On Wed, 10 May 2006 22:57:54 GMT, Backyard Mechanic
Yes, it was one of their "certified" used cars which come with a
pretty good extended warrany. Bought it almost exactly 4 years ago
with 10,500 miles on it. We have only made one road trip with it
which was about 1,500 miles.
The warranty came in pretty handy. A few weeks ago I took it to the
local Lincoln dealer for a radiator and transmission flush. They
informed me the thermostat was stuck, and they could not perform the
radiator flush, AND the water pump was leaking. So, it cost me $100
dollars for the water pump and thermostat.
I am still somewhat skeptical about the thermostat diagnosis. The car
never ran hot, nor failed to warm up.
Thanks for the feedback. I had about decided on the 6 month interval.
It depends. If it is driven far distances, but infrequently, I would change
no more than once a year.
If it is driven only short distances (with only 2800 mi per year, this is
what I would think), I would change it twice a year, but use regular dino
oil. The main problem with the oil would be water condensation building up
in it. you won't gain anything by using synthetic.
Thanks for the feedback, Jeff. I figure every six months is a good
I really don't mind the extra cost for the synthetic. The local
Walmart will change the oil with any on the shelf synthetic for $32.
Which now raises the question: should I have them upgrade the filter
from the standard Fram?
I wouldn't put a Fram filter on a lawnmower. Your car's oil filter is
supposed to have a silicone anti-drainback valve. The Frams have a hard
black rubber one. Since Wal-mart stocks the proper Motorcraft FL400S (I
think that's the one), I'd highly recommend paying the extra dollar or two
for the right filter.
I own a half dozen old cars. The oldest being a 1941 Continental
Convertible, and the 1971 Pinto is the one with the highest mileage with
nearly 300K on the clock. I drive each of them every month for at least
thirty minutes or thirty miles WOF. I average less than 2,500 miles per
year. Any collector will tell you the acid that accumulates in the oil pan,
of a car that is driven infrequently, will pit the oil pan and any journal
that is sitting in the oil. You can wipe a bearing just starting the
engine. The filter can be changed once a year, but the fifteen quarts or
so, that it takes to change oil three times a year is money well spent.
Forget the synthetic stuff, you are simply wasting money if you do not drive
more than 15K a year. Any perceived saving using the synthetic stuff will
not show up until the engine has been run 200K or more.
Hmmmm. Food for thought, Mike.
I wasn't really thinking of cost savings, just what was neccesary for
the longevity of the engine.
This car, while driven few miles, is driven almost daily. But, often
for short trips. Well, it is the little old lady that drives to
church on Sundays. And, Tuesdays.
On Thu, 11 May 2006 22:33:27 -0400, "Mike Hunter"
That is more important than the mileage!!!!!!!
Every three months without fail. Think heating then cooling everyday,
without time to boil out the water that condenses on the cool.
And a good dino oil will do just fine... like Valvoline, for example.
Like NOT something referring to big eastern state ande advertised highly.
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
I'll go with Jeff on this one. You see OLD motorcycles (for example)
sitting for YEARS
with the same oil in them. The only thing that seems to go bad is the
gas and tires.
Never seen them spin a bearing..............just food for thought.
I am 80 years old, a retired Automotive engineer with a degree in
metallurgy. I worked for thirty five years as a design and field engineer
for GM, VW and Ford until I retired in 1986. After a stint as Group Sales
Manager, for one of the largest mega dealerships groups on the east cost, I
owned an operated my own fleet service business in six states until I sold
it in 1999. When asked, the advice I offer comes from my 55 years in the
business, 40 of it as a collector.
One is free to accept that advice or not. I have no intention of teaching a
school in a NG and I'll not waste time debating what I know to be factual,
one is always free to believe what ever one choose and can spend their money
as they see fit. ;)
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