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Old 01-29-2003, 19:09   #1 (permalink)
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Checked the oil this morning and found it was only just touching the dipstick. My EB V8 was fully serviced 4000 km ago. When I first bought the car 2 years ago, I took it back to the dealers thinking it was using too much oil. They said it was normal for the Windsors to use a bit of oil. How much is normal. It's done 124000 km. Useing Mobil Super S (10w-40).
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Old 01-29-2003, 23:50   #2 (permalink)
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That's a bit much, how's the plugs look?

If it's not too cold where you are, try a 15w-40 or better 20W- something. Stay away from synthetics, waste of money. I use Penrite 20w-60 up here in the Deep North, 220,000 k's and it doesn't use a drop, used a bit on 15w-40.
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It gets a bit frosty in winter but not too cold.

It only had 1 owner before me, and he was an old guy, so it hadn't been thrashed too much (untill I got hold of it). It may be due for some new plugs. I'll have a look tomorrow.
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Old 01-30-2003, 01:45   #4 (permalink)
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No, I was thinking about oil fouling of the plugs, if you are using a lot of oil it has to be going somewhere.
Check your filter for tightness too. Bump it up to 15w-40 and see how you go.

If you want to stick with Mobil, just use the Mobil Super 15w-40.

Change the oil and filter every 5,000k's, you can afford to do that using a normal (eek, it comes out of the ground!!!!) mineral oil.

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I found this on how to read a spark plug, you may find it helpful.

http://www.gnttype.org/techarea/engine/plugs.html

(and don't forget to check your oil at least once a week)
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Cheers for that web sight. Bloody handy.

Pulled a plug out and it looks about normal to my untrained eye. Might be a bit worn as the insulator is going a bit grey. Doesn't appear to be oily or black though.

Yeah, I should check the oil more often.

Might be time to rip it to bits and put in a stroker kit. Might be just the excuse I need to persuade the missus.
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Pulled another plug and man I feel sorry for all the mechanics out there. Took about half an hour and 2 skined knuckles to get the bastards back in. Not much bloody room in there with the headers in the way.
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Good luck, mate!

Just try a thicker oil.
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