What type of oil do I need for my Ford F-150?
I want to make sure the mechanic is using the right oil for my new Ford F-150. What type should I look out for?
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When getting your Ford F-150’s oil changed, make sure your mechanic is using SAE 5W-30 engine oil. If you live in a place with particularly cold winters (22 degrees Fahrenheit or below), switch to SAE 0W-30 for those frigid months. These oils are also listed in the 2020 Ford F-150 owner’s manual for most engine options.
Let’s do a quick breakdown of what all of those letters and numbers mean. “SAE” stands for the Society of Automotive Engineers, which developed a standard scale to grade motor lubricant and transmission oils by their viscosities. It follows the “XW-XX” format.
The ‘W’ stands for winter. The number preceding the W (i.e. 5) denotes the oil flow at 0°F. The lower this first number is, the better the oil will perform in winter, by not getting thicker.
The numbers after the W stand for the oil viscosity rating at a high temperature (212°F). The higher this number, the better resistance the oil will have against thinning at a high temperature. 5W-30 oil can operate in temperatures as high as 95°F, after which you should switch to an oil with a higher temperature viscosity grade.
Keep in mind that these recommendations are based on the 2020 Ford F-150 owner’s manual. Models that were recently manufactured will most likely have similar recommendations, but check your owner’s manual for confirmation.
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