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Oil Change Question

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I changed the oil in my smarty this weekend but I mesread the owner's manual and didn't buy enough oil the first time out (bonehead move #1). I ran into the auto store this morning and, because I was in a rush, bought the same brand but wrong weight oil. (bonehead move #2)

Right now the car has 2 qts of Mobile 1 synthetic 0W - 40 and I bought 2 more qts of Mobile 1 synthetic 0W-30.

2 questions - (1) can I drive the car a short distance with only 2 qts in it?
If not (2) can I mix the oil (maybe end up with 0W-35?)
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OIL CHANGE,at 1030,miles.

Just did it this morning.Got the info from Old Smart on filter.Gave NAPA the Misti. number and they had the one. Slightly bigger but not a problem.
Never figured out if they ship the car with reg. oil or mobil 1.But it didn't look synthetic.Anyways,used Penz. 5w30,probly 5/40 or 10 /40 next time.
Oil wrench too big,pipe wrench worked fine.Won't need that next time.Drain plug,didn't have large enough socket.Hammer and cresent wrench worked.Won't need that either agin.I know a cresent wrench near a car is a bad thing,it won't happen next time.
by the way

That little filter in the drain plug?never saw that befor,what's it there for?If it is 'clean' than does it mean I didn't need to change the oil so soon? Still think if they ship the car with reg. oil and recommend 10,000 mile oil changes it may be a scam.Our 07, f150 has a BP sticker,Ethanol,but have never found a BP station that had ethanol.

So if we want to conserve oil,a country that has no oil,ships its cars with old,'basic' oil,so you can get rid of it and conserve oil?

Worked in a power station 25 years,never saw an engineer that needed any help in being confused. The point was,if you are going to get paid to 'engineer 'a car and expect the user to use Synthitic oil,why would you ship it with,'old' oil? Yes,it has to do with conservation.If every car produced hat pure synthetic,and recommended 10,000 miles changes,sell your stock in jiffy lube.

Get your point,I usely do the 5000 mile thing,sometimes less ,sometimes more.Fact is,anyone that has a high milg. car,did it .We used synthetic oil on B 52"s back in 67/68,so it has been around a long time.Allways wondered what would happen if I put that stuff in my Ford 260 v/8,but I don't think it was multi grade .Not the same as a j57 engine.
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