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    Kawasaki 600v - starting issues

    I think you're right. I tinkered with the choke linkage. Cleaned and lubed everything and adjusted the choke cable to pull more. Not 100% fixed but I've been able to cold start a few times without the fluid. Gave me trouble on just one start. So had to be the choke.
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    Kawasaki 600v - starting issues

    Would that cause issues with cold starts?
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    Kawasaki 600v - starting issues

    Been using engine starting fluid to start it cold. Will start fine on its own when warmed up. I’m thinking might be something to do with the choke. Everything is moving on externally but will need to open the carb to verify.
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    Kawasaki 600v - starting issues

    i did notice that pulling the choke doesn’t change how the motor runs, even when hot. I’m wondering if it’s even working. I see the linkage moving but if I pull the choke while the engine is hot it doesn’t run any different which is not how my other small engines run.
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    Kawasaki 600v - starting issues

    I have a Kawasaki 600v on a stand-behind zero turn mower. It runs great but is tough to start without starting fluid. I bought used recently so I don't know the history of how long it's been doing this. One quick shot of starting fluid and it fires right up. What could be causing this...
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    2016 F-150 3.5 EcoBoost 6,106 miles Castrol Edge EP mix

    Agreed, just wanted a small bump in visc to offset dilution induced thinning. Seemed to have worked for that purpose. A lot of guys on here run straight 0w40 with good results.
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    2016 F-150 3.5 EcoBoost 6,106 miles Castrol Edge EP mix

    Yes, overall the Castrol seems to do better with the copper for me and others I've seen on BITOG. Even with slight dilution/lower viscosity, it holds up well on the wear numbers. I'm not interested in longer runs. The only reason I went so long on the last two was there were a lot of highway...
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    2021 Lincoln Navigator L, 3.5L Ecoboost, 3000 Miles, Supertech Advanced 5W30 API SP

    Great report for a TGDI, even for a NA port injected this would be a good report.
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    2016 F-150 3.5 EcoBoost 6,106 miles Castrol Edge EP mix

    I might in the summer. It currently has Mobil 1 EPHM 5w30 in now. We'll see how that does for a FL winter run. Hoping the 5w can handle the blistering cold 60 degree FL morning starts. Might get a block warmer to be safe. 😜
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    2016 F-150 3.5 EcoBoost 6,106 miles Castrol Edge EP mix

    Good looking out. But the filter is new, silicon is lingering from a warranty oil pan replacement. It's been steadily going down each OCI. Not causing excessive wear. Look how high it is on the run that had single digit iron. Was in multiple times towards the end of the extended warranty...
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    2016 F-150 3.5 EcoBoost 6,106 miles Castrol Edge EP mix

    This OCI was with 5qt of Castrol Edge EP 5w30 and 1qt of Castrol Edge 0w40. My goal with the mix was to beef up the viscosity just a bit since this motor is known to thin down oils with dilution and high heat. Looks like it worked compared to my last run of Castrol 5w30 (First UOA).
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    Castrol Edge EP 5w30 2016 Ford F-150 3.5 EcoBoost

    Very true. I think it's just the curiosity. Valvoline UOA is posted on another thread. I rushed the Amsoil change and forgot to grab a sample, what a fail. Valvoline EP didn't impress me in this application. Small sample size, I know. Here come the statistics police. But you know what I mean.
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    2014 Mazda CX-5 2.5L 128k / Mazda 0w-20 6.8k

    You mind sharing that link for that guage?
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    2014 Mazda CX-5 2.5L 128k / Mazda 0w-20 6.8k

    Get it looked at ASAP!!!! I just replaced my motor last week in a 2014 Mazda6 GT for a blown head gasket. I maintained that thing meticulously. I didn't get a temp warning or anything. Just blew the head gasket. Engine was over-heating and didn't even tell me. There is a flaw here of some...
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    2016 F-150 3.5 Ecoboost - Valvoline Extended Protection 5w30 - 7,319 mi

    So this run did not have the 0W40, that's what's in there now and I'll sample that in a few weeks from now. This is 100% Valvoline EP 5w30, so not as much fuel or shearing.
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    2014 Mazda CX-5 2.5L 128k / Mazda 0w-20 6.8k

    You are absolutely right. Labor hours are about equal when I was looking into it, so you do save on cost of the engine (if you can find a mechanic that would want to do the job, like you said, they don't want to anymore). In my case, about $2k for one with approx 100k miles. But I would have...
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    2014 Mazda CX-5 2.5L 128k / Mazda 0w-20 6.8k

    You are correct, not a common issue with these motors at all. Just a freak incident and bad luck. My frustration is more with the failure of the temperature monitoring system and the flawed design of excluding a temp gauge from the instrument panel. Without a temp gauge, you're only safety...
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    2016 F-150 3.5 Ecoboost - Valvoline Extended Protection 5w30 - 7,319 mi

    I thought about that early on but I know the engine doesn't mine thinner oil and the shearing doesn't seem to affect wear metals in any way. I think the phaser issue is a design flaw and the extra oil pressure and pre-oilers that people are using to offset the issue is more of a band-aid fix...
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    2016 F-150 3.5 Ecoboost - Valvoline Extended Protection 5w30 - 7,319 mi

    I know, that's a tough one to beat. It was Castrol Edge EP 5w30. Did some hard miles on that run, mostly city driving with only a 5 mile work commute, some towing and off-roading, all in the summer. I was impressed with that run and the low iron numbers out of a direct injected twin turbo...
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    2016 F-150 3.5 Ecoboost - Valvoline Extended Protection 5w30 - 7,319 mi

    PP Euro L is on my list to try. That's a very thick 30 wt. These Ecoboosts seem to do well with thin oil. I think it was originally specd for 20 wt but bumped up due to the high heat of the turbos. It seems to shear a lot of oils but doesn't show negative affects on wear on UOAs.
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