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#4655472 - 02/04/18 02:50 AM Maxlife / Synpower frankebrew or HDEO for cleaning
FordCapriDriver Offline

Registered: 10/22/15
Posts: 2324
Loc: Balearic Islands , Spain
It's been 2 weeks now since i bought my Escort ( FORD Escort that is, not something else )
And i have narrowed my oil choice down to either a Valvoline Maxlife frankenbrew or using a HDEO.

Out of these 3 which would be the best for cleaning? ( See engine internal pics : )
The engine takes 3.5L with the oil filter, 10W-40 or 15W-40 is the Ford reccomended grade.

2.5L of Maxlife 15W-40 Dino + 1L of Maxlife 5W-40 full syn

2.5L of Maxlife 15W-40 Dino + 1L of SynPower 10W-40

Or just plain Mixed fleet Shell Rimula R4X 15W-40 HDEO ( API: CI-4, CH-4, CG-4, CF-4, CF. SL; ACEA: E7, E5, E3; Global: DHD-1; Caterpillar: ECF-2, ECF-1-A ) which also has 1250ppm of Zddp, the engine does have a flat tappet SOHC camshaft with fairly high valve spring pressures even on a stock engine ( 220 lbs at full lift ).

The HDEO would be the cheaper option cost wise.
1975 Ford Capri II Ghia 3000 V6
1988 Ford Escort 1.6 Xr3i Convertible
Finnish expat living in Spain
My clothes smell like 15W-40 HDEO and 20W-50.

#4655477 - 02/04/18 03:51 AM Re: Maxlife / Synpower frankebrew or HDEO for cleaning [Re: FordCapriDriver]
Bailes1992 Offline

Registered: 03/10/17
Posts: 119
Loc: South Wales, UK
I think Shell Rimula R4X 15w40 on it's own with short intervals should clean her up!

I'm also running a HDEO in our Defender for cleaning reasons. I've also put some Forte seal conditioner in the oil to help soften and swell the old rubber seals, might be worth thinking about it in your case also!
'13 Suzuki Jimmny - '16 Dacia Duster 1.5DCi 4WD
'96 LR Defender 300TDi - '12 BMW 320d

Engine Oil - Fuchs Titan XTL GT1 5w40
Gearbox Oil - Fuchs Sintofluid 75w80
Diff Oil - Fuchs Sintopoid 75w90

#4655479 - 02/04/18 04:06 AM Re: Maxlife / Synpower frankebrew or HDEO for cleaning [Re: FordCapriDriver]
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Registered: 07/07/15
Posts: 4289
Loc: Down Under
I would go the Shell Rimula 15W40, it's a good oil.
Penrite Vantage 10W40 SN & A3/B4 + Wesfil-Cooper Z154

#4655523 - 02/04/18 07:13 AM Re: Maxlife / Synpower frankebrew or HDEO for cleaning [Re: SR5]
Dallas69 Offline

Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 1617
Loc: Texas
Any oil will clean your engine.
Just do a few 2000 miles oil changes and forget about it.
Or not.
2009 Galant-ultra oil and filter
1987 Ford F-150 302
Smittys 5-30
Motorcraft filter