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Old 08-17-2015, 12:05 PM   #1
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Oil Change

I'm sure that it is posted here some place, but I can't find it. Can someone tell me when (how many miles) the oil needs to be changed, or at least the first oil change. I have the Georgetown XL 378.
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Old 08-17-2015, 01:57 PM   #2
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For my 2010 (actually a 2009 Ford chassis) the manual says to change the oil and filter every 7500 miles or 6 months for normal conditions. For special conditions it says every 5000 miles, 4 months, or 200 engine operating hours.

My driving is mostly on the highway under normal conditions, but I do tow the Jeep. Since Ford says these are the maximum limits, I actually change the oil more frequently.

You may want to do the first oil and filter change sooner. Some people do the first change at 1000 or 2000 miles, although the manufacturers don't require it. The logic is that there can be bits of metal and sand casting remaining from when the engine was manufactured.

If you decide to do your own oil changes, Wal-Mart has the Ford oil and filter. Also consider purchasing a Fumoto Valve to replace the drain plug. They are excellent quality, and the ones with the hose nipple allow you to drain the used oil straight into a jug. The Ford engine uses an F-106N Fumoto Valve.

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Onan specifies changing the generator oil and filter annually, or every 150 hours. It should be done sooner in hot weather or dusty environments. It already has a drain valve similar to the Fumoto Valve installed at the factory. Onan recommends the first oil and filter change at 20 hours.
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Old 08-17-2015, 02:18 PM   #3
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X2 on the Fumoto Valve. The drain plug on mine is situated so that it is directly above a cross member which makes it hard to collect the oil in a pan neatly. Install the Fumoto valve on your first oil change and the future oil changes will be easy.
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:24 PM   #4
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X2 on the Fumoto valve.

Another trick I learned on one of theses sites;

Loosen the oil filter just enough to make sure its going to come off, but not enough that its starts spilling oil. Then take a punch or nail and punch a hole in the bottom of the filter to let it drain before removing it.

Between the Fumoto valve and the hole in the filter, makes oil changes a clean and easy job.

I change my oil every 5k miles, plus or minus a little. if I run it to 6k, no problem. If I know I'm getting ready for a long road trip, I'll change it early.

I make sure its changed before winter storage as I don't like old contaminated oil sitting in the crankcase three or four months during sub zero weather.
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I had not heard of the nail hole in the filter before. That is a great idea, I will try that next time.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:18 PM   #6
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Thank you very much. So do most of you do your first oil change yourself or have it done? How much oil does it take?
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I did my first oil change. 7 Quarts of Motorcraft SAE 5W-20 premium synthetic blend oil. Oil Filter was Motorcraft FL-820-S. Got everything at Wal-Mart. I use the quart size oil containers since they can be poured directly into the filler opening fairly easily. I believe you might need a pump to add oil from the large container due to clearance issues.
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I buy my oil and filter at Walmart and bring it to a local large truck repair facility and they change it for 12.50. They also grease all of the fitting while I watch.
I change it about every 6 to 9 months of 6000 miles.
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Good thread. Does everyone use Ford/motor craft on their Georgetown. I'm an ol gear head and use Amsoil on my muscle car, street rod daily drivers. Curious if anyone has veered from factory....


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Good thread. Does everyone use Ford/motor craft on their Georgetown. I'm an ol gear head and use Amsoil on my muscle car, street rod daily drivers. Curious if anyone has veered from factory....


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I run Amsoil in both of our Jeeps.. However I used 5w-20 Motorcraft Synthetic Blend with the Motorcraft Oil Filter in our Class C prior to trading her in.

I plan to use Motorcraft oil and filter in our Georgetown as well.
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