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#63 of 72 changing oil on oil burner
Apr 12, 2003 (6:14 am)
my old work car(86 t bird)has 170k miles on it.i use it as a work car.the engine consumes 1/3 to 1/2 quart a week.i change oil and filter every 3-4 k miles.its time to change the oil but i have been adding new oil to replenish what has been consumed.should i change oil as scheduled or stretch it out more.i plan on retiring this car this fall.
#64 of 72 there may be even more byproducts in that stuff
Apr 12, 2003 (11:46 am)
if it's leaking that badly internally, as opposed to externally. since it's not going to increase your weekly oil budget much (oooohhh, sorry) I would say change it.
are those leaks internal or external? you might be a candidate for one of the "high-mileage" aka burner oils if it's internal, or for a miracle seal-leak compound if it's external. they cancel each other out, so both is not useful.
#65 of 72 re:follow up #63
Apr 12, 2003 (1:28 pm)
i have internal blowby due to worn rings.i looked at that crud on the dipstick and decided to change it.the combustion byproducts sure seem to turn that nice clean oil into crud in a thousand miles...thanks for the advice.
Apr 13, 2003 (7:53 am)
What do you mean when you say your old car is your "work car?" Throw some Walmart thick copolymer in the oil. It is a less expensive version of the similar STP thick product. This might slow down the oil consumption a little, as you finesse this vehicle to the junk yard in the fall. (:o]
#67 of 72 around these parts, the "work car"
Apr 13, 2003 (11:09 pm)
is the one you drive to the mass-transit parking lot, where the security patrol is volunteer crackheads... or leave outside the mill and get full of dust, byproducts, and the occasional dropped load from a crane will get the odd car in the lot... or you drive the ratty pickup to the construction site because you are ferrying crud back and forth that slides all over the box and punches whangs in the thing... or the road is gawd-awful, and you don't want to crack up the soft rider you're still paying on that you take the kids around in.
your typical work car can be described as "trusty but rusty", if it indeed has what sorta looks like all four fenders on it. and if you took the beemer to work for a week, it would look like the work car.
Apr 19, 2003 (3:18 pm)
Toyota both in their booklet that came with my avalon and the dealership both recommend oil changes every 5,000 miles. I'm used to doing it every 3,000 miles. Any problem with going every 5,000? Any reason for the change in recommendation?
Apr 19, 2003 (6:06 pm)
One thing is an absolute certainty. There's no problem going 3K between changes. You will just have to decide whether you want the "better bet" of going 3k, or the suggested 5K which is likely quite acceptable. I'd go the 3K, and let people tell me it is a waste of effort, because I am convinced there is a gain involved for my vehicle's longevity.
Apr 19, 2003 (6:54 pm)
That makes sense. I'm going to do that and do the other recommended stuff, like rotating tires every other oil change.
May 20, 2003 (8:57 am)
Contemplating my first oil change on my recently purchased VUE 4 cylinder, I sallied forth in search of a replacement oil filter to park on the garage shelf until the miles build up-- probably 3K. I was quite surprised to find that the filters are not exactly everywhere, in profusion. Saturn is now going to a drop-in filter element, reminiscent of the canister filters of decades ago, or some more recent motorcycles. I was shocked, and suffering near disbelief, when I investigated further. My NAPA connection tells me that this reversion to the past is happening to any number of GM lines.
Does any poster out there have any information, or anecdotal experience with this "new but old" system? Opinions?
#72 of 72 oooooh, SLIME!! goody!!
May 20, 2003 (3:56 pm)
nasty, evil, dripping ooze, perhaps trending towards tar if you go way too long. replete with heavy metals, acids, and polycyclic hydrocarbons that the EPA has determined make used motor oil a possible carcinogen to be avoided.
1) don't let it stay in contact with your skin too long, wash with plenty of soap and water.
2) IMHO, change oil and filter early and often to reduce the hazard.
3) find out where the engineer responsible for this excellent departure from the norm lives, and put up signs explaining what a good friend he is.
dumbest thing I have heard of this week, and that includes the "get out of jail for $500 million" fine on Worldcom, which amounts to pennies on the dollar of that fraud.
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