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Old 03-17-2014, 05:45 PM
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between 3k and 5k is when you should change your oil
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:34 PM
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Conventional oil 5-20 is just fine and keep oil changes below 7k for conventional or once a year, whichever comes first. You should also factor in driving conditions were you live, highway or city driving, and your driving habits.
Thanks for your response. I'm glad to hear some positive input on these longer intervals they're suggesting for late models. I do most of my miles on rural roads/highways and drive it fairly gently. A few dirt roads too, and occasionally haul stuff, but primarily what one would call light service. I'll probably keep it under 7K for the year, and maybe I should just get over my old ideas of 6 months and 5K and stretch out my intervals to that.
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Thanks for your response. Perhaps I can stretch out my intervals to a year then depending how many miles I put on it. I do most of my kms on rural roads/highways and drive it fairly gently and rarely loaded. A few dirt roads too, but still mostly light service. 3-5K sounds overkill when the manual says 7.5K.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:44 PM
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Hmm, 3-5K is about half what the 2010 manual says for the Duratec 2.3 (7.5K). Is there a good reason why? I'm not saying it isnt' a good idea, I'm just trying to get my head around when, and how often, to do it on this new (to me) vehicle.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:01 PM
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I do mine every 5K. Its easy to remember that way.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:12 PM
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5k is ok but as the engine ages they consume oil naturally I've had my truck since 30k granted its a 3.0 v6 and when i first got it it wouldn't use any now with 150k it'll burn 1/2 a quart between changes so just keep an eye on the level and don't just trust that 5k is ok leads to lots of toasted engines changed a few myself at work from people doing that.
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Hmm, 3-5K is about half what the 2010 manual says for the Duratec 2.3 (7.5K). Is there a good reason why? I'm not saying it isnt' a good idea, I'm just trying to get my head around when, and how often, to do it on this new (to me) vehicle.
3-5k is better because it keeps deposits from forming in the crankcase, pcv system, and that means less sludge in the crankcase and valve covers, which means your engine is going to run better. 7k is max for someone is light footed and sees only highway miles.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:59 PM
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Yeah, that makes sense. I'd rather err on the side of doing it more often than less. Conventional is cheap enough not to worry about how much it costs, and oil changes are also easy enough to do. I think I'm going to stick to doing it twice a year even though it'll have lower miles than the manual suggests.
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:07 AM
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I change mine every 5K kms or 3 months whichever is first. My truck spends it life running short trips to work in nasty weather.
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:10 AM
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Both my old Ranger and the new recommend OC at 7,500 miles as per the manual, but I never felt confident with that. However it is convenient at it coincides with the regular maintenance schedule , so I split the difference at 3,750.

My last one ran like a top for over 300,000 miles without needing to replace any of the engine parts the entire time I owned it (and as far as I know is still running fine). So I guess I was doing something right. I used Valvoline high mileage synthetic (which is quite difficult to find here, for some reason). I would also flush it with Gunk every other oil change to prevent buildup.
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:13 AM
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no need to change the oil on your new car at 200 miles, old wives tale. You are just wasting good oil. If you don't feel good changing it every 7,500 miles, then do it at 5,000 miles. Really, there is not need to change it sooner, (unless you like to burn your money). People will beat this topic to the pulp. But here is my experience of driving cars for over 25 years: I use the manufacturer schedule, not the 'jiffy lube' rip-off schedule. Never had any of my cars break down due to oil being too old or worn out.
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Ford tells you when to change your oil.....follow that like a religion and you won't have any problems.
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