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Using Synthetic Oil in 03 Explorer

javacoast

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I'm considering changing to synthetic oil, and eventually installing an oil-bypass system based on info read in a seperate thread from aldive....But to start, I currently use the spec'd 5W-30, I read the 0-30W Synthetic Oil(Amisoil?) being recommended. Is this ok to use? Is it best to drain, pour another quart of 5-30 through the motor, then add the synthetic? Does it matter if I remove the old oil filter before or after pouring a quart through the motor? Back to the bypass system-I put 600-1,000 miles a week on my exp.- 44k last year, and would like to keep it...at least till I pay it off, the by pass system would seem to help.
 



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you'll be fine.
 






no better time than now.
 






So....all would recommend synthetic for long life?

So not to be redundant but I've read some differing opinions on synthetics. Is there any potential harm done to the vehicle by switching to Mobil 1 or Amisoil? Is the only difference or concern for some more cost related? I plan to keep the vehicle close to 200k miles if I can, at 40k per year, I'm already at 75k and still have 3 more years to pay it off. And is 0-30w any better than 5-30w? I noticed wally world only carries 5W-30, haven't looked at the auto parts store yet. Once I switch I'd like to stay the course. Any brand recommendations?
 






I use Mobil-1
 






It's not even really cost related. The 5 quarts of Mobil 1 cost the same as 10 quarts of Penzoil -- and you get 2x the life out of synthetic (motor oil wise) than regular motor oil. If you are lazy, don't like to change your oil a lot, or just too busy to change oil a lot -- then synthetics are good. MPG gets better too.

-Drew
 






javacoast said:
I read the 0-30W Synthetic Oil(Amisoil?) being recommended. Is this ok to use?

Is it best to drain, pour another quart of 5-30 through the motor, then add the synthetic?

Does it matter if I remove the old oil filter before or after pouring a quart through the motor?

Back to the bypass system-I put 600-1,000 miles a week on my exp.- 44k last year, and would like to keep it...at least till I pay it off, the by pass system would seem to help.


I use Amsoil Series 2000 o w 30 in my '99; great oil, highly recommended. ( Dead Link Removed )

Though not necessary, pouring a quart of new oil through the motor will not hurt.

It really doesn't matter, however, I would remove the filter.

When you make the switch to synthetic, that is a great time to install the bypass system ( http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=126111&highlight=amsoil+bypass ).

The addition of the bypass system will be a great addition that will help the longevity of your truck.

Good luck .........
 












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