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switching to synthetic oil

I am about to change my oil but wanted to know if I am going to switch over to Synthetic do I need drop the oil pan to get all the old oil out or is it safe to just change it like any other oil change and just put the sythetic in? Also how many of the gallon jugs from walmart of the T6 do I need to do the oil change. Im tired of paying the ford dealer $110.00 for an oil change.


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No need to drop the pan just the drain plug. 4 gallon jugs of oil you'll need 15 quarts.
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Just drain and fill make surw you replace your oils filter with a motorcraft.

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let me ask yall this. it was 31 degrees this morning as the first cold snap of the year here in central texas. noticed white/blueish smoke when first start up. went away are truck warmed up but i noticed as i was almost to work which i had been driving for 20 mins already i went to take off from a stop sign and notice the smoke again for a few seconds and it went away. truck is already warmed up but just curious if this is something to worry about?

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Just change it! I am assuming you would think that the pan needs dropped to get all the dino out before the syn goes in?

You need not worry about that! SYN and dino can be mixed, you can go back and forth, its all good!

That old syn and dino cant be mixed is an old rumor started by oil company trying to push full syn.

Change as normal sir!

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I switched from Motorcraft 15w40 this morning to Rotella T6 5w40 full synthetic and the truck does run better! I will spend the extra money from now on. Mine only took 14 quarts, got oil and filter (Motorcraft) from Wal-Mart for $102.

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I switched from Motorcraft 15w40 this morning to Rotella T6 5w40 full synthetic and the truck does run better! I will spend the extra money from now on. Mine only took 14 quarts, got oil and filter (Motorcraft) from Wal-Mart for $102.
That's the ticket.
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Yea, just switch to an SYN and dont look back. You will see on the cold morning when you didnt plug it in what a difference it is.

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I've yet to change the oil and drain 15 qts. I've heard the oil pump alone holds close to 2 quarts and there are nooks & crannies elsewhere besides the oil pan. But as everyone said here, get the Motorcraft filter.
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let me ask yall this. it was 31 degrees this morning as the first cold snap of the year here in central texas. noticed white/blueish smoke when first start up. went away are truck warmed up but i noticed as i was almost to work which i had been driving for 20 mins already i went to take off from a stop sign and notice the smoke again for a few seconds and it went away. truck is already warmed up but just curious if this is something to worry about?
mine did this when i switched to synthetic oil, it will go away.
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