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Old October 29th, 2007, 08:52 PM   #1
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my 97 expidition has 5.4 with around 117,000 miles on it. are they suppose to use oil between changes? i change it every 3000 miles. i've done it 3 times since i got it and it's always a quarte low. is that right? this is the first 5.4 i've owned.
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my 97 expidition has 5.4 with around 117,000 miles on it. are they suppose to use oil between changes? i change it every 3000 miles. i've done it 3 times since i got it and it's always a quarte low. is that right? this is the first 5.4 i've owned.
mine did the same thing in my 97 f150 with the 5.4
i wouldnt be worried my truck had 140k on it when i sold it
didnt leak anywhere but it used a quart or so every oilchange
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 11:47 PM   #3
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My 4.6 uses atleast a quart every 3000 miles. If i tow alot it is more. It has 1500000 on it
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 11:49 PM   #4
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1,500,000

Thats gotta be a record. :tonka:
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1,500,000

Thats gotta be a record. :tonka:
what i thought everybody had at least 1000000 on their rides
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that's kind of what i thought. thanks guys
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Over time different sealing areas wear out within the engine such as the piston rings and valve stem seals are the most common areas where you will have oil slip into the combustion chamber. Switching to synthetic will make you burn more, as it can penetrate tighter clearance areas than conventional oil. Some of the high mileage oils actually work pretty well.

Driving like you stole it, towing, and generally putting a higher load on the engine will cause you to burn a little more.

Just always keep a spare quart with ya and check it every once in a while.
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does ford have a certion brand they suggest for use in this motor??
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Ok i must have miss typed. 150,000
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check out the PCV system. if the PCV valve isn't working or if a hose is collapsed then you can get all kinds of weird stuff. oil leaks can be caused by it.not saying that it is the problem, but it is often overlooked and is real easy to check out.
also make sure your air filter is in good shape. a really plugged air filter can acually cause oil consumption due to increased air being sucked out of the crankcase. basically your motor tries to breathe out of the crankcase because it can't through the filter.

oh and btw Ford suggests using the Motorcraft oil in their motors. It was designed to run with motorcraft oil and motorcraft oil is made to work in their motors. people can say what they want and I'm not saying you have to....that's just what Ford says.

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my 97 expidition has 5.4 with around 117,000 miles on it. are they suppose to use oil between changes? i change it every 3000 miles. i've done it 3 times since i got it and it's always a quarte low. is that right? this is the first 5.4 i've owned.
Also make sure you are using the correct oil in your truck. I have a 2000 F-150 with the 5.4 and all along I have been using 5w-30 in it until it started making a small but noticeable ticking noise. Went to the Ford dealership to try and diagnose it because I could not do it myself and they told me that the 1997 and up motors were switched to using 5w-20 oil due to the lower valve clearance in the motors. I don't know if this will help at all but along with all the other suggestions hopefully it will remedy your problem.
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