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Old 11-29-2003, 07:54 PM   #1
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Question about Oil...

What oil comes stock in the SVT Focus? I ask because I read somewhere on here that it comes with a semi-synthetic.

I need to top off my new car (<1000 miles) but don't know what I should use.

If the car comes with semi, I will use Mobil semi 5w-30. I'll then switch to a full synth down the road a bit.

What is the best oil filter to use? I don't mind paying $10 for a filter, as long as it is the best! I read somewhere on here that the Mobil1 filter didn't work well with the SVT???

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Old 11-30-2003, 10:03 AM   #2
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Heck, I'd change it now! I changed out the factory fill at 700 miles. Just use straight dino oil til at least 4K, per the factory manual.

There's some confusion about the right filter. You do *not* want the Motorcraft FL-400S, or anything that crosses to it. The right filter is the Motorcraft FL-2005. There are internal differences.

Me, I'm wondering if I can fit an FL-1HP.
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Old 11-30-2003, 10:42 AM   #3
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Chucko, check your manual again, it says use FL400S. However there's been plenty of threads about this, both work fine.
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Old 11-30-2003, 05:05 PM   #4
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As I said, there's some confusion about this...

Part of the confusion is due to the manual being wrong. The FL-400S is for the SPI 2.0. The FL-2005 is the right filter for the Zetec and the SVT.
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Thanks guys.

After todays trip I am at 800 miles. I'll do an oil change this weekend with Castrol 5w-30 dino.
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Paranoia, maybe. But I try to make my cars last well past 100K miles. (Yeah, I know, "Why bother?")

The very best thing you can do for a new engine is get the break-in oil and filter out of it ASAP.
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The very best thing you can do for a new engine is get the break-in oil and filter out of it ASAP. [/B]
Why? What's wrong with leaving it in there until your first oil change?
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I am paranoid! Its my first new car and I don't mind changing the oil.

ZX3_Chick, in the old days new engines were not as well put together (I mean from a tolerance standpoint), during break-in a lot of metal particles would be found in the oil and filter. Most people changed the oil after a few hundred miles so that the engine would not be harmed by the particles.

Now most people don't even think you need to break-in the engines since they come with such tight tolerances.

Me!?! I will drive around and not hit the redline until at least 1000 miles. I will also change my oil and filter early just in case.

Where in WV are you? I will be in Morgantown in a few months visiting my brother.

Eitherway, I have been having a great time in my SVT and haven't even revved over 5500 yet! I can't wait to hit that limiter!:P

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In addition to what Ray said about dirt and debris from the assembly process, the process of breaking in an engine generates lots of small slivers of metal from the various machined parts that rub against each other. Most of these are large enough to be caught in the filter, but not all of them. And some of these particles are very hard.

So I never let a new car go more than a few hundred miles before I change the oil.
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