On 8/30/2015 1:22 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yes. We buy the oil in 5q containers with the "gauge" on the side
and just pour out what the car will take. But, putting it all in
the engine results in at least a pint "high" -- the oil that would
have to get *pushed* into the filter.
It's relatively easy (and better for the engine) to just fill
the filter from that same premeasured batch.
My van has an oil leak, and I'm currently in the process of looking for
an affordable part. The dealership was going to charge $590 for the
parts to fix the oil filter adapter, and about $100 in labor. Right now
I just add more oil to it occasionally.
I've heard that older vehicles are held together by the old oil and if
you change it the motor thinks the world is coming to an end and won't
start any more.
how old is old? Back before detergent oil you definitely didn't want to
stir the shit up. Back when you adjusted valve clearance, I've pulled
valve covers to find what looked like a thick coating of grease.
suddenly introducing them to detergent oil wasn't a good idea. I think
that's where the paranoia about going from dino to synthetic came from.
Back then yhou had to work on cars more often. Now outside of oil, brakes,
tires, filters and lights there is nothing to do for around the first
The old cars required work every 10,000 or less.
Yeah, I've got a dwell tach, timing light, and vacuum/pressure gauge
that are getting really lonely. I checked the valve gap on one of the
bikes a few weeks ago just for old times' sake but they were good.
Not recycled oil back then. Sometimes it was inferior oil - but when I
worked at the service station we still had the bulk tank and the glass
jars - and the bulk tank was filled with the top quality havoline
engine oil, just like the bulk grease dispenser had the top-line
Marfak grease. Exactly the same stuff that came prepackaged, but at
about half the cost.
5w20 or 5w30 was specified by the factory. Depending where you live
10W40 might be a good alternative in the summer if it has high mileage
or is staring to use a wee bit of oil (not lose it) - and if in Texas
or Arkansas or other hot place, even 20W50 for the summer.
Around here, that's referred to as 'hardly broken in'. In a state where
the towns big enough to have a Burger King are 100 miles apart, it adds
up fast. Because of that most of the mileage is accumulated at 80 mph
with very little stop and go driving or idling in endless traffic jams.
A Boston van that never saw the other side of 128 and had 110,000 would
likely be ready for the crusher.
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