Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Southern Rhode Island
Any oil filter BESIDES FRAM, and Castrol 10W40 oil, change it every 5000-7500 miles year-round (highway driving can go 7500, even says it in the manual), when Jeep reaches 100,000 miles, switch to Castrol 20W50 year-round. Personal philosophy that has worked and still does work very well, and brought every one of my vehicles well over 200,000 miles trouble free.
Fram's quality control has declined, starting about 10 years ago, their oil filters are known for blowing the rubber pressure diaphragm inside, and making your oil pressure drop to ZERO psi all of a sudden, leaving you stranded, and having to get it towed. Personal experience, 3 times! Plus have heard other similar accounts. I use STP, Purolator, AC, anything but Fram. No problems ever with any of those 3.
Synthetic oil, in my book is over-rated. Don't let anyone tell you you can go further between oil changes. That's a very big, dangerous misconception! Your oil change intervals DO NOT CHANGE AT ALL with synthetic oil. Synthetic oil simply costs a hell of a lot more per quart than regular oil. Regular oil changes with good regular oil will bring you the same longevity, and also will not cost you a fortune <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
See my signature below, I have BFG AT/KO's on my '96 XJ, but would rather have the BFG MT/KM's. My recommendation would be the BFG MT/KM's. Have heard they are even better in the rain than AT, and certainly better than the AT in anything more than rain, so, to me, makes even a better practical tire for light off-roading as well. Don't get me wrong, I have used AT's now for 13 years, and love them. They have their purpose.