> Hi Guys, I own a '98 XLT, that I have had since 6/2000. I had a 6
> yr/100,000 warranty which ran out a little over a year ago. (I have
> ~125k now). Since then the only maintenance I have been doing is
> checking fluids and changing oil and filter twice a year (It's OK
> because I use Amzoil synthetic, good for 25k)
> I have some low to average mechanical skills, and would like to know
> what I should do at this juncture for maintenance to get caught up, and
> what would be some stuff for me to do regularly. Nothing too
> complicated please, I just want to make this vehicle last as long as
> Thanks, Allen
I'm not sure about using expensive synthetic oils to not change your oil as
The synthetics break down less with heat and chemicals and provide superior
lubrication, but they still chemically hold solids and chemicals in
suspension that you recycle through your engine constantly. Especially a
new engine breaking in; all those minute pieces of metal!
According to consumer reports, using good quality oil, which all oils
regular name brand oils are these days, and changing frequently is better
than putting in $50 of synthetic and changing it not as often.
I usually change the oil immediately with a new car or engine, and then in
the first month after that. I have engines that have clean clear dipsticks
at 80,000 miles and 3,000 miles between changes!