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Old 05-27-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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Question Recommended engine oil and how many quarts in ZX4

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I have a 2005 ZX4 2.0L. I would like to know Which is the recommended oil for a country with temperatures of 31 to 34 Celsius(93 F). The owner manual says it should be 5W-20 also the oil cap has a 5W-20 decal but people says this oil it is not recommendable for my country weather, I don't know if it has to do, they recommend me 10W-40 or 5W-30.
Does the weather has to do with this?, and how many quarts for this engine, I was looking in the manual but can't find.

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Old 05-27-2011, 11:28 PM   #2
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i have the 2.3L and i use mobil 1 synthetic. i live in california so its usually pretty warm. it should hold 4.5-5qts of oil.
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:10 AM   #3
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Oh I see, thank you.
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:11 AM   #4
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Modern motor oil is multi-grade; 5w-20 means '5 winter viscosity/20 viscosity' at hotter times during the year... I just saw a chart in class last week that showed the breakdown of temperature tolerances for oil; I'll see if I can get that for you next week.

One thing to keep in mind is that Ford engineered that engine to use a specific weight oil, if it's too thick, it's harder to move the crank and a slight dip in efficiency may occur... What is the record high temperature where you're at? That would be the important part of the issue, seeing as how 5w-20 is good to -30 Farenheit...
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Modern motor oil is multi-grade; 5w-20 means '5 winter viscosity/20 viscosity' at hotter times during the year... I just saw a chart in class last week that showed the breakdown of temperature tolerances for oil; I'll see if I can get that for you next week.

One thing to keep in mind is that Ford engineered that engine to use a specific weight oil, if it's too thick, it's harder to move the crank and a slight dip in efficiency may occur... What is the record high temperature where you're at? That would be the important part of the issue, seeing as how 5w-20 is good to -30 Farenheit...
Well the highest temperature here will be from 34 to 36 Celcius and the lowest like 17 or 18 celcius.. thats the range
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Another oil thread

The owner's manual actually has this information in it. Ignore information on oil fill capacity though because that is listed as oil pan capacity- not the engine. It doesn't take into account the oil filter. Some filters are better than others, some oils claim to be better than others. Everyone has their preferences. Strangely enough, I've been using a full 5 qts of Ford's 5w20, and Ford filters for 130k. You'll run into people who will advise differently for all sorts of reasonings and theories. I also run my oil until it turns dark- not really paying much attention to mileage, although I'm certain that's about 5-7k miles on the Focus (I see fear in the eyes of those reading this). The wife's van takes a bit less time to dirty it up.

IMO you're better off with a better filter than with a super high synthetic almighty ever-wear oil. As far as that goes, you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a really good filter. Wix makes an excellent filter that should give you clean oil for 5-7k miles, and you can purchase 2 of those for as much as one Mobile 1 filter. Motorcraft filters are acceptable, and will typically give you about 5k before the oil starts changing colors.

Now in case you were wondering about what seems to be a long change interval in my post- well that API sticker on the back of your favorite oil means that it is good for 7500 miles before breaking down in a gasoline engine under normal operating conditions. If you overheat- your oil is toast, and it's also more likely that your oil loses viscosity quicker in the summer. Now my "look at the color" method should start making sense.

Finally, synthetics should last longer- but using the color method, beware of spending more than it's worth. For example, if you pay twice as much for the oil, you should get twice the life out of it. If you're not, then you're wasting money. Most of your synthetics can survive for 10k miles or more without losing viscosity. Amsoil's more expensive varieties can go up to 25k miles- and there's nothing wrong with that as long as the filter holds out, and you keep an eye on oil level. All vehicles use a small amount of oil that is barely noticeable between 5k mile oil changes, but when you start stretching it out over 25k miles- you'll notice that you'll end up having to add .5 - 1 qt over that time period.
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Use 5w-20. Get whatever oil u want. Ford makes amazing oil and has amazing filters. Don't buy a fram filter

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i would use synthethic, valvoline or castrol, if you like ford oil like me motorcraft and i also use motorcraft filters. if you get motorcraft, you dont need to worry about weight, they are all 5-20.

as far as amounts, 4.5qts.
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Well the highest temperature here will be from 34 to 36 Celcius and the lowest like 17 or 18 celcius.. thats the range
use 5w-20 or 5w-30. i use it year round in my car (5W-20) and we go from -10-15'C to 38-42'C. got to love Canada.. cold winters hot as hell summers.
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:44 PM   #10
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I use 5w-20 all year and I live in Arizona. What does that tell u lol. Its fine. There is no real need to use different oils in different seasons.
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