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#4476105 - 07/31/17 10:58 PM Car moving to Florida
Oilied Offline


Registered: 06/22/16
Posts: 42
Loc: Atlantic Coast
My car is being sent down to Florida from the northeast and will remain there for the duration of its life. I'll use it down there when I fly south for the winters. Up here in New England, its had full synthetic 5W-20 its whole life of 85K, 4 cylinder escape.

Should I change the grade of Oil since it will be in a much warmer climate from now on?

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#4476107 - 07/31/17 11:03 PM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10097
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Nope, Florida doesn't get that hot anyways.

Humid yes, hot no.
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#4476109 - 07/31/17 11:04 PM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
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Registered: 09/26/14
Posts: 1978
Loc: US-WA
It's not the heat that would worry me, it's the Floridians. I would worry about the paint more, and tires and brakes for the evasive maneuvers you will have to endure. Oh earplugs, [censored] is up with the horns?
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#4476110 - 07/31/17 11:07 PM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
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Registered: 02/03/11
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I'd say either Supertech 5W30 syn or Motorcraft syn blend 5W30 with a decent filter, Wix or Fram Ultra and change every 5k.
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#4476112 - 07/31/17 11:08 PM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
mobilaltima Offline


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Florida seems to be just like south Louisiana, ridiculously hot and humid, especially this time of the year.
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#4476118 - 07/31/17 11:19 PM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
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Registered: 12/24/13
Posts: 780
Loc: Illinois, USA
Originally Posted By: Oilied
My car is being sent down to Florida from the northeast and will remain there for the duration of its life. I'll use it down there when I fly south for the winters. Up here in New England, its had full synthetic 5W-20 its whole life of 85K, 4 cylinder escape.

Should I change the grade of Oil since it will be in a much warmer climate from now on?

In theory, you could just use 50% 5w-20 and 50% 5w-30 of the same exact oil. Depending on the brand of oil you use, your mixture would either just come out to be a very thick 5w-20 or a very thin 5w-30. It's a happy medium.
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#4476141 - 08/01/17 12:37 AM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
FermeLaPorte Offline


Registered: 07/25/17
Posts: 466
Loc: Texas (south)
I live in a hotter climate than florida. 5w30 will be alright. It's all we use here.
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#4476152 - 08/01/17 02:09 AM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
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Registered: 03/18/08
Posts: 5622
Loc: South Florida
Don't change a thing.

Fill your tank to the top when you go back up north. Use a bottle of Stabil in the gas tank. And put your battery on a battery tender.
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#4476179 - 08/01/17 05:18 AM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
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Registered: 12/16/06
Posts: 4203
Loc: Port Orange, Florida
Florida gets extremely Hot and Humid. July and August usually 90-110 everyday for everything South of Daytona Beach.
Cars last forever down here though. I live 2 miles from the beach. I just traded our 2002 Lincoln we bought new and it was nice and shiny with the production stickers still on the body underneath. It was never in a garage and sat outside it's whole life.
It's amazing how cars look down here. My buddy in Pennsylvania always buys his cars in Texas and Florida and drives to get them for that reason.
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#4476182 - 08/01/17 05:29 AM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Panzerman]
AirgunSavant Offline


Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
Originally Posted By: Panzerman
Florida gets extremely Hot and Humid. July and August usually 90-110 everyday for everything South of Daytona Beach.
Cars last forever down here though. I live 2 miles from the beach. I just traded our 2002 Lincoln we bought new and it was nice and shiny with the production stickers still on the body underneath. It was never in a garage and sat outside it's whole life.
It's amazing how cars look down here. My buddy in Pennsylvania always buys his cars in Texas and Florida and drives to get them for that reason.


I'm a hair north of Daytona and I'm not a regular but i would have thought the salt water mist would eat up the cars? Good to know.

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#4476186 - 08/01/17 05:37 AM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1654
Loc: Crawfordville FL
You can run whatever you like in FL year round. I'm running 10w30
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#4476196 - 08/01/17 05:56 AM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
alarmguy Offline


Registered: 07/10/12
Posts: 2147
Loc: South Carolina
Im with the 5/30 and 10/30 people, as I do in South Carolina.


Edited by alarmguy (08/01/17 05:56 AM)
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#4476215 - 08/01/17 06:38 AM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
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Registered: 06/22/17
Posts: 353
Loc: Western usa
I would take it to little Havana for the Castro dump & Fill. : 5w-fry-grease & a bay of pigs filter.

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#4476245 - 08/01/17 07:27 AM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Oilied]
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Registered: 01/10/17
Posts: 167
Loc: Michigan
Your engine at operating temp is the same at 40 degree ambient temp as it is at 90 degree ambient temp, assuming your cooling system is functioning properly. Just keep doing what youre doing.
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#4476249 - 08/01/17 07:37 AM Re: Car moving to Florida [Re: Dyusik]
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Registered: 09/19/16
Posts: 1418
Loc: Minnesota
tires and brakes for the evasive maneuvers you will have to endure. Oh earplugs, [censored] is up with the horns? [/quote]
Consider the age of the drivers there. I have a few family(67 Pontiac GTO convertible total loss) and friends that live or lived near where the OP is going and ALL have had serious accidents. The last accident of a friend had to have reconstructive surgery of her face after a old drunk blew through a stop and nailed her friends car on the passenger side. No more driving in cars and now only trucks or large SUV for her.
Oh, about all the horns, dead hearing aid batteries


Edited by bioburner (08/01/17 07:38 AM)
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