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Old 04-30-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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Just wondering if you guys change your own oil? Or do you trust a oil certified company ( ex: Lube-X ) to do your oil changes, and what kind of oil do you use?
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I do my own. Only full synthetic every 3k for me. The manual recommends about 5k i believe but not 100%. Either way i don't trust people messing with my car even with oil changes haha.
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I always do my own oil changes (the perks of working at a dealership) I don't trust anybody not touch my car other than like two people that I work with. If I did have somebody do it I would take it to a dealer and watch the lube techs the whole time. I run 6 quarts of Royal Purple 5W20 with a Motorcraft filter.
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I do my own. Only full synthetic every 3k for me. The manual recommends about 5k i believe but not 100%. Either way i don't trust people messing with my car even with oil changes haha.
Right, what kind of oil, like brand name?

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I always do my own oil changes (the perks of working at a dealership) I don't trust anybody not touch my car other than like two people that I work with. If I did have somebody do it I would take it to a dealer and watch the lube techs the whole time. I run 6 quarts of Royal Purple 5W20 with a Motorcraft filter.
Ya that's what I've been thinking lately, had it done last time and wasnt fond of it. How is royal purple? I've heard it's one of the best!
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Right, what kind of oil, like brand name?

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Ya that's what I've been thinking lately, had it done last time and wasnt fond of it. How is royal purple? I've heard it's one of the best!
I dont have just one brand of oil. Just whatever has the best fully synthetic deal. But i use the k&n filter and havent had any issues.
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Right, what kind of oil, like brand name?

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Ya that's what I've been thinking lately, had it done last time and wasnt fond of it. How is royal purple? I've heard it's one of the best!
It's great I guess. I know it's one of the top performers, I just haven't really read up on it though
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I dont have just one brand of oil. Just whatever has the best fully synthetic deal. But i use the k&n filter and havent had any issues.
Right. Is there a big different when using full synthetic?

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It's great I guess. I know it's one of the top performers, I just haven't really read up on it though
Do you use a specific kind of oil filter? Or does that not matter?
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Theres a couple videos that I've seen about the filters, I usually use the Fram Tough Guard or High Mileage ones and I havent had any problems
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Right. Is there a big different when using full synthetic?

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Do you use a specific kind of oil filter? Or does that not matter?
FL820S Motorcraft filter. Been using them since I bought the car.
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Right. Is there a big different when using full synthetic?

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Do you use a specific kind of oil filter? Or does that not matter?
Id suggest using full syn. Unless you have a real high mileage car, then dont tend to work as well because synthetic is a thinner oil.
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Id suggest using full syn. Unless you have a real high mileage car, then dont tend to work as well because synthetic is a thinner oil.
I've got around 227k on my car so it's getting high 😥 would it be a good idea to switch? And would I notice engine performance? Like would I notice it's running smoother after a while?

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FL820S Motorcraft filter. Been using them since I bought the car.
Ya, there's no problems to switching between oil and filters each time is there?
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as long as you're not switching to and from synthetic I dont think so
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Switching oils can cause problems mostly when going back and forth from synthetic to regular oil. Switching filters isn't as bad. I just trust the Motorcraft filter more the Fram and K&N filters.
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Mobil 1 5w20 every 3,000 miles with a Mobil 1 filter. It's so easy to do it yourself, takes me about 20-30 minutes plus you get to see what your oil looks like. Speaking of filters most of the major brands are made by Champ Labs i.e Mobil, Fram, Royal Purple, K&N, STP, TRD, Mopar, VW, Champ and about 10 other brands.
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I will say from experience working in an oil shop for years...there isn't an issue swapping back and forth nowadays between synthetics and conventionals. The main differences between the two types anyways are detergent amounts. My cars get what ever the best special is each change. Never had an issue...never had a leak..don't even have the notorious ticking lifter most talk about. As for running smoother if u want to do that consider dropping ur oil pan and cleaning out all the gunk that's built up...it will be there considering your miles.

However I will say stay away from quaker state....I've seen way to many motors full of gunk and it seems they all run the stuff.
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I change mine every 3k. Motorcraft filter, mobil 1 full synthetic, and a bottle of zmax
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I change mine every 3k. Motorcraft filter, mobil 1 full synthetic, and a bottle of zmax
+1 every 3k miles, motor craft filter, mobil 1 full synthetic, and bottle of seafoam...I've always wondered about zmax it's like 20$ bucks a bottle by me
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Switching oils can cause problems mostly when going back and forth from synthetic to regular oil. Switching filters isn't as bad. I just trust the Motorcraft filter more the Fram and K&N filters.
Ya ok, we'll that's also what I use, is the motorcraft and I have Also had no problems and seems fine.

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I will say from experience working in an oil shop for years...there isn't an issue swapping back and forth nowadays between synthetics and conventionals. The main differences between the two types anyways are detergent amounts. My cars get what ever the best special is each change. Never had an issue...never had a leak..don't even have the notorious ticking lifter most talk about. As for running smoother if u want to do that consider dropping ur oil pan and cleaning out all the gunk that's built up...it will be there considering your miles.

However I will say stay away from quaker state....I've seen way to many motors full of gunk and it seems they all run the stuff.
Is that a hard job to drop the oil pan and clean it? Oh, quaker state is what I typically use because they usually have good deals on what I thought was "good oil" so what do you use for oil?

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I change mine every 3k. Motorcraft filter, mobil 1 full synthetic, and a bottle of zmax
What is zmax? And what does it do?
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Its quite a job to remove the oil pan. I installed a new one a while ago. Motor has to be lifted and supported, then the crossmember has to be move to have enough room to get it out. I have acces to a lift so it was fairly easy. Without one I'm sure it would be a bloody nightmare.

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Zmax is a micro lubricant. Helps clean out gunk and protect. Ive seen the results on a couple motors we've had apart before using it and after. It works, and I use it in all three of my vehicles.
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Its quite a job to remove the oil pan. I installed a new one a while ago. Motor has to be lifted and supported, then the crossmember has to be move to have enough room to get it out. I have acces to a lift so it was fairly easy. Without one I'm sure it would be a bloody nightmare.

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Zmax is a micro lubricant. Helps clean out gunk and protect. Ive seen the results on a couple motors we've had apart before using it and after. It works, and I use it in all three of my vehicles.
You add zmax to the oil every oil change?
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Yes, religiously in all my cars. Combined with a seafoam every other oil change at least. Last time we had my 3.8 apart it looked new.
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Its quite a job to remove the oil pan. I installed a new one a while ago. Motor has to be lifted and supported, then the crossmember has to be move to have enough room to get it out. I have acces to a lift so it was fairly easy. Without one I'm sure it would be a bloody nightmare.

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Zmax is a micro lubricant. Helps clean out gunk and protect. Ive seen the results on a couple motors we've had apart before using it and after. It works, and I use it in all three of my vehicles.
Oh, so doing an oil pan isn't a "garage job" then. Maybe I'll pass, hopefully I'll get a new car soon lol. So how do I use Zmax? I just buy a bottle of it and throw it in with my oil? Or what. And would you consider I star using it?
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Oh, so doing an oil pan isn't a "garage job" then. Maybe I'll pass, hopefully I'll get a new car soon lol. So how do I use Zmax? I just buy a bottle of it and throw it in with my oil? Or what. And would you consider I star using it?
That sir is a question you must answer for yourself, do your research, try it out yourself, very mixed feelings about it everywhere, I'd say give if a try, if it improves your car or you feel like it does than stick with it, but realizing its 20-30$ bucks a bottle, that nearly doubles the costs of yearly oil changes, there's gotta be some thinking/researching/and testing involved to be all in..
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That sir is a question you must answer for yourself, do your research, try it out yourself, very mixed feelings about it everywhere, I'd say give if a try, if it improves your car or you feel like it does than stick with it, but realizing its 20-30$ bucks a bottle, that nearly doubles the costs of yearly oil changes, there's gotta be some thinking/researching/and testing involved to be all in..
That's quite expensive. Maybe I'll consider it when I get a nicer and more pristine mustang considering that It's probably not overly worth it.
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I use castrol full synthetic and I have 202,297 miles with no problems. I can tell you once you use full synthetic you can never go back to regular oil. I have seen it first hand on a BMW . The guy ended up having to take it to the dealer and have all the gaskets replaced because it was leaking so bad. Cost him a bunch. It took two oil changes of regular oil for it to start leaking really bad. You can do what you want but I would never change back to regular oil after using fully synthetic oil.
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I use castrol full synthetic and I have 202,297 miles with no problems. I can tell you once you use full synthetic you can never go back to regular oil. I have seen it first hand on a BMW . The guy ended up having to take it to the dealer and have all the gaskets replaced because it was leaking so bad. Cost him a bunch. It took two oil changes of regular oil for it to start leaking really bad. You can do what you want but I would never change back to regular oil after using fully synthetic oil.
Hmm ok, didn't know it was that big of a problem. Thanks for the input, Im gonna use full synthetic on my next car for sure, as of my car now ill probably do full synthetic aswell depends on pricing.
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I try do myself, but living at a place with no concerte ground.
So therefore I just take my car to a oil change, only with the highest reviews in town. Haha.

I would tell the guy "I know how many miles on my car. I clean my car very well. I expect it to stay it that way."
They be "don't worry. It's cool." I'm like that doesn't help at all.

Anyway, always high systenthic oil for me. $65 per change.
I always do my every 2,000 miles, regardless what the manual and people suggest.
Sometimes 4,000 if I'm not driving it hard daily.
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I use Car Quest Full Synthetic Oil, which is made by Valvoline. It is highly rated, and is half the price of Royal Purple. I also use the K&n filter primarily because of the nut welded to the bottom. It makes removing the filter a breeze.
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Do it myself. Nothing but Royal Purple and Ford Motorcraft filters. Although ive heard good things about Amsoil as well.
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Do it myself. Nothing but Royal Purple and Ford Motorcraft filters. Although ive heard good things about Amsoil as well.
I've seen a lot of people using the ford motorcraft filters must be some prime filters, I've heard nothing wrong about them. I'd love to use royal purple but the price on it runs so high, do you notice a different using it?
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I've seen a lot of people using the ford motorcraft filters must be some prime filters, I've heard nothing wrong about them. I'd love to use royal purple but the price on it runs so high, do you notice a different using it?
Ford Motorcraft filters are great. I won't use anything but them. They are designed specifically for our cars, and are made from high quality materials. As far as Royal Purple goes, its a great oil. Do i notice a drivers seat difference? No, but it is a high quality product as far as protection goes. Check out American muscle if you're interested in trying it. They have both the oil and ford filter for much cheaper then you will pay in any store. Not much more then what you would pay in a chain retail store for Mobil 1.
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