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Old 09-02-2014, 12:35 PM   #29
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I use Mobile 1 extended performance synthetic oil that is guaranteed for 15,000 miles. Don't have to worry about oil changes when I am on the road and I change it once a year usually in December at my favorite garage.
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This oil debate has been beat to death for 50 years or more. The Amsoil users are loyal to the core and would not use anything else. The same applies to Mobil One users and any other synthetic. Personally, any good quality motor oil in the correct specs will lubricate any new engine adequately. In extreme conditions, a synthetic will dissipate heat a little better than a dino oil will. I've used synthetic and dino oils over the last 55 years and can't say there is enough of a benefit in synthetic to justify the price difference. Most manufacturers will advise not to increase change intervals with synthetic. I now run whatever the shop puts in and change oil when the computer tells me to. usually 7 to 9000 miles. I change the motorhome once a year regardless of mileage. Probably the biggest benefit of synthetic oils in our personal engines is that it helps some people sleep better.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:54 PM   #31
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I use German Castrol 0W30 (now made in Belgium). I like the viscosity at 100 degrees C which is at the upper end of the 30W range. I run this in all my cars except the Vette. I run Amsoil Z-Rod 10W30 in the Vette. Mobil-1 is at the lower end of the range 30W viscosity range at 100 degrees C.


Interesting fact, Amsoil buys their base from Mobil.
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A friend has a F53 chassis and V10. He has a local Ford dealer do oil changes. You might find this thread interesting: Synthetic lubricants-Aren't???
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Just a note concerning mileage and time intervals between oil changes. Chassis manufacturers have set specific time and mileage intervals for servicing the chassis. If there are problems during the warranty period the first thing they will ask for is documentation that the maintenance schedule has been followed. This documentation can consist of anything from Wal-Mart receipts for oil and filter, to a work order from a garage with the list of services performed.

If you don't have documentation that the services have been performed within the scheduled time and mileage intervals there is a chance they will deny a claim. I've personally seen this happen. The dealer will call in the factory rep for an inspection. As part of the inspection the rep will draw an oil sample and have it analyzed. If the analysis comes back that the oil has broken down or has been contaminated to the point it can no longer provide proper lubrication the claim may be questioned or outright denied. In extreme cases I've seen the oil filter removed and analyzed for flow and filtering capacity.

The point is that if you're under any type of warranty it isn't worth the hassle to extend the mileage or time intervals between oil changes to save a couple bucks. Once the warrant period is over and it's your responsibility to repair any damage do as you wish. Just keep in mind that if something does happen you're more likely to get factory assistance if you keep to the recommended time and mileage intervals, and use products that meet the manufacturers specifications.
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We are about to head out on our first 6 month trip with our 2006 HR Gasser, what does everyone do about oil changes on the road? Do you change your own? What do you do with the waste oil? Should I use Mobil One or equivalent to extent the the mileage interval? Do you change every 3000 miles to 5000 miles?
1) I change my own oil for two reasons; it's easy & it gives me peace of mind. I've never had an issue or complaint from changing the oil in a Wal-Mart parking lot or at an auto parts store.
2) 99% of major auto parts stores accept used oil. This is a profit generator for them and they are happy to take it.
3) Any reputable brand oil that meets the engines specs will be fine.
4) I've read several articles and never change my oil at 3K miles anymore, I usually change at 7-8K miles.

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Stop Changing Your Oil! - Edmunds.com
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The break in period is something I didn't consider, at what point could you switch over to synthetic oil? I have 8200 miles on my chevy 8.1L, should I wait or change over now.
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The break in period is something I didn't consider, at what point could you switch over to synthetic oil? I have 8200 miles on my chevy 8.1L, should I wait or change over now.
After the first oil change or 500 miles.
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Good question. The new Corvettes come with Mobil 1 in the crankcase.
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I've read enough discussion regarding the so called break in period and believe that is a thing of the past. At least past in that I don't know of any manufacturer that dictates any different procedures during a break-in period.
Back in the late 50's or early 60's my Dad had a vehicle had a buzzer that went off if he got over 55 MPH for the first so many miles.

Yes the Corvette came out with Mobil 1 in the mid 80's and there is no break in period for them either.

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Speedco is great.
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