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Old 03-13-2011, 05:55 AM
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Default Switch to synthetic?

I know nothing about synthetic oils and their benefits, but a lot of members here sure seem to swear by it. I wondered if it would be beneficial for my engine.

I'm at 10 months ownership, with ~10,400km at the counter. Next change should be at the 1 year mark and i was thinking about making the move.

What would be the main advantage of doing it now? Any downsides at all? Am i looking at paying much more than regular oil? Ford dealership or third party?



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Ps: Went through 6 pages of search and couldn't find the answer for a 2010+ 4.0 engine.
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:16 AM
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where i live synthetics are about 1-2 bucks more on the quart than conventional oil... really havent heard any downsides to switching to synthetic... i have heard that it can make some parts last a little while longer not sure though im sure someone with some experience with it will chime in.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:50 AM
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Synthetics lubricating qualities are better, and the oil takes longer to break down, meaning you can run the truck longer between oil changes. Some people have problems if they had a lot of miles on their cars like over 100k with it causing premature leaks. But if you start now you will be fine. It will help with gas mileage and help keep your motor running for a long time.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:27 AM
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I change the oil myself so the difference in the cost of the oil is about the same as paying to have it done.
My MPG's went up too so that saves a tiny bit.
Try it, you can always go back
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:14 PM
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Synthetics will last longer and reduce engine wear. It will also keep it cleaner inside. There will be a slight mpg increase. You may or may not notice it though. The only disadvantage is cost. If you buy what is on sale and do it yourself, it will cost about the same as paying someone else to throw dino oil in it.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:19 PM
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Yes do it, smoother running engine and it takes the sludge out nicely!
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:59 PM
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I recommend using a semi synthetic. You save quite a bit on a full synthetic and it does about 90 % of what a full synthetic does at a much lower price.

Using a synthetic consistently will lengthen the life of your engine. Measurably better low and high temperature viscosity performance, Better chemical & shear stability, Decreased evaporative loss, Resistance to oxidation, thermal breakdown and oil sludge problems, Extended drain intervals with the environmental benefit of less oil waste, Improved fuel economy, Better lubrication on cold starts, Longer engine life, The best protection under extreme temperatures within the engine and the best protection against hot spots for less oil burnoff. However like I said most of this can be accomplished using a semi-synthetic or a synthetic blend.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:52 AM
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Default Re: Switch to synthetic?

Thanks a lot guys!

If the price differential is just a matter of 20-30$, i won't even have a doubt in my mind about switching, since i only do 2 changes a year
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:01 AM
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Thanks a lot guys!

If the price differential is just a matter of 20-30$, i won't even have a doubt in my mind about switching, since i only do 2 changes a year
2 Changes a year? how much mileage do you do? or actually how little mileage?
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:50 AM
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Thanks a lot guys!

If the price differential is just a matter of 20-30$, i won't even have a doubt in my mind about switching, since i only do 2 changes a year
You are typically looking at $26 - $29 plus tax for 5 quarts and an oil filter. The filter is usually a better one too like a PureOne or a Mobil1 filter if you are looking at Advance Auto Parts.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:55 AM
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2 Changes a year? how much mileage do you do? or actually how little mileage?
haha

I'm at 10,624kms now (i checked today), and that's considering i worked a lot of overtime last year, technically, i've driven a year's worth atm.

The dealership said i should changed it every 6 months and not with the mileage since i don't do enough. The sticker says my next change should be at 16000km, but most probably around 12.



Looks like i'll be keeping the truck for a long time (contrary to initial popular belief!), so i'm trying to take all the necessary steps to keep it in good shape
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