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Old 02-05-2011, 12:25 PM
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Default Re: synthetic oil for 1997 ford ranger 2.3

Originally Posted by BT24 View Post
Thanks for the quick response Mike... I went to my nearest Autozone and they did have a special on the Mobil 1 fully synthetic...5QTS + oil and Mobil 1 filter for $30.00. The filter costs 12.99 itself. Seemed like a good deal so I bought it. I was gonna go for the Motorcraft filter cause it was only 4.99 but I figured since this deal came with a filter of the same brand I couldn't go wrong. Thanks for the insight on the synthetic oil and the fact that it should be safe for my high mileage Ranger.
Just so you know, there are few true synthetics. Amsoil, Royal Purple, and Mobil1 Extended Performance are true type IV oils. The majority of synthetic oils out there are actualy super refined conventional oils listed as type III.

As far as filters, Wix, Mobile1, Purolator, and K & N are really good filters. I think the first three are actually all made by the same manufacturer. The Motorcraft filter is good too. Fram is crap. The cardboard end cap on the filter element has been know to break loose on occasion and foul up the oil system.

A good site to check out is That site will tell you everything you want to know and more. I believe he/they did a spot on Lucas oil additives too. It wasn't good.
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