1996 ranger 4.0 ohv oil question regarding 5w20 ts

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I found this Article No. 02-1-9 a.. ENGINE - ENGINE OIL - RECOMMENDED APPLICATIONS FOR SAE 5W-20 AND SAE 5W-30 MOTOR OILS - GASOLINE AND FLEXIBLE FUEL VEHICLES ONLY Publication Date: JANUARY 14, 2002 FORD: 1992-2002 CROWN VICTORIA 1993-94 TEMPO 1993-97 THUNDERBIRD 1993-2002 ESCORT, MUSTANG, TAURUS 1995-2000 CONTOUR 1998-2002 ESCORT ZX2 2000-2002 FOCUS 1993-96 BRONCO 1993-97 AEROSTAR 1993-2002 E SERIES, F-150, RANGER 1995-2002 WINDSTAR 1997-99 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 1993-98 MARK VIII 1993-2002 CONTINENTAL 2000-2002 LS 1998-2002 NAVIGATOR MERCURY: 1992-2002 GRAND MARQUIS 1993-94 TOPAZ 1993-97 COUGAR 1993-99 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. Vehicle Application Listing Approved For SAE 5W-20 Motor Oil a.. 1993-1996 1.9L Escort/Tracer b.. 1995-2000 2.0L Zetec Contour/Mystique c.. 1999-2002 2.0L Cougar d.. 1997-2002 2.0L Escort/Tracer e.. 1998-2002 2.0L Escort ZX2 f.. 2000-2002 2.0L Focus g.. 2001-2002 2.0L Escape h.. 1993-1997 2.3L Ranger i.. 1993-1994 2.3L Mustang j.. 1993-1994 2.3L Tempo/Topaz k.. 1998-2001 2.5L Ranger l.. 1995-2000 2.5L Contour/Mystique m.. 1999-2002 2.5L Cougar n.. 2001-2002 3.0L 4V Escape o.. 1996-2001 3.0L 4V Taurus/Sable p.. 1993-2002 3.0L (Vulcan) Aerostar/Ranger, Taurus/Sable (Flexible Fuel and Gas) q.. 1995-2000 3.0L (Vulcan) Windstar r.. 1993-1994 3.0L (Vulcan) Tempo/Topaz s.. 2000-2002 3.0L 4V Lincoln LS t.. 1995-2002 3.8L Windstar u.. 1993-1997 3.8L Taurus/Sable, Thunderbird/Cougar, Continental v.. 1994-2002 3.8L Mustang w.. 2002-2002 3.9L 4V Lincoln LS x.. 1997-2002 4.2L (SPI) F-150 (under 8500 GVW only), E-Series y.. 1996-2002 4.6L 2V Mustang z.. 1992-2002 4.6L Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis aa.. 1991-2002 4.6L Town Car ab.. 1994-1997 4.6L 2V Thunderbird/Cougar ac.. 1996-2002 4.6L 4V Mustang Cobra ad.. 1995-2002 4.6L 4V Continental ae.. 1993-1998 4.6L 4V Mark VIII af.. 1997-2002 4.6L 2V Triton F-150/250 (under 8500 GVW only), E-Series, Expedition ag.. 1993-1999 4.9L E-Series, F-Series ah.. 1993-1995 5.0L Mustang/Mustang Cobra ai.. 1993-1993 5.0L Thunderbird/Cougar aj.. 1997-2001 5.0L Explorer/Mountaineer ak.. 1993-1996 5.0L E-Series, F-Series, Bronco al.. 2000-2002 5.4L Excursion am.. 1998-2002 5.4L 2V/4V Navigator an.. 1997-2002 5.4L 2V F-150/250 (under 8500 GVW only), Expedition, E-Series, E-350 Chassis/RV/Cutaway ao.. 1993-1997 5.8L F-Series, Bronco ap.. 1993-1996 5.8L E-Series aq.. 2000-2002 6.8L Excursion ar.. 1997-2002 6.8L E-Series, E-350 Chassis/RV/Cutaway as.. 1999-2002 6.8L Super Duty F-Series 250 HD/350/450/550 Motorhome at.. 1993-1998 7.5L All Vehicles NOTE: FOR 1993 THROUGH 1998 MODEL YEAR FFV USE XO-10W30-FFV. NOTE: THE "EXCEPTION 2001-2002 VEHICLES" SHOULD BE SERVICED WITH SAE 5W-30 MOTOR OIL. Exception 2001 Vehicles Engine Vehicle 3.3L Villager 3.9L Lincoln LS 4.0L Ranger, Explorer/Mountaineer, Explorer Sport, and Explorer Sport Trac Exception 2002 Vehicles Engine Vehicle 2.0L HP Zetec SVT Focus 3.3L Villager 4.0L Ranger, Explorer/Mountaineer, Explorer Sport, and Explorer Sport Trac NOTE: IF VEHICLE IS NOT LISTED IN THIS APPLICATION, SAE 5W-30 OIL IS RECOMMENDED. REFER TO TSB 99-8-16. PART NUMBER PART NAME XO-5W20-QSP SAE 5W-20 Motor Oil - Quart (USA) CXO-5W20-LSP12 SAE 5W-20 Motor Oil - Litre (Canada) XO-5W20-5QSP SAE 5W-20 Motor Oil - 5 Quart Jug (USA) XO-5W20-DSP SAE 5W-20 Motor Oil - 55 Gallon Drum (USA) CXO-5W20-DBSP SAE 5W-20 Motor Oil - 205 Litre Drum (Canada) OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: 99-8-16 SUPERSEDES: 01-4-7 WARRANTY STATUS: INFORMATION ONLY OASIS CODES: 401000, 490000, 497000, 499000
 

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I can read this two ways. One way it tells me 5w20 is ok. Another way tells me to stick with 5w30. I have no issues sticking with 5w30. It still runs great. Just trying to get some clarification.
 
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The 4.0 was never backspecked for 5W20. My 2008 with a 4.0 specifies 5W30.
 
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Hmmm I didn't see the 6 cyl Ranger on the "5w20 OK list" so I'd be sticking with 5w30 also. I guess Ford tested all those engines somehow for their compatibility with 5w20.
 

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Originally Posted By: Tdbo
The 4.0 was never backspecked for 5W20. My 2008 with a 4.0 specifies 5W30.
2001+ is the 4.0 soch engine. Entirely different.
 

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Originally Posted By: Kuato
Hmmm I didn't see the 6 cyl Ranger on the "5w20 OK list" so I'd be sticking with 5w30 also. I guess Ford tested all those engines somehow for their compatibility with 5w20.
That's how I read it too. Not fixing what isn't broke. Just curious about the tab.
 
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I think it's odd that despite this they were still recommending 5w-30 for this same engine in 2005.
Not the same engine. You have the SOHC 4.0. The OP's 1996 Ranger has the OHV 4.0. Same displacement, but it's a completely different engine. Regardless, I would just stick with 5W-30.
 
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Originally Posted By: Justin251
I have no issues sticking with 5w30. It still runs great. Just trying to get some clarification.
You can get your best clarification by buying a quart of 5W-20 an pouring some of it into a glass jar. Swish it around a little bit. Now ask yourself if you would trust that oil to keep your engine lubricated.....
 
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Originally Posted By: Justin251
I have no issues sticking with 5w30. It still runs great. Just trying to get some clarification.
You can get your best clarification by buying a quart of 5W-20 an pouring some of it into a glass jar. Swish it around a little bit. Now ask yourself if you would trust that oil to keep your engine lubricated.....
Seriously. What does swishing motor oil around in a jar have to do with an internal combustion engine. I know you're bored buddy. Isn't there a Honda forum you can troll? Tell them your views on their beloved 20 grade. Op. It's possible if the engine isn't operated in a severe way that a 5w-20 is adequate however when in doubt go thick. No engine ever fried going too thick. Too thin however has done engines in. Not that there's a huge difference between the 2 grades,but why take a chance. As far as the tsb goes I didn't think any 4.0 engines were back spec'd but I have t paid close attention either
 
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Swish it around a little bit. Now ask yourself if you would trust that oil to keep your engine lubricated.....
Merk, warm a 5w-30 and a 10w-30 up to 100 C and see if you can tell the difference. Your engine isn't lubricated at the temperatures at which you're experimenting. Maybe you could cool them both down to -30 C and try "swishing" either of them around. Of course, -30 C has no bearing to you, since you'll never start in those temperatures. Room temperature has no bearing either, since you'll be there all of a few seconds, and then both 10w-30 and 5w-30 are going to get much, much thinner than what you were swirling around. At engine operating temperatures, 5w-30 and 10w-30 in ILSAC grades are completely interchangeable from a viscosity perspective. You do know that GC 0w-30 is significantly thicker at operating temperatures than your precious 10w-30, don't you? wink
 
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Originally Posted By: Clevy
What does swishing motor oil around in a jar have to do with an internal combustion engine.
I can also tell how well an oil can lubricate by rubbing it between my fingers, but with the 5W-20, it would probably soak through my skin before I had a chance to test it out.
 
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horse horse horse Oh my word, the Cologne engines are not back-specced to 5W-20. So easy to Google! I'm sure that many of the Google search results lead right back here to BITOG threads!
 
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Originally Posted By: Clevy
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
You can get your best clarification by buying a quart of 5W-20 an pouring some of it into a glass jar. Swish it around a little bit. Now ask yourself if you would trust that oil to keep your engine lubricated.....
Seriously. What does swishing motor oil around in a jar have to do with an internal combustion engine. I know you're bored buddy. Isn't there a Honda forum you can troll? Tell them your views on their beloved 20 grade.
Maybe we should all chip in and buy a Merk a blow up doll??
 
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I like swishing oil around before I pour it on the ground for dust control... I like to look at the shiny bits of metal smile I wouldn't put 0W-20 in any Ford V-6 pre-2004. They rattle too much ... I'm old school, but go at least 10W-30 if you've crossed the 50K mark, and certainly if you are out of warranty. I've gotten 240K+ out of a few using Delo400 after a 100K...
 

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Originally Posted By: Ethan1
horse horse horse Oh my word, the Cologne engines are not back-specced to 5W-20. So easy to Google! I'm sure that many of the Google search results lead right back here to BITOG threads!
I have Googled. That's how I found the tsb by accident. I have no want to use 5w20. Just asking about the tsb in relation to my vehicle.
 
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I'm not sure where your confusion is. The TSB clearly says to not use 5w20. Nowhere in there does it say that 5w20 is OK to use in a 4.0 Ranger. So what are you confused about? Just stick with 5w30.
 

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Originally Posted By: exranger06
I'm not sure where your confusion is. The TSB clearly says to not use 5w20. Nowhere in there does it say that 5w20 is OK to use in a 4.0 Ranger. So what are you confused about? Just stick with 5w30.
The first part is what confused me honestly. I'm wasn't gonna switch from 5w30 anyway because I know the 5w20 back spec is to help with current epa laws. This truck isn't daily driven anymore so I'm not concerned with mpgs. It actually gets about 20 mpgs which ain't bad.
 
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