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2012 GT first oil change at 3650 miles.....

2012 GT first oil change at 3650 miles.....

Pulled only 5.5 qts out of her so a little bit concerned but probably ok.... I have not pushed her too hard and drive mostly freeway miles to work at about 112 miles a day......... Must have spilled 1/2 qt on the floor due to the poor design of the oil filter cover (3 bolts and only drops at an angle). I had checked 2-3 weeks into ownership and was just below the bottom hole in the dip stick so I added 3/4 qt to get to the middle of the stick. Put 8 qts of Motocraft 5-20W and a Ford Racing filter back in... With that cover oil changes will be "bloody" but that's a trade off for 412 horses and a fine looking and handling car.... From now on I think I'll keep her riding high on the dip stick at the top hole. I'll do this again at 3500 miles from now and see where I stand and report back..... Hopefully this oil burn in due to the new engine as I have read here before... I'd say a good practice is to always measure the volume of the oil you pull out.... Regards


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Perfect timing... I just checked my oil (@2600miles) 5 minutes ago and noticed it was low. I guess I will top it off like you did.

I've heard people say the engine tick comes after the first oil change... any sign of it?


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some cars are being delivered low on oil, so take that into consideration and its pretty normal to burn oil during break in, and you guys really need to be checking your oil more often

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Perfect timing... I just checked my oil (@2600miles) 5 minutes ago and noticed it was low. I guess I will top it off like you did.

I've heard people say the engine tick comes after the first oil change... any sign of it?
Good, keep an eye on it during the first few thousand miles..... Yes, only 5.5 qts came out but I think I had at least 6 in there for awhile... I'd worry more if it was less than 5 qts.... Today, at 8 qts back in and letting her sit for 30 minutes or so after warming her up to driving temp on a test drive I was just below the top dip stick hole. I think that will be my bench mark for now on. Regards

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Perfect timing... I just checked my oil (@2600miles) 5 minutes ago and noticed it was low. I guess I will top it off like you did.

I've heard people say the engine tick comes after the first oil change... any sign of it?
No sign of any ticking in the engine and my trans is just fine......... The trans can be a little tricky but you get used to the short gates......... No different from my VW manuals or M21's back in the day......... Regards

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Cool thanks man, is it wierd I don't want to take my car to ford for an oil change??? I'll probably pick up a few quarts this weekend to top it off.

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at 1500 miles i was a little over a quart low. This seems to be pretty consistent with break-in. The longer the car is driven the more oil seems to be burned as the OP experienced 2.5 quarts low at over 3000 miles. I had my dealer do an oil change because if this is a persistent issue i want to have legitimate records documenting the problem. We discussed the oil burning issue and agree to monitor over the next couple thousand miles. Thus far with another 700 miles since the change the level is holding steady. If in fact the engine is breaking-in to that extent, I would not simply add more oil, but get fresh oil and filter in the car. And no matter what ford says about 10K miles between changes, i would never go more than 5K. My two older cars have 170K+ and 130K+ and both still run fine. My coyote has no weird tics, and my MT82 still feels great. The key to making any car last is consistent and conscientious maintenance. Neglect will definately surface with greater affect and quicker in a performance engine running at tighter tolerances. So just keep her fed and clean and she will treat you well for many years.

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I plan on changing my oil at 1,000 miles and then at 4,000. and every 4,000 thereafter. An oil change is cheap enough and I want to make sure my oil is clean.

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2012 GT first oil change at 3650 miles.....

Pulled only 5.5 qts out of her so a little bit concerned but probably ok.... I have not pushed her too hard and drive mostly freeway miles to work at about 112 miles a day......... Must have spilled 1/2 qt on the floor due to the poor design of the oil filter cover (3 bolts and only drops at an angle). I had checked 2-3 weeks into ownership and was just below the bottom hole in the dip stick so I added 3/4 qt to get to the middle of the stick. Put 8 qts of Motocraft 5-20W and a Ford Racing filter back in... With that cover oil changes will be "bloody" but that's a trade off for 412 horses and a fine looking and handling car.... From now on I think I'll keep her riding high on the dip stick at the top hole. I'll do this again at 3500 miles from now and see where I stand and report back..... Hopefully this oil burn in due to the new engine as I have read here before... I'd say a good practice is to always measure the volume of the oil you pull out.... Regards
It is not time for my first change yet but many here have suggested using a large ziploc bag around the oil filter to catch the excess and the filter. In ten or so years of changing my own oil, I had never thought of that.

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It is not time for my first change yet but many here have suggested using a large ziploc bag around the oil filter to catch the excess and the filter. In ten or so years of changing my own oil, I had never thought of that.
Wow that is a great idea. Boy did I make a mess when I removed that freaking filter. I think I spent more time cleaning the mess then changing the oil.

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It is not time for my first change yet but many here have suggested using a large ziploc bag around the oil filter to catch the excess and the filter. In ten or so years of changing my own oil, I had never thought of that.

Super idea....! I would have thought of that though, maybe 15 to 20 changes from now.....!

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plastic bag and filter, thanx for the idea!

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I've heard people say the engine tick comes after the first oil change... any sign of it?
I had the the tick before I changed over to Mobil 1 at 700mi, it stuck around a few hundred miles after the oil change, but has since vanished

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^^ LOL you realize modern cars are basically broken in within a few miles of leaving the dealership, and there are cars actually delivered with full synthetic oil now a days, stop believing those myths youre hearing

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^^ LOL you realize modern cars are basically broken in within a few miles of leaving the dealership, and there are cars actually delivered with full synthetic oil now a days, stop believing those myths youre hearing
Myths? More like out and out lies!

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