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Old 10-29-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Oil change every 5k or 3k?

WHat should it be? Because last time the dealer put 5k on the sticker but this time they put 3k?
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I go 3, regardless oil suggestions
I push my car pretty hard every day!!! Not very many miles, but i work it in those miles. So I go 3 mo or 3 k miles.

If you drive conservative, 5-6 is probably fine. That I think is the factory interval (if not more).
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The oil change places are in the business of ...............................selling you oil.

So of course they want you to change it frequently, no matter what the manufacturer recommendation is.

The manufacturer is in the business of building cars and warranties those builds. So they take the time to figure out what the oil change interval should be. If they are wrong - then they get to put a new engine in the car.

Which recommendation is probably the correct one?

When I had my 2006 I had the oil tested every third oil change. They had me increase the interval to 8,000 miles. I drove the car hard - over 3,000 miles a month with weekend drag racing on a supercharged V6. I sold the car with 203,000 miles on it and the last test said no problems or abnormal wear. The new owner said it is running great still.

On the 2013 Ford added an oil monitor and I'm following that. My wife doesn't drive her MKZ hard at all and she gets a lot more life on her oil. I still drive the car hard so have to change more frequently than she does - even then it is more than 5,000 miles, and a lot more than 3,000. If you change it more frequently it may give you "peace of mind" but you are wasting your money. Get the oil tested (I used blackstone labs) and see what they say about your car.
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WHat should it be? Because last time the dealer put 5k on the sticker but this time they put 3k?
I go 5K if not a little over. I think they are busy and forget. They wrote 3 on my moms to. The only real way to know is to have an analysis done
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The oil change places are in the business of ...............................selling you oil.

So of course they want you to change it frequently, no matter what the manufacturer recommendation is.

The manufacturer is in the business of building cars and warranties those builds. So they take the time to figure out what the oil change interval should be. If they are wrong - then they get to put a new engine in the car.

Which recommendation is probably the correct one?

When I had my 2006 I had the oil tested every third oil change. They had me increase the interval to 8,000 miles. I drove the car hard - over 3,000 miles a month with weekend drag racing on a supercharged V6. I sold the car with 203,000 miles on it and the last test said no problems or abnormal wear. The new owner said it is running great still.

On the 2013 Ford added an oil monitor and I'm following that. My wife doesn't drive her MKZ hard at all and she gets a lot more life on her oil. I still drive the car hard so have to change more frequently than she does - even then it is more than 5,000 miles, and a lot more than 3,000. If you change it more frequently it may give you "peace of mind" but you are wasting your money. Get the oil tested (I used blackstone labs) and see what they say about your car.
+ 1 on that Jim! Ford spent a lot of $ on R&D to determine the exact grade, fill level, and duration. Now I'm sure that 5K number is a fleet average among gasoline vehicles.

Enterprise makes their fleet clients go 6,000 miles on who knows what oil before changing.
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I go 5K if not a little over. I think they are busy and forget. They wrote 3 on my moms to. The only real way to know is to have an analysis done
http://www.blackstone-labs.com/
This looks like a good idea. Is the $25.00 analysis sufficient?
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i just keep a close eye on the oil. if it looks clean still then it is most likely not broken down and the filter in most likely clean. usually the filter is what is to be more cautious of. if the oil still looks clean then the filter is probably ok. i also feel for grit in the oil to.
im sure some guys are scared to use this procedure or may think this isnt a good idea. but it has never failed me and my engines are always in good shape when i take apart. but if you dont know what younare looking for then dont do this. and of course this isnt as good as a lab. also if my engine is using oil then may as well change it.

also the oil will usually say how long it is rated to last.
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i use to manage and oil place and i've seen some pretty gunked up oil...even though i know it's more about making bank i will always give my cars a 3k mile change. i don't baby my car at all and if spending $30 every other month helps my car run better if just slightly. i'm ok with that
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I push my car pretty hard every day!!! Not very many miles, but i work it in those miles. So I go 3 mo or 3 k miles.

If you drive conservative, 5-6 is probably fine. That I think is the factory interval (if not more).
The owners Manuel says every 10k for the 3.7 we got????
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In my 5.0 I did 5K intervals for the first 30K now, I'll do 3K from here on out.
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In my 5.0 I did 5K intervals for the first 30K now, I'll do 3K from here on out.
What does the owners Manuel when to change it on the 5.0?
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What does the owners Manuel when to change it on the 5.0?
Every 5K.
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The newer Stang's have a sensor that will light up when it's time to change.
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Yeah, you can changes the values of the "Oil Change Reminder" in engineering mode. I set mine to 60% oil life after I change it so that it trips around 3K.
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This looks like a good idea. Is the $25.00 analysis sufficient?
I've never done it, but I want to. I would imagine it is.
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One person told me 3k and then they said 5k ... I went with 5k ... Kinda crazy Toyota says 10k....
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I say 5k with a good filter and oil you should be fine
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I had a leased Yaris for a while, which sucked, but I pushed that thing to an easy 10k between changes if not more (KM's after all)...

With my new baby though, maybe 3k (kilometers again) between changes.
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I run royal purple w/motorcraft filters. I run 5k change filter add a quart and run another 5k then change it all.
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I've never done it, but I want to. I would imagine it is.
I've been wanting to send a sample out for analysis to them, just haven't done it yet. I go every 3k with Royal Purple, but I'll extend that to 5k if it tests out okay. I just need to do it.

BTW, I use Motorcraft oil filters. They are great filters and designed specifically for the modular engines.
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I change mine very 10k, you can do ever 5 if you wish though. I would not do 3k
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Spector v, what year model mustang do you have and what type of oil do you use?
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This looks like a good idea. Is the $25.00 analysis sufficient?
That is sufficient. They will keep a file for you and each time you send in a sample it will update. They give you really good comments too on what they see. Here is a report from October last year on my 2006 so you can see what information they give you and how it is set up.
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Another oil change thread! Lol. For 2011 plus mustangs they have a manufacturers recommended 10k oil change interval. I have a 2011 and change my oil around 7,500 miles. I'm not using synthetic oil either which is a whole other thread. Regular Mobil One 5W 30. Unless your track racing your vehicle on a weekly basis, 3 k oil change is a waste of time and money. That's so 1990's. Bigger waste of money is to use true full synthetic oil and still change every 3k.
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Another oil change thread! Lol. For 2011 plus mustangs they have a manufacturers recommended 10k oil change interval. I have a 2011 and change my oil around 7,500 miles. I'm not using synthetic oil either which is a whole other thread. Regular Mobil One 5W 30. Unless your track racing your vehicle on a weekly basis, 3 k oil change is a waste of time and money. That's so 1990's. Bigger waste of money is to use true full synthetic oil and still change every 3k.
That is one interesting post. Was it meant to blow this thread up?
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That is one interesting post. Was it meant to blow this thread up?
Change 7k. No blow up. Sorry. Lol
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Another oil change thread! Lol. For 2011 plus mustangs they have a manufacturers recommended 10k oil change interval. I have a 2011 and change my oil around 7,500 miles. I'm not using synthetic oil either which is a whole other thread. Regular Mobil One 5W 30. Unless your track racing your vehicle on a weekly basis, 3 k oil change is a waste of time and money. That's so 1990's. Bigger waste of money is to use true full synthetic oil and still change every 3k.
I agree! But oh boy here we go! : popcorn:

You may have just opened up pandoras box
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Got it. Thanks for the response. Mine is at 7k right now
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That is sufficient. They will keep a file for you and each time you send in a sample it will update. They give you really good comments too on what they see. Here is a report from October last year on my 2006 so you can see what information they give you and how it is set up.
Thanks for the example from Blackstone. Very cool
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I agree! But oh boy here we go! : popcorn:

You may have just opened up pandoras box
Sorry, my bad.
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Sorry, my bad.
Haha no worries! But you're correct! It's funny though..

My grandfather is one of those people, he would like to take his Honda in every 3,000 for an oil change.

The Honda dealer he bought it from gave him the oil change pack, they finally convinced him to go a bit further.
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Oil is cheap. It doesn't hurt my wallet to change my oil every 3K. Plus I'm a pretty aggressive driver. I've got the stock exhaust so I've got to over compensate with the throttle.
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I go by manufactors spefications and to be unthe safe side I go a bit under with good quality oil and filter
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Yeah.

Mustang owners should be more conscious of their impact on the environment and waste less money on their cars because THAT is what Mustang ownership is all about.

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