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Old 11-05-2014, 08:28 PM   #1
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Question about my first oil change.

Should I go synthetic or stay conventional?

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Old 11-05-2014, 08:35 PM   #2
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Stay conventional and change often.

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Old 11-06-2014, 04:48 AM   #3
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Synthetic and go with longer intervals.
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:45 AM   #4

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Many threads, and many old myths can be found on this. Here's some information you may find helpful.

If you use conventional oil (sometimes refered to as "dyno" oil), its recommended it be changed every 3000 miles. If you use synthetic oils, then run them at least to 5000 to 6000 miles between changes. There are folks that use synthetic, and change the oil every 3000; you are wasting money if you pay for synthetic, but use conventional oil rules for changing. Both conventional and synthetics are good quality oils, but synthetics have a longer interval allowance between oil changes. They have a higher heat range (synthetics), and their additives last longer, hense the reason for extended mileage between changes. Driving conditions play a factor as to how often the oil stays; dusty conditions, towing, and "sprited" type driving wshould be considered to determine the interval between changes.

If you are one that thinks oil must be changed every 3000, then use conventional.

I, as many others here do, use the synthetic oils, and take advantage of their ability to carry me past the 3000 miles per change. Some even say longer (royal Purple and Amsoil).

As to what brand, well there are tons of threads on that subject. The search will net you plenty of reading. Oil filter? Stick with motorcraft; its at the top for quality oil filters.
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:20 PM   #5
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3000 miles is overkill on quality conventional oil. Jiffy Lube started that thought process to get people back in the door more often for more profit, that's it. Motorcraft semi-synthetic has proven to be great at 5000 mile intervals and more. People really get hung up on spending crazy money for top dollar synthetic oil changes and do them too often. Some justify it by saying cheap insurance for my engine blah blah blah. If you change it at 3000 miles, it doesn't hardly matter what brand you use. I've been a service advisor at new car dealers for 15 years, I think I qualify to say what I'm saying. Some cars do have sludge issues due to changing the oil at 7000-10000 miles with semi-synthetic and even full synthetic oils. Most of those engines are known about on brand specific forums like here.
Another thought is changing your oil once a year even if you've only driven it a few hundred miles due to deposits forming in the oil from sitting.
Keep in mind, synthetic oil was designed to increase your oil change interval. It does provide more protection for extreme operating temps and conditions like constant high rpm racing and turbos. If you aren't doing any of those, then no real need for synthetic unless you just like spending the extra money and feeling good about it.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:52 AM   #6
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I agree with what Redlinez says. The standard oil change with Motorcraft at the dealer is perfectly fine, if it wasn't Ford would go broke with warranty claims. Having said that, I am going to switch Mobil 1 at 5,000 miles. Every car in the past that I switched to Mobil 1 has actually run a little cooler. And I am a feel good oil changer guy, $125 a year to take care of my $40,000 car seems worth it.

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If its a new car you should get a free oil change from the dealer.
I just had my first change at 4500k, they used Quaker State blend,which Im not too happy about,so I will run the QS for awhile and then go to full synthetic 5w/20. Mobil One. these 5.0 motors desearve it.
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Synthetic all the way the best and last great in a v8 car

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Old 11-10-2014, 11:56 PM   #9
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Should I go synthetic or stay conventional?

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OP, I would go with a synthetic oil and if you only DD or semi DD just change the oil and filter every 7,500 miles. If you auto X and or drag race your pony on a regular basis I would still use synthetic and change every 3-4k miles.
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I use 5W-20 Motorcraft and change by the OLM or one year, whatever comes first.


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