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Old 04-24-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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oil changed?

dont you change the oil every 3000 miles?
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dont you change the oil every 3000 miles?
That's a good, general number. If it's conventional, then yes. Synthetics can be ran longer, if they are full synthetic. It's all personal preference, though. Some people run full synthetic, and still change it every 2500 or 3000 miles.
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I do mine every 5,000 since that is what Ford recommended when I bought it. I could probably go longer, but it's safe, and I'm happy that way.
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Current interval for '11+ with normal driving is 10k miles. So far, I'm doing about every 6k miles on Mobil 1. That's just a preference and I'll probably stick to that. Do what you want, but I er on the side of caution.
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I agree with Sanguin. I lean towards changing it too often, rather than not enough. I do royal purple and RP oil filter every 3k-4k miles. Better safe than sorry.
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I pretty much just check the oil every so often and if its super dirty i'll change it. I've only ever had to change the oil in my truck 2 times and 0 times in the Mustang so far, i don't do a whole ton of driving.
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I do frequently and often
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I change mine every 3000 miles, so its like every couple months for me but i always feel better knowin i got good clean oil.
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I do mine every 4-5k or before I run at the track or go on trips. I do rp and a wix filter
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Better safe then sorry got 240 k on my pony still runs great
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That's a good, general number. If it's conventional, then yes. Synthetics can be ran longer, if they are full synthetic. It's all personal preference, though. Some people run full synthetic, and still change it every 2500 or 3000 miles.
And they would be tossing away money; if you change it every 3K, use conventional (non-synthetic) oil.

Using synthetic oil moves your oil change requirements into the 6 to 7K range; Ford now boasts the V6 can go to 10K with semi-synthetic, as this is what the persentage indicator tells you in your information center now. You would lower this depending on conditions (dusty, towing, etc). Some advanced synthetics can even go higher. I'll change mine every 6 to 7K and use full synthetics.
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And they would be tossing away money; if you change it every 3K, use conventional (non-synthetic) oil.

Using synthetic oil moves your oil change requirements into the 6 to 7K range, depending on conditions (dusty, towing, etc). Some advanced synthetics can even go higher. I'll change mine every 6 to 7K and use full synthetics.
+1 I follow what Ford recommends.
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well i guess ill talk to my dealership then because i have 3923 miles but the car says oil life is at 64%
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The first one I did early at 5km, I will stay with regular intervals from now on as per Ford.
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I change mine every 6 months. Thats 2,400 to 2,900 miles. I also use Motorcraft full synthetic and a Motorcraft filter
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I'm a 6K mile guy myself. I have always used Royal Purple full synthetic in my car... I wanted break in and everything to be done with RP so I did my first oil change when the car had less than 100 miles on it. Then monitored it closely for oil loss that happens when breaking in a new motor. I followed up at 3K with new oil, then again at 6K... Now I keep to a 6-7K oil change. I prefer RP because it is a true full synthetic unlike motorcraft and Mobil 1, while they may be good oil's they are actually a mix of conventional and synthetic... Ever since my first oil change with RP my coolant temp has been slightly lower, just proof of it being a better formula than what comes from the factory.

I drive my car less and less on the road as I travel for work almost constantly since I left a full time gig and started working for myself. Granted, I am much happier and get paid better but I also work harder now...

RP has a new high performance formula that I think I'm going to try next since the car is now more of a Sunday cruiser and strip car more than anything... Not by choice but I'm not around to give it love all the time. To put it in context, in the last month I only put on about 150 miles on her and 3 passes down the track... That's nothing compared to the 1200+ I was doing.

I have always used WIX filters but have considered the RP filters since they are claiming to be better suited for synthetics... Still have to think about that onev
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Synthetic does not mean run longer 5000 is a good safe number and ford from factory has blend in it
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Synthetic does not mean run longer 5000 is a good safe number and ford from factory has blend in it
Uh, yes, it does (run longer). Most full synthetics brag they can do up to 15K, depending on driving conditions (towing and stop/go will lower the interval). If you use Ford's semi-synthetic (blend as you refered it to) and Ford's information center, that can take you into the 6K range.

In the 3.7 V6 specs they released, Ford stated they added an extra quart of oil to its oil pan capacity to allow for longer intervals between oil changes, and that was with their semi-synthetic blend. The Ford engineers did a great job designing this engine; I take full advatage of it.

For me, spending 4 to 6 bucks for a quart of synthetic, only to dump it at 3K is a waste of the oils capability.

But it's your money. Change the oil whenever you want to, with whatever you want.
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Okay well when you work in retail and at a ford dealership where you have to testing monthly ill agree with you

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No matter what ford says,7500 miles on a change if not they can void your warranty
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Okay well when you work in retail and at a ford dealership where you have to testing monthly ill agree with you
This makes no sense.

Simply google the specs on the 3.7 and 5.0 and read; you'll see what the Ford engineers did with these engines in the way of maintenance requirements.

No need to work retail or at a Ford dealership to understand that.

As to voiding a warrantee, no. Following the recommended oil change interval by Ford, or an oil manufacturer will keep you safe. If engine damage was to happen, proof would have to be provided that a lack of oil change was at fault. Something that has not happened or talked about in years...with todays quality oils, engine damage due to oil is a thing of the past. Thank goodness for that.
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And 6 a quart....Damn I pay 3 :p

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All ford cars can go 7500 diesel have a gauge depending on how you use in just like for def...fluids break down...summer I'd go longer winter with excessive warming up n idle....more miles just not shown
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And 6 a quart....Damn I pay 3 :p

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All ford cars can go 7500 diesel have a gauge depending on how you use in just like for def...fluids break down...summer I'd go longer winter with excessive warming up n idle....more miles just not shown
Whatcha buying at 3 dollars a quart? I'm buying at "on sale" prices, and it's never less that around $3.70 a quart...I buy the full synthetic, as I drive around 600 miles a week. I have too much to do on the weekends; don't like the idea of changing my oil every month and a half using dyno oil. That's why I stick with the full synthetic. Lets me go the 6 to 7 K mark.

It also allows me weekend time to do other fun mods to the Mustang!
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Just use the regular intervals as per Ford with motorcraft branded oil and you'll be good to go. No one knows your Ford better than Ford.
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Just use the regular intervals as per Ford with motorcraft oil and you'll be good to go. No one knows your Ford better than Ford.
Or me. No one knows my Ford better than Ford, or me. I keep accurate records of all maintenance on my vehicles. Been doing that for years. When I trade in or sell off a vehicle, I provide the folder and spreadsheet with all my records, including the modifications that were done.

Doesn't everyone?
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Right now control I wait till sale..5 quarts n filter 30 bucks return filter get a quart n motor craft total 29.99 lol

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Or me. No one knows my Ford better than Ford, or me. I keep accurate records of all maintenance on my vehicles. Been doing that for years. When I trade in or sell off a vehicle, I provide the folder and spreadsheet with all my records, including the modifications that were done.

Doesn't everyone?
+1. My car is a dd so there is no need to change the oil way before Ford specifies. If they say every 8km that's what ill do.
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My main reasons for buying the Mustang was it's ease of maintenance, it's performance, it's price (great bang for the buck), and prior experience with Ford. My other ride is a 2005 Ford F150 STX; 4.2 V6 in it too. That truck has so far given me 236K of trouble free miles. I figure my maintenance is working good, and I'll stick with it. My son wants this truck; I can't pry the keys from my hands to hand it over to him...yet.

This 3.7 V6 Ford has is a marvel. I hope they keep it around for a long time. The research I did on it before purchasing one paid off for me.
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I use Royal Purple HPS 5W20 and do it every 5-7K depending how the oil looks when I check it on a white napkin if it shows purple still then its still good if its too brown/black then I change it. I also like to break in the new oil for like 50miles just to be nice to my engine lol I also add lucas engine oil addative. Not many ppl use it but I do. Thats just my routine everyone is different and everyone has their favorite oil and filter combo
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My first oil change was at 4k and it was done by ford but I told them to put full synthetic.... they looked at me lik I was crazy and said if I change back to blend ill damage the engine. I gaved them are you stupid or something look? Most techs at ford dont know much.... some do but modt dont... after that my oil has passed 5k and nearing 6k the oil is a lot cleaner and still new and should be able to go a couple more thousand. Even the oil in the jlt catch can looks better than the one done on the first change. When to change the oil is knowing your engine and your driving habits but full synthetic should last easily 10k miles especially with the 3.7 engine. Just my opinion
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Switching from semi to full and back to semi is NOT a problem. The difference is only the change interval. All synthetics, wether semi or full, can be mixed as well. If you were a quart low for example, you could use a quart of full or semi synthetic with each other.

I see a day soon when the non synthetic based oils become a dead brand. Most semi synthetics are at the same price of conventional non synthetic oils now.
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How are you guys getting your oil so cheap? What kind of oil are you using? The best deal I can get on the royal purple is $45 for 5qt and a filter. Then i get a single qt and that costs around 9 bucks... Said and done it still comes out to about 9 bucks a qt even on sale
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How are you guys getting your oil so cheap? What kind of oil are you using? The best deal I can get on the royal purple is $45 for 5qt and a filter. Then i get a single qt and that costs around 9 bucks... Said and done it still comes out to about 9 bucks a qt even on sale
My buddie gets 50% off anything lol regional manager so he calls any O'Reilys to give me the discount haha
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RP isn't cheap. Mobil 1 is carried by large distributors and can be had significantly cheaper. I can do an oil change for $35.
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RP isn't cheap. Mobil 1 is carried by large distributors and can be had significantly cheaper. I can do an oil change for $35.
Yeah mobil 1 is good I just got 5 qt full synthetic and a Bosch oil filter for 32 bucks for my parents 1988 ranger 2.9 v6 with 480k miles
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Around my area I try to plan ahead and take advantage of the Mobil1 and filter sales at Advance, usually $32 and they offer a discount on the extra quart if you buy it at the same time, so about $36. Been doing 7500 on my Focus (100,000) and my F150 (190,000). Looking to get a 3.7 manual trans convertible once I get my ex-wife out of my wallet for good and pay off my lawyer. She was escorted out of the courtroom by the bailiff last time, so the end is in sight.
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