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#177806 - 02/20/06 02:56 AM Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
e anderson Offline


Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 23
Loc: L.A.
What brand of oil are you guys using for a 2006 Ford Expedition 5.4 Engine that recommends 5/20 wt. I am in California so it it is not that cold , are any of you going to 5/30 ? or I heard since the Engine is set up with tighter clearances you should stick with 5/20 thanks for the info.

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#177807 - 02/20/06 04:01 AM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
speedtc Offline


Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 585
Loc: Tinley park il
Motorcraft 5w20 syn blend.

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#177808 - 02/20/06 04:05 AM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
wavinwayne Offline


Registered: 01/06/05
Posts: 7519
Loc: North Alabama
For a 5k mile OCI, you'll be hard pressed to find a better oil than MC 5w20.

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#177809 - 02/20/06 04:08 AM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
e anderson Offline


Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 23
Loc: L.A.
Thanks for the info , does Wal Mart sell MotorCraft? who else sells it besides Ford and Pep Boys?

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#177810 - 02/20/06 04:10 AM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
wavinwayne Offline


Registered: 01/06/05
Posts: 7519
Loc: North Alabama
Places that I know of that sell Motorcraft oil:

WalMart
AutoZone
Advance Auto Parts
O'Reilly Auto Parts

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#177811 - 02/20/06 08:38 AM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
Islandvic Offline


Registered: 02/01/05
Posts: 1210
Loc: South Texas
Walmart has MoCraft 5qt jugs for $9.98.

MoCraft filters for about $3.

I would run MoCraft 5-20 w/ FL820S filter for your rig.

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#177812 - 02/20/06 06:25 PM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
SVTDoood Offline


Registered: 07/22/04
Posts: 41
Loc: Memphis, TN
MC 5-20 is an excellent oil. I run it in my SVT with 171,000 miles and I run it hard. Engine is soo smooth and quiet, and my car seems to run cooler on it as well...the temp guage seems to confirm this.

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#177813 - 02/20/06 06:51 PM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
Schmoe Offline


Registered: 05/12/03
Posts: 6416
Loc: Oklahoma
Temperature guages on Fords are simply like a "on or off" switch. Once the engine warms up, guage will stay in the middle unless the engine gets overheated. You will not see minute flucuations on those temperature guages.
I run 5W-30 in the winter and 10W-30 in the summer on my 5.4 F150. I just think the 5W-20's are strictly CAFE oriented.

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#177814 - 02/20/06 07:59 PM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
MIAMI-DADE Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 275
Loc: Florida
Since its a 06 under warrenty you want to use 5w20.Like Islandvic says use Motorcraft 5w20 which is a good syn.blend oil.I use it down here here Miami heat and nightmare traffic in my 05 4.6 Vic.

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#177815 - 02/21/06 08:43 AM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
Dr Cpk Offline


Registered: 07/18/05
Posts: 26
Loc: Iowa
e anderson -
I may be wrong, but it is my understanding that the only 'tighter clearances' in a motor calling for 5W-20, is in the gear tip dia. / pump body, of the oil pump, to ensure adequet oil pressure w/thinner oils.
The clearances in the oil pumps used in motors calling for 5W-20 are in the neighborhood of .0020 - .0049", whereas the oil pumps in motors calling for 5W-30 or greater are running around .0078".
Any manuals I have seen indicate no clearance or nominal tolerance changes to journal bearings, piston bores, etc. over the past 15 years or so.
Hence, you are probably OK to run 5W-30 in a motor calling for 5W-20, but may sacrifice a little oil pressure running 5W-20 where 5W-30 is called for. (IMHO)

[ February 22, 2006, 12:58 AM: Message edited by: Dr Cpk ]

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#177816 - 02/21/06 09:01 AM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
MC5W20 Offline


Registered: 01/30/06
Posts: 855
Loc: Arizona
If you don't use MC5w20 make sure whatever you use meets ford specs. I don't have the spec handy but it should be listed in your owners manual. The only company I know for sure that meets it is Castrol.

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#177817 - 02/21/06 06:55 PM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
speedtc Offline


Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 585
Loc: Tinley park il
5w20 is what ford recommends. 5w30 can be used because there is no requirement to use 5w20 except better gas mileage. I use 5w20 in my ford.

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#177818 - 02/21/06 07:09 PM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
Eddie Offline


Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 6771
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
Use the factory recomended viscosity for the breakin miles (10,000?) and after the 2nd or 3d oil change get a UOA. From that UOA data, decide if that's is best for you. Many on this NG find that they are getting excellent UOAs using 5w20 oils like MC5w20. Don't subscribe to the idea that 5w20 oils are to satisfy cafe requirments only..

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#177819 - 02/22/06 08:59 AM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
mikemc Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 1381
Loc: Southeast Kentucky
Another vote for Motorcraft 5w20. Used oil analysis of 5w20 in Ford modular v-8's look very good. If 5w20 was too thin for these motors, it would have showed up in the last 5 years since Ford began the 5w20 spec.

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#177820 - 02/22/06 07:27 AM Re: Ford Expedition 2006 5/20 wt . 5.4 oil recomendations
e anderson Offline


Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 23
Loc: L.A.
Thanks for all the replies , I will use Motorcraft 5/20. My previous Expedition I used Shell 5/30 and has 98,000 miles and uses only minimal amount of oil between oil changes , never low enough to add oil.

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