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Old 07-01-2002, 02:38   #1 (permalink)
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confused Engine Oil 220 XR8

What is the Oil used by Tickford for the 220KW XR8?
Im just about to drop my oil and would like to know what’s in it atm

The manual I got with my car just tells me to use 15-40 Oil.
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Old 07-02-2002, 01:31   #2 (permalink)
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i asked the guys at local ford dealer, they reckon the 10-30 is a goer for the AU XR8's.
What did you end up using if you did it already ? as i am up for a change.
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Old 07-02-2002, 01:42   #3 (permalink)
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I rang ford (lotta help they were) didn’t even know what a XR8 was and after talking to a few stupid ppl 1 guys said 2 use and good oil.... yea thanx dickhead, any good oil

Then called local Ford dealer and some young guy told me they use Castrol GT3 (but he did not know what Tickford used)

But then after that I saw on the Tseries webpage
http://www.tickford.com.au/tseries/hood.asp
What oil is used on the 220 :))

Mobil 1 15W40

So first thing tomorrow morning I will get me self some of that.
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I ask Tickford about oil a few weeks ago.
They advised they use Mobil XHP Plus 15W40.
This is how they say they achieve 15K before the first service and between services.
Mine has just done 1500km and I will be changing the oil this weekend anyway !
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Thanx Muzza

I cant agree more Im not waiting for 15000k.
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I wouldn't wait 15,000 in a fit of madness - not would I wait 15k between services either.
The recommended oil for the T Series was Shell Helix Synthetic but as I have moved to 5,000 k changes I am following Rob Herrods recommendation and using Shell Helix Super which is a mineral based oil.
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Tickfords have now changed to Mobil oils - for T Series they are using Zero W - 40 Synthetic.
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Old 07-02-2002, 05:41   #8 (permalink)
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Oil changes

Yeah I agree,

IMO - this 15,000 between oil changes is a worry.
Has engine and oil technology improved so much ?
Or is it the outer tolerance of oil change duration, a technical vs cost trade-off or is it to do with competative positioning.

I have been doing the wife's ED XR6 every 5,000 and using Helix Super (the grey container) as well.
I do my own lubs and the money saved by not going to a service place more than pays for the good oils. I do almost all my own repair work and invest the savings in good parts (DBA slotteds, etc).

I will be using the Mobil XHP Plus 15W40 and Ford filters in the new XR8 as it is under warranty and I take no risks. It will get new oil/filter at 7,500km intervals at maximum.

I know Ford engines are the ducks guts, but.....
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The primary reason for changing oils is that the additive package becomes depleted and so the protection is lowered. So, if you use a quality oil such as Mobil 1 (especially the 0W40 version) or Helix Plus (the top one whatever it's called) the additive packages are superior and last longer. While the oil still has additive elements and the filtration is in order oil changes aren't really necessary.

Having said that, things such as operating conditions can severely affect the time the additive package is effective.

One final item, do NOT use 30W oil on the XR8 engines. You MUST use a 40W oil - there's a reason the owners manual prints the 40W bit in BOLD!!!!
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Totally agree with Pete on that one.
The 10W30 oil is for AU XR6 only. (specified on filler cap on 6's)

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