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5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? #5185112 08/12/19 02:37 PM
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My F150 is currently in the shop getting a new Ford Long block. I bought the truck with 97K and a good history but this stuff happens! Very happy I purchased a powertrain warranty on it. Based on some recommendations from both this board as well as Ford techs(one of which is Fordtechmakuloco on YT), I will not be running 5w20. Most of the recommendations seem to be for 5w30.

My question is should I stick with a Syn 5w30 or something like M1 0w40? Any benefit in these 3 valves with the 0w40? Not trying to start a viscosity war here, just curious what some of your guys thoughts are or if anyone has experience with these motors? This motor failed at 103K, so I'm hoping to at least get another 100-150K out of her before it's retired.

Thanks for the feedback

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'17 Armada Platinum; dealer fill, 46K
'10 F150 5.4; 103K- Currently under the knife
'70 F100; Valvoline 15w40/LG
Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185115 08/12/19 02:44 PM
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Are you doing a HV oil pump? Or is it just going to be all stock components?


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Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185119 08/12/19 02:51 PM
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Most 0w40's are super class oils, built right on the edge of the low limits to be a 40 weight cSt 12.5, most of them really spend most of their time as 5w30 in the sump. I wouldn't go Ford spec hunting if you are trying to gauge quality. Look at mercedes and porsche spec, those specs encourage the manu's to use higher quality base oils. Put it this way, it is easier to find a high quality 0w40 then a 5w30, because 5w30 is hamstrung with regulations thanks to CAFE and the EPA unless you move over to real boutique 5w30. IMO good move getting away from 20 weight. If you go 0w40 for higher ep/aw additives and part pao base oils, look at one with cSt less then 14 for sure, closer to 12.5 better.

Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185124 08/12/19 02:54 PM
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I use 5W-30 in all my Fords (2000 4.6 2 valve Mustang GT, 2010 3 valve Mustang GT, 2018 5.0 4 valve Coyote Mustang GT). I'm definitely not with thin oil in these motors. They will last a long time with good maintenance, though. Even the 5.3L.


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Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185130 08/12/19 03:02 PM
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Mobil 1 and Castrol 0w40 are both great oils run them and don’t look back,


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Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185161 08/12/19 03:36 PM
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A friend of mine ran 15W-50 in one of these engines. It didn't blow up.


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Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185162 08/12/19 03:36 PM
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Mobil 1 0W40 would be a great choice. I'd say ESP 0W30 or 5W30 would be great choices too, if you're looking for a "thicker full synthetic" 30 grade oil, and don't mind paying up for it.


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Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: Miller88] #5185195 08/12/19 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Miller88
Are you doing a HV oil pump? Or is it just going to be all stock components?


It will be all stock components


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'10 F150 5.4; 103K- Currently under the knife
'70 F100; Valvoline 15w40/LG
Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185196 08/12/19 04:22 PM
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I use 5W-30 in all my Fords (2000 4.6 2 valve Mustang GT, 2010 3 valve Mustang GT, 2018 5.0 4 valve Coyote Mustang GT). I'm definitely not with thin oil in these motors. They will last a long time with good maintenance, though. Even the 5.4L.


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Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185231 08/12/19 05:03 PM
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5w-30 synthetic.


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1997 B2500 Van 3.9 - M1 HM 10w-30/Mopar
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Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185268 08/12/19 05:37 PM
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An A3/B4 type synthetic would be just fine. So would an E6 like I'm running. Of course, there's nothing wrong with 5w-20 or 0w-20, but you have chosen not to run them, and that's perfectly fine and there definitely are other choices.


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Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185279 08/12/19 05:44 PM
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What was used in the original engine, and what failed?

Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185313 08/12/19 06:18 PM
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If I had one of these engines I would use whatever is the best 5w30 synthetic you can find on sale, at no more than 5k miles, or 3k if it's short tripped.

These do not tolerate the extended oil changes so many on here like. Tiny oiling holes plug up and once it happens it's too late from everything I've heard.


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Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185325 08/12/19 06:37 PM
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my 5/30 spec'd Toyotas run perfect on 0/40 cold and 15/40 warm weather...neither use oil.


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Re: 5.4 3V New motor- 5w30 or 0w40? [Re: panthermike] #5185332 08/12/19 06:48 PM
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M1 5W30 is what I use in my 4.6.


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