Oil change & filters
Hello, I just purchased a 2004 Winnebago Adventurer Class A on a Ford F53 Super Duty Chassis with the Triton V10 engine. While I have quite a bit of paperwork, manuals, etc., I find nothing that specifically states the details that I need for the following:
Engine Oil filter
Engine oil capacity
Engine oil viscosity
Can anyone advise how I can determine this?
Page 70 & page 109 of your owners manual: https://owner.ford.com/tools/account...home%20Chassis
I use. K&N filter air filter to avoid getting the filter wet in driving rain. Any good oil filter ask you local part store for correct number.
Consider a quick oil change plug instead of the old bolt. It will make oil change much easier. The oil drains right over the front axel. With quick drain you can hook up a short hose and drain into old detergent bottles.
I believe it's 5.6 qts. Better check in owners manual.
I set my oil drain pan on the front axle and tie rod when draining the oil. I use the jacks to raise the MH while doing that. Just remember you can't turn the wheels while the drain pan is setting on it. :whistling:
While 5w20 is what's recommended in the owner's manual, it used to be 5w30 but was changed to 5w20 to help Ford's corporate fuel economy average. It resulted in a savings of .05% increase in gas mileage. The 5w30 gives better lubrication and I'm not going to switch. You have to decide if you want better gas mileage or better lubrication.
I've attached a picture showing the points to grease and one showing where to check the emergency brake fluid reservoir (very important!)
These filter part numbers were for my 2000 vintage F53 but I doubt that they changed before the newer 2006 F53 that went into production on January 1st 2005 (Ford never made a 2005 F53 chassis - the 2004 production continued until December 31, 2004).
Motorcraft Part Numbers:
Oil Filters (3,000 mi)= FL-820S $2.97
Air Filters (30,000 mi)= FA-1634
Fuel Filters (15,000 mi)= FG-986B
PCV Valves (120,000 mi)= EV-233
Fram Part Numbers:
Oil Filters = PH2 $2.97
Air Filters = CA8039 $15.84
Fuel Filters = G3850 $6.97
PCV Valves = FV403DP
Transmission Filters = FT1130
I don't remember the year this note refers to - somewhere around 2004 as best I can remember:
At the Perry FMCA Rally, Ron Pung - Ford Customer Service, Modified Vehicle Specialist, from Ford put on a short seminar on Maintenance followed by a question and answer session. One of the things he mentioned was the importance of checking the fluid level in the Parking Brake housing every 12 months or sooner if any sign of leakage occurs. The cavity only holds about 4 oz of Mercon/Dexron III automatic transmission fluid so it is critical that the level be properly maintained. Parts alone to repair this item if it is run dry cost over $1000. The picture below shows the location of the plug you must remove to see if the level is correct. The fluid level is the bottom of the plug opening so it should be filled to the point it starts to run out. It is located 1/2 way up on the drivers side of the transmission just above where the parking brake cable is connected to the housing. I couldn't get a socket wrench on it because the parking brake cable was in the way. I folded a small piece of paper and cut the end to a point to use as a funnel when I topped mine off. If it's low, the seals should be checked/replaced and the level rechecked more often. I don't remember hearing about checking this in my owner's manual.
Thank you so much. This is excellent information. My unit has 26k miles on it and the parking brake doesn’t seem to hold at all. I fear the fluid issue may be the problem.
I don't think the fluid level in the emergency brake housing would prevent the brake from holding. If the previous owner drove with the brake on, that would have burned up the shoes and that might be your problem. If there's no sign of leakage, just an occasional check is all that's necessary. If the brake's not holding, you need to crawl under there and see why anyway.
The easiest way to get at the plug is to take the emergency brake cable loose to get it out of the way - make sure to put it back like it shows in the picture.
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