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Old 06-05-2010, 11:27 PM
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What type of oil should I use?

I'm getting ready to change my oil in my 1985 Ford F-150.

The engine is a 300 Straight Six, 230,000 miles.


What would be the best oil to get?

What brand? What weight?
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:18 AM
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I personally like using 10w-40 on older such as what you have and any brand that uses dino oil, (valvoline, castrol, penzoil, quaker state, sinclair, amsoil) and a little blue bottle of STP oil treatment as it's very high in zinc and that's good for the engine. For oil filters I use Wix
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I've ran Shell Rotella T 15w40 for a couple years with absolutely no problems. If it's good enough for dirty, sooty diesel engines in semis, it's good enough for a much cleaner gas engine.

For filters, I've had good experience with Motorcraft and Wix.
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i agree with the 10-w40. as for brands i'd go with fepowerguy said. pretty much all of them out there except for noname in-store brands like a proline, coastal, autozone (if they even make it). i guess a decent rule of thumb would be if you see the oil company advertise on nascar it's a safe enough brand to use (haha).

i usually watch the circulars and pickup whatevers on sale at the parts store. i think advance is running a special now with castrol oil and a puralator filter. i picked u some of those.

also, i've used fram, motorcraft, puralator filters and never had a problem. you'll see a lot of people swear off fram but i've had good experiences. i think as long as you're changing your oil every 3K it doesn't make much of a difference if any.
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I've ran Shell Rotella T 15w40 for a couple years with absolutely no problems. If it's good enough for dirty, sooty diesel engines in semis, it's good enough for a much cleaner gas engine.

For filters, I've had good experience with Motorcraft and Wix.
I totally agree. I use 15W-40 diesel oil and wix or motorcraft filters. Rotella is usually the easiest find, as nearly everyone carries it.

I'm one that will not touch a fram oil filter. I've had people try to tell me they are fine, but I've seen one that ruined an engine. I believe in the adage of "screw me once, shame on you, screw me twice, shame on me".
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Fram's anti drain back valve is made of cardboard, any good filter (Napa Gold, Wix) has a metal valve, they hold up and seal better unlike the Fram.

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Currently I'm running a Napa brand filter (it was free) for a 460 on my 300. It screws right on, and is almost twice as long as the standard filter... more capacity and filtration can't hurt, right?
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I don't know for sure about the standard NAPA filter, but the NAPA gold is made by wix.
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The deal with a larger filter boils down to filtration surface area, they do not filter better, they just don't plug as quickly.

Personally, I do not like the plain Napa filters, Napa Gold or nothing from Napa... The Napa Gold is a Wix filter.

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