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Old 02-20-2006, 03:01 PM   #1
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So far my HM has been doing a lot of sitting in the driveway. Since I purchased it new, I have only put on 1500 miles. I had them change the oil when I first purchased it with 3000 miles on the OD. How often do you change oil? I heard that its the acids in the crankcase that you have to be concerned about with the oil sitting in the engine without running for long periods of time.
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So far my HM has been doing a lot of sitting in the driveway. Since I purchased it new, I have only put on 1500 miles. I had them change the oil when I first purchased it with 3000 miles on the OD. How often do you change oil? I heard that its the acids in the crankcase that you have to be concerned about with the oil sitting in the engine without running for long periods of time.
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Old 02-20-2006, 03:23 PM   #3
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I know this probably is excessing by some standards. I change my oil in the spring and again in the fall regardless of how many miles I have driven it. It gets a grease job every oil change. My normal yearly mileage is about 6000 to 8000 miles per year. I use Ford recommended oil and filters.
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BigRed when I had the Fords did just what Homer has said spring and fall no matter what miles and 3,000 miles. Never had to add oil between changes either. "007"
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Old 02-21-2006, 03:19 AM   #5
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I also change at least twice a year, in the spring and fall, with no more than 3000 miles between changes. I use the Motorcraft filter and Castrol GTX 5W-20 oil. Also lube all the chassis points with each oil & filter change. Have never needed to add oil between changes. I also change the genset oil & filter in the spring and fall. Never had to add oil between changes on it either.

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Old 02-21-2006, 11:27 AM   #6
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My routine, oil & filter change between 3 to 4,500 miles. Use the Motorcraft 5w-20 & their FL820-S filter. I usually lube every 3rd oil change.
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To; Bigredlancer;

Your rig is still covered by Ford's Warranty so it's best to follow Ford's schedule, in case you have a problem and Ford wants to see proof of maintainance,

Another suggestion, next oil change, go for synthetic oil. Runs cooler, better viscosity, no concern about acids and becuase of less heat build=up,engine rons smoother and quieter. I use synthetics in every engine, diesel, 2 V=10's, a 460, a 351, lawn mowers, weed wackers, chain saws etc. I have had ,not a single engine problem since using synthetics, coincidence, I don't know but I figure it's worth the extra costs because I haven'y been waiting for repairs. I've use it since it first became available, new and older engines.

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Just done it once at 3000 miles, no big deal to do it yourself except the **** axle is right under
the oil plug.....


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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I've use it since it first became available, new and older engines.

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Well yes, it sure is useful to me. Being a newbie owner of a used motor home I was at the crossroads of should I or shoulden't I, with regard to changing over to the synthetic oil.
Strange everyone seems to be using 5W20, my book and sticker in the motor compartment calls for 5W30 all year round

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WilleyB:Strange everyone seems to be using 5W20, my book and sticker in the motor compartment calls for 5W30 all year round

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The older V10's did use 5W30. The ones after 2002, I think, now use 5W20
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Phelpo, if your coach has levelers, just raise the front up a bit, and you can set one of those flat oil pans on the axle & steering drag link, works great. Just be sure to use a couple of heavy duty jack stands placed under the frame for safety.
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I beleive the 2002 Ford chassis was the first year to recommend only 5W20 oil. That is the only oil type shown in the users manual. Phelpo, you might want to look at the Fumoto oil drain valve at http://www.fumotovalve.com/. You can buy one that has a nipple that one can attach a piece of tubing and direct that into a pan or jug. Have thought about buying one myself but have not done so yet.

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Jim, good info, I built ramps for the front end, that got it up high enought, I used a funnel that
brought the oil into a container. Just a pain.

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1998 Lazy Daze on E-350 Super Duty V-10. Just passed 148,000 miles. I know some people swear on a 3,000 mile oil change, but I use 5,000 as the limit, on the advice of my Ford mechanic. So far I use no oil between changes, and oil analysis every third change so far shows everything is OK. If I am going on a trip that will take mileage over 5,000 I change before the trip, but not before 3,000. I grease every other oil change.

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