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Time interval for oil changes

Thread in 'Maintenance / Service' started by Ed Fenwick, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. Ed Fenwick

    Ed Fenwick Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner

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    Aloha folks, what would you folks think of time interval for oil change. I maybe drive 5-8 miles one way. Three times a week or so. (yea, not many miles) 'last change was April 6, 2020 gone maybe 1000 miles on Mobile One oil and Ford filter. Should I change it soon?
    TKS Ed
     
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    Richard McAlister Active Member 2nd Gen Owner V8 Engine

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    I think a change in october (six month interval) would be sufficient.
    I have similar circumstances. I drive less than 2000 miles a year, mostly short (< 5 mile) trips, which, from what I read, is tough on oil due to acid and moisture build up. I change oil and filter every six months with pennzoil synthetic and motorcraft filters, regardless of mileage. Some (most?) other members will think that is too often and unnecessary, but I feel comfortable with that schedule. 2010 STA, 4.6L, 55k miles.
     
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    Ed Fenwick Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner

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    Thanks Richard, I will keep an eye out for discoloration,
     
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    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    I agree, 6 months is good....
     
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    Jerry75 Member 4 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    I am in the same category,2,000 miles in 6 mo. It's almost as clean as when I put it in . I'm thinking maybe I should change it anyway . Its not that exspensive .
     
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    DILLARD000 Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Considering your low annual mileage, I'd
    > replace DrainPlug\Bolt with a Fumoto DrainValve; quick, less mess, eliminates chance of stripping threads
    > replace Filter with a K&N having EasyOff HexNut; quick on+off, slightly higher FlowGPM, slightly lower ByPassPSI
    > change Oil every 6mths or 10k miles, whichever comes first
    > change Filter every 12mths or 10k miles, whichever comes first
    If you haven't changed OilPressurized TimingTensioners in last 75k miles or 10yrs, do so now.
     
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    Ed Fenwick Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner

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    Aloha Jerry, like you said, "it is not that expensive. Low miles equals short trips for me, which is hard on oil. 5 weeks now and 600 miles. Maybe it will go 'till Christmas!
    Don't eat too much turkey Ed
     
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    Jerry75 Member 4 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    Thanks Ed . Happy T.G. tp you and yours too .
     
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    Jerry75 Member 4 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    Jerry75 Member 4 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    Thanks , drain valve very good Idea. K&N filter good idea . Timing tensioners I have to look into . Getting hard for me to do some of that du to age.
     
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    DILLARD000 Member 2nd Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Yep, I'm getting there to soon too. Correction should say
    "If you have V6~4.0L~SOHC & not changed OilPressurized TimingTensioners in 75k miles or 10years, do so now."
     

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