Like BITOG?

If you don't mind oil-related ads, and want to keep us running, whitelist BobisTheOilGuy in your ad blocker.

Thank you!

Recent Topics
Employer Exit Interview.
by JustinH
5 minutes 13 seconds ago
Ceratec vs. Archoil 9100
by Phishin
8 minutes 49 seconds ago
Acclaim radiator ?
by urrlord
11 minutes 3 seconds ago
Understanding Idle Control Circuit
by artbuc
59 minutes 4 seconds ago
Annual drain on Mobil1 5w20 high mileage?
by ryan2022
Today at 07:36 AM
Best Oil For Late Model Toyota V6 Engines ?
by ChrisD46
Today at 06:58 AM
Ford 4.6L Durability?
by Auae85
Yesterday at 11:00 PM
Mercedes Benz High Mileage Badges
by Snagglefoot
Yesterday at 10:46 PM
Lawn Tractor Tire Sealer
by 97K15004WD
Yesterday at 10:01 PM
Fireworks Stores
by Warstud
Yesterday at 09:36 PM
1994 Ranger fuel tank/frame cleanup & NOS part
by 01rangerxl
Yesterday at 09:27 PM
Koreans top J.D. Power qlty; Ford, GM, FCA make strides
by wemay
Yesterday at 09:18 PM
How Fast to Run a ZeroTurn Mower
by Gebo
Yesterday at 09:10 PM
Bosch 3300 C&P Yamaha FZ-07
by bmwpowere36m3
Yesterday at 08:49 PM
My FIL in hospice
by fdcg27
Yesterday at 08:41 PM
Spraying Polyurethane
by Texican
Yesterday at 08:37 PM
Dehumidifier icing
by Kestas
Yesterday at 08:37 PM
Diesel lube in Petrol Engine
by Ducked
Yesterday at 07:46 PM
New key programming cost
by 92saturnsl2
Yesterday at 07:27 PM
When you help someone and its time to walk away
by RazorsEdge
Yesterday at 07:09 PM
Newest Members
ronw1309, Suth31, yamahaboy125, Turboholic, TrpNY
65284 Registered Users
Who's Online
82 registered (Alex_V, 2004tdigls, ARCOgraphite, andyd, A310, ArrestMeRedZ, 9 invisible), 1346 Guests and 37 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
65284 Members
67 Forums
285691 Topics
4768001 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Topic Options
#4633744 - 01/13/18 03:01 PM 2004 Lariat With 51K Miles
CajunLariat Offline


Registered: 11/24/17
Posts: 77
Loc: LOUISIANA
I detail vehicles for a Ford dealership. I am very good friends with the shop foreman. My 2004 Ford Lariat, 5.4 3 valve engine, has 51K miles on it.
I had my shop foreman friend replace the transmission cable. He was listening to my engine and said the VCT solenoids need to be replaced. I was going to do a UOA on my engine after he advised me to. Will the VCT'S affect the outcome of the UOA?

Top
#4633750 - 01/13/18 03:07 PM Re: 2004 Lariat With 51K Miles [Re: CajunLariat]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10159
Loc: OH
Hi there Robert,

Not sure if it will or not but I'd get the sampling kit from Napa as they seem to have the best deal on them. thumbsup

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/FIL4077

Top
#4633837 - 01/13/18 04:46 PM Re: 2004 Lariat With 51K Miles [Re: SatinSilver]
CajunLariat Offline


Registered: 11/24/17
Posts: 77
Loc: LOUISIANA
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Hi there Robert,

Not sure if it will or not but I'd get the sampling kit from Napa as they seem to have the best deal on them. thumbsup

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/FIL4077

My dad (BlueOvalFitter) has a UOA kit from BLACKSTONE. He got it in the mail from SHELL when they were doing the FREE Pennzoil oil sample UOA. He said they will charge me $25 and that is what most people here use. Back in 2004 he bought a UOA kit from Ringhaver Caterpillar in Tampa, FL. for $13, and it included the UOA. How much is the NAPA kit, and does it include the UOA?
I edited my reply because I just saw the link.


Edited by CajunLariat (01/13/18 04:49 PM)
Edit Reason: Just saw the NAPA link

Top
#4633861 - 01/13/18 05:23 PM Re: 2004 Lariat With 51K Miles [Re: CajunLariat]
Backwoods41695 Offline


Registered: 03/29/17
Posts: 25
Loc: AL
Is the engine rough idling? If you're just hearing a light rattle at 800-1,200 RPMs, there is really no need to replace them, unless the noise bugs you. Literally 99.9% of 3 valve engines do this. I own one myself and it's done it since day one. Over 150k on it now.
_________________________
2007 Ford F-150 5.4L 3V
Motorcraft Synth Blend 5W-20

1985 Dodge Ram D100 225 Slant 6
Shell Rotella T4 15W-40

Top
#4633911 - 01/13/18 06:18 PM Re: 2004 Lariat With 51K Miles [Re: CajunLariat]
CajunLariat Offline


Registered: 11/24/17
Posts: 77
Loc: LOUISIANA
Backwood41695, my truck is getting terrible gas mileage. At idle it kind of idles ruff. I can watch the tachometor needle jump around. My mileage thing on the dash sometimes says 10 mpg. I didn't tell my friend all of this but I read on GOOGLE these are signs that they need to be replaced. A older man and older lady bought the truck and a Taurus at the same time. The man died in 2009 and the truck sat in her garage until last year. She traded the truck and the Taurus in for a new Explorer. I bought the truck from the dealership after they put it through the used car section fixing any thing that was wrong with it. The oil change guy said the oil was nasty and the oil filter looked like it had been on it since 2009. My cousin changed it a couple of times after my dad had him put Marvel mystery oil in it.

Top
#4633930 - 01/13/18 06:34 PM Re: 2004 Lariat With 51K Miles [Re: CajunLariat]
Backwoods41695 Offline


Registered: 03/29/17
Posts: 25
Loc: AL
Yeah, any time you don't maintenance one of these engines, everything messes up. Solenoid screens are probably blocked. When they get the solenoids out, need to check chain for slack. Broken guide or collapsed tensioner is possible. Cats are known to plug up too when running rough. If the plugs haven't been done that you know of, I'd suggest doing those as well. I know it's low mileage, but these plugs love to seize themselves and break off in the head. They are probably carbon'd from running rough too and could use a fresh set.


Edited by Backwoods41695 (01/13/18 06:36 PM)
_________________________
2007 Ford F-150 5.4L 3V
Motorcraft Synth Blend 5W-20

1985 Dodge Ram D100 225 Slant 6
Shell Rotella T4 15W-40

Top
#4634665 - 01/14/18 01:02 PM Re: 2004 Lariat With 51K Miles [Re: CajunLariat]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10159
Loc: OH
I'd prob do an engine flush following the directions to a "t". Which will be something like getting the engine nice and warm. Pour in flush, idle it 5 mins or what the directions state, drain oil, fill with new. Prob do that for a few oil changes. Motor Medic at Walmart or some CRC Engine flush, etc just go with a name brand flush. Also a bottle of MMO in the oil for the last 1000 miles before an oil change would be good as well.

Top
#4646534 - 01/26/18 01:11 AM Re: 2004 Lariat With 51K Miles [Re: CajunLariat]
FZ1 Offline


Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 4727
Loc: Texas
Do the easiest thing first. Get a decent torque wrench and change the plugs. Be careful,those plugs may have been in there since 2004.

Top