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EFV-8 Club Forum / General Ford Discussion / Oil Change

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04-14-2010 @ 6:08 AM
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It has been reported many times on this site that the owner's manuals are not correct. The capacity of the oil pan is 4 qts. If you have a filter add a 5th qt.

Next time you change your oil forget the owner's manual and do this: Put in 4 qts (assuming you don't have a filter), start the engine and let it idle to get oil up in the block. Now go measure the oil on your dip stick. If it needs another qt the manual is correct. If not all the guys on this web site are correct.

04-14-2010 @ 8:58 AM
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Regardless of what your manual states, FOUR quarts is correct if there is no filter. The fifth quart will end up on your garage floor, on on the road. Put in 4 quarts, then mark your dipstick to show "full". Many engines have the wrong dipstick from swaps over the years.

04-14-2010 @ 2:09 PM
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This is an old argument, but drain the oil from your engine and then put 4 quarts in and look at the dip stick. I bet it will indicate FULL. JMHO

04-14-2010 @ 2:18 PM
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Mine always does.

04-14-2010 @ 4:17 PM
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I have an opinion about using synthetic oil. I read some articles recently, mostly relating to using synthetic oil in heavy equipment, that convened me that there is an advantage to synthetic oil that I did not fully appreciate. This is just my opinion. I haven't performed any scientific tests.

If you don't drive your car or truck enough to reach the oil change mileage required by your owners' manual, use a top quality synthetic oil, and change your oil once a year. My owners' manual says to change the oil every 2,000 miles or 4 times a year, whichever is sooner (I have an 8RT with a by-pass filter). That's a pain as I'd be changing my oil every 3 months. After reading the articles, I don't think it is necessary if you use synthetic oils. Synthetic oils do not break down like conventional oils, and, in a year, I don't think any oil in an engine in good repair would become too contaminated.

Synthetics do have disadvantages. Compatibility with some seals may be a problem, but rope-type seals shouldn't be. Some synthetics do not perform well in the presence of water and can decompose or break down, but, if you have water in your crankcase, oil change intervals are not your biggest worry. They also cost more per quart, though usually not on an oil-change basis.

This is just my opinion, and I hate opinions on motor oils.


This message was edited by 51f1 on 4-14-10 @ 4:19 PM

04-15-2010 @ 6:51 AM
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Richard, you are entitled to your opinion and I respect your position.

Dinosaur oil will not break down between oil changes either unless the engine is overheated. The main reason for frequent oil changes is that the oil becomes contaminated from combustion byproducts.

Modern engines have full flow oil filters and computer controlled combustion to reduce the contaminants in the oil. Your truck has an inefficient carburetor and a bypass filter, allowing more of the contaminants to be circulated with the oil.

I drive about 2,000 miles a year and change my oil every fall and then once or twice in the summer, when it begins to look dark. I also grease all of the fittings when I change the oil.


04-15-2010 @ 12:30 PM
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I also have a 1935. I am in the CenTex area.

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