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Old 10-07-2009, 06:35 AM
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Default Motor (engine) Oil Recomendations

I am looking to see what Oil Peeps are running in the 4 bangers. I bought my 1999 2.5 with 88k on it. I don't know what oil was used on it. I just changed the oil for the first time after 25k(ouch) miles. I might of added 2 or 3 quarts over that time.I decided to pay some attention to it so I changed the plugs, wires, tstat, cleaned the maf sensor etc and I put valvoline maxlife blended 5w30 in it.it is running much better the plugs were shot but It seems to make a little noise when first started up coming from the bottom of the engine kind of a pinging or diesel sound. I don't know if it was there before. I am thinking of running Mobil 1 high mileage 10w30. Any thoughta or suggestions would be appreciated
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:38 AM
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full synthetic is the best. I personally use Quakerstate Horsepower for my 3.0 but lots of guys will tell ya to use Royal Purple.
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:17 AM
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Mobile1 synthetic extended interval with a mobil1 or K&N or Motorcraft filter.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:10 AM
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what weights are you using? ie. 5w30, 10w30. Do you change from summer to winter?
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:17 AM
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5W-20 spring, summer, fall.

0W-20 Winter
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:17 AM
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:49 PM
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SEA 5W-20 penz synthetic platinum in mine. Works great but I only have maybe 50 miles on it. seems to sound a little deeper and cleaner (who'd have thought).

Anyone have recommendations for spark plugs and wires? or should I go to trusty 'ol walmart to find plugs and wires for my 2.3L?
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:52 PM
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Motorcraft plugs for sure.
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:54 PM
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But will it really make any difference? I think that a little 2.3L engine wouldn't be able to feel any difference at all.
have you had experience with this or those plugs vs. others?
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:59 PM
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Yes I have found over the years to stay away from the gimick plugs & use what Ford put in there.
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:03 PM
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I just changed mine and I put the cheap bosch platanum.I think that's what I put in they work fine the ones I took out were absoluty shot I was amazed it still ran. The 2 plugs on the drivers side back were such a pain in the ass I wish I had put the motorcraft in so I would not have to worry about changing them for a while.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:13 PM
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I just checked and I did put the bosch platinums in. They were $3 at the zone. The motorcraft platinums are $5 at the zone. I wish I had put the motorcraft in. If your motor is the same as mine I would consider taking the intake manifold off, much less frustraing. The 2 tough plugs were not to hard to change but I had a devil of a time with the wires. I endedup making a tool out of metal flashing and some electrical tape and I was able to push them on.Rremember to put antiseize on them
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2004 Ranger, Ext Cab, 2WD, 3.0, 5 speed , 4WABS, crank windows, no cruise, Edge 116k.(6/5,2014) (SOLD).
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:18 PM
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I just checked and I did put the bosch platinums in. They were $3 at the zone. The motorcraft platinums are $5 at the zone. I wish I had put the motorcraft in. If your motor is the same as mine I would consider taking the intake manifold off, much less frustraing. The 2 tough plugs were not to hard to change but I had a devil of a time with the wires. I endedup making a tool out of metal flashing and some electrical tape and I was able to push them on.Rremember to put antiseize on them
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2004 Ranger, Ext Cab, 2WD, 3.0, 5 speed , 4WABS, crank windows, no cruise, Edge 116k.(6/5,2014) (SOLD).
1999 Ford Ranger, Reg Cab, 2.5, 5 speed, 2WD, no AC, 150k (SOLD).
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:19 PM
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I just got some platinum 2's from wally mart, with new wires. hopefully it makes a difference. hopefully I can slap those puppies on tonight but we'll see, might be tomorrow.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:05 PM
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royal purple for the 2.3t when its running.

quaker state for the dura 2.3
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