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Old 05-03-2015, 02:01 PM   #1
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Oil change

Hello everybody, am about to change the oil in the MH.Its a gas 460 Ford(1996). Has 58,000 miles on it. Would you began using synthetic oil if havent already. If so what brand is best?--Thanks--Vince

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i'm sure you will hear all kinds of stories, if you coach went 58,000 miles

on conventional oil i would continue to use it.

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Old 05-03-2015, 02:24 PM   #3
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I use Mobil 1 full synthetic in all of my engines.

Synthetic vs. Conventional Motor Oil: Which is Best for Your Needs and Environment's? - HowStuffWorks

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Old 05-03-2015, 02:24 PM   #4
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I agree, oil related failures, are a thing from the days of soft cams in GM cars.

Auto makers say change it at 6000 miles, we put in oil that lasts 12000 thousand miles and change it at 3000 thousand miles.
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Why spoil a good thing? If it was a new engine maybe you could argue that a synthetic will help it achieve maximum life, but you are talking a 20 year old engine with 58k miles on it. If it's in good shape, keep on using the same oil that got it through to today. If it's not, switching oil isn't gonna help any.

Any oil that meets the viscosity requirement (probably 10w30) and rated API Service SJ or later (SN is the latest rating) will do fine in it.
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:31 PM   #6
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Agree with Gary,

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I've use dino oil in my gassers for over 30. Run want to want, just follow the manufactures scheduled maintenance.
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I am sure that this post will cause me anguish. Purchased a 1982 Chev 3/4 ton pickup used in '86 with 50k plus miles and disposed of this still running truck at 365k miles with the original stock never rebuilt 350 engine.
For decades I have shopped at garage and estate sales for tools and household goods for the entertainment and cost savings. Oil and filters of the proper type were not passed up and never paid more than a $1 each for either of these consumables. When changing the oil and filters I used what I had, sometimes mixing different brands from different eras, for all the years I owned this truck. The only rule I followed was regular and appropriate intervals between oil and filter changes.
I am not making any recommendations, but the above was my experience. Perhaps modern engines are much more persnickety. The old 454 engine in my mh has suffered the same fate as the pickup in regards to oil.

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By all means do not waste your money on synthetic oil for an engine that gets less than 7500 miles per year. The article quoted by Jon above is written by an environmentalist and not an oil specialist. His motivation is to reduce the amount of discarded oil. Any dino oil that meets the specs of the engine manufacturer will give you all the protection you need. If less than 6-7,000 miles per year, change it once. Too many people still can't sleep well if they don't change the oil every 3,000 miles. That is 1950's schedule when oils were not as good and engines were not as efficient. Oil analysis has shown that in most automotive style engines, the oil can still be good after three times that distance.

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