I find it amazing that you are all talking in terms of 10,000
km plus where here in Canada the change interval is 5,000 km under
severe conditions (short trips, around town) and 10,000 km as a
maximium. Very strange since it is the same 2 liter, gas engine that
was sold in Europe in 2003. Maybe the oil producers have better
connections with Ford here in Canada.
BTW, does anyone know if there is any real advantage to using
the 5w20 oil that is called for rather than 10w30? Certainly it might
help mileage, but what about protection? I live near Vancouver where
it never really gets cold. Lately it has been over 30 celsius quite a
bit. Seems that 10w30 would be a better idea to me. Also, about the
only place I find the 5w20 is at Ford, and it is twice the price of
discounted 10w30. It adds up quick when you need to change it every
5w20 is definitely a winter oil, 10w30 for summer. 5w30 (available at most
retail locations) is an all-season oil, covering both ends of the spectrum.
In places like Vancouver, where it never gets really cold or hot, that will
do perfectly. Most of the high-volume brands are quite adequate to protect a
car used in normal driving.
There's lots and I really haven't the inclination to go on a search now. But
if you're interested, I suggest you start with a Google Usenet search. The
best place is non-brand-specific technical newsgroups. Rec.autos.tech has
some really impressive people participating in it, and they have had some
excellent threads on this topic in the past few years. I'm not an automotive
professional, and that's where I go to meet my gurus.
There are of course many websites, but a danger here is that many have
commercial or other agendas. There's lots of money to be made in automotive
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In short, you don't.
Why? Never had any problems with the Ford recommended intervals.
There's not a single reason for me to change anything about it.
The fun thing about it, I have been an automotive professional
mechanic long ago, can't remember a single problem due to
following the vendor recommend intervals.
Yep, by changing oil more often then it is really needed.
As stated before in this thread:
Driving Ford since decades, the cars do usually fall apart from
rust long before any real problem with the engine.
Don't accuse someone unless you have proof. This is a huge topic and takes
quite a bit of work to sort through the material available. I have a life.
Because you asked me for references. If you don't want an answer, don't ask.
I presume from the extension on your email that you worked in europe. If you
read my post with attention, you would have seen that I said that the
problems with long oil change intervals were in North America two decades or
so ago, so of course you would not have experienced them. I think that
Europeans today will learn differently.
No argument with either of these statements. Indeed, there is some
discussion here in North America that current manufacturer's recommendations
(3000 miles or 5000km) are too short, except in heavy-duty situations.
Not to mention, you have to be VERY worried if someone is citing usenet
as their "authoritative source." Where's the actual scientific data?
I could say the sky is green with pink polka-dots. Just because I post
it on usenet and someone could cite it through a google search doesn't
mean it's true.
e-mail address fudged to thwart spammers.
Transpose the c's and a's in my address in order to reply.
Please read my posts more carefully before replying so foolishly. If you
followed my recommendation you would find what I have found - that there are
some people on certain newsgroups who do know their material very well. This
can be determined by following their posts over a number of threads on
topics with which one is familiar. Usenet is not a "source" of anything -
individual posters are. Sheesh.
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