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03-15-2015 04:45 PM
Radiation Joe Just to stir the pot a little ...

I changed the oil for the first time at 7000 miles. I drive almost exclusively highway and easy loads. Mixed Redline 5W-20 (4 parts) with their 10W race oil (1 part). NOACK is about 8. Will change the oil out for either the same mixture or with AMSOIL 5W-20 at 15k miles. Used oil will go to Blackstone for analysis. I already know the results will come back fine.

I'm just a nut. I agree with many of the other folks in this thread that say to use a reasonable oil and change it at reasonable intervals and you will never have an oil related problem.
03-13-2015 11:53 PM
Heat1 For now I'll be using the Ford Dealership ($30 after mail-in-rebate for "the works"), but next change I'll start in on Mobil One oil with a Ford filter. I've been changing the oil on my Honda and Mazda for years.

Honestly, "The Works" for $40 (oil change / tire rotation / fluid check) was the best thing that Ford could have done to get people to go to the dealership. Wal-Mart charges $40 for the oil change (semi-synthetic) alone. Now if only my local Ford dealer would put in a free soda machine...
03-03-2015 02:47 PM
heyjayman As far as 0W-20, if you live in a place like Winnipeg, Saskatoon or Regina, or Edmonton, it probably does make sense to run a 0W-20 at least in winter. With temps colder than -30 C, much less wear on the motor and much easier startups.

The SAE and API does fuel economy tests using a "reference" oil, which is usually a 15W-40.

http://www.astm.org/Standards/D4485.htm

http://www.api.org/~/media/files/cer...11914final.pdf

Its interesting that Mercedes also notes the use of a fuel economy gain running a lighter oil, but generally of 1%:

https://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/d/d/en/Spec_222_0.pdf

So I would use a 0W-xx oil if factory fill from the manufacturer. Otherwise, I would use a 0W-xx oil if temps are consistently below -20 C
03-01-2015 01:08 PM
Tigeo Just use what they recommend in terms of filter size and oil weight.
03-01-2015 12:02 PM
dan50
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Originally Posted by Ecoboost View Post
Greetings,

Wife just got a 14 ti 2.0gdi 6auto.
Have you noticed any mileage increase from the 0w20?
Will search, but is the fl-400s oil filter recommended on this engine too?
Is any deviation in oil/filter a warranty breaker?
I almost want to just take this little car in to have the oil changed. I have ramps, but im not sure ill fit under it even then...I blame beer...
There should be plenty of room for a DIY oil change if you use ramps. The oil filter and drain plug are very easy to access from underneath.

Regarding warranty: Ford specs the FL-910s filter, not the FL-400s. Now maybe the FL-400 fits, but why deviate? And Ford specifies a 5w-20 oil meeting WSS-M2C945A, not an 0w-20. We can argued all day why an 0w-20 oil should make no difference compared to a 5w-20, but the specs are the specs and the warranty is the warranty. Why give Ford an reason to be difficult in the unlikely even of an engine problem?

If you go to any oil maker's website and ask which of their oils is appropriate for a Mk3 2.0 NA Focus in the US, they will all say 5w-20 and none will say 0w-20. I was tempted to jump on the 0w-20 bandwagon too, but ultimately decided to stick with 5w-20, acknowledging that just maybe Ford's engineers know something I don't.
03-01-2015 09:15 AM
Ecoboost
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Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
For ordinary folks who change their oil every 3K miles, and never run the engine hard.. For those who have a leased car, or a not a Ford Focus.. Regular oil is fine.

The Ford Focus MK3 Ford suggests at least synthetic blend, and the oil has to meet the more recent oil requirements. (so that pile of oil from 1967 your crazy uncle Harry still had in his garage.. Nooooo....)

For the MK3 and plenty of modern cars a synthetic blend is good. If you drive normally, and follow the oil change suggestions from Ford. Since Ford suggests using the synthetic blend, and does use it at Ford dealerships.. This is all you need if you are an ordinary driver.

If you regularly run your engine up to redline, run it hard, or race around.. If you want the maximum possible protection AND are will to pay for it. Then use full synthetic.


PS there IS no consensus... Why do you thing this thread GOT to BE so long.. Everybody has their own notion of what is the right thing to do. Then you got the NOOACK folks, and the different viscosity folks, and the 'old timey' advice. Oil is about as contentious as Politics. LOL


(As for using it longer.. Well that kind is being cheap. I say if the plan is to use a synthetic then leave it in forever.. Well the average person would be better served using a cheaper oil and changing it more often.

For myself? I am insane. I change the first oil change to synthetic at 1K miles, Then change it again another 1 to 2K miles.
After that once a year (as i drive only around 4K on average a year. and I may go to every 8 months since I got the turbo ST.)
I use Mobile One 5W30 Extended Performance for my ST
When I had the SE, I used the 0W20 Mobil One Advanced Fuel Economy in it.
Greetings,

Wife just got a 14 ti 2.0gdi 6auto.
Have you noticed any mileage increase from the 0w20?
Will search, but is the fl-400s oil filter recommended on this engine too?
Is any deviation in oil/filter a warranty breaker?
I almost want to just take this little car in to have the oil changed. I have ramps, but im not sure ill fit under it even then...I blame beer...
02-22-2015 06:45 PM
dyn085
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Originally Posted by wavsine View Post
This is what keeps the argument going. Most know their car won't throw a rod just because they don't run top shelf synthetics or are lax on their oil changes.

But they want to do that little extra to keep their car for a while. Why not? It's a major investment and it's fun to take care of it.
I definitely don't disagree with people wanting to take care of their cars, what I disagree with are those that think they 'know' about oil arguing vehemently when they actually have no clue about what they're taking about. I mean seriously, we still have people that think a 3k mile oil change makes sense for daily driving.

And by 'hope to keep them a while' I mean not trade them off, not anything regarding Mobil 1 blowing up my engines, just for clarification. I have a tough time keeping cars around for a while.
02-22-2015 05:54 PM
wavsine
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Originally Posted by dyn085 View Post
Definitely gonna agree. I see so many useless arguments over oil, yet there are rarely ever instances of people posting that their engine seized or blew because of it.
^ First this

And then:
I'm probably going to swap to Amsoil in the ST's (currently using Mobil-1 ep) at 10k simply because I *hope* to keep these cars for a while.
This is what keeps the argument going. Most know their car won't throw a rod just because they don't run top shelf synthetics or are lax on their oil changes.

But they want to do that little extra to keep their car for a while. Why not? It's a major investment and it's fun to take care of it.
02-22-2015 05:47 PM
felixthecat I'd say just used a synthetic oil such as Mobil 1 & a good filter like a Mobil 1 filter. Change it once or twice a yr depending on the mileage you put on your car. As far as brand, like Castrol's Edge, Royal Purple, Amsoil , Synpower, ect I don't know. Filters= I use Mobil 1 filters. Again, IDK about K&N, Royal Purple, Wix ,ect.
02-22-2015 05:22 PM
Arco-Zakus
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Originally Posted by dyn085 View Post
... there are rarely ever instances of people posting that their engine seized or blew because of it. If/when you ever hear about it, it's because either someone never changed the oil or forgot to put some in during a change-not because someone used 10w-30 or went 10k miles on a fill instead of 7500. ...
Or because some part was just defective from the factory and its failure had nothing to do with deficient lubrication.
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