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Old 04-24-2003, 00:14   #1 (permalink)
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Question what oil you use?

heya, going to fill my ea's gut with some new oil&filter.. i have a slight tappet noise so i'm thinking about using castrol synthetic.. any reccomendations...

also, what do you ppl use/believe is the best for the ol'e fords?
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:07   #2 (permalink)
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I use valvoline XLD premium 20w/50 and have no complaints whatsoever, including price wise. I use either valvoline or Ryco filters and do an oil change every 5,000k's

I dont see the point in spending ( wasting? ) extra money or synthetics when I change oil so regularly anyway.

I get the normal few seconds worth of ticks on cold mornings but other than that I have no problems
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:57   #3 (permalink)
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give magnatec a try if you dont want the ticks on a cold start-up....
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Old 04-24-2003, 03:00   #4 (permalink)
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yer, iv'e used xld, and recently penzoil.. but the ticks have progressed with my old oil.. (round 6000k's :\) .. i've ony hear good about magnatec... (except from it causing a havoc of leaks on in vn :]) so i think i'll give it a try.. also going to fit them new belts... belt noise gets to me O_0
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Old 04-24-2003, 03:05   #5 (permalink)
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I use kendall i buy it from my mechy...i havent ever seen it in a shop.....he recommends it heavily and hell it doesn't cost me as much as mobile 1
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ok, I use Pennzoil now, but before when the comps were low in the ole motor, 4 litres of 25w 60 grade and 1.5 litres of gear oil, 80w 90. keeps the comps up....lol only recommended for extended rooted motor life...
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Old 04-24-2003, 18:47   #7 (permalink)
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put in some castrol magnatec, filter.. and some new belts... she sounds sweet... tappet noise un-noticable and no belt noise :D


think i'm going to stick with magnatec in the future :)

... heh, now time to tcut and pillar touchup
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Old 04-24-2003, 19:33   #8 (permalink)
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Well up until a couple of months ago I was using Valvoline XLD - the engine was using about a litre of oil every 2 weeks and blowing a BIG cloud of blue smoke when fanged. I assumed it was just the age of the engine (rings etc.) and that sometime soon I'd just have to have it reconditioned or replaced - but about 2 months ago I went back to BP Corse Plus and the oil consumption has stopped + tho there's still a tiny bit of smoke when fanging real hard when the engine's still pretty cold, otherwise that has stopped too!

As a result, I'm afraid that IMO Valvoline XLD is not real crash hot.
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Just a question about this ... the last oil change i did, I put in some Castrol synthetic (5W 40 I think?), and now (when the engine has been running for a while, and is pretty warm) the oil pressure gauge sits pretty darn close to the red "Low" section on the left of the dial.

Is it really bad to have such a small amount of oil pressure? Or am I just being paranoid?!

I think I might go with magnatec in future ...
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Mobil Super XHP.

Mineral, but since the car has always been on mineral, you have to pretty much keep it that way... mixing mineral & synthetic can apparently play havoc with seals.

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