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how often do you change your oil?

how often do you guys change your oil? and what brand do you use?
I myself use Valvoline maxlife 10w30 at 5k or six months ( 99 Taurus )
mom- mobil 1 full syn 5w20 5k or 6 month ( 06 Taurus )
dad- Valvoline maxlife 5w20 5k or six months ( 99 crown vic )

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Valvoline SynPower 5W20 every 5000 miles or year, whichever comes first.

Other cars I use Motorcraft 5W20 blend, sameish schedule.
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i will never ever use Castrol motor oil again. I used it once and every gasket started leaking on my old Taurus.
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i will never ever use Castrol motor oil again. I used it once and every gasket started leaking on my old Taurus.
That sucks. I used to trade off between Castrol Syntec or Mobil 1 depending which was on sale from my first bull on and I then paired them with a Fram Extended Guard filter for 7,000 miles for a unreal amount of time until a few years ago. When I just now use Mobil 1 Ext. with the corresponding Mobil Filter and change the oil about every 10k or so.
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No less than 5,000 miles. I am convinced that any conventional oil (API SN certified and all) should do well over this interval, even with many short trips.
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i will never ever use Castrol motor oil again. I used it once and every gasket started leaking on my old Taurus.
This sort of knowledge comes with trial and error, and is probably car dependent. Some cars just don't like certain oils. You should specially be careful with synthetic oils in old cars, since synthetic oils have a tendency to sip more through older gaskets and seals.

For our Ford 500 (2005) with 3.0 Duratec, I use whichever 5W20 or 5W30 oil I have in a stash. This car has been doing several oil changes using Valvoline NextGen 5W20 and G-Oil 5W30. The 99 Taurus has been using Valvoline MaxLife NextGen 5W30, 5W20, or Valvoline NextGen conventional 5W30 for over a year (sometimes mixed with each other when I didn't have that last half quart of the same kind ;p)

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No less than 5,000 miles. I am convinced that any conventional oil (API SN certified and all) should do well over this interval, even with many short trips.
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Every 4500 miles and Motorcraft 5-30.


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Motorcraft semi-synthetic 5W-20 every 5000 miles or 6 months. With a Motorcraft filter. For any 04 and earlier duratec I recommend 5w-30. 5k interval changes are best too unless using full synthetic oil and a good filter.


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No more than 5k or 6 months. Valvoline 5/30. No matter the months or miles I always do a change before winter starts.
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