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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-06-2003, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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ok i just have a couple of easy questions

i am changing my oil and i want to put synthetic oil

1) how many quarts do i need of oil?

2) what are the numbers that i need to look for? (5-30, 10-30, etc)

3) what brand is better on synthetic oil?

4) what brand of oil filter is better?

right now i changed my oil and i bought MOBIL oil of 5-30

5 quarts and the oil filter is PurONE, what do you think of that?
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It would help to know the year and engine size.

For example, 1st Gen 3.5Ls require 5.5qts and since it is spring/summer, I would use 10-30.
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2000

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2.7

plus i live in miami, so the weather is very hot here, specially now that the summer is almost here

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Mobil 1 synthetic 5w30 if you can afford it. I personally use Valvoline 5w30 with either an AC Delco or Wix filter.
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I use Mobil 1 10w30 with a K&N Oil Filter.
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but you didnt answer my question

i used mobil this time (if you read the thread at the top)

how many quarts do i need to put??? i put 5 quarts, is that ok??

oh and have you seen in wallmart that there is a new filters coming out in a orange package??? what about those filters?? they are pretty cheap, but is cheap filter be good for the synthetic oil and the engine>??

in my opinion if you give your car the best, then the car will serve you the best

i have a friend that buys the most cheapest liquids for her car and puts the cheapest gas on her car, and she complains that her car is a piece of shit!! (she has a dodge grand caravan) - well if you put shit in your car then you cant expect your car to function like new!

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you start with 5
then add enough to put it in the range on the dipstick.

My car happens to take 6.0 (I have an oversize filter on)

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you start with 5
then add enough to put it in the range on the dipstick.

My car happens to take 6 even (I have an oversize filter on)
i put 5, but on the stick it says that i overfilled!! (its shows above the MAX line) i dont know what the hell, but i will leave it like that
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Fill it with four, run the engine for a minute (to fill the Oil Filter), then check the dip stick.

A 2.7 doesn't need 5. (Sorry) Filling it a little too much isn't bad.


Fram makes oil filters in orange boxes, if I remember correctly. They're a fairly standard brand.

Remember, if you're not sure always start small. For example, fill the car with two quarts, wait 5 minutes, and check the dipstick. Add if necessary and repeat.
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the 2.7 takes 5 quarts. Overfilling IS bad....better a little under than a little over. When you change the oil, leave off half a quart , start the car to circulate the oil, shut off the car and wait about 10 minutes if warm. Then check the oil again and add more oil to bring it to the proper level. The reason is that when you drain your oil, you will still have some of the old oil in the engine/pan, so if you just add 5 quarts right off, you will be over the limit. As far as weight, I use 10W30 all year. A good filter for the money is Puralator. Don't use Fram...they suck.

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thanks for the help!
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Don't trust that crappy dip stick, it is never accurate. Either the level is 2 inches above the full, or not even on the stick.

I am thinking of getting a yard long pipe cleaner, and cleaning the dipstick tube out, so I can get a real reading.
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Don't trust that crappy dip stick, it is never accurate. Either the level is 2 inches above the full, or not even on the stick.

I am thinking of getting a yard long pipe cleaner, and cleaning the dipstick tube out, so I can get a real reading.
I've never heard that before and never had a problem with dipstick accuracy
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I think I would put in what ever amount the owners manual says then check the dipstick. I had an old Ford that showed 2 inches over the full line since it was new. I simply remarked the line dipstick.
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It is hard to get an accurate reading with the 2.7.....you have to make sure you are on level ground. The best time to check your oil level is after it has been sitting overnight. That way, all the oil is in the pan.
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