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Old 08-30-2014, 02:35 PM   #21
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I think that a blanket statement to never use "overdrive" ignores a lot of variables. With a trailer as light as an Escape, many tow vehicles will have far more towing capacity and their engines may have no problem running all day on flat ground in overdrive.
I agree. Let the tranny tell you what it's doing. If there is alot of shifting, turn off the overdrive. If you're on relatively flat terrain, OD is fine.
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:13 PM   #22
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Many manufacturers are switching to synthetic lubricants and if it comes in new BMW and Mercedes, it certainly is good enough for my engine. BMW service schedule is every 15,000 miles. Many manufacturers now 7,500 mile service with synthetic.


Don't get me wrong. Today's conventional oils are very good and protect your car's vital moving parts. This isn't your daddy's oil any more. Today's cars are built better and need better lubricants. The oil industry is advancing with the rest of the industry.
The use of synthetic oil does not prevent the accumulation of combustion by-products in oil. These by-products can result in acidic contamination of the oil. I personally don't care if BMW or Mercedes have switched to synthetics of it they say it is good for 15,000 miles. Driving habits are more important than miles driven in determining change intervals. And debatable that today's cars are built better. Synthetics DO NOT have better lubricating properties than mineral oils. Don't get me wrong, either. I use synthetics in both of my vehicles for the reasons I stated in my previous post. But I surely don't extend my change intervals because the synthetic manufacturer says "it's good for 15,000 miles."
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:30 PM   #23
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The use of synthetic oil does not prevent the accumulation of combustion by-products in oil. These by-products can result in acidic contamination of the oil. I personally don't care if BMW or Mercedes have switched to synthetics of it they say it is good for 15,000 miles. Driving habits are more important than miles driven in determining change intervals. And debatable that today's cars are built better. Synthetics DO NOT have better lubricating properties than mineral oils. Don't get me wrong, either. I use synthetics in both of my vehicles for the reasons I stated in my previous post. But I surely don't extend my change intervals because the synthetic manufacturer says "it's good for 15,000 miles."
Yup. I change my synthetic oil every 5,000 miles. If I were using conventional oil, I'd still change it every 3,000 miles. It's cheap insurance and less expensive than repairing/replacing an engine, or a tranny. I change my trans fluid about ever 30,000 miles. If you are towing, or operating in a dirty environment, change your fluids more often.

The manufacturer's recommendations of longer service intervals are in their own interest. After the warranty runs out, it's your dime if there's any problems. With my BMW, I still changed the oil every 5,000 miles. In my tug, I change it every 4,000 miles. Like one oil company's ads, love your car. Cute cartoons.

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Mark,
Guess we think somewhat alike; same oil change interval. The CR-V gets new synthetic every 5,000 and the F150 EcoBoost every 4,000. Though it don't think towing an egg puts much stress on the EcoBoost with its 11,000+ lbs towing capacity.
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Guess we think somewhat alike; same oil change interval. The CR-V gets new synthetic every 5,000 and the F150 EcoBoost every 4,000. Though it don't think towing an egg puts much stress on the EcoBoost with its 11,000+ lbs towing capacity.
I agree. Great minds think alike. When towing, you should change your fluids a bit more often.

Ah, another ecoboost. What average fuel mileage do you get when towing? I'm considering moving up to a 1/2 ton. Will drive the F150 soon. Big Labor day sale going on at your local Ford dealer right now! lol Drove the 2014 Dodge Ram Hemi and the Ram EcoDiesel and was very impressed with the ride, quality and amenities of the Ram. Only one problem.... the nice ones are in the mid $50's and finding a Ecodiesel is tough with the trim you want. Diesels hold their resale value better though. You just have to trade your house in on one.
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Guess we think somewhat alike; same oil change interval. The CR-V gets new synthetic every 5,000 and the F150 EcoBoost every 4,000. Though it don't think towing an egg puts much stress on the EcoBoost with its 11,000+ lbs towing capacity.
Carl, how many miles on the Ford EcoBoost when you changed to synthetic? Mine is approaching 4,000 miles now.
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Carl, how many miles on the Ford EcoBoost when you changed to synthetic? Mine is approaching 4,000 miles now.
I switched at 5,000 miles. The dealer claimed that I should keep the original oil in for that long because of the break-in additives Ford uses in new vehicles. Since then it has been every 4,000, or less if I make a lot of short trips and more than 3 or 4 months pass. And as an aside, I love towing with it; usually I'm unaware that it's pulling anything. Has enough power to pin me back in the seat if I have to punch it at 60 mph.
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Thanks Carl. I'm right there now. I'll make an appointment to take the truck in for it's new oil next weekend. Cool beans!

I can't believe how much power this truck has over my 2000 Ford F-150 with the Triton V-8. A couple of weeks ago, in rush hour traffic, I had to punch it to get out of situation and dang near lost it. YEOW!

I reset the computer every fillup. I'm getting 16.8mpg in sloooow commuting traffic. Happy camper!
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I can't believe how much power this truck has over my 2000 Ford F-150 with the Triton V-8. A couple of weeks ago, in rush hour traffic, I had to punch it to get out of situation and dang near lost it. YEOW!
That's when it's nice to have 4WD. Hence part of the reason I'm looking at 1/2 ton trucks. Comes in handy often. My Dodge Dakota is 2WD and I kind of kick myself for not getting it.
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:11 PM   #30
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I don't know about other brands, but the difference (also) for the Ford F-150 between 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive is ALSO the fuel tank. I have the 4x4 version and it has a 36 gallon tank. Which really bites at fill up. AND, my insurance is more expensive...
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