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Old 01-06-2013, 10:08 AM   #36
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I did a lot of reading on 5w20 oils and found Motorcraft oils to be a kinda weak oil compared to many others. I dont mean its bad, but for the same or less money there are much stouter oils. Penozoil Platinum and their Ultra for less than 5 dollars a quart is tough to beat. Motorcraft filters really rank on the bottom half of the ranking tests. Fram Ultra/Extended filters are one of the best filters these days. Not anything like the cheapie frams.... A guy could go out of his mind researching oils and filters these days. Anything that works for you and allows a good nights sleep will work..
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There is so much misconceptions of motor oils these days. Simply put, synthetics allow for longer intervals between oil changes. Semi-synthetics included. As an example, you could use the non synthetic oils and change your oil every 3 thousand miles, and have long engine life. Switching to semi synthetic improves over non synthetic by increasing the temperature rate at which oil begins to sludge. Most auto manufacturers recommend semi synthetic as a "base", meaning use semi over non synthetic. You'll notice its hard to find "dyno" (non synthetic motor oil) these days. The price is darn near equal.
Using full synthetic is designed for those who are hard on their vehicle, for example trucks that tow, folks that drive in dusty/dirty conditions, or those that wish to change their oil less frequently. Most full synthetics are rated anywear between 7K to 15K between oil changes, again, provided you are not considered a "hard" driver, or operate under harsh conditions.
So, if you are a "normal" driver and insist on frequent changes, use semi-synthetic, and change your oil every 3 to 4K. If you use full synthetic, let it stay in the engine longer.

Ford recommends a minimum of semi synthetic as the "base", and they even state it can stay in the engine 7 to 10K using a good quality oil filter such as the Motorcraft filter. They designed the oil pan of the 3.7 to hold an additional quart of oil (larger than other V6's) for this reason. You can rest assured that following Ford's recommendation will not cause any harm on the engine.

Ford equipped our Mustangs with the "life of oil left" in percentage readout the "information center" (in the speedo area) that tells you when to change the oil based on your driving habits. They did a great job to make it easy for us.

But if you have money burning a hole in the pocket....buy and install an oil catch can for the passenger side breather tube. You'll be shocked as to how much oil mist travels from the upper engine (blow by), through this tube, and back to the intake to be mixed and burned off, polluting the fresh fuel air mixture.....
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Having smoke develop after using synthetic indicates that your prior oil was not performing as it should, the rings were gummed up, and when you used a high quality oil, the rings didn't release to fit the cylinder walls. You can use a product to try to free up the rings, or use "Power Punch" which is an additive that will eventually free the rings and add a molecular level layer on the cylinder walls, and the rings which will stop the oil burning, not to mention extending the bearing life. This product is excellent, though a tad expensive. I use it in all my equipment, dump truck, backhoe, grader, ditch witch, 06 dodge 3500 with the cummins, the new mustang, the quad and all the smaller single cylinder engines like the pressure washers ect.
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I know for fact, engines known for cracks or leaks should not use synthetic. Can't think of any Mustangs, but some friends have Monte Carlos, and they were leaking with regular oil let alone synthetic, it was causing engine fires, actually.

So the more likely to have a space for oil to leak out, the less confident one should be in using synthetic.
Our 2011 and up Mustangs came from the factory with FoMoCo semi-sythetic, and full synthetic is also on the list as acceptable oil to use, so there are no worries for using synthetic blends in our engines. No need to scare folks into thinking synthetic oils are going to cause leaking issues or fires.
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Valvoline has a new synthetic, anyone use it yet?
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Valvoline has a new synthetic, anyone use it yet?
If valvoline makes it, you know it has to be good.
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I did a lot of reading on 5w20 oils and found Motorcraft oils to be a kinda weak oil compared to many others. I dont mean its bad, but for the same or less money there are much stouter oils. Penozoil Platinum and their Ultra for less than 5 dollars a quart is tough to beat. Motorcraft filters really rank on the bottom half of the ranking tests. Fram Ultra/Extended filters are one of the best filters these days. Not anything like the cheapie frams.... A guy could go out of his mind researching oils and filters these days. Anything that works for you and allows a good nights sleep will work..
What reading did you get this from?!?!

Motorcraft filters are at the TOP of the list my friend! They are used by other car manufacturers, just branded differently (different log). And Motorcraft semi synthetic is also one of the best oils you can use.

Please, share your reading material. It's posts like this that put out false information that spreads like wild fire. Totally unfactual information.

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There is so much crap being spread about oil, oil filters, and performance parts tyhese days. Only trying to clear some of it up.

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