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Old 03-24-2012, 02:56 PM   #11
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Because synthetic is better for your engine. That's why.
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:25 PM   #12
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Oh great reason. And all the engines people run up to 300k miles without synthetic. Explain those?

How about the 50+ year old tractors on our farm we don't run synthetic in that are still working fine and see more stress in one year than majority of vehicles on the road see in 10. Synthetic has its benefits. But when I'm changing my oil every 5k miles why should I bother with the money? When I bought my truck I asked about oil and they said I could run any brand as long as it had the correct weight and proper change intervals and it wouldn't void my warranty. That was straight from the tech. Ford doesn't even use a full synthetic oil. Its a semi synthetic.

I just never bought into all the oil hype. My familys run many many many vehicles into the ground from rust and never used synthetic oil. Hundreds of thousands of miles. Myself, I've owned only 4 vehicles so far but never had a problem with quaker state. what I WOULD like to try is the Valvoline NextGen. But its damn expensive.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:28 PM   #13
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Oh great reason. And all the engines people run up to 300k miles without synthetic. Explain those?

How about the 50+ year old tractors on our farm we don't run synthetic in that are still working fine and see more stress in one year than majority of vehicles on the road see in 10. Synthetic has its benefits. But when I'm changing my oil every 5k miles why should I bother with the money? When I bought my truck I asked about oil and they said I could run any brand as long as it had the correct weight and proper change intervals and it wouldn't void my warranty. That was straight from the tech. Ford doesn't even use a full synthetic oil. Its a semi synthetic.

I just never bought into all the oil hype. My familys run many many many vehicles into the ground from rust and never used synthetic oil. Hundreds of thousands of miles. Myself, I've owned only 4 vehicles so far but never had a problem with quaker state. what I WOULD like to try is the Valvoline NextGen. But its damn expensive.
^^This is why I said as long as you change it regularly, it doesn't matter what you use, as long as it's the correct viscosity. There are millions of engines with well over 200k miles on them using nothing but the cheapest conventional oil.

Some engines (not Ranger engines) REQUIRE synthetic, because either the automaker specifies long oil change intervals, or the engine gets the oil really hot and synthetic handles the high heat better. In those cases of course you should use synthetic.

If your engine does NOT require synthetic (Ranger engines): If you plan on going over 7k miles between oil changes, or if you're beating the hell out of the truck in extremely high or extremely low temperatures, you should use synthetic. Otherwise it is not needed, and it will NOT help your engine last longer.

If you would just like to think that it WILL give you some benefit and want to use synthetic anyway just for some peace of mind (which is why I use it), then I suppose that qualifies as another legitimate reason to use it.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:34 PM   #14
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I'll be using full synthetic. Is it required? God no, does the engine like it better? Yes.


It's like pizza, is pepperoni necessary? Nope not at all. Do I like it better with pepperoni? Hell yeah I do.
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i use castrol syntek. seems to be working for me. been using it since the truck had 110,000 on it. now has 130,000.
with synthetic lubercant, you dont really need to change ever 5000 miles. i change mine about every 7500, and it still comes out nice and clean with alot of properties still in the lube.
hence i dont have to change lubricant as often. it actually works out about the same thru the year.
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i have 131k on my 4.0
and i change the oil every 3000 miles
i run CARQUEST oil 10w-40
And i run a CARQUEST oil filter
it is a good oil
and i wouldn't trust that castrol SHIT
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Mythology or not why the hell should I spend so much money on synthetic when im swapping oil every 5k miles? My step father runs Quaker state Regular 5w-20 for 8-10k miles between changes and it comes out fine.
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Because synthetic is better for your engine. That's why.
I agree...I run Mobil 1 FS....and the idea that you cant switch and older engine to FS is a myth.........
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i have 131k on my 4.0
and i change the oil every 3000 miles
i run CARQUEST oil 10w-40
And i run a CARQUEST oil filter
it is a good oil
and i wouldn't trust that castrol SHIT
1. What exactly makes Castrol "shit"? (This oughta be good )
2. 5w30 is the spec'ed oil for the 4.0. Why are you using 10w-40?
3. Changing every 3k miles is excessive and a waste of money. Change it every 5k.
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As far as the engine life, having synthetic or dino oil doesn't matter. Its the fact that you change the oil that makes an engine last longer. Synthetic won't save you if you over heat your engine either. All it does is lower the internal friction of your engine making it more efficient than if you used dino oil, hence why I pay the extra dollar per quart. If I remember right its around $30 for a 5 quart jug at wal-mart. Still cheaper than taking it to a 5sec lube shop.

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2. 5w30 is the spec'ed oil for the 4.0. Why are you using 10w-40?
Must be he knows something the ford engineers don't?
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