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Old 12-21-2015, 02:13 PM   #1
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Which is better for a 2014 Mustang V6, 5w-20 (written in the oil cap) or 5w-30.

I live in the Chicago area so it gets cold down here.
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5w20 winter 5w30 summer if your worried about it. But honestly if you run synthetic and switch it every 4-5000k you'll be fine. 98% of people won't ever own a car long enough for that to make the difference. You would not notice the difference on the wear if the motor at that interval until 200k or more miles. I'm willing to bet that since you've got a brand new mustang. You won't be driving it until it hits 200k


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5w20 winter 5w30 summer if your worried about it. But honestly if you run synthetic and switch it every 4-5000k you'll be fine. 98% of people won't ever own a car long enough for that to make the difference. You would not notice the difference on the wear if the motor at that interval until 200k or more miles. I'm willing to bet that since you've got a brand new mustang. You won't be driving it until it hits 200k


Can I just change just like that or I need some sort of cleaning before changing oil type?

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Can I just change just like that or I need some sort of cleaning before changing oil type?
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For one. I should have said this before. Your car came from factory with synthetic. I would not recommend switching from synthetic oils but if you do you need to have the oil flushed out.

You can switch oil weights with no flush and you'll be fine though. Honestly you can stick with the 5w20 year round in Chicago. It does not get warm enough in Chicago to need a thicker oil. The thicker oil in the summer would not hurt it but it's not required. I wind only jump to 5w30 if you lived down south where the car saw 85+ on a regular basis. Or maybe if your planning a 1000 mile trip with the car where your driving it straight through using multiple drivers for safety obviously.


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Don't mix and match weights but switching from synthetic to petroleum (why would you?) you will not need to flush out your engine to clean out the petroleum oil. You'll notice you can buy petroleum, synthetic or a blend of the two at any auto parts shop. Stick with a quality synthetic (AmsOil, Royal Purple) in 5-20w and you'll be good.
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I'm planning on using Mobil 1 synthetic EP 5w-20.
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This is one of "those threads". The kind that should be lumped in with "what CAI should I get???"

Opinions are like buttholes. Everyone has one and they all stink.

Go with what's printed on the oil cap. I'm willing to bet that no one here will outsmart an engineer paid by Ford with all of their R&D money. I guarantee you will be fine no matter what your winters or summers are like with the 5w-20. Synthetic is always best.

My favorite flavor is the Mobil1.


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Vig nailed it on the head. What o said is what's typically done around me in the drag community. We run them hard so we do what we see fit to maintain them properly. But who knows it it's the rite thing or not lol.

However I am a firm believe that once you use synthetic you don't go back to conventional. This has been a heated topic many times but I will stand by it.


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This is one of "those threads". The kind that should be lumped in with "what CAI should I get???"

Opinions are like buttholes. Everyone has one and they all stink.

Go with what's printed on the oil cap. I'm willing to bet that no one here will outsmart an engineer paid by Ford with all of their R&D money. I guarantee you will be fine no matter what your winters or summers are like with the 5w-20. Synthetic is always best.

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My only comment here is that the thin weight is just for the sake of helping hit MPG targets. Different weights serve different purposes, but for the sake of 99.99% out there i agree with you, just run whats on the cap.
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That's what I thought lol
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Any synthetic or semi-synthetic oil is compatible to mix with a non synthetic oil, so flushing is not an issue if you were to switch between them.

In your location, the 5w-20 is fine. Some folks switch to a 5w-30 in warmer climates, or if they are using the engine for extreme applications.
Many countries in Europe do not sell 5w-20, and vehicles sold there list 5w-30 in the export sold vehicles owners manual for use. 5w-20 is used and suggested in the modern engines today primarily for fuel economy; while we may not notice this with our daily driving, the automotive manufacturers can meet the "fleet MPG requirements" a bit easier that the Federal requirements impose on them.
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