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Ford Focus SE 2011 Oil Change: Is Synthetic Oil Ok?


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belcanto
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Jan 11, 2014, 4:27 AM

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Hi!
I just had my oil changed on my Ford Focus SE 2011 at a Valvoline shop. It has 110k miles on it, so I went with the synthetic oil. After literally waking up from a nightmare about the motor burning up, I'm wondering if not using the Motorcraft oil 5w20 the manual recommends is going to be a problem. What are your thoughts? I just got it changed before going out of town. Should I be concerned? Thanks in advance!


(This post was edited by belcanto on Jan 11, 2014, 5:00 AM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 11, 2014, 5:26 AM

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I only use synthetics - everything. Use as the place should have the correct rated viscosity and the oil alone isn't going to "blow up" your engine. I insist it's still time and miles to be changed. Clearly you are doing some serious miles quickly on this car so whatever you expect for the life of the thing pay attention to the maintenance schedules.

Again IMO don't rely on the car telling you with warning lights for things. Actually check your own oil level noting how many miles it goes if it uses any and some don't some do. At the miles you apparently do you must have a schedule for a new car as whole dinky things that can be real problems to fix just start happening, upholstery only takes so much and so on,

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Jan 11, 2014, 8:36 AM

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I agree. As long as they put the right amount and viscosity in, you'll be fine. Valvoline synth is a good substitute for the Motorcraft syn oil that the factory recommends.

Service information states the spefications of any oil you use have to meet or exceed the requirements of WSS-M2C930-A and have a API Certification Mark.

Specs for Valvoline syn exceed the requirements and the bottle is labeled with the API certification mark:







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Jan 11, 2014, 8:40 AM

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What weight of synthetic did you use?



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Jan 11, 2014, 8:58 AM

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Find that out for sure or have them do it again. I'm not afraid of synthetics but this is new enough to care about correct viscosity. Think I said, I don't use anything but in anything I can down to a weed whacker - no problems,

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Jan 11, 2014, 9:10 AM

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I honestly don't think a Valvoline service station would put a brand of oil in a person's car that would damage the engine. I don't think they want that liability.





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Jan 11, 2014, 9:50 AM

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A lot of people still think 20W50 is better than 5W20 and a lot of place believe the weight they happen to have in stock is just fine.



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