94 Tbird LX V8, 63k mi.
Ye trusty Ford dealer runs a "sale".
I've always used conventional oil. Currently has 3k mi. on it and
is a tad dirty looking.
"Motorcraft Oil/Filter change, premium synthetic blend - $22"
This is maybe $3 more than reg. oil. Recommend?
Battery is 6-7 years old. I figger it's 50/50 it'll fail a
load test and/or fail to make it thru the winter.
"Motorcraft Tough Plus Battery 84 month - $67"
Is a good buy? Anybody know who makes these things
Pease pudding hot,
Pease pudding cold,
Pease pudding in the pot
Nine days old.
Premium synthetic blend oil upside reduces wear on engine parts. Downside
some engine parts wear unevenly causing premature failure. I have always had
a problem with hydraulic lifter prematurely failing after years of use with
premium synthetic blend oils. I guess a small price to pay for reduced wear
esle where in the engine.
Batteries are one thing people never think about until they go bad. The age
of a battery dose not matter as long as the acid in it is good it will keep
going. Buy a battery hydrometer. This is a device for measuring the specific
gravity, aka. the strength of the battery acid. The specific gravity of a
new battery should be 1.300+. Two years old battery, the specific gravity
may be around 1.150 - 1.200. One in poor condition that is about to fail may
be as low as 1.100. Measure the battery voltage. It should measure
approximately 12.7 volts. You should check your battery every 30 days.
I hope this is helpful
That's a new one.
I dont know about Motorcraft Oil.. but I've had many over 100KMile
beaters that I run Mobil 1 in, and NEVER have lifter/adjustor tick. Even
if it started out with one.
Son was taking his car into a 'Quick Lube' Featuring that famous oil,
for his oil changes and had severe tick, more like clacking... he changed
to Mobil 1 and 3000 miles later it's quiet.
As far as the battery goes, Ive had a few last less than 3 years, but
none lasted more than 6.
It's just common sense. If you have the money, now, might be better than
later when you might not. But I've always had great luck with batteries
from WalMart or KMart. NOT so, with the 'Famous Brand'
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
Motorcraft's current regular motor oil is marketed as a synthetic blend.
The latest SM/GF-4 oil standard are often met by using some synthetic
oil as a portion of the base oil package. The Conoco-Phillips
manufactured oils use this approach and they figured they might as well
market it as such. You can buy them with Motorcraft, 76, Phillips-66,
Conoco or Kendall on the label ... all pretty much the same oil. Here
is their news release from 2004 when the change was made:
They don't mention Motorcraft oils because Ford markets those itself and
keeps it semi-secret where they get the stuff from.
So your dealer is just advertising an oil change with the current Ford
supplied motor oil. It is good stuff, but nothing extraordinary.
At least one website lists Johnson Controls as the supplier of
Johnson Controls Inc. [Sears' DieHard, Auto Zone's Duralast, Wal-Mart's
EverStart, Motorcraft, Optima, etc.], (US)
Oil... I run WalMart's Tech 2000 full synthetic. Cheap as potatos and on the
label it's got the API stamp and says that it meets all the requirements for
the new Vette. Seems to work very well in my 5.0 GT. Did I mention it was
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