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Old 04-05-2004, 23:23   #1 (permalink)
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My BA XR6 NA is nearly a year old (30 May is its birthday). It has done 14 000km now.

A month or so ago, I went to check the oil. I was surprised to find that it was about as low as it could go on the dipstick and that what was left was very grubby. It took 2 L to get it up to where it should be. At that time it had done just over 13 000km.

Have any of you had the same problem? I had not checked it before that (slack I know) because I honestly did not expect it to have used any since none of my Dad's Falcons over the last million years ever have.

I was wondering though, do they use a lot of oil as a normal occurrence in the first few thousand km? And should that have been picked up at the first service/check? It seems to me that if it had used a fair bit in the first few thousand, they should have picked it up and if it hadn't by that stage, it has used most of it between then and now, which seems problematic to me.

It is going in for its first real service on the 20th April where the guys will check it out (not at Ford, I might add). They seem to be a bit concerned about it.

Also, when I rang Ford to find out what oil to top it up with (I had lost my book at the time) they didn't know but suggested Mobil 1. What do you guys use and what grade?

Oh, and I should also add that I do drive it fairly hard, but not so hard that I would expect this kind of oil usage. I also am aware that this is considered within normal tolerances as far as Ford is concerned, but it is still a problem for me.

Also, on another issue, my plugs were cactus after 14 000km too...... they had to be changed last week. Have any of you found this to be a problem with your BAs?

Thanks guys. Grrrrrr
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Re: BA used 2 L of oil in 13 000km

It's normal for new cars to use some oil while it's running in. Although I cannot say what is normal. I don't think you should be too concerned XRchic.
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It's normal for new cars to use some oil while it's running in. Although I cannot say what is normal. I don't think you should be too concerned XRchic.
Thanks RATT. Yeah, I figured that it is fairly normal for cars to use some oil when running in, but this is by far not the first new car I have ever had and none of them used oil like this! I am not so concerned now, coz I found it and topped it up - but I don't like to think what MIGHT have happened if I had left it to the next service - which is still a few weeks away!

Do you think oil should be changed at 7500 km then? I don't think 15 000 km between oil changes is a brilliant idea, myself.

Do you have any idea what it the best oil to use in it though?
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Yes I would recommend a change at 7500 or six months whatever occurs first.
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Yes I would recommend a change at 7500 or six months whatever occurs first.
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Re: BA used 2 L of oil in 13 000km

For a first oil change there is NO WAY that I would wait a whole year driving it hard for 15,000km on the first oil. All the swarf and shit that's left in from some dodgy bastard who's wife left him and he couldn't give a f*ck about life or anything in existance. If I purchased a new car I would change the oil in the first 1000km, then do my own service every 7500km, or half way between sheduled service intervals.
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I would reckon the 3,000 km service is a good time to do the first oil & filter change.

Why leave it to 7,500 km as this requires another visit to the workshop between the 3,000 km and 15,000 km services (unless you change your own oil).

I guess the only questions then is: If changing the oil at 3,000 km, do you use a mineral oil (which is what I believe they have ex factory) to help complete the running in process, or switch over to full synthetic then, rather than waiting till 15,000 kms ?

Questions, questions, questions ....
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Yeah, I'm happy to change my own oil whenever it needs it - just that this idiot didn't think it needed it. My bad for not changing it earlier.

When I mentioned earlier that when I rang Ford to find out what oil to put in it (yes, that was my question - mineral or synthetic), they didn't know. I had one of them go and find out and check what is actually in the cars on the floor - they told me Mobil 1....so that is what I put in mine. Hope I did the right thing!

So I still don't really know what was in it when I got it and I still am not sure what I should be putting in it now....

In any case, in the future, will be changing it a lot more regularly....makes you wonder why Ford suggest otherwise....

Thanks for your help guys! Appreciated.
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I'm thinking about renaming the XR6T Forum, the XR ChicTurbo forum. Your a busy poster aren't you!!

Seriously, your posts are welcome and I hope the forum and its members can help make some sense of all the problems your having. What dealer do you use in SA? I use a guy at Jarvis Norwood who is very good especially with modified Fords. PM me if you want his details.
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I would reckon the 3,000 km service is a good time to do the first oil & filter change.
Agreed. Thats when I'm changing mine. I'm at 1200km now, and as soon as 3000 comes, apart from the checkup, I'm getting the oil changed. No matter what some dumb manual says...

If want my T to last me 20 years (which i do !) - No way would I leave it until 15,000 !!!
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