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Old 03-04-2015, 01:59 PM   #1
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oil change interval & break-in period?

Hey guys.. Since this is my first time owning a brand new GT, I want to make sure I get off to a good start with it.

I see that our cars are rated for 10,000 mile oil change intervals.. is there a certain time when the first oil change should be done, or is it ok to wait until the 10,000 mile mark?

Are break-in periods still an issue, or is this a thing of the past?

I don't want to lose any time to be enjoyed with my new car, but I also rather be safe than sorry.
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I don't treat the first oil change any different than all following oil changes. Worst case scenario is to change your oil at 10,000 miles each time, otherwise use the Oil Change meter in your car.

There will definitely be people with several alternate beliefs. Some people still change their oil every 3,000 miles, and no matter of evidence will convince them otherwise.

If you are comfortable following the owners manual and the oil change meter in the car, you should be fine.
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break in period i believe is 800miles its in the user manual but once i hit 1k i threw it on line lock and had some fun! the clutch got a lot better once i hit 2k. took out the assist spring and i wont be putting it back on!
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Whats the assist spring. ?
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Try this tip from stangtv.com. I really like the feel of my pedal after removal. The stock shift does take some time...practice makes perfect.

http://www.stangtv.com/project-5-lit...n-two-minutes/


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this is from a previous thread! when my car hit 2k i noticed the shifts got smoother but shortly after i removed the spring and it helpd me get a lot better lol! clutch is more stiff but i can feel engagement better!
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this is from a previous thread! when my car hit 2k i noticed the shifts got smoother but shortly after i removed the spring and it helpd me get a lot better lol! clutch is more stiff but i can feel engagement better!
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break in period i believe is 800miles its in the user manual but once i hit 1k i threw it on line lock and had some fun! the clutch got a lot better once i hit 2k. took out the assist spring and i wont be putting it back on!
certainly glad to hear that the clutch gets better with time. this is my 4th standard tranny mustang and i must say i'm having the hardest time learning this clutch. although it is much softer than my 13 V6 which i like, the engagement is super tricky. still working on getting it all right and getting better prepped to take it to a track...

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I don't treat the first oil change any different than all following oil changes. Worst case scenario is to change your oil at 10,000 miles each time, otherwise use the Oil Change meter in your car.

There will definitely be people with several alternate beliefs. Some people still change their oil every 3,000 miles, and no matter of evidence will convince them otherwise.

If you are comfortable following the owners manual and the oil change meter in the car, you should be fine.
i've heard about the settling of 'break in particles' affecting the oil in the beginning of the car's life. is there some truth to that? there are SO many opinions out there, hard to find hard facts...
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this is from a previous thread! when my car hit 2k i noticed the shifts got smoother but shortly after i removed the spring and it helpd me get a lot better lol! clutch is more stiff but i can feel engagement better!
how much more stiff is it? seriously thinking about doing this.
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not by much! i already got use to it! it feels like it should!! the reason why i know it works better is cause i usually let my car idle till the cylinder head temp gets to 140 degrees before i drive to reg temp! and the shifts while its warming up is a lot smoother! and when it gets to temp everything is super smooth i dont even have to try release the clutch a little slower between 1-2 or shift at 3k to get a smooth shift! i shift when i want and how i want! but i think the whiteline is going to help it even more in the higher rpm range!
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not by much! i already got use to it! it feels like it should!! the reason why i know it works better is cause i usually let my car idle till the cylinder head temp gets to 140 degrees before i drive to reg temp! and the shifts while its warming up is a lot smoother! and when it gets to temp everything is super smooth i dont even have to try release the clutch a little slower between 1-2 or shift at 3k to get a smooth shift! i shift when i want and how i want! but i think the whiteline is going to help it even more in the higher rpm range!
whiteline?

thanks so much for the info. def. sounds like i need to do this to my car ASAP.
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Hey Jackie,



As everyone has stated, this is a pretty normal occurrence for the MT-82 and stock shifter.



I have seen the Whiteline Transmission Mount Bushing help some people out with this issue and for the price you can't beat it!



I would definitely give it a shot!



Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions!



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The clutch assist spring is one of the most important and immediate mods you need to do if you know how to drive stick well. Super easy: with one hand press the clutch pedal all the way in, with the other, remove the spring from the retaining slots. 10 seconds to remove, and probably 20 seconds to put back if you change your mind. Cheers.


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The clutch assist spring is one of the most important and immediate mods you need to do if you know how to drive stick well. Super easy: with one hand press the clutch pedal all the way in, with the other, remove the spring from the retaining slots. 10 seconds to remove, and probably 20 seconds to put back if you change your mind. Cheers.


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What type of oil do you use and do you use full synthetic?


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I've always been a fan of doing the initial oil change on a new motor at 500 - 1000 miles and then normal intervals after that. I just like getting all the assembly lube as soon as possible.

When it's a motor I build, I change the oil immediately after the first time it comes up to full temp....usually the second run of the motor. After that I do 500 miles, 1000 miles and then change to synthetics and do normal intervals.
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I do every 5,000 miles for my 2012 5.0. Like it says in the owners manual.
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one vote for early (semi-syn) and waiting till the 2nd B4 going full syn. I also suggest removing either the relay/fuse for the fuel pump to give two 10 sec crank cycles to prime the pump after any oil change.

opinion only I have no idea if it does anything except help me sleep.
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Out of curiosity and my first 5.0 running forced induction, I had a used oil analysis performed at the 3,500 mile mark on the factory fill oil:
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Out of curiosity and my first 5.0 running forced induction, I had a used oil analysis performed at the 3,500 mile mark on the factory fill oil:
Do you plan on staying with the Motorcraft blend oil?

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Do you plan on staying with the Motorcraft blend oil?
That’s a good question. I’m going to wait until the next lab report before making a decision to switch.
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Doing my first at 500-1000 and going full synthetic after that; change every 5000miles


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That’s a good question. I’m going to wait until the next lab report before making a decision to switch.
That's cool. Sounds like good regular maintenance and you should get 200k miles out of it. Should you keep it that long. Lol

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I went to 4,600 miles on the first oil change on my 14 GT which was one year from when the car was built. I went about 6,600 miles on this last change and it was a year from when I changed it the last time. I'm just going to do the one year/10,000 mile/OLM whichever comes first.

I did the early oil change on my last new vehicle which was a 98 Chevy Z71 truck with the 5.7L V8 and I still own it with 129,000 miles on it and I can't really tell if the early oil change did it any good or not. I change the oil every 3,000 miles like the manual says and it still has some slight start up noise when cold and does use the same amount of oil between changes like it has from new.

This is why on the Mustang, I just decided to do what the manufacturer recommends and leave it at that.

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