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Old 03-15-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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Motor Oil Sample

Here is the report I received from Blackstone Laboratories. This oil (Mobil 1 10W30) had 4,200 miles on it. The oil was sampled cold and the engine had not been run for three months. I guess the next step is to sample again at 4,000 miles to see how the numbers compare.

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IMHO, the next time you run an oil sample make sure to pay a little more to get an analysis that includes a Total Base Number (TBN). It is a measure of how much more life your oil has, in other words, how long you can go before you need to change it. Here's a link to Blackstone's article on it: Do I Need a TBN?
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:25 PM   #3
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IMHO, the next time you run an oil sample make sure to pay a little more to get an analysis that includes a Total Base Number (TBN). It is a measure of how much more life your oil has, in other words, how long you can go before you need to change it. Here's a link to Blackstone's article on it: Do I Need a TBN?
I did see that option but since I should change it at least once a year the milage is hover a factor. Do you agree?

I looked into the about of copper and found some interesting articles about the presence in oil.
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I did see that option but since I should change it at least once a year the mileage is hover a factor. Do you agree?
At the very minimum considering less than 3,000 miles driven, I would recommend changing the oil and filter and the grease the chassis at that time as well. Every 2 years please flush your brake fluid.
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Thanks DriVer. I will put the brake fluid change on the to do list. I need to do it on my Wife's Mini Cooper this year also.
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Thanks DriVer. I will put the brake fluid change on the to do list. I need to do it on my Wife's Mini Cooper this year also.
The guy at the GM dealer did a Scooby Doo "Ruuuh!" when I asked him to flush the brake fluid on my 2008 Saturn Vue. Git-er-Done! That's right.
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The TBN will only tell you what is left of the additive package.... The TAN will tell you how acidic you oil is.

If you just changed to Mobil 1 I suspect your high copper is from the oil cooler. I went through this a year or so ago. You copper levels will start to fall off after a few oil changes. I tested this theory by going back to dino oil and the copper levels dropped back to normal levels in about 2,000 mile.

Caterpillar has a white paper out that describes this. High Copper Levels
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Thanks for the info Dale. I also read about the copper.

The items I ordered form you (trans filter, fuel filter) worked great . Thanks again. I could not get parts that quick if I ordered them from across my own state.

Getting excited about our second full year having the Winnebago.

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I noticed a 0.15% antifreeze level. Is that normal. Avg. shows 0.0% ?
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Yes they did note that. I will have to watch my fluid levels.
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The TBN will only tell you what is left of the additive package.... The TAN will tell you how acidic you oil is.
Motor oil change intervals are normally determined using the TBN. It's time to replace the oil when the additives are "worn out." But there's nothing wrong with getting a TAN for the oil, if you wish.

The TAN is usually used to monitor the condition of the transmission fluid. Fluid replacement is called for when the TAN reaches +3 above the reference level.
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