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Old 10-29-2012, 06:38 AM   #141
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yes, basically synthetic blend provides better engine wear protection ,better start-up protection ,longer life less breakdown of oil compared to conventional oils
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:41 AM   #142
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Good to know my low oil light works. I had my last oil change done at the dealership (free maintenance plan) and I was getting the low oil light when braking and turning right. I checked my dipstick and it was low (no leaking from the filter or plug).

Those dealerships... always keeping me on my toes.
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Good to know my low oil light works. I had my last oil change done at the dealership (free maintenance plan) and I was getting the low oil light when braking and turning right. I checked my dipstick and it was low (no leaking from the filter or plug).

Those dealerships... always keeping me on my toes.
I pop the hood and check before I even pull out of the parking spot. I don't care whether they get pissed at seeing it or not, I hear too many stories like this.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:53 AM   #144
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I pop the hood and check before I even pull out of the parking spot. I don't care whether they get pissed at seeing it or not, I hear too many stories like this.
I guess I just thought the workers at the dealership knew how to put the right amount of oil in an engine. Clearly, I was wrong. I know it was free, but I'd rather it be done correctly (Read: I need to do it myself. )
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:07 AM   #145
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Sorry, I forgot to ask one question: Is there a big difference between the Motorcraft Synthetic Blend versus let's say conventional 5W-20 oil?
Under normal driving conditions, I'd say the biggest difference is how often you change the oil. I can't quote any fancy scientific research but synthetics won't break down as fast as conventional. My recommendation is to change the oil sooner with conventional. Conventional @ 3,000, Blend @ 5,000 and Full Synthetic @ 7,500 to 10,000.

If you live in an area of extremes (high heat, dirt, cold), synthetics in my opinion will protect better and require fewer changes. I'm sure others will offer their opinions soon.
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I live in moderate temperatures, so no extremes. I guess my real question would be is it OK if I'm going to use conventional oil and not the Motocraft Synthetic Blend or full synthetic. My odometer is still reading 755 kms. Should I just bring it to the dealership and do a full synthetic?
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I live in moderate temperatures, so no extremes. I guess my real question would be is it OK if I'm going to use conventional oil and not the Motocraft Synthetic Blend or full synthetic. My odometer is still reading 755 kms. Should I just bring it to the dealership and do a full synthetic?
I wouldn't recommend using conventional oil in this engine unless you're planning on changing it every 3000 miles or less, even the motorcraft semi-synthetic 5w20 is generally considered better than this, but if you want to use conventional oil make sure it meets the requirements listed by Ford, or any issues you have with the engine due to oiling won't be covered by the warranty.
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My recommendation is to change the oil sooner with conventional. Conventional @ 3,000, Blend @ 5,000 and Full Synthetic @ 7,500 to 10,000.
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I wouldn't recommend using conventional oil in this engine unless you're planning on changing it every 3000 miles or less, even the motorcraft semi-synthetic 5w20 is generally considered better than this, but if you want to use conventional oil make sure it meets the requirements listed by Ford, or any issues you have with the engine due to oiling won't be covered by the warranty.
This is all way too conservative, backed up by hard data. I ran plain old Pennzoil conventional for 5k miles, ran a Blackstone report and it had plenty of life in it. Could've run it to 7k to 8k miles. I have MC Synth Blend now and plan to run it to 8k.

Another poster said he ran a Blackstone report on his factory fill at 10k miles and it was not completely worn out yet.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:32 PM   #149
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I live in moderate temperatures, so no extremes. I guess my real question would be is it OK if I'm going to use conventional oil and not the Motocraft Synthetic Blend or full synthetic. My odometer is still reading 755 kms. Should I just bring it to the dealership and do a full synthetic?
I would not drop below what the manufacturer used from the factory - since they used semi-synthetic, use at least semi-synthetic.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:45 PM   #150
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I think the only time I would ever drop to Dino oil was if the car was a dedicated racer and I was changing it between every event and was running a single weight.
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