you want. You can go ahead and get the Motorcraft filter since it probably is the best, I have Mobile 1 oil and filter right now since that was on sale and it's highly "recommended". I don't know too much about Wix filters but people seem to like them and like SpectorV just said, it has the drain back valve Ford recommends (didn't know that).

As for the old oil I too have plenty of it sealed up in my garage. I've just been lazy about getting it disposed of properly. Bring it in to Advance or most auto part stores or to a place that does oil changes and they'll usually dump it for you for nothing, just have to find a place that will accept used oil. For instance I don't know if the local Ford Service Center will accept the public's oil.
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Re: First Oil Change!

In my Town in Florida, we can set it out with the recycling and they will pick it up. but i would check with ur local plant to see.
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Re: First Oil Change!

put your old oil back in the bottle and take it to autozone, they take it free (at least here they do). I buy the big bottles of oil not the individual ones, its easier for putting the old oil back in.
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you wont notice a difference really~ if your car has higher miles any damage done with using a non synthetic is already done~ you can run it if you want its up to you.

I would only use a ford oil filter it does a very good job and is one of only two oil filters on the market that has the drain back valve that ford recommends (the other is wix)
The latest fram filter I bought said it had a drain back valve on the box, it was the middle grade one, tough guard or something.

And for what its worth, I ran castrol syntec in my little s-10 for well over 110k miles and never had the first hint of trouble out of it until that drunk dude totalled it. For my new(used) replacement I just used regular old castrol since putting synthetic in an older car isn't advised if it hasn't always run synthetic, you usually end up burning the oild up since it manages to get through the worn places conventional didn't.
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I always use a Motorcraft filter and max life 5w-30.
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in my dd that ha 175+k miles I use extended life oil~ it had a small leak around the oil pan gasket, it helped it to stop that at least
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U can take that oil back to wal-mart too. I've used Mobil and valvoline sythentic and have liked both i always get a wix filter.
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Re: First Oil Change!

Interesting, okay. Well, it's in a large (like 3ft wide) pan right now, it'll be interesting to get it back into the bottle. Hmm... Not too hard I hope.
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yup from pan to bottle SUCKS thats why I buy the big containers

You need a funnel, to put the oil in the car and to put it in the bottles to take back to the store, else its messy.
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Re: First Oil Change!

Very good info.

Great tips for next time.
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Re: First Oil Change!

I put my used oil in a 5 gallon bucket and carry it to the local autozone.

As far as oil, unless you've been running synthetic for the majority of the life of the engine I'd just stick with conventional. Also, I only use motorcraft filters on all of our vehicles, they haven't let me down so far.
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