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What type of racing oil and Synthetic Lubricants Do you use

  1. klotz ware house profile image60
    klotz ware houseposted 8 years ago

    synthetic Lubricants Do you feel they work Better then Basic petroleum Lubricants?

    1. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      And now, getting back to the original question:

      Yes.

      1. Misha profile image74
        Mishaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Good we can agree on something big_smile

        1. Eric Graudins profile image60
          Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Absolutely!
          The world would be so boring if everyone agreed with everyone about everything. big_smile

          Good discussion. thank you.

  2. FinancePortal profile image61
    FinancePortalposted 8 years ago

    Yes, synthetic works much better. On high performance engines the difference is very noticable, but even on older low power engines, fully synthetic lubricants can increase efficiency and boost MPG and power.

  3. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    What are you smoking, Finance? I want some big_smile

    1. FinancePortal profile image61
      FinancePortalposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      pfft ;-)

      Did a full flush + filter change on my Ferrari Mondial QV (a 25 year old car) then thrashed it around Mallory Park. The engine warmed up much much faster, was much more free revving, and pulled better at higher revs.

      After the track day, another flush + filter change, then stuck it on the dyno - an extra 8HP at the max rev range.

      Works for me ;-)

  4. topstuff profile image61
    topstuffposted 8 years ago

    Which is the best racing oil.Any suggestions..

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      LOL

      That's a joke right?

      1. topstuff profile image61
        topstuffposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Mark,you marked it as a joke.Now it has to be a joke.

  5. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    Let's do some math. 8hp is just a tad more than 3% of 240hp. What is the error rate of your dyno? 3%? 5%? big_smile

    I don't argue synthetic oil does not give any improvement - it does decrease parasitic loses, which leads to slightly better mileage and power. But I wouldn't call this "very noticeable" - unless I just smoked something really good big_smile

  6. WeddingConsultant profile image80
    WeddingConsultantposted 8 years ago

    I'm synthetic all the way with my cars and my motorcycle!  My thoughts are that pure, fully synthetic oil extends the life and performance of a vehicle, so I'm all for it.

    I don't, however, change the synthetic oil every 3k miles.

    My choice of fully synthetic oil for cars: Mobil 1

    1. Misha profile image74
      Mishaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      LOL I can't resist another shameless self-promotion tongue
      http://www.funandsafedriving.com/ftopict-39.html

      1. Eric Graudins profile image60
        Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        So there's no benefit to changing the oil more often than the manufacturer recommends?
        I beg to differ.
        While some cars will cope fine with extended drain intervals, others do not.

        Many manufacturers are reviewing their previously recommended oil change intervals downwards, due to the unexpectedly high proportion of sludge buildup (black death) in modern high performance engines of many makes of cars.

        If you think that frequent oil change intervals or synthetics are a waste of money - have a look at this.
        http://www.schleeter.com/oil-sludge.htm

        I've had SAAB's for ages - and currently have a 9-5. I use fully synthetic, and change it every 6,000 km.
        Maybe I'm paranoid - but I also have no sludge or turbo problems.

        Also, to find out more than you ever wanted to know about oil, have a look at
        http://www.carbibles.com/engineoil_bible.html

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          I can't remember ever changing the oil in my 15-year-old Renault Clio and don't have any sludge or turbo problems either big_smile

          1. Eric Graudins profile image60
            Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            So - this would be a 15 year old car that you bought last month perhaps ??? lol

  7. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    Eric,

    What makes you thinking that you are smarter than the guys who designed your car and spent countless hours and millions of dollars testing it to make sure it will work as expected?

    Oh, and could you please link me to the source of information about manufacturers decreasing oil change intervals?

    1. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Misha - The fact that millions of dollars and countless hours have been spent on something does not guarantee perfection, or even satisfactory performance. There's countless examples of this in the world - and not just in the automotive area.

      So - when clients of a car manufacturer (SAAB) experience a large number of engine failures whilst following the manufacturers oil change recommendations, this bear of very little brain tends to think that maybe there's something wrong.

      Especially when the manufacturer implements an engine replacement policy for cars up to 8 years old if it can be proved that the engine oil changes have been made as scheduled.

      That doesn't make me any smarter than the designers - only makes me think that maybe they got it wrong, and that it wouldn't hurt to change the oil a bit more often to avoid possible problems. Which is what I'm doing.

      As for providing links - all I can offer is that the topic has been discussed at length on various SAAB forums, and service agents have mentioned that SAAB, and other manufacturers have reviewed their oil change intervals downwards as a result of sludge related engine failures caused by not changing the oil often enough.

      Is this all just a conspiracy by service agents to get us to change our oil more often?

      Perhaps.

      And if so, then I'm just a gullible sucker aren't I.

      How about we do a little test then. I'll run my car at 25,000 km between oil changes, and if there's any problems you buy me a new engine. big_smile big_smile

      Regards,
      Eric G.

    2. FinancePortal profile image61
      FinancePortalposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I know this wasn't directed to me, but - when Ferrari designed the Mondial QV, it was their first four valve per cylinder engine - cutting edge tech.

      Almost 30 years ago.

      Their choices in lubricants, brake pads, clutches, tyres - all were the best - almost 30 years ago. Technology has moved on, massively so. The metric Michelin TRX tyres were cutting edge, but they are rubbish compared to modern tyres.

      For modern vehicles I agree, but for older stuff you can definitely improve the running and reliability of the vehicle by *not* sticking to the manufacturer's recommendations.

      Another case in point - Toyota's older 2.2 turbo diesel suffers from blocked drainage channels, leading to overheating and cracked heads - a design flaw from Toyota (thanks guys!). Ignoring Toyota's guidelines and changing the oil more often - as well as using fully synthetic - reduces the chances of this happening.

      Lots of research in to this in the UK Estima owner's club.

  8. WeddingConsultant profile image80
    WeddingConsultantposted 8 years ago

    haha Misha, I bet your eating this up here!  Enjoy your promotional opportunities!

    Eric, I think you misunderstood me.  I'm not advocating that people change oil less than 3k miles.  Did you get that from me or from Misha's link?  Maybe I'm misunderstanding.

    When I said that I don't change the oil every 3k miles I was implying that I wait longer to change my fully synthetic oil because it's of a much higher quality.

    1. Eric Graudins profile image60
      Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I was responding to Mischa's post.
      I agree with you that use of synthetic oil should enable me to do lots more miles before I should change it. Unfortunately, practical evidence suggests otherwise - for my current car, anyway.

  9. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 8 years ago

    Misha,
    The fact that millions of dollars and countless hours have been spent on something does not guarantee perfection, or even satisfactory performance. I'm sure you'd be aware of countless examples of this.

    So - when clients of a car manufacturer (SAAB) experience a large number of engine failures whilst following the manufacturers oil change recommendations, this bear of very little brain tends to think that maybe there's something wrong.

    Especially when the manufacturer implements an engine replacement policy for cars up to 8 years old if it can be proved that the engine oil changes have been made as scheduled.

    That doesn't make me any smarter than the designers - only makes me think that maybe they got it wrong, and that it wouldn't hurt to change the oil a bit more often to avoid possible problems. Which is what I'm doing.

    As for providing links - all I can offer is that the topic has been discussed at length on various SAAB forums, and service agents have mentioned that SAAB, and other manufacturers have reviewed their oil change intervals downwards as a result of sludge related engine failures caused by not changing the oil often enough.

    Is this all just a conspiracy by service agents to get us to change our oil more often?

    Perhaps.

    And if so, then I'm just a gullible sucker aren't I.

    How about we do a little test then. I'll run my car at 25,000 km between oil changes using the oil of your choice, and if there's any problems you buy me a new engine. big_smile big_smile

    Regards,
    Eric G.

    1. Misha profile image74
      Mishaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Agree. Much less anecdotal evidence and hearsay guarantee this smile

      Nothing here says that problems happen BECAUSE of oil - providing it was changed according to the schedule of course smile

      It does hurt your wallet. And environment.

      I'm sure it is. I would not call this "conspiracy" cause it sounds too dramatic - but yeah, service agents (they are called dealers in the US) are the ones who push this nonsense on consumers for obvious monetary reasons.

      I can't take your bet without at least looking at your car. However, providing your engine is in good shape, I am pretty much sure 20-25000 km is a reasonable interval for oil change currently. Applicable to modern cars and synthetic oils only smile

  10. Superiorhealth profile image59
    Superiorhealthposted 8 years ago

    I use AMOSOIL and have used it for years! I especially like the synthetic injector oil for my 2 stoke snowmobiles and jet skiis (waverunner). Not only does it burn cleaner, but the engine runs perfect and after many miles (hours of use too), I have had no problems and cleaner longer lasting spark plugs too! The recommended oil change with AMSOIL for vehicles is 25,000 miles!!! Sure saves time and money as well! Everyone has the own preference, just like I will never buy anything but GM vehicles, Polaris & Yamaha snowmobiles, and Yamaha Waverunners. Long term reliable running units!

    Tom  yikes)

 
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