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I am interested in knowing what other people use(oil and filter)in their escorts. I have always taken my escort to the local Ford dealer but am beginning to gather research on different filters and oil so I can do my own changes.
 

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ive been using 'GTX 10w-30' for about 3 years now, and i like it.
every other oil change i add in 'STP 4 cyl. oil treatment'.
for oil filter i always use 'fram tough guard'

i change it every 3000 miles.
 

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I change my oil and filter every 5000 km on the button. I use only FRAM filters (DG3600 I think). I only use fully conventional Quaker State oil: 10W30 from March through December and 5W30 from January through February. The beast doesn't burn any oil and the only leak I have is so minor that I almost don't care (add a half litre half way to an oil change).

In the end, you really won't save much money at all doing your own oil & filter changes ($60 per year maybe). However, you know the job is done right, you get a good look under there for other problems and if you're smart, you'll lube your tie rod ends at the same time.
 

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SyStEmDw said:
Just one thing, with the oil, it depend where you live! If you are in quebec like me, I will suggest u to take 5w-30. because it's mostly cold here.
Yeah, I run 5w-30 all year as well. 10w-30 would be killer start up in the winter.

Filter: Fram PH3600 (DG3600 is double guard teflon crap :wink: )

Oil: Walmart 5w-30 (Penzoil, but cheaper :D )

I change my oil usually around 7000-8000km. I do a lot of highway driving so it stays nice and clean. Every time I check the oil I do the "feel check." If it doesn't feel like clean oil it gets changed, but I've never had to do that before 8000km yet.

Matt 8)
 

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Oil Additive

Burning some oil?
Try adding "Engine Restorer & lubricant" (Restore)... works wonders on high mileage engines.

Stay away from Synthetics... you will leak from all your gaskets.
 

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I run Wix filters and Mobil 1 Synthetic 0W-20 or 0W-40 depending on the season.
 

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I run 10w-40 in my engine, it's thicker so I don't lose/use oil, I suppose. I ran synthetic for about 7k miles and noticed that the engine seemed more... Gunked, I dunno how to put it really, I noticed that it seemed to be bogging, plus the stuff cost like twice as much so this time around I'm back to regular old valvoline 10w-40, the engine seems to run smoother on it. As for filters I use whatever I can find, autozone seems to have a shortage on the Fram ones (use 'em 'cause they got that grippy part that makes them easier to get off), last time I ran Bosch and this time I've got an STP. I haven't noticed a real difference with filters.

And yes, I know I'm using truck oil in my car and the recommended is 5w-30, but I've been doing this for 50k miles and the engine is running better than most cars I've seen with that many miles on them, especially considering the abuse I put it through. :? It's not a high revving engine anyways. Anyhow.
 

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lukerw said:
Stay away from Synthetics... you will leak from all your gaskets.
I want to know where you heard this?

I myself run synthetics and know many others that do also. If synthetics caused this problem don't you think that the makers would have claims against their companies and they would take them off of the market?
 

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No offense, but some of you guys really don't know what you're talking about. Here's the truth, and you're welcome to go research it for yourself:

FRAM sucks. They used to be good, but now they suck. Their filter element quality is poor and total surface area is low. The filter doesn't work well and doesn't last very long. The best oil filters are usually the OEM filters. I personally use purolator filters.

Synthetics are fine. Most synthetic oils are not purely synthetic. The reason why they are preferred is because when they decompose under heat, they form a liquid that doesn't carbonize and bond to pitted metal. For normal daily driving, synthetic oil is a waste of money.

Oil additives are crap. They completely gunk up the engine. Never use them. They make the buna in gaskets swell, and eventually fail over time. Engines burn oil because they pistons rings are simply worn out. It's a fact of life. The only time oil additives should be used is if you view your car as an appliance and use it sheerly for utility. If you ever plan on rebuilding the engine, you will have a rude awakening when you find the insides of the engine gunked to hell from additives.
 

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Tracer-X said:
lukerw said:
Stay away from Synthetics... you will leak from all your gaskets.
I want to know where you heard this?

I myself run synthetics and know many others that do also. If synthetics caused this problem don't you think that the makers would have claims against their companies and they would take them off of the market?
i've heard his claim too. on high mileage engines, there is buildup etc. that may be covering certain leaks... conventional oil is too thick to get through, but if u use synthetic, then it's thinner, cleans it out a bit, and manages to fit through the leaks you have.
 

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TurboSupra12 said:
Tracer-X said:
lukerw said:
Stay away from Synthetics... you will leak from all your gaskets.
I want to know where you heard this?
i've heard his claim too. on high mileage engines, there is buildup etc. that may be covering certain leaks... conventional oil is too thick to get through, but if u use synthetic, then it's thinner, cleans it out a bit, and manages to fit through the leaks you have.
My neigbor put in SynS in his 110k Escort... so, it sounded like a good idea.
I called around to set up an appointment for Flush etc... and each Garage told me: its fine for 30-70K cars, or those just having an OverHaul (Gasket Replacement), but a Detergent componet will clean out build up around old Gaskets, and if there are cracks, age, or minimum seals, they will start to leak.
So... I did not have it done.
A month later... my neighbors car began to leak as the Gaskets and Blow Blue Smoke.

Consider... you have been WARNED... and do WhatEver.
 

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Fram filters have been run on my car since we owned it over 9 years ago. My filter lasts the entire oil change interval of up to 8000km or almost 5000 miles. Is Fram the filter the best on the market, no. Does it stop everything that passes through it, yes. It has a 96.2% SPE which is pretty well the same as any other filter out there. Yes other filters have a better filtering ability, but as far as things go 96% is good. I obviously have enough surface area in my filter because I have never had one plugged yet. And they're still the #1 filter sold. If they were that bad don't you think they wouldn't be selling any?

Use oil additives at your own risk. Yes some do swell the seals, but others do help reduce friction.

Sirigan, if you think worn out piston rings are the only source for burning oil you are sadly mistaking.

The sythetic vs. conventional oil topic is one I don't want to touch, but here's some more info:
http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Oils1.html

Matt 8)
 

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I've got 114,xxx miles on my Tracer and have not had a problem with the synthetic blend that I use. My grandfather has 135,xxx miles on his '97 Escort and has had no problems with his engine leaking oil either. In two weeks I'll be dropping a 2002 motor in my '91 pony and I'll be using synthetics in it also. I know that you can't use a synthetic in a brand new engine 'cause the piston rings will not seat into the cylinder walls because of how well the synthetic oils work as a lubricant but that is the only bad thing that I have heard about them. Maybe the problem is that people think that Synthetic oils are miracle workers and dump them into their engines thinking that they will help with the problems that they are having and when they don't work they blame the new oil they tried not their lack of proper maintance.
 

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fixitmattman said:
Fram filters have been run on my car since we owned it over 9 years ago. My filter lasts the entire oil change interval of up to 8000km or almost 5000 miles. Is Fram the filter the best on the market, no. Does it stop everything that passes through it, yes. It has a 96.2% SPE which is pretty well the same as any other filter out there. Yes other filters have a better filtering ability, but as far as things go 96% is good. I obviously have enough surface area in my filter because I have never had one plugged yet. And they're still the #1 filter sold. If they were that bad don't you think they wouldn't be selling any?
WORD!!! I couldn't have said that any better myself. I also have used Fram filters for my cars ever since I started doing maintence. I've never had any problems. All the info that I type is from personal experiance or I've read it from what I consider credible sources.
 

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And they're still the #1 filter sold. If they were that bad don't you think they wouldn't be selling any?

Use oil additives at your own risk. Yes some do swell the seals, but others do help reduce friction.

Sirigan, if you think worn out piston rings are the only source for burning oil you are sadly mistaking.
I Agree :!: ...
 

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The only real problem I had with synthetics is that it's slightly thinner on start-up, it heats up faster, so you use a little bit of oil. I used about a quart in 6,000 miles, normally I use none. That's not really /bad/ persay, compared to my mom's saturn that uses a quart every 3 tanks.

The engine is old and it's probably not as tight as it used to be, the thicker oil doesn't get through as easy. The synthetic was still just as dirty after 6,000 miles as regular oil, and I still needed to change it. And it costs twice as much. Why pay 20 bucks for oil when ten will do with very little difference?

I've used lots of different filters, and like I said, I don't notice a difference in them, either, except for price. OEM (mechanics put it on there without me knowing, while I was doing other stuff), STP, Bosch, and Fram. They all ran the same and the oil was just as dirty after 6,000 miles. The Bosch filter was like 5-6 dollars, the fram 3, and the STP I think cost the same as the Fram. It's like spark plugs, all the fancy plugs in the world really won't make your engine run any better really, unless you needed new ones anyways... Meh.
 
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