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Oil what grade and how often

I have a 2012 GT 5.0 mustang convertible. I only put on about 6000 kms a year, not miles. It is stored from Nov. to Apr. I have been changing the oil on the first day of Apr. every year. I drive it to a automotive garage around 5 km away and they change the oil and rotate the tires. I using full synthetic mobile 1 oil.
Am I doing things correct?
Is changing the oil better in Nov. or Apr. ?
What grade oil do you suggest?
Is changing the oil once a year ok?

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Depending on your type of driving (short hops or highway) your 6k per year is getting toward the high end of oil-change mileage. Using the synthetic oil helps and I'd say a 10-30w should work fine since you don't drive much in the colder weather. Changing oil in April will make sure that any condensation in the oil that you might have picked up over the winter would be flushed out with the oil change. Be sure to check your oil dip stick after you start it up in April. If the oil has a milky look, you have a little condensation in there.

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Once a year is probably fine, but I would do it twice -- once immediately after you take it out of storage, and again about half-way to when you put it back. Yes this is overkill, but not a real big deal.

The Mobil 1 should be more than good enough. You could save a few dollars by going to something cheaper, but I would stick with the Mobil 1.

For grade (weight) I would use whatever it says on the oil fill cap for normal street use, and I believe that is 5W-20. If you have any major high RPM and/or high temperature use in mind (like on a road track) then I'd go with 5W-30.

Do you find the oil minder telling you to change it every six months, regardless of mileage? I haven't actually tracked it, but I'm pretty sure mine does that. I think it tracks mileage and type of use and will tell you to change it based on that, but it will also tell you to change it every six months, regardless of mileage.

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it has never came up on my dash to change the oil

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^^^ interesting . . . I guess the oil change guy must be resetting it, and apparently it does not tell you to change it every six months . . . I guess I'll have to pay closer attention to what mine is doing

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I use Mobile 1 Extended Performance Synthetic. Supposed to be good for 25k kilometers but I have/will continue to change mine every 10k.
Basically start it up at end of winter slumber and change it then. Only plan on 10k per year
It is pricey, but I buy it on sale when the sales pop up.

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I have a12 GT and its in my garage November to April, but do take an occasional Winter drive when the roads are salt free. I have my dealer change it with the factory recommended Motorcraft semi synthetic, roatate the tires every April. The last 3 years it's been $39.99 plus tax. Kind of low but hey I'm not complaining.

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My oil change reminder gives a warning close to the one year mark. Then tells me to change at one year. I never get enough miles before the one year mark. I just use the Ford blend as mileage is to low to justify full synthetic.


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I use whatever Ford is putting in it. My guess is MotorCraft synthetic and I change it every 5,000 miles


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The oil life monitor will take you 8,000 to 10,000 miles before alerting you. I wasn't happy with that, so I reset mine to 70% each time and changed at 5,000 to 6,000 miles instead.

Personally, I would strongly recommend a 5W30 full synthetic. There are many great ones to pick. Even the Supertech Full Syn at Walmart is an excellent oil with great specs and cold/hot viscosity and meets or beats a lot of "name brand" oils. It's usually $16 for a 5-quart jug. In a recent test I saw, it out-performed Mobil 1 in some tests.

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I say keep doing what your doing and you'll be fine. 6000 kms - 3728 miles.

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I just checked the bottle of oil left over from last year. Im using mobile 1 5w30 full synthetic.

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One other question. Im using a ford oil filter. Anyone suggest a better filter.
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I haven't seen any reason to use anything other than a Motorcraft filter,, https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forum...es#Post5021407 .
The orange ones on the other hand, after watching some filter comparisons on Youtube, I wouldn't trust them at all.

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Oil changes only have a maximum between changes, not a minimum, so as long as you never hit the maximum, you can change it as often as you like. Every day if you want to.

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