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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 4:39 pm 
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I'm resurrecting this thread. Per Kyle's last post above, I started looking for Valvoline All Fleet and I haven't been able to find someone who sells it locally. Does anyone use it and has a place?

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:37 pm 
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Both NAPA and CarQuest brand oils are blended by the same company that blends Valvoline. There are only a 4 or 5 companies in the US that blend oil. At least thats what our oil suppliers have always told us. FYI only 3 or 4 make batteries, My personal fav is Interstate.

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:39 pm 
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Different cars but two other BMW guys and I all run amsoil. You can find it locally for ~7.50 a quart. One of us is turbo and changes his every ~5k per blackstone lab reports. Other guy put 11k! on his last change per blackstone labs. Only lost 1 quart over those 11k too. I think i will stick to 5k or so.

The subie shop we get it from runs it in all of their customer and personal cars and swears by it. The lab reports seem to back that position up.

Mann or wix filters only.

In my volvo's i would always run mobil delo 1300. Comes in gallon jugs for under 15 bucks and is made for diesel use. Always worked well for me and spending the 20 or so bucks everything 2-3k was fine.

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:11 am 
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How do we feel about Jiffy Lube's "high mileage" oil for those "high mileage" pushrod engines?

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:55 am 
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The oil itself is probably fine, I don't know what brand they use... But, it's the techs and the filters and the drain plugs and all the other tinkering BS they do that is not fine... Do it yourself! Or bring it to Voltech or someone who can help show you what you need to do. A high mileage formation can be good stuff, but for the pushrods they don't have what you typically "want"(likely) for the old school cams. It'll work just fine though. I didn't use old engine specific oil and many people don't, but the above mentioned oil for pushrod motors is likely best.

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:30 pm 
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KLR142 wrote:
Do it yourself!


Can't. Ahhh the joys of apartment living. :P

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There are many of us with garages, just ask and someone might loan you some space in exchange for a nice beer.

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:13 pm 
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IIRC, certain types of Kendall oil also work well for pushrod engines.

'85 245T: Redline 15W-40 Diesel oil, changed every 5K
'84 245GL's: either Delo 400 15W-40 or the aforementioned Kendall brand 15W-40.

With the NA cars it depends on where I go to get the oil. If I go to the shop where I get my Redline, then Kendall. If the local Schmuck's-O'Reilly, then Delo 400.

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:00 am 
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There are many of us with garages, just ask and someone might loan you some space in exchange for a nice beer.


Hmm, I like this idea... I have a love-hate relationship with Jiffy Lube, lol.

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:36 am 
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My pushrod gets Kendall 20-50 racing formula. It runs $2.40 a quart & has yummy zinc for my valve train 8) I use napa oil filters, they are made by Wix & exactly the same inside and can be purchased on sale.


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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:22 am 
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drj434343 wrote:
I'm resurrecting this thread. Per Kyle's last post above, I started looking for Valvoline All Fleet and I haven't been able to find someone who sells it locally. Does anyone use it and has a place?

Cost Less auto parts in Orchards sells it for $3.99 a quart, Baxters sells if for $1.50 more.


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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
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I've been putting Royal purple race synthetic in my 244ti with a can of BG oil stabilizer. Seems to be doing good. Since I put that in, instead of cheap 10w30, my oil pressure has stabilized, pegging at 3BAR and 1BAR at idle. IT used to bounce all over the place and drop into the red when it was idling. It's only seeping a tiny bit from the rear main. 140k on the car/motor :-P

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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:32 pm 
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Recently I learned something new that push rod owners will find of interest. The flat tappet cam & lifters wore out in my truck, so they were replaced with items from comp cams. When reading the install instructions the manufacturer recommended using a small amount of their engine break in supplement with each oil change. Dollars and cents this is a winner. If you used 1/3 of a 12oz bottle that sells for $11 as opposed to a full bottle of zddp additive that sells for $10 your ahead. Plus I think the friction modifiers would better serve the motor. The only oils I've found that come with zinc are racing variations, and then they cost more and are stocked in 20/50 weight. I've run one oil change with break in lube & my drain pan magnet was clean & my head still is varnish free under the valve cover with 10/30. This is now my new mantra for all my rides with flat tappet cams.


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 Post subject: Re: What kind of oil should I use?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:38 am 
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I have always used dino as opposed to synthetic in my RWD Volvos, turbo and NA both, with no problems.

Used to use Valvoline, now it is Wal-Mart's brand, Super Tech.

10W-30 year round.

Thing is, I change oil very frequently, and always use a Mann oil filter.


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