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  1. Fifty150

    Oil Change

    Make your own. Plenty of YouTube videos. Much better fresh.
  2. Fifty150

    Taxi Driver

    I was under the impression that former presidents received Secret Service protection and are chauffered in bulletproof cars. Which is why none of the presidents know what the price of gas is.
  3. Fifty150

    Taxi Driver

    A Transit Connect with today's technology is almost better than any car made in the early 80's. After owning a Mustang II in the late 70's, I moved into a Renault Le Car in the early 80's. Sort of what happens when you take too many Quaaludes. Of course, I still blame all of that on Jimmy Carter.
  4. Fifty150

    Disappearing wheel covers (??????)

    Yes. The hubcaps cover your hubs. Even aftermarket alloy wheels have a center hub cover or cap of some sort so that you just don't have a hole in the middle of the wheel. Protects the hubs from the elements, dirt, sand, road salt, mud, pee, et cetera. Imagine sand getting into your wheel bearings. While a hubcap is not perfect, and will not completely protect your hub & bearings, it keeps out a lot.
  5. Fifty150

    Oil Change

    As for accessories, most products which work on 2017, should work on 2018. Floor mats, seat covers, and things like that should be fine. Since the doors still look the same, I would say that those vent visors should also work. You're not getting any mods to make the van go faster. No intakes, exhaust, tuners, or anything like a supercharger. My feeling is that you can use any 5W-20 oil with the API starburst. I suspect that every over-the-counter oil sold at major retailers is approved by The American Petroleum Institute for gasoline engines. O'Reilly's, Pep Boys, Wal*Mart, Costco.....none will sell you some off-brand oil which is not approved. And every major brand oil is approved...Pennzoil, Castrol, Mobil, et cetera. Amazon Basics is just Amazon.com's version of an in-house brand. Their own generic. Just like when you shop at Trader Joe's, and every product in the store is an in-house label. I like their $2 wine and Trader Jose beer (generic Corona). Same as when you buy SuperTech at Wal*Mart. Amazon Basics motor oil is manufactured by Warren Distribution, Made In USA, and meets or exceeds all the spec levels that auto manufacturers require. Warren Distribution makes perfectly acceptable motor oil. We are driving Transit Connect vans with little 2.5L engines. Not high performance engine cars. It's not like that GM scam calling for Dexos....Most oil already meets Dexos spec. Dexos is a license that some oil sellers simply choose not to pay for. And with as many years as Dexos spec has been around, there has not been 1 GM that I have ever heard of, which suffered engine seizure because the owner did not use Dexos. I suspect that plenty of GM are being serviced with discount fleet oil, whatever Jiffy Lube & other chains use, or whatever some guy finds on sale and just uses anyway.
  6. In some instances, like transmissions, remanufactured at a factory can be better than new. The factory can remanufacture with better parts and make corrections to the OEM design. I have been looking at Monster Transmissions as an option for replacing the 4R75E in my pickup truck. https://www.monstertransmission.com/4R70W-4R75W-4R75E-04-08_c_3973.html I'm hoping that they will eventually offer 6 speed Ford transmissions like 6F35 in Transit Connect.
  7. Fifty150

    Oil Change

    It's all available online. Every owners manual for late model cars can be found online.
  8. Fifty150

    Oil Change

    Which is probably why most small cars do not have an engine oil cooler. Engine Temperature is typically reduced by radiator fluid, airflow, and fans. Does anyone know if the Ford Specs for oil are so rigid and demanding, that you can't use just about any over-the-counter oil with the API Starburst?
  9. For people who want diesel engines, they have already factored in the extra cost of ownership and operation as reasonable. People are willing to pay more for diesel engines, and pay more to buy fuel. My view is that with Transit Connect, if you really want a diesel engine for more torque and power, you may as well buy a larger vehicle more capable of what you want to do. Okay. I had no idea. Thanks!
  10. Fifty150

    Oil Change

    That is why oil change is such a hotly debated topic. A lot of people feel exactly as you do. They will only use what is specified in the owners manual. I understand your position. The owners manual has more than one print version. Some owners manuals say that Ford recommends Castrol. I have a Ford truck with a fuel cap which says to use BP Fuel. I wouldn't get very far, because there are no BP Fuel Stations in my area. I have heard that it is simply a business decision to print a recommended brand into the owners manual. The cars are not specifically engineered to used one specific brand of oil. Others will also point out that as per the owners manual, you will be fine as long as you are using oil with the API starburst logo. My personal choice is to use the correct weight oil, and change oil at or before the recommended maintenance schedule, or follow the recommended maintenance schedule for severe duty.. My driving is at low speeds, stop & go traffic, and extended idle sitting in traffic all day. Yet I see how plenty of people will post their used oil analysis report to prove that they can drive for 10,000 miles or more with their choice of oil brand. I don't think that you have to use Motorcraft only. I have no problem with using Motorcraft, and use it every chance I can get a good price. Just picked up a case of Motorcraft transmission fluid, since it was even less in cost than the Wal*Mart SuperTech brand. While Motorcraft brand oil & filters are good, there are other options.
  11. Fifty150

    Oil Change

    M12x1.5 is a common size used for a lot of different cars. I just bought 20 from amazon.com for $6.49 USD......price for 20, not each. That is about 33 cents per piece. Almost what you expect to pay for nuts and bolts.
  12. Fifty150

    Oil Change

    It's possible to strip nuts. Why did you get charged for them stripping your lug nuts? The dealer should have apologized and given you free lug nuts.