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    5w-20 or 10w-30? or i also have 0w-20 and 0w-30. all are full synthetic

    on a 1996 Aspire
    1996 Ford Aspire 105kmiles

  • #2
    5w-30 or 10w-30 for warmer climates. Nothing else should be used, the engineers know better than you.
    1991 Ford Festiva BP (Full Aspire/Rio Swap) (337k Miles) (Around 95k Engine)
    2002 Chevy Cavalier LS Sport 2.2L DOHC Ecotec (Threw a Rod)
    1998 Chevy Monte Carlo LS 3.1 V6 (225k miles) Best MPG = 28

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    • #3
      deal. 10w-30 it is!
      1996 Ford Aspire 105kmiles

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      • #4
        i use 5w30 synthetic from an autozone
        Still searching for a decent 5spd festy! ):

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        • #5
          i have alot of oil in my shop, but no 5w-30. i'll just use the 10w-30 full synth that i have
          1996 Ford Aspire 105kmiles

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          • #6
            Synthetic is fine. I was thinking of running Wal-Mart synthetic next oil change myself. Cheaper than AutoZone synthetic.
            Last edited by TorqueEffect; 09-05-2014, 04:24 PM.
            1991 Ford Festiva BP (Full Aspire/Rio Swap) (337k Miles) (Around 95k Engine)
            2002 Chevy Cavalier LS Sport 2.2L DOHC Ecotec (Threw a Rod)
            1998 Chevy Monte Carlo LS 3.1 V6 (225k miles) Best MPG = 28

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            • #7
              yep yep i might do 10w-30 in winter
              Still searching for a decent 5spd festy! ):

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              • #8
                Always ran 20/50 when I could get it back with the '88 Festiva and drove it from 175K to 275K plus with no issues.

                More likely to run 10/40 now, just because I don't drive cross country anymore- like I did in that one- even if I'm in Florida- bought the old one in California.

                the Aspires just over 110K- got it at 35- and the oil is so clean I usually still have trouble reading it after a change
                and must average about 2000 between those
                just got a 5 qt bottle of 10/40 at Walmart for $12 something and get it changed when it cools down- getting near 2000 on it since about March I think.

                never have to add a drop between changes.

                I did more than usual miles looking at old back-ups this summer afore I got the 91 Festiva.
                Last edited by harpon; 09-05-2014, 04:34 PM.

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                • #9
                  sweet! i jus bought my festy the first and i was running without oil! i am glad i put some in! no leaks or anything (jb weld stick on the bottom)
                  Still searching for a decent 5spd festy! ):

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                  • #10
                    5W-30 Hi milage.
                    If it don't fit, use a bigger hammer!


                    '93 Green L - ' Tiva

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                    • #11
                      I ran 15w40 rotella.

                      If I was still in the scene I'd be running it.

                      Year around in Michigan too.

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                      • #12
                        What ever has zinc in it still. Its being banned like they did lead in gas. Out here about all I can find it in is race oil or some 15w40. Or buy a bottle for 20 bucks and use any oil.
                        Reflex paint by Langeman...Lifted...Tow Rig

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                        • #13
                          I did one year, during a real cold snap, change the oil over to 0W20. Started great without being plugged in at -25 but the engine did not like that stuff and when warmed up clattered much more than I was comfortable with. Siphoned off a litre and replaced it with 10W30 stuff to make the tapping sounds go away. 5-20/5/30 is about as thin as I'd want to go in a 25 year old B3 when it's cold outside.

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                          • #14
                            I use 10-30 Castrol GTX High Milage as it never gets below 0 F here..... only use 10-30 in 0 or higher climate or 5-30 where climate will get below 0 in the b3 engine
                            Doug's Daily Driver (Dad): '91 Ford Festiva L Manual "Old Yellow" got with 40,xxx mi... about 52,xxx mi. give or take now

                            Austin's Daily Driver (mine) : '91 Ford Festiva GL Automatic "Whitie III" W/ 0.40 over aspire engine from '94 Aspire "New Blue" rebuilt 92,xxx mi. then... about 96,xxx mi. or more now (on body)

                            Doug's work car: '95 Ford Aspire Manual "Whitie II" w/ swapped stock aspire engine from '95 Silver Aspire and has
                            it's 5th transmission! 75,xxx mi... now with about 130,xxx mi.

                            Sold! '89 Ford Festiva Manual "Gaystiva" (sold to my Uncle) - got with 163,xxx..... now 163,xxx Sold!

                            TRANSFERRED! '89 Ford Festiva Automatic EFI "one hit wonder" Given to
                            bolokid - got with 210,xxx ...... now with 210,xxx miles TRANSFERRED!

                            '94 Ford Aspire SE Manual "Assfire" - got with at least 350,000 mi

                            SOLD! '90 Ford Festiva L Manual look for Narion (or click the username) it's new owner on the forum! - got with 193,xxx miles... now has 193,xxx miles give or take SOLD!

                            R.I.P '91 Ford Escort GT w/ bad engine..... stripping for parts then off to the scrapper!

                            R.I.P '91 Ford Festiva Manual "Lil Red Rocket" bought brand new in 1991 with ~120 mi... ended with 227,xxx mi.


                            R.I.P '97 Ford Aspire 4 Door Automatic "Ford Metro" parts car - got with about 144,xxx mi.... ended with 144,xxx mi

                            R.I.P '95 Ford Aspire Manual Silver (one owner and one family car) got with about 50,000 miles ended with about 90,000 miles

                            R.I.P '94 Ford Aspire Manual "New Blue" got with 150,xxx.... ended with about 200,xxx (it's engine is the .40 engine in my GL)

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