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Old 03-15-2005, 05:25 PM   #1
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please help with an oil question

I have a 2002 SVT focus and want to put a synthetic oil in it. I did a search and found alot of stuff on what oil and what weight to use but they were all a bunch of arguments and everyone had a different openion on what to use and what weight should go in there. It was sort of an old thread so I decided to ask again, maybe everyone has a different openion on this subject now. Just let me know if this is right: Royal Purple or Mobil 1 with a weight of 5w20, and do i need to run a cheep oil in there for a few min to clean out all the old crap before I switch over to synthetic? Any help would be greatly appreciated. -Tim-


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Use 5w30 weight in your SVT (this is right). I use 5w30 Royal Purple. As long as you switch after 6k miles (i think), you'll be fine. Just do it like a regular oil change...not sure what you mean by running a cheap oil through for a few minutes. I have never heard of this.
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Old 03-17-2005, 07:37 PM   #3
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If you are really anal about it you can add in fresh conventional oil, turn the engine over a few times, and drain it again....overkill in my opinion. I would just drain the old oil, add 4.5qts Mobil-1 5w30, slap on a new Motorcraft FL2005 filter, and enjoy.
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Use the recommended Motorcraft oil. Spending more money on a synthtic is a waste of time and money. Ford beats the crap out of their engines in their development testing, and they use the Motorcraft oil to do it. If you engien fails, it will be due to a manufacturing defect that no motor oil could have protected against.
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The above is a opinion not a fact. The only fact here is synthetics do last longer and do protect better. They also will improve your hp and mpg. Royal Purple (and redline) have been dyno proven to add 3 to 4 hp. What more could you ask for?
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synthetics do last longer, but if ford thought they would reduce warranty work they would use it.
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Old 03-18-2005, 12:33 PM   #7
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That's because they make your engine last past the warranty.
Synthetics will help your engine reach 150k, not 75k.
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My opinion is fact, because I work for the company in the engine division. Look, if we thought that synthetics would really get your engine to last longer, especially at the price you pay for synthetics, the company would recommend a synthetic blend. There is absolutely no need for synthetics in a daily driver. Like I said, Ford beats the crap out of engine, over a 150,000 mile cycle that is way worse than a daily driver would do, and the engine survives just fine. We care about way more than just getting the engine to go beyond our 3/36 warranty.

Save your money and spend it on something else... you're just putting it in someone else's pocket for little to no benefit.

BTW, where is that 3-4 hp coming at? Top end? If so, you beating the crap out of your motor while using synthetic is far worse than normal driving with the recommended semi-synthetic.
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What ever. My only point is synthetics last longer and protect better, enough said.
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And my point is that they may last longer, but the incremental gain you are getting, compared to the exorbitant price some people are paying (Mobil 1, etc) is not worth it. Some people are paying twice the price for the synthetics, and they are getting far less of a gain in protection.
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