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Old 01-28-2004, 07:15 AM
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What oil and filter are you going to use with new 5.4l 3v

Getting ready to change mine. Need some suggestions.
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I get the next few oil changes from my dealer for free, so I'll be using them. But after that, I'll use Motorcraft filters and probably Valvoline oil.
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Old 01-28-2004, 07:47 AM
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I've owned Ford trucks since '79 and I've always had good luck with Motorcraft oil and filters.--Jack
J E, did you get your splash guards installed?
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Old 01-28-2004, 08:56 PM
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bigjack, Not yet I went to a big 10 store. They did'nt have them in stock yet. This is the last week of hunting season so I have not had "made" time to find them somewhere else.
My wife's getting me a spray in bedliner and toolbox in next month though.
I am leaning toward the motorcraft 5w20 and filters too. Just wondering with these hot Mississippi summers should I use something else?
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I am in the same fix, the maintenace book calls for Motorcraft filters and 5-20wt synthetic oil. In past vehicles I have always used regular oil. Will regular 5-20 be ok for the new 2004 5.4L. I don't want to void the warantee . Any advice here?
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I had good luck with the plain old MotorCraft filters that I pick up at WalMart, and Chevron 5w-30 oil in my 2001 with the 5.4L. The 5w-20 just seems to thin for hot summer days in the 90's and 100 degree range.

I plan on using the same stuff in the 2004 when it finally get it.

I did email Chevron to ensure the 5w-30 met the Ford Specs. It does.
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Old 01-28-2004, 11:00 PM
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you should use 5-20 the engine is tighter in tol, and for the best lubricity a 5-20 should be used. this is not in the owners manual for good reading these engines will last longer and run better with the correct oil. a 5-30 will not lube as well as a 5-20 in many areas of this motor.
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I'd sure like to see something in writing that says that these engines are built with tighter tolerances. How tight can you go before they just seize up??

This 5w-20 vs 5w-30 has been up for argument for several years. The reason for the 5w-20 is now recommended is the same reason 5w-30 was recommended a few years ago when we were all so accustomed to using 10w-30.

It is all about CAFE.

Here's some excerpts taken directly from Ford Technical Service Bulletins.

TSB 99-8-16: Tests have proven SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade motor oil provides the optimum protection and benefits for Ford gasoline engines. At both high and low ambient temperature conditions, SAE 5W-30 provides the best overall protection. It allows faster starts under cold ambient temperatures.
SAE 5W-30 also provides approximately 1/2% increase in fuel economy over SAE 10W-30.

TSB 01-4-7: "ISSUE:
Engine oil recommended for use in 2001 vehicles is SAE 5W-20 motor oil. This oil has an improved formulation to improve fuel economy."

I'll see if I can find the complete TSB's. I recall one of them listing almost every engine that Ford had ever made. 5w-20 was now recommended for nearly every one of them, regardless of what the 10-15 year old owners manual (that came with the car) said.
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I bought my oil from the dealer. I looked all over for the 5w-20 synthetic blend but couldn't find it.

I guess it's probably a personal choice but after dropping close to 40k for a new truck the last thing I want is to try to save a few bucks on oil and filters.
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I guess it's probably a personal choice but after dropping close to 40k for a new truck the last thing I want is to try to save a few bucks on oil and filters. [/B][/QUOTE]

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I guess I have to agree with TWWellman, after the expense of the truck why skrimp on the oil and filter expense.
In the back of my mind though I know I have had many cars which gave me over 100,00 mi. and I always used Fram filters and either Castrol or Penzoil natural 10w 30 oil. I never had a bit of trouble with the engine on any of them, even the piece of Cr_p chevy caprice with a so called diesel engine back in the 80s. I got rid of all of them because of trouble with the peripherals: transmission, brakes, electrical system, or plain old boredom with the interior or exterior of the car.
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When mine comes in I plan to go with Pennzoil and Purolator. I've been using this combination for years and so far so good.
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Hey, if money is of no concern why not go amsoil...... Personally havent used it but have heard it is damn good
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Are you guy's going to use 5w20?
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Are you guy's going to use 5w20?
I'm not going to use it in my new truck when it arrives, and I didn't use it in my 2001.

My local Ford dealer doesn't use it either.
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