The difference in price between the different oils comes primarily from the synthesis procedure. Two versions of the 4. If it isn't printed on the oil cap, check your owners manual for the exact type before adding new oil. There was a fear that to switch back and forth, the engine would need to be completely flushed. My current fill is 5w-30 Pennzoil Ultra.
All of these fluids are extremely harmful to your eyes and skin so it is important to protect yourself. If I catch a great sale on full synthetic 10w-30, I will use it during the summer, but my normal fill is a full synthetic 5w-30 or 5w-40. I've personally seen low mileage engine failures when heavier oils were used. The Engines For 1997, Ford majorly redesigned the F-150 for the first time since 1980. Most importantly, you get a chance to look around under your F-150 for potential trouble spots. Typical blends have no more than 30% synthetic oil mixed with the standard base.
Passages and clearances on modern engines have become so small that thicker oils are hard to force through these small openings. The lower viscosity is required to flow readily into the engine during cold engine startup to prevent excessive dry starts. Step 2 - Choosing a brand of oil Ford does not require that you to use a specific brand. If you have an F-150 with the 3. Most Fords have the oil type printed on the oil cap - it will likely be 5W-20, 5W-30, 5W-40, 10W-30 or 10W-40. The information provided herein is a reference provided to you at no charge. They do prefer that you use Motorcraft products, but you do not have to do that to maintain warranty coverage or get a very long life out of your engine.
Six cylinders returned with the base 3. If your vehicle was originally charged with R12 refrigerant, for example, the oil type specified, 'mineral', will not apply. You never know what could be dripping down from the engine, battery acid, engine coolant, brake fluid, etc. This video shows you the location of your oil drain plug, oil filter, oil fill cap and dipstick in addition to the steps needed to change the oil and filter in your F-150. Drain and recycle the engine coolant.
This article applies to the Ford F-150 1987-1996. You just need an engine every oil you want to try and an engine dynamometer. I wouldn't hesitate to use a synthetic 0w-30 or 0w-40 either. All of it adds up to increased horsepower, improved gas mileage and smoother engine operation. Synthetic oil is compatible with conventional oil and synthetic blends. They have hundreds of dynamometers continually running tests like this to determine among many other things what is the best oil to make your engine last a long, long time, and to get the best fuel economy possible.
A long block engine is an option to upgrade or replace your current engine. This video shows you how to change the oil and oil filter in your 1994 Ford F-150. It contains ingredients that are artificially created and added to the petroleum base. This allows the oil to provide superior chemical and mechanical properties when compared with conventional motor oil. This rating proves that the oil meets the engine manufacturer's requirements to insure the life of the engine. Pro Tip Every engine in the F-150 for the last two generations 2004-2014 requires 5W-20, with one exception. If you blow your engine or notice that it burns too much oil, smokes, taps, or knocks, it might be best to replace the entire engine.
You also don't want to spend a fortune if you don't have to, but if you're like me, you will spend the money if there is a benefit to spending it. Both V8s were replaced — the 4. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Ford specifies the weight 5W-20, 15W-40, etc. Remove 2 thermostat housing retaining bolts and remove the housing. Also, why it is generally not a good idea to use a much colder thermostat.
Those three engines continued as the choices through the 11th generation 2004—08. There was also a myth that convention and synthetic oils should never be mixed, but synthetic blends have been in use since 1966 when the French lubricant company Motul introduced the first one. The only detractor is price, but that can be mitigated by the extended service intervals. Read here for reviews on three popular brands. FoMoCo got busy again for the 2011 lineup beginning of the 12th generation and offered an all-new selection of powerplants. Should you use synthetic oil in your engine? This article applies to the Ford F-150 2004-2014 and Ford F-250 Super Duty.
These parts come assembled and ready for your repair. If you use an oil that is not recommended for your engine and have a failure you have handed the dealer a golden opportunity to deny your warranty repair. Some engines, especially diesels, specify a lighter oil in cold weather. You will not damage the engine by letting it run 4,000 miles in between oil changes. Simply put, it is a superior product.