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post #1 of 6 Old 07-01-2011, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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How long are Fluids good for?

This question is based on a time format not mileage. Example the new ELCs are good for 3 years. So how long will other fluids be good for like engine oil, gear oil, t case. For reference I have only put 2k miles on my truck since Dec 2010.

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wow only 2k? I do that in a week some times.

Oil should be changed every 6 months to a year I think. And you should start it at least once a week and take a little drive.

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wow only 2k? I do that in a week some times.

Oil should be changed every 6 months to a year I think. And you should start it at least once a week and take a little drive.
Trust me I try to take it out as much as I can! I have a Focus for a daily driver so I get some pretty bad withdrawals.

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Trust me I try to take it out as much as I can! I have a Focus for a daily driver so I get some pretty bad withdrawals.
let the focus sit one day a week and take the truck, they need to be driven to keep issues away

diffs/tcase 30k, use factory fill, oil every 5k or 6 months, coolant every 30k for ford gold


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I setup a little speadsheet that I keep track of my maintenance with. I figure if/when I go to sell the truck, I can just print it off for the new owner both as proof of what I've done but also to give them something to add to.

Anyway, I am just using mileage here, but here's what I use:

Engine Oil - 5,000-7,000 miles
Trans Fluid - 30,000 miles
Coolant - 30,000 miles (even with the switch to ELC, I'm still gonna use this interval)
Transfer Case - 30,000 miles (change it along with the trans fluid)
Diffs - 30,000-50,000

Don't forget about filters with all these things.... Fuel Filters, Trans Filters, Coolant Filter (if you don't have one, GET one)...

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6 months? You can last much longer than that. go a year.
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