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Old 09-26-2005, 03:18 PM   #1
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Type of Oil?

I've got a 1989 Ford skoolie. I need to change the oil for the 1st time. What oil type should I run in her? Can I get the new oil filter at Wal-Mart or a traditional parts store?

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Old 09-26-2005, 08:47 PM   #2
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Sometimes its written on the oil cap too.
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Unfortunately she is currently parked at a friends work and locked up where I cannot easily get to her. But it's a gas engine. It's a B700 with a 370.
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I believe regular car oil is acceptable for all gasoline engines, including those in heavy duty applications. When i first started in the fire service, we had a couple of gassers. They both used regular oil.

If you are unable to find any info on what weight is recomended, I would immagine that 10w/40 is a pretty accurate guess.

What brand you should use is like asking people if if ford or chevy makes the better truck....but i'll give ya my opinion anyhow.

i've always been a big fan of valvoline myself. I wouldn't try using mobile 1 synthetic. I love mobil 1, but it's really really good at leaking out! If you have a small oil leak with regular oil, it'll be much bigger with mobil 1. That's been my expierence. Penzoil is one of my least favorite oils.

I buy most of my oil at wal-mart. It's the cheapest place i've found.
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I would say if you start with 10w30 and watch your oil pressure. If it starts to get low then use a thicker oil. Repeat until you find the viscosity your engine needs.

If your main bearings are worn you probably need to be running 20w50.
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How many quarts do these beasts usually hold?
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You can probably call a school bus garage and ask for a mechanic.
Greg Archambault will probably know for sure. You can get his email or phone number on his site. http://flbus.tripod.com
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How many quarts do these beasts usually hold?
check the level of the dirty oil before you drain it. If it's in the normal range thats' excellent.

When you drain the oil, just pay attention to how much comes out. IF two gallons comes out of the crankcase, put 2 gallons back in.

my first bus, which was diesel, holds 5 and a half gallons of oil.
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I'm a big fan of synthetics. They're much more durable that dino oil, they have much higher temperature tolerances, and they're always going to be "clean" and not break down.

With that said, if you do have any leaks, Synthetic will find its way out quicker than the dino oil
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I am a big fan of synthetic as well. I run it in my car with just over 100,000 miles on her and still runs like new. I also like the better fuel economy. My old beater truck did not do so well with synthetic though. She leaked like a sieve before with regular oil and she pissed all over the place with synthetic.
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