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Old 11-01-2005, 11:01   #1 (permalink)
Jonah
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OOOPS! Used the wrong oil

I just did the first oil change in my new 2002 V8 XLT. I foolishly assumed (ass-u-me) it used 5W-30, like my 96 did.
As soon as I drained out the oil and popped the hood to refill it, I noticed the BIG yellow '5W-20' marked on the fill
cap. With no other transportation available to get back to the parts store, I was kind of forced to use the 5W-30. How
badly did I screw up? I live in CT where the winter is fairly cold. Should I drain out the Mobil 1 (priced like a real
nice dinner out) or maybe replace some of it with 5W-20 or just let it go?
Thanks
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Old 11-01-2005, 13:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: OOOPS! Used the wrong oil

I would leave it in there, the thinner oil is only for fuel consumption, a
couple a penny's on a full tank

I wont hurt your engine


"Jonah" <NoSpam4Me@home.Gov> wrote in message
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> I just did the first oil change in my new 2002 V8 XLT. I foolishly

assumed (ass-u-me) it used 5W-30, like my 96 did.
> As soon as I drained out the oil and popped the hood to refill it, I

noticed the BIG yellow '5W-20' marked on the fill
> cap. With no other transportation available to get back to the parts

store, I was kind of forced to use the 5W-30. How
> badly did I screw up? I live in CT where the winter is fairly cold.

Should I drain out the Mobil 1 (priced like a real
> nice dinner out) or maybe replace some of it with 5W-20 or just let it go?
> Thanks



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Old 11-03-2005, 06:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: OOOPS! Used the wrong oil


"Jonah" <NoSpam4Me@home.Gov> wrote in message
news:b2O9f.34770$E17.10681@fe03.lga...
> I just did the first oil change in my new 2002 V8 XLT. I foolishly

assumed (ass-u-me) it used 5W-30, like my 96 did.
> As soon as I drained out the oil and popped the hood to refill it, I

noticed the BIG yellow '5W-20' marked on the fill
> cap. With no other transportation available to get back to the parts

store, I was kind of forced to use the 5W-30. How
> badly did I screw up? I live in CT where the winter is fairly cold.

Should I drain out the Mobil 1 (priced like a real
> nice dinner out) or maybe replace some of it with 5W-20 or just let it go?
> Thanks


This will not be a problem. In prior years 5W30 would have been the oil
specified for your engine (2000 and earlier). Ford changed to the thinner
oil to improve mileage. I'd just run the Mobil 1 till your next normal oil
change and then use 5W20 (or continue using 5W30 if you prefer). Either oil
will work just fine in your engine.

Ed


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Old 11-03-2005, 20:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: OOOPS! Used the wrong oil

I'll agree with the other posters regarding leaving the oil in there until
the next change. Before your next oil change, I will recommend looking in
the owners manual for the oil viscosity recommendation chart... you can
decide which viscosity range is best for your local conditions.

Modern engine technology has viscosity selection as being more important
than it has been in the past. I've seen improper viscosity pump lifters up
and holding valves open... rare, but still happening.

That you have selected a synthetic based on PAO stocks is good.... and may
even be a choice for continued use. For this oil, one big bragging point is
reduced viscosity change in temperature extremes.....


"Jonah" <NoSpam4Me@home.Gov> wrote in message
news:b2O9f.34770$E17.10681@fe03.lga...
> I just did the first oil change in my new 2002 V8 XLT. I foolishly

assumed (ass-u-me) it used 5W-30, like my 96 did.
> As soon as I drained out the oil and popped the hood to refill it, I

noticed the BIG yellow '5W-20' marked on the fill
> cap. With no other transportation available to get back to the parts

store, I was kind of forced to use the 5W-30. How
> badly did I screw up? I live in CT where the winter is fairly cold.

Should I drain out the Mobil 1 (priced like a real
> nice dinner out) or maybe replace some of it with 5W-20 or just let it go?
> Thanks



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Old 11-04-2005, 14:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: OOOPS! Used the wrong oil

Thanks to all who replied. I feel better that I only screwed up a little bit.

Jim Warman wrote:
> I'll agree with the other posters regarding leaving the oil in there until
> the next change. Before your next oil change, I will recommend looking in
> the owners manual for the oil viscosity recommendation chart... you can
> decide which viscosity range is best for your local conditions.
>
> Modern engine technology has viscosity selection as being more important
> than it has been in the past. I've seen improper viscosity pump lifters up
> and holding valves open... rare, but still happening.
>
> That you have selected a synthetic based on PAO stocks is good.... and may
> even be a choice for continued use. For this oil, one big bragging point is
> reduced viscosity change in temperature extremes.....
>
>
> "Jonah" <NoSpam4Me@home.Gov> wrote in message
> news:b2O9f.34770$E17.10681@fe03.lga...
>
>>I just did the first oil change in my new 2002 V8 XLT. I foolishly

>
> assumed (ass-u-me) it used 5W-30, like my 96 did.
>
>>As soon as I drained out the oil and popped the hood to refill it, I

>
> noticed the BIG yellow '5W-20' marked on the fill
>
>>cap. With no other transportation available to get back to the parts

>
> store, I was kind of forced to use the 5W-30. How
>
>>badly did I screw up? I live in CT where the winter is fairly cold.

>
> Should I drain out the Mobil 1 (priced like a real
>
>>nice dinner out) or maybe replace some of it with 5W-20 or just let it go?
>>Thanks

>
>
>

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Old 11-21-2005, 19:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: OOOPS! Used the wrong oil

>I just did the first oil change in my new 2002 V8 XLT.

I use Mobil 1 in my Exploder. Good choice. My question is how does a 2002
go this long and still be new? Has it been driven for 3 years and this is
the first oil change?!?! Just curious!
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Old 11-22-2005, 15:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: OOOPS! Used the wrong oil

It's new to me. I just traded in my 96 for the '02. I've been known to go more than 3-5000 miles between oil changes,
but 50,000 would be pushing it, even for me.

S.P. wrote:
>>I just did the first oil change in my new 2002 V8 XLT.

>
>
> I use Mobil 1 in my Exploder. Good choice. My question is how does a 2002
> go this long and still be new? Has it been driven for 3 years and this is
> the first oil change?!?! Just curious!
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