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Old 11-25-2012, 04:02 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Then I got it in 2012, started using full synthetic 5w-20, and voila, OIL LEAK!
I was told about this before I switched to synthetic that if there's a leak the synthetic oil will find it and pass through it. Apparently the regular oil will just sludge up the little leaks. Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:09 PM   #22 (permalink)
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The Ford dealers in my area use the Motorcraft 5w-20, semi synthetic.
For $29 bucks I can't mess around doing it myself.
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Canadian Tire has their store brand full synthetic on sale half price. $18 something for 5L, I'm gonna pick up a jug or two and try some synthetic for the next oil change. That's pretty cheap for Canada.

Hopefully I won't get any sudden leaks.
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Mark, do you know if they will do 5w-30 if you ask them for the same price? I guess I should just call and ask. I know you can get the motorcraft semi-synthetic in 5w-30. However I have yet to find it in a 5qt jug. It's a waste of money in 1qt for $5.50 a qt. Valvoline full synthetic costs the same as motorcraft semi-synthetic.
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I was told about this before I switched to synthetic that if there's a leak the synthetic oil will find it and pass through it. Apparently the regular oil will just sludge up the little leaks. Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad.
Unfortunately I heard about this AFTER I started using full synthetic. Sprouted a leak, oh well. I think it's from the rear bank cam covers since I can smell it burning off. Sometimes the smell is worse. For old cars (that don't have a history of small oil returns or sludge problems), semi-synthetic is the way to go. However for cars like my dad's minivan that have massive sludge problems, I wouldn't dare put full synthetic in. As soon as I did, it would start knocking and the oil pickups and returns would get clogged up from all the sludge being washed away after 145k miles of bulidup!
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Canadian Tire has their store brand full synthetic on sale half price. $18 something for 5L, I'm gonna pick up a jug or two and try some synthetic for the next oil change. That's pretty cheap for Canada.

Hopefully I won't get any sudden leaks.
That's not just cheap for Canada, that's cheap!
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I have put Valvoline full synthetic 5w-20 in my car the past several oil changes, and I was short on cash and at autozone where oil is super expensive and grabbed a 5qt jug of the motorcraft 5w-20 synthetic blend. My oil was below the minimum line, so I had to throw some in. I want 5w-30 to slow the leak down while I try and find and fix it.
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Not trying to highjack the thread or anything, but does anyone have any recommendations for an oil filter when I try this synthetic stuff? I hear you can run synthetic longer than regular oil, so I want to do that.
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The $12 Bosch ones. Anything expensive really... The motorcraft S model filters work fine.
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