Recent content by Bror Jace

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    Pennzoil Platinum 0W20, 2015 Mazda 3, 4,080 miles

    Hello everyone. Another oil change on the same car 15 months later: Pennzoil Platinum 0W20, Bosch 3300 filter. Miles on oil: 5,471 Miles on car: 27,141 <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Code</div><div class="ubbcode-body ubbcode-pre" ><pre>Aluminum 4 Chromium 0 Iron 9...
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    Suggestions on Fuel Additive for KIA Optima GDI

    The pour-in cleaners are necessary to keep the (expensive) direct injectors clean ... but nothing will touch the back of the intake valves and that is the problem with GDI. The PCV valve is continually delivering oily vapors to the intake runner. This mist hits the back of the intake vales and...
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    What ratio do you use when adding oil to vehicle fuel?

    I typically use a 50/50 mix of Lucas UCL and Supertech TCW3 ... about 3-4 ounces in a 14 gallon tank. I do this once every 2-3 tankfuls. <span style="font-weight: bold">Cujet</span>, ever tried using Schaeffer Neutra n131 to more thoroughly clean up those vales while you are lubricating them?
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    Pennzoil Platinum 0W20, 2015 Mazda 3, 4,080 miles

    Good eye ... I left out the phhosphorus of 673. The previous fill was Pennzoil platinum 0W20. Before that? Probably the same ... but I lost some records because of a hard drive failure in 2017. <span style="font-weight: bold">Artem</span>, I drive this car for fuel economy ... am averaging...
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    Pennzoil Platinum 0W20, 2015 Mazda 3, 4,080 miles

    Wow, first UOA for me in years … and not a terribly good one. This is my current daily driver ... a 2015 Mazda 3 with the 2.0 4 cyl engine and a 6 speed transmission (of course). Car is very gently driven … but sees frequent short trips as my commute is about 4 miles ... 100% city traffic. Oil...
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    Gave Up On Snow

    I used mine a couple times ... a LOT more than last year (almost zero). I was tempted to take the snow tires off the car and tear into my snowblower, putting rubber shims on the second stage impeller paddles. I'm glad I didn't. It looks like a Nor'easter for Tuesday and Wednesday.
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    Older Snowblower, Oil Never Changed

    While the OCD in me would want to thoroughly clean that crankcase, the common sense side of would want to play it safe and merely clean it with oil changes ... an hour or two of run time apart. And doing those changes with the cheapest XW20, XW30 or XW40 you can find. Heck, I'd even use clean...
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    Amsoil SAE 30 in Snowblower??

    <span style="font-weight: bold">eljefino</span>: <span style="font-style: italic">”the Amsoil could probably pass for a 10w30 but they choose to market it as a straight weight.”</span> This is a good point to remember. A 100% synthetic “straight 30” flows at extreme cold temps like a 5W30 or...
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    What to run through snowblower engine

    Like <span style="font-weight: bold">JTK</span> and <span style="font-weight: bold">SHOZ</span> said, even a good cleaner might not do it. It might not even be deposits affecting the engine ... but something like a vacuum/air leak in the carb or where the carb attaches to the intake. This will...
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    Oil Choice for

    <span style="font-style: italic">"I tentively decided on running T5 10w30 and will get it at Wal-Mart"</span> Just be sure to check it each time before mowing until you get a <span style="font-style: italic">really clear</span> trend on consumption. If consumption strikes you as too high...
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    Oil Choice for

    <span style="font-weight: bold">vronline</span>, I would agree with your recommendations for Kansas ... but for sustained Florida heat, those lubricants probably won't cut it. <span style="font-weight: bold">Cujet</span> is a contractor that works in Jupiter, FL and has tortured many OPE units...
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    Oil Choice for

    I'll reiterate some of the good advice given above: <span style="font-style: italic">"Since B&S recommends 5w30 synthetic or 10w30, I'm curious why you recommend a 15w oil?" Because they have no idea where their engine will be run ... Minnesota or Florida? Heck, sometimes the manual I get...
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    Why is HDEO better for OPE, than regular oil?

    <span style="font-weight: bold">NH73</span>, to answer your question: 1) A PCMO may have a comparable metallic anti-wear additive package to a HDEO ... but you have to take this on a case-by-case basis. Some synthetics have stout additive packages, others rely on their synthetic base oil for...
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    Why is HDEO better for OPE, than regular oil?

    Thanks <span style="font-weight: bold">NH73</span>. I watched this thread for a week or so and while some good points were made, no one listed most or all of the advantages like I just did. Kinda disappointing, actually. <img src="/forums/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="frown" title="frown"...
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    Why is HDEO better for OPE, than regular oil?

    Why run a Heavy Duty Engine Oil (HDEO) in Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE)? Their general advantages over “regular” Passenger Car Motor Oil (PCMO) include: 1) They are more shear resistant than PCMOs. Often, PCMOs shear down initially and thicken very gradually over the oil change interval (for...