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Old 06-26-2009, 11:24 PM
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89 Ranger What Oil To Use???

I have a 1989 Ranger I4 2.3L with 180,000 miles on it.
What oil is recamended to use? Any additive to use?
Last oil change I used 10/40 and STP , what's good for this engine?
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Are you unhappy with the oil you used last time? You might want to bump up to a 15w/40, or, if you feel the need for a heavier weight oil (since you used the STP to increase the viscosity) perhaps a 20W/50. Valvoline makes an oil designed for higher mileage engines, haven't heard anything bad about it...

Oh, and make sure you use a good quality filter such as Motorcraft or Wix (NAPA's filters are made by WIX) and stay away from Fram.
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Thanks Tigerdan

I just want this engine to last a few more miles. I used the STP because I was worried about the lifters and low zinc oil. I'll look into the high milage oil, sounds good.
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Low zinc oil isn't really as much of a problem with an engine that's well broken in (and at 180K, I'd say that yours is certainly broken in!) but if you want a good oil with some zinc content in it, look to a diesel rated oil such as Delo 400 or Rotella T.
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Thanks Again For Your Responce ! ! ! !

OK I'll look into it. TNX Tigerdan
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Unless it is burning alot of oil I would stick to 5w30 or 10w30. Valvoline Maxlife has extra anti wear and friction additives. Seems to work well in my 99 Ranger four cyl.
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The OHC 2.3 doesn't have the need for zinc that flat-tappet pushrod engines have due to the contact area between the cam and rocker. I run 10w30 in mine, with no issues, and it has a much newer cam (about 15k on it).
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