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    Volvo T5 5 Cylinder 2014, Acceptable Choices?

    I recently added a Volvo S60 T5 5-cylinder 2014 to my garage. Less than 60k miles. I thought the 2014 year was out of the piston ring issues, but I guess it's not at all. I don't have enough miles since purchase to know for sure, but I don't seem to have a problem yet (fingers crossed). You...
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    Is 5 year old a problem with low miles?

    I have two cars with Mobil 1 0w-40 in them. The oil was changed in each at around four and five years ago. One of the vehicles has about 150 miles during that time, the other has 1000 miles. Is this a problem? Can I leave it another year or two unless I start using the cars on a regular...
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    Should I change my motor oil (possible dirt)?

    Hi There. Stupid me. ha. I had to change alternator on my old Nissan today. I had to remove dipstick to free the alternator, and I ended up leaving the dipstick out the entire hour with moderate wind and not an insignificant amount of dirt in the air. You think I need to change the oil in a...
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    AGM Battery in Engine Compartment?

    Family member's C Class sounds very sluggish starting, so I ordered an AGM battery for it. It had a good coupon on Amazon, to be shipped to the door. Saved about $50 over non-AGM at auto parts stores and $100 over the AGM offerings. Many Mercedes forums and whatnot promote AGM batteries and...
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    How long may I use brake fluid after opening it?

    I was going to flush my brakes on my 20 year old car today because the reservoir had gotten a bit low since I last flushed them 6 years ago. I got one corner complete, but realized it was late in the day, I was tired, and I was losing light. Therefore, I'm going to do all four tomorrow or...
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    Saab 9-3 2.8 V6 Turbo - Mobil 1 0w-40 - 4,990 mile

    2008 Saab 9-3 2.8L V6 Turbo Mobil 1 0w-40 Miles on Oil - 4,990 Miles on Engine - 80,169 On the second run of Mobil 1 0w-40 since I got the car, numbers seemed to improve slightly more (they were never bad). With ONE exception that concerns me. Potassium at 5 PPM. How worried should I be...
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    2008 Mercedes C300 3.0L V6 -M1 0w-40, 5,700 Miles

    This oil was sucked out of family member's car piping hot after a 170 mile roundtrip. I expected that to make the flashpoint and fuel % better, and it did. It really makes me wonder sometimes when we see low viscosity and low flashpoint if it could be from fuel temporarily being in the oil...
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    2008 Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 L -M1 0w-40, 3,900 Miles

    Saab 9-3 2.8 Turbo V6 My second report on this car I acquired in 2013. I'm glad sodium came down. I had been worried about coolant in oil, but at 10ppm, I think it's fine now. Blackstone is alerting me to the low viscosity, low flashpoint, and trace of fuel (trace is more than their other...
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    Does sodium, if not additives, always = coolant?

    I noticed this on one of my cars. 35PPM sodium. I also noticed it on some other people's UOAs of same engine, but not early in the life, once the car had 40,000+. When the cars are newer, they had like 8ppm Sodium. Is it a very small amount of coolant getting into the oil? The engines never...
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    The END of German Castrol?

    Well, it seems the days of German Castrol may be numbered or indeed, history. There are a couple reviews at Amazon of people who ordered Castrol 0w-30 in past week, and it was made in Belgium! I am somewhat disappointed that I never had the chance to use it. Nevertheless, I am sure the new...
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    Mobil 1 Blooper?

    I just stumbled across a picture that Mobil 1 posted on Facebook. I find it quite hilarious. The title of the picture is "Mobil 1, the official motor oil of the SCCA." The picture is from a SCCA event I suppose and shows a competitors rack of motor oil. Bottles of Mobil 1 0w40 are lined up...
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    2008 Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8 L -Unknown Oil, 2,653 Miles

    Any idea what oil was used? 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero 2.8L V6 Turbo. OIL - Unknown, but it had a nice Mann oil filter cartridge in great condition when I removed it. Miles on Oil: At most 2,654, possibly only 2,200 miles - Unknown Oil Miles on Engine - 71,289 Aluminum - 3 Chromium - 0 Iron - 11...
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    Surprise Dust Storm During Oil Change, Worry?

    Tuesday I had just gotten the drain plug out of my latest car, pre-owned, and a dust storm sprung up from nowhere (couple dirt lots near me)! So nasty, loads of dust heading my way. Car on ramps was decent protection, but it was still stirring up under car in my driveway. I got it plugged...
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    Advice on Volvo V8 (Yamaha) Engine

    Family is considering a Volvo with V8 engine from Yamaha. This is a pre-owned car as Volvo no longer puts the V8s in anything, vehicle is 09. Factory recommendation is 7,500 mile changes. It has 65,000 miles, and the oil appears to have been changed only every 10,000 miles (first change...
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    Why might lower Noack Volatility help with DI?

    I have seen it referenced several times here that an oil with a low Noack Volatility could help keep intake valve deposits to a minimum on direct injected engines. I fully understand the reason for deposits on intake valves in direct injected engines. However, I am not sure why a low Noack...
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    When did Asian cars (Nissan) go to silicate free?

    My 95 Nissan today had the coolant reservoir almost empty during my oil change. Therefore, I grabbed a sealed 50/50 O'Reilly Universal. However, it had strange years on it, like "all other models pre-1980)." I guess it wasn't the "All cars" model. To the point, I still put in about 30 ounces...
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    Ok to use oil that had been in leaking bottles?

    Well, I had stored it too long I guess. My old mid-90s Nissan always liked Mobil Clean High Mileage. This was a conventional high mileage oil that was replaced by Mobil Super High Mileage (semi synthetic). This oil was purchased approximately 3 to 3.5 years ago. However, about 12 months ago...
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    High Mileage Oil Less Effective @ End of OCI, Why?

    I have always had good luck with the major high mileage oils like Valvoline MaxLife bringing a small leak I have to something not to worry about. It minimizes it to the smallest amount. However, 5000 miles into the OCI or so, I always find the leak reappears and I must change the oil again...
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    How long does new ATF take to help?

    I was curious. Some people have reported that minor automatic transmission issues get cleared up with fresh fluid. Does that normally happen right away or does it take a while? Car is 95 Nissan Altima. Whenever I first get on the throttle, from a dead stop, I have quite a bad vibration...
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    Why would fresh oil stop leak for 200-300 miles?

    Whenever I put in a fresh dose of high mileage oil, I have my dime size leak completely stop for 200-300 miles. Then it comes back the same. For a long time, I thought this was the oil breaking down, becoming thinner. However, I don't really think that is the case anymore because I have...
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