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#1801945 - 06/30/09 01:45 PM Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question.
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Here's a off the wall question.

When you purchase a used car, is there a test to determinine whether it's currently using Synthetic Oil or not?


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#1801952 - 06/30/09 01:56 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: Cavenerd]
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Check the glovebox,map pockets and around the seats for old receipts.

But other than proof there isn't any test tube set-up, Unless you put it in the freezer and have a flow rate measuring device.
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#1801962 - 06/30/09 02:08 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: Rizzo]
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Thanks Rizzo.

That's what I thought. I just thought I'd ask. It'd be nice to be able to tell.

My newly aquired '00 Detective P71 is in need of an oil change.

\:\)

Oh, is there a 'preferred' brand of Synthetic for these higher milage animals? I've used Castrol Syntec in the past with decent results and Mobil 1 with less than stellar results.

Thanks again!
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#1801963 - 06/30/09 02:09 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: Cavenerd]
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Pennzoil Platinum, very hard to beat oil.
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#1801965 - 06/30/09 02:12 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: PantherMike]
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 Originally Posted By: PantherMike
Pennzoil Platinum, very hard to beat oil.


+1


Edit: And make sure to use Motorcraft, WIX, or Purolator PureOne filters.


Edited by TM875 (06/30/09 02:13 PM)
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#1801974 - 06/30/09 02:24 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: TM875]
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+1 to pennzoil Platinum

it's all I use.
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#1801982 - 06/30/09 02:36 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: KayTar]
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I would like to state that the opinions in this thread are only those of the people who wish to subject themselves to the endless oil debate.

This and Anti-seize on spark plugs never goes anywhere and nothing ever comes from it.

I am not giving my opinion and I am not dismissing those given either.
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#1802002 - 06/30/09 03:09 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: Rizzo]
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Oh, I know. I'm just looking for input as to what others are using.

I don't want to get into the old 'Peanutbutter and Dill Pickle Sandwich' vs. 'Ham and Strawberry Jello Sandwich' debate.

\:D
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#1802009 - 06/30/09 03:19 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: Cavenerd]
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 Originally Posted By: Cavenerd
Thanks Rizzo.

That's what I thought. I just thought I'd ask. It'd be nice to be able to tell.

My newly aquired '00 Detective P71 is in need of an oil change.

\:\)

Oh, is there a 'preferred' brand of Synthetic for these higher milage animals? I've used Castrol Syntec in the past with decent results and Mobil 1 with less than stellar results.

Thanks again!
Cavenerd


What "REsults" are you talking about \:\)
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#1802020 - 06/30/09 03:48 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: Chevyguy]
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Just use a good quality/name brand motor oil and filter,thats all....

I would shy away from anything that has the word "Value" on it ;\)

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#1802028 - 06/30/09 04:00 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: PantherMike]
Ciffer Offline
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 Originally Posted By: PantherMike
Pennzoil Platinum, very hard to beat oil.


used to be hard to beat when it was Group V base oil, last i checked it was Group III.

Amsoil makes better oil.

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#1802049 - 06/30/09 04:29 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: Ciffer]
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How about a semi-synthetic? Motorcraft semi-synthetic, which is spec'd and used by Ford is available at Wal-Mart for very cheap. I pay 2.xx something a quart. They also carry the Motorcraft filter at Wal-Mart. Makes for an inexpensive oil change, not to metion it's OEM.
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#1802105 - 06/30/09 06:16 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: Crown Nick]
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Well, currently I'm 'flushing' the oil. I do this with all used cars I buy. I do an oil change ( and boy did this thing need one ) then drive it for a week or so then change it again.

When a vehicle's oil is as nasty as this ones appeared to be, I find it beneficial to do this in order to clear most of the grungy-old oil out. It's this or drop the oil pan and flush it that way. This way's cheaper for me.

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#1802110 - 06/30/09 06:28 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: Cavenerd]
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Do you know about AutoRX ?
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#1802112 - 06/30/09 06:29 PM Re: Synthetic or Not Synthetic, that is the question. [Re: Rizzo]
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Nope, never heard of it.

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