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Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation for stock 99 Cobra DOHC 4.6

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  1. lamps3

    lamps3 New Member Established Member

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    I just bought this car 4 months ago. Currently it has 5w20 Valvoline full synthetic for oil and an off the shelf oil filter. My car has 83,000 miles plus on it! Please assist as I want the best for my Cobra! I live in Missouri where the weather gets hot and humid during the summer and I try not to drive her in the cold weather. Sometimes though it is unavoidable. What do you guys recommend for a great oil and oil filter???
     
  2. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    How much do you want to spend and what is your intended use?
     
  3. Drive XR7

    Drive XR7 NE Ohio's Fastest Established Member

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    "What's the best oil?" is like asking everyone their favorite color. You will get a million answers.

    I use Mobil 1 in my DDs, Royal Purple in my Cobra. But realistically, it's whatever makes you happy at that price point.
     
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    socalrdnck New Member Established Member

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    I run 7qts of German castrol and fl820 filter in my 01 cobra
     
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    4a7191a Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Fl820 filter for sure. Stay away from fram filters.
    Motor oil.... I'd not run 5w20, I run rotella T6 in everything I own. (5w40) Even the lawnmower :)
    But then again my favorite color is potato
     
  6. lamps3

    lamps3 New Member Established Member

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    I run my car pretty much daily. Usually in the afternoon. Cant keep my hands off of it. Love to here the exhaust roar. FL820 is this a Ford filter?? The weight that pennzoil book recommends at walmart is 5w30. My owners manual does not say or cover my engine. Was told to check the oil cap but, my oil cap was changed to aftermarket Cobra symbol. HMMM
     
  7. UnleashedBeast

    UnleashedBeast Engine Lubrication Guru Established Member

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    As Travis posted, we need to know your driving habits.
     
  8. lamps3

    lamps3 New Member Established Member

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    Usually taking the engine up to 3000 rpm before I shift. Other than that nice and easy until warmed up shift at 2000 rpm during daily driving! Only took it up to 6500 once when I was in competition with someone!
     
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    So you're pretty easy on the car. How much do you want to spend and how much protection do you want? Interested in extended drain intervals?
     
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    I love the part where he say's "Only took it up to 6500 once when I was in competition with someone!" Thats funny!!!! :rockon:
     
  11. Weather Man

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    What does the owners manual say?
     
  12. lamps3

    lamps3 New Member Established Member

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    Even though most synthetic oils are good to around 7500 miles, I change mine at 5000. Just my precaution as I am used to changing every 3000 with standard oil. As for owners manual it does not cover the 4.6 DOHC engine!! I did check!!!
     
  13. Bflorhaug

    Bflorhaug Member Established Member

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    This is taken directly from ALLDATA for a 1999 Cobra

    Article No.
    99-8-16
    05/03/99

    MOTOR OIL - SAE VISCOSITY GRADE
    RECOMMENDATION - SERVICE TIP
    FORD:
    1989-1993 FESTIVA
    1989-1994 TEMPO
    1989-1997 PROBE, THUNDERBIRD
    1989-1999 CROWN VICTORIA, ESCORT, MUSTANG, TAURUS
    1994-1997 ASPIRE
    1995-1999 CONTOUR
    LINCOLN-MERCURY:
    1989-1992 MARK VII
    1989-1994 TOPAZ
    1989-1997 COUGAR
    1989-1999 CONTINENTAL, GRAND MARQUIS, SABLE, TOWN CAR, TRACER
    1991-1994 CAPRI
    1994-1998 MARK VIII
    1995-1999 MYSTIQUE
    1999 COUGAR
    LIGHT TRUCK:
    1989-1990 BRONCO II
    1989-1996 BRONCO
    1989-1997 AEROSTAR, F SUPER DUTY
    1989-1999 ECONOLINE, F-150, F-250 LD, RANGER
    1991-1999 EXPLORER
    1993-1999 VILLAGER
    1995-1999 WINDSTAR
    1997-1999 EXPEDITION, MOUNTAINEER
    1998-1999 NAVIGATOR
    1999 SUPER DUTY F SERIES
    ISSUE
    Ford Motor Company now recommends SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade for servicing any Ford gasoline-powered vehicle regardless of model year.
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    When servicing any Ford gasoline-powered vehicle, use SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade motor oil. Refer to the following text for further details.
    Both SAE 10W-30 and SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade motor oils have been recommended in the past depending on vehicle model and model year.

    Tests have proven SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade motor oil provides the optimum protection and benefits for Ford gasoline engines. At both high and low ambient temperature conditions, SAE 5W-30 provides the best overall protection. It allows faster starts under cold ambient temperatures.

    SAE 5W-30 also provides approximately 1/2% increase in fuel economy over SAE 10W-30.

    SAE 5W-30 viscosity grade motor oils certified for gasoline engines by the American Petroleum Institute (API) should be used for all service procedures requiring replacement of the motor oil.

    PART NUMBER PART NAME

    XO-5W30-QSP 5W-30 Motorcraft Super Premium Motor Oil
    OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: NONE
    WARRANTY STATUS: INFORMATION ONLY
    OASIS CODES: 401000, 490000, 499000


    And

    Article No.
    02-1-9
    01/21/02

    ENGINE - ENGINE OIL - RECOMMENDED
    APPLICATIONS FOR SAE 5W-20 AND SAE 5W-30
    MOTOR OILS - GASOLINE AND FLEXIBLE FUEL
    VEHICLES ONLY
    FORD:
    1992-2002 CROWN VICTORIA
    1993-1994 TEMPO
    1993-1997 THUNDERBIRD
    1993-2002 ESCORT, MUSTANG, TAURUS
    1995-2000 CONTOUR
    1998-2002 ESCORT ZX2
    2000-2002 FOCUS
    1993-1996 BRONCO
    1993-1997 AEROSTAR
    1993-2002 E SERIES, F-150, RANGER
    1995-2002 WINDSTAR
    1997-1999 F-250 LD
    1997-2001 EXPLORER
    1997-2002 EXPEDITION
    1999-2002 SUPER DUTY F SERIES, SUPER DUTY F-53 STRIPPED CHAS.
    2000-2002 EXCURSION
    2001-2002 ESCAPE
    LINCOLN:
    1991-2002 TOWN CAR
    1993-1998 MARK VIII
    1993-2002 CONTINENTAL
    2000-2002 LS
    1998-2002 NAVIGATOR
    MERCURY:
    1992-2002 GRAND MARQUIS
    1993-1994 TOPAZ
    1993-1997 COUGAR
    1993-1999 TRACER
    1993-2002 SABLE
    1995-2000 MYSTIQUE
    1999-2002 COUGAR
    1997-2001 MOUNTAINEER
    This article is being republished in its entirety to update the vehicle models, engines and years affected.

    NOTE PLEASE REFER TO THE VEHICLE APPLICATION LIST LATER IN THIS TSB FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF VEHICLES AFFECTED BY THIS TSB.
    ISSUE
    Ford Motor Company now recommends SAE 5W-20 viscosity grade for servicing most gasoline and flexible fueled vehicles.
    ACTION
    All 2001 and 2002 vehicles where SAE 5W-20 is specified should be serviced at the recommended oil change intervals using SAE 5W-20. This oil is an improved formulation to improve fuel economy.
    Testing has validated this viscosity grade can be used in many previous model year vehicles. It is recommended ALL vehicles on the following Vehicle Application Listing be service with SAE 5W-20.

    All 2001-2002 vehicles other than those listed in the "Exception 2001 Vehicles" or "Exception 2002 Vehicles" chart are being filled with SAE 5W-20 motor oil at the factory and should also be serviced with SAE 5W-20 oil.



    Exception 2001 Vehicles



    Exception 2002 Vehicles



    NOTE IF VEHICLE IS NOT LISTED IN THIS APPLICATION, SAE 5W-30 OIL IS RECOMMENDED. REFER TO TSB 99-8-16.


    Parts Block

    OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: 99-8-16
    SUPERSEDES: 01-4-7
    WARRANTY STATUS: INFORMATION ONLY
    OASIS CODES: 401000, 490000, 497000, 499000
     
  14. UnleashedBeast

    UnleashedBeast Engine Lubrication Guru Established Member

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    Last question, does the engine consume oil?
     
  15. lamps3

    lamps3 New Member Established Member

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    Not sure whether or not the engine consumes oil. It was leaking due to previous owner having work done on car in his hometown, and they did not completely tighten the oil filter. It was a turn and a half loose! I am monitoring right now.
     
  16. lamps3

    lamps3 New Member Established Member

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    Who else has a 99 Cobra, what does the oil cap say? Mine was changed to a Cobra symbol before I bought it!
     
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    I run the ford filter , Valvoline 5w30.
     
  18. 4a7191a

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    I had a 99 cobra that my ex took :(
    I ran 5w30 in it and 10w30 in later life.
     
  19. UnleashedBeast

    UnleashedBeast Engine Lubrication Guru Established Member

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    I ask because it's not worth using a top grade synthetic on a high mileage engine that leaks or consumes oil. You may also drive this car year round in your state. That being said, if you do drive it year round, you will want a lubricant in the 30 grade range, but with the best cold flowing "0W" prefix. Assuming year round driving and no leaks or consumption makes my choice....

    Amsoil AZO 0W-30

    Amsoil EaO11 oil filter
     
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