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1. When will you do your first oil change?

2. Will you perform the oil change yourself, or have the dealer (or third-party) do it?

3. Will you use/specify a certain brand of oil?
 

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I plan on doing the 100-200 mile, 1000 mile, and 3000 mile schedule for the first 3. I plan on using mobile one unless I get information that another kind is better in this car. And I will probably do them myself. I really just don't trust the people to do them at the dealerships. Especially since I will probably know as much, if not more, about this car than the joe schmo who will be doing the oil change.
 

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I am getting a total maintenance package with my car (a gift).
Full synthetic oil and changes every 5K.
All of the first checks are free anyway.
Also I know Joe Schmo, I used to work with him before I retired, he has always done a great job on my car.

Dave
 

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I'll probably do the oil changes myself. The plan is to follow the recommended change intervals but also send oil samples to blackstone tech for evaluation. Synthetic oil is a given...
 

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I'll probably do the oil changes myself. The plan is to follow the recommended change intervals but also send oil samples to blackstone tech for evaluation. Synthetic oil is a given...
Keep an eye open for my article on Blackstone that will be coming soon. :)
 

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I just did my first change. I wanted to do it earlier but it wound up at 1,300 miles.

I upgraded to a Purolator Pure 1 PL20195 oil filter. The stock filter is a Motorcraft fl910s which is the smaller version of the Motorcraft fl400s and the PL20195 is an upgraded more efficient version of the fl400s. Purolator makes the Motorcraft filters so its almost a factory upgrade.

The hard part is getting the filter in place, the oil/water heat exchanger hoses get in the way but after you get the filter past that it fits fine. Even the small filter has that issue getting in and out.

One minor change I did was rotate a spring clip on one of the heat exchanger hoses, that gave it more space and less likely to bust a knuckle on when you are removing a filter.

I'm going to do a 1,000 mile weekend road trip soon. My next change will be after that, hopefully before 3,500 miles, then I'll switch to a 5,000 mile interval on oil and maybe 10,000 on filters if they look good after 5,000.
 

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I got a few free oil changes when I bought my car. So I'll let Ford handle those, but after that I'll be servicing the car. I've used Mobil 1 for years in both of my previous cars, but will have to do a bit of oil research on the ST as Ford likes to use a synthetic-blend 5W20. More than likely, I'll be going full synthetic though.
 

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My first oil change will be free. I'll probably let the dealership handle it for me.. But I am going to be specifying & possibly providing my own oil.

I am undecided yet as to whether I will stick to scheduled 100% or take it in for an early change. So much mixed information/opinions on the subject that I find it really hard to decide what's best.
 

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I had the first oil change done yesterday.
I wanted to get the break in oil out.
On this first change because of the car's low,1100 miles, I decided to go with a synthetic blend.
All of the future changes will be full synthetic.

Dave
 

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If you do a DIY change a quality cap type filter wrench that fits the flutes on the end of the filter is a big help, the OEM filter is on very tight from the factory and the access is a bit awkward. I happened to have a Hazet 2169 left over from another vehicle and it fit perfectly and worked great...from what I've read some have had trouble getting the factory filter off but this tool makes it easy. I'd definitely go for a name brand filter wrench, some of the low $$$ Chinese knockoffs look right but don't work well.

 

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Better than any filter wrench, buy a K&N with a hex nut welded on the bottom. Easiest filter to replace and a top quality product as well. Great idea.
 

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Better than any filter wrench, buy a K&N with a hex nut welded on the bottom. Easiest filter to replace and a top quality product as well. Great idea.
I have used K+N oil filters on some vehicles, had no problems, and the hex nut definitely does help when access is bad...but a new one won't help at all getting the uber tight original OEM filter off (lotsa posts on this on Ford forums)...also I plan to stick with the Ford recommended FL910S while my car is under warranty to avoid any potential battles with the dealer or Ford should there be any engine problems, do not want to give them a possible excuse to deny a warranty claim, especially an expensive one if the engine died, etc...
 

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Just did my first one at 1500 miles. Installed Ford FL-910S ($3.50 @ wally world) and standard Mobil 1 5W-20. Same combo I ran in my previous 2.3L turbo duratec Focus with no issues.
Next oil change Ill do at 5K and likely every 5K afterwards unless I have some prolonged high temp hard drives in there.
Before you remove your filter, as someone else mentioned, turn the little C clamp away from the filter like this:


Or you'll get this:

 

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Yep, that's a busted knuckle...

I'm getting ready for my second oil change after my SEMA road trip. I meant to look for an oil filter cutter but that is one thing I forgot. I think I'll try to order one and change once it arrives.
 

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I looked around and the Longacre oil filter cutter seemed like a good choice from a reputable company at a good price. The only thing significantly cheaper was the Summit private label filter cutter.

I found a good price on Amazon along with cheap Purolator PL20195 oil filters, a case of Royal Purple, a K&N air filter, spline drive lug nuts and a ratcheting 1/2" drive torque wrench.

I went with the free shipping option so sometime next week I'll be ready for an oil change and a couple upgrades.
 

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My oil arrived last week and the rest is scheduled for Tuesday delivery.

I'll probably do the change on Thursday, now I have to line up a lift.

I have two options, one rental place and a race shop that will probably help me out because I'm going to order a twin scroll EFR turbo from them.
 

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I did my first oil change today at 2000 miles. I rotated the one hose clamp that was in the way. Why do they have to install the oil filter so ridiculously tight at the factory? I had to use a large pair of channel lock pliers to get it off.
 

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Yeah mine was really tight too, it took a chain style oil filter wrench and left the can with lots of dents and scars.

The second time around should be much easier.
 

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Did my first 1 yesterday at the dealer at 4200 kms. When I got there they said I could have went to 8000kms but I just told them to get it done, it was only $25. So now im good until 12000kms, or June 2014
 
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