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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-28-2002, 10:46 PM
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Synthetic Blend

I have a sidekick with 96,000 miles on it and would like to make it to 200,000 miles. Does'nt use any oil maybe a quart between oil changes (3000mi). The question is I have read on this thread if I used complete synthetic oil it could cause oil leakage. But what if I use a synthetic blend 1/2 synthetic and 1/2 dino oil, would this help to keep it from leaking and help lube the engine for longer life?
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I use plain jane non-synth. Both my Kicks are running fine at over 120,000 each.

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why not just try to use a full can of semi-synthetic oil instead of mixing 50/50 of blen and dino oil? Try a full can of synth-blend and see if it leaks, if it does not, then stick with the synth blend. The synthetic blend is halfway between the mineral oil and the fully synthetic oil and IMO it should be OK and does not cost so much.

I was using the mineral oil for sometime and later changed to the semi-synthetic oil and do not see any leak whatsoever on the engine. The viscosity of the oil i use is 10W-40 and is of the Castrol brand. Good oil for the money at US$17 a gallon.

However, I'll soon try out the cheaper bulk mineral 5W-30 oil (US$2 a Quart) from ACE Hardware with a mix of Tufoil Engine oil additive to see if the combination works for me to try save cost. ACE recently opened an outlet here in Malaysia and they carry lots of things, but that's something I'm sure you already know....


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Re: Synthetic Blend

There have been some studies that show that some seals & gaskets do not seem to like synthetics and so some leaks are found. The last study I read was in Popular VWs mag several months ago if you wanted to find a reprint.

don't forget that unless you are using Mobil 1 oil, nearly all the other synthetics still are principally super refined petroleum with some synthetic oil included as a mix.

So I think the noticeable drips in the driveway are really negligible.


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"don't forget that unless you are using Mobil 1 oil, nearly all the other synthetics still are principally super refined petroleum with some synthetic oil included as a mix."

Just for the record, Amsoil is a formulated from the ground up synthetic oil.......



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Most leaks occur when false seals are washed away due to synthetic's super high detergency. Seal compatibility isn't an issue now.
I've been running Amsoil synthetics in my 91 since it was new. 12 oil changes in 175,000 miles and no leaks. I guess the seals are compatible with the oil.....

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Good point Crow, now tell me you are running the gear lube, too? I dropped probably 40* of temperature off of my rear ends when I swapped it over to Amsoil's 85/140 synthetic. I can't hardly hear the lockrites any more, either. Amazing stuff, isn't it?
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Crow so you are saying you go almost 14,000 miles in between oil changes??? how much is amsoil?

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Yep, I'm running it as well in everything. Great stuff! I'm using the 75-90w synthetic gear lube. Dropped it at 80,000 and it looked like the day I put it in. It's pricey, but I think it's worth it!

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Re: Synthetic Blend

yep, change it once a year if I need to or not. I'm running a by-pass filter as well as their regular filter remotely mounted. It's been a while, but about $6.00 a quart sounds about right.

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