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Old 12-20-2010, 04:13 PM   #61
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When my Buick was made (1981), the manual called for 10W40 in summer, 10W30 in winter. I currently use 5W30 full synthetic year round.
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:18 PM   #62
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Trying to remember a few of the names. Right now I can only think of three Engine Doctor, Greased Lightning, and T Plus, but there are many others. I'm not even sure whether Engine Doctor is still available or not since a web search didn't bring it up. If I remember correctly T Plus is the K-Mart version.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:24 AM   #63
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Oils have gotten better with time, allowing for the use of lighter viscosities. In an older car, that means the oil gets to where it's needed faster. In addition to that, new engines can be built to tighter clearances, that can improve performance.

Pragmaticly, back certifying engines to new oil specs eases dealer and service network overhead, and reduces technician error. Not all engines received it at Ford though. The 4.0 V6 still calls for 5w30. So the switch likely wasn't done without consideration of the engines performance and longevity.
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:28 PM   #64
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514,000 The miles have really slowed down since I moved from NC-KY and am now only driving about 20 miles a day instead of 50+ per day.
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Finally hit 515K. During the winter I had a sudden drop in oil pressure, I removed the oil pressure line and got oil flow and the pressure went back up so I thought I had the problem taken care of. The situation with the oil pressure soon returned so it had to sit for a while longer until I got the chance to look at it again. A couple weeks ago I pulled the oil pan off and found the pick up screen for the oil pump was clogged. I cleaned it, put the oil pan back on and filled it with fresh oil and filter and now the car has better oil pressure than it's had in years. The oil pressure is about 80 psi on a cold start, about 25 psi on a warm engine at idle and about 60 psi on a warm engine at 55 mph so apparently the bearings are still in pretty good condition for 515K miles. I guess I can stand having to pull the oil pan every 1/2 million miles to clean out the pick up screen. I was a bit worried about my baby thinking it's useful life might be about over, but everything worked out good and the only cost's involved was a can of brake cleaner and a day spent removing the oil pan, cleaning everything good and reassembling it. The oil pan removal wouldn't have been bad if I hadn't have had to remove the starter to get to some of the bolts and remove the catalytic converter so I could drop the exhaust to get the pan out.
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^+1,000! You win.
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516,000 Didn't take long to rack this past 1K miles up. I used this car to take my mom to the eye Dr. one day which ran about 150 miles on it and another day I drove it to Nashville and back while my brother was in the hospital which put about 200 miles on it.
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The progress on this next 1k miles will probably move a little slower. My wife had surgery about a week and a half ago so I haven't been taking her to and from work. I just put about 1500 miles on the '97 Escort between Tuesday afternoon and Sunday morning. We had to make an unexpected trip from Russellville, KY to Southport, NC after our 24 year old son passed away last Monday from a massive heart attack.
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The progress on this next 1k miles will probably move a little slower. My wife had surgery about a week and a half ago so I haven't been taking her to and from work. I just put about 1500 miles on the '97 Escort between Tuesday afternoon and Sunday morning. We had to make an unexpected trip from Russellville, KY to Southport, NC after our 24 year old son passed away last Monday from a massive heart attack.
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A whole world of manure just fell on your head. I sincerely hope your wife is recovering well and I'm truly sorry about your son.
Sometimes life doesn't seem at all fair.
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A whole world of manure just fell on your head. I sincerely hope your wife is recovering well and I'm truly sorry about your son.
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I couldn't have said it better. So sorry to hear all that!
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