Oil Change Confusion

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Old 09-10-2008, 04:32 PM
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I did my first change to Mobil1 on 10/25/07 at 10,250 miles. I now have 16,500 miles and the message center shows Oil Change 12%. So after a full 12 months I will have 7000 miles on the oil.

My question is should I change the oil at 12 months, or go the full 10,000 miles which will take about 17 months? I'd rather be on a mileage based change schedule since all the other service intervals are mileage based.

Anyone see a problem with going 10,000 miles and 17 months on the Mobil1 under "normal" service?
 
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:37 PM
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Why not just do the change when the car recommends it? A $22 oil change at the 12 vs 17 month point isn't really a big deal...

Besides I am pretty sure the manual recommends at 1 year, 10000 miles or 200 hours on the ICE.
 
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by trekwars2000 View Post
Why not just do the change when the car recommends it? A $22 oil change at the 12 vs 17 month point isn't really a big deal...

Besides I am pretty sure the manual recommends at 1 year, 10000 miles or 200 hours on the ICE.
Five quarts of Mobil1 plus filter and service costs way more than $22.

Yes, manual says " 12 months, 10,000 miles or 200 hours of engine operation."

So to comply with the warranty requirements, I guess I must change at 12 months. Just seems like a shame because the oil is just beginning to darken.
 
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How much are they gouging for an oil change out there in CA?

My wife used to get oil changes in Orange County and they were gouging $40ish for the same thing in Vegas that is $22 and comes with a free car wash.
 
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I paid $48 for my 10,000 mile service and $37.50 for my 20,000 mile service. Both were at Ford dealers but not the same dealer or the same area (same state though). I think I will try a different dealer for the 30,000 to see how they compare. It will be a while though as I'm just shy of 24,000 miles now.
 
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Old 09-12-2008, 03:41 PM
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Mobil 1 is a full synthetic, and costs the most. About $7 per quart.

The oil Ford uses at a dealer is mostly dino oil, with a bit of synth. mixed in.

I use Mobil 1 and go 12,000 to 15,000 per change, but that is always in less than one year for me.

Because this oil EXCEEDS the manufacturer's standards, I feel I can push the Oil Change Interval a little longer. Plus I am a gentle driver. Plus, I'm in EV mode for some of those miles. All things to consider. There is not one right way to do the OCI.

Mobil 1 also comes in an "extended life" variety that is "Guaranteed to 15,000 miles" per OCI.

I have an hour meter on my engine also.

In 6 months I've gone 10,000 miles, but put only 180 hours on the runtime meter.
 
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Has anyone tried the new Mobil1 0w20 in an FEH? It meets the Ford spec, so I bought a case and will be putting it in my '05 next time around.

Curious to see if anyone's using it and if they've seen any mileage improvements.
 
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Originally Posted by stevewa View Post
Has anyone tried the new Mobil1 0w20 in an FEH? It meets the Ford spec, so I bought a case and will be putting it in my '05 next time around.

Curious to see if anyone's using it and if they've seen any mileage improvements.
I thought it didn't meet the Ford warranty requirements; the owner's manual says only 5W-20. Mobil recommends it only for out of warranty FEH's.
 
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I thought it didn't meet the Ford warranty requirements; the owner's manual says only 5W-20. Mobil recommends it only for out of warranty FEH's.
Actually they recently reformulated, so it meets the Ford WSS-M2C930-A specification which is called out in the owners manual.

The bottle states "Exceeds warranty requirements for many Ford, Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Chrysler vehicles"
 
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Originally Posted by stevewa View Post
Actually they recently reformulated, so it meets the Ford WSS-M2C930-A specification which is called out in the owners manual.

The bottle states "Exceeds warranty requirements for many Ford, Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Chrysler vehicles"
You're right. I ran the Mobil1.com oil selector tool again, and it did recommend the 0W-20 even for in warranty FEH. I'll give it a try when I get an oil change next month. Thanks for pointing this out!
 

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