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What grade oil should i use in a 1998 ford escort finnesse 1.6 16v it's a zetec engine. Ive read 5w 30 should be ok?

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    What oil to use in a ford escort?

    What grade oil should i use in a 1998 ford escort finnesse 1.6 16v it's a zetec engine. Ive read 5w 30 should be ok?



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    Re: What oil to use in a ford escort?

    oil of olay?

    in halfords they have a guide that lists them all m8

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    Re: What oil to use in a ford escort?

    Quote Originally Posted by digidude View Post
    oil of olay?

    in halfords they have a guide that lists them all m8
    Blimey that was quick cheers dude.

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    Re: What oil to use in a ford escort?

    I would have thought that's a bit thin mate for an engine of that age.
    I would go for something more like 15w 40..
    What's the mileage?

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    Post Re: What oil to use in a ford escort?

    Zetecs need very thin oil, think it is 5w 30,but it is practically like water. If it's too thick it auses oil pressure problems.

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    Re: What oil to use in a ford escort?

    Quote Originally Posted by sargie View Post
    What grade oil should i use in a 1998 ford escort finnesse 1.6 16v it's a zetec engine. Ive read 5w 30 should be ok?
    That oil is fine mate either semi-syentic or fully syentic is also ok

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    Re: What oil to use in a ford escort?

    yep cheers for all the replys guys 5w30 is the correct oil according to castrol and halfords and else were on the net too.

    I wanted to be sure as i knew zetecs need the correct grade otherwise you get problems.

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    Re: What oil to use in a ford escort?

    Quote Originally Posted by **override** View Post
    Zetecs need very thin oil, think it is 5w 30,but it is practically like water. If it's too thick it auses oil pressure problems.
    Thats true but if i remember right they changed the tappets in 1998 due to them sticking with the thin oil.
    They were replaced by conventional tappets with shims to stop this so you should be able to run it on thicker oil.
    Better to get it checked out though mate at your local stockist.

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    Re: What oil to use in a ford escort?

    the only oil you should use is 5w 30 and nothing else, if you use different oil then your tappids will start to make noise, if however you nhave put a different grade of oil in flush the system out and pour new oil in and change the oil filter to...



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