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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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    Shell tests Rotella 15W40 vs 10W30 vs NEW 10W30

    They tested three weights of their HDEO oils against each other and found no appreciable difference in wear. Many people (not necessarily BITOGians) associate thinner oils with higher potential for greater wear and/or engine damage. This test suggests otherwise: <a...
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    Honda S2000 Pennzoil Ultra 5,000 miles

    Just got this result from Blackstone. I am very pleased. Car is driven very hard. Some nearly all day trips of "spirited" driving and 3 SCCA autocross events. Link to a pic of the report: <a...
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    The Lubritory

    I spotted this place in Brant Lake, NY (Chestertown). Seems like a BITOG kind of place: <a href="http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee149/BrorJace/Lubritory1_zpsddfc2845.jpg" target="_blank">http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee149/BrorJace/Lubritory1_zpsddfc2845.jpg</a> <a...
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    Speed Channel ending

    Speed Channel winds down. Was it a mercy kill at this point? It's nothing like Speedvision was at time of sale: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/10/speed-channel-winds-down/" target="_blank">http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/10/speed-channel-winds-down/</a>
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    Early Oil Chnages in OPE engines

    In many outdoor power equipment (OPE) threads here on BITOG, it stressed that you should give your engine an early oil change in order to flush out break-in debris. The idea is that those particles, not constrained by a filter, are likely to promote additional wear the longer they are left in...
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    Would you buy the new Lubricheck device?

    Would you buy and use the new Lubricheck device? <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/03/17/nearly-two-years-later-we-get-our-hands-on-lubrichecks-blood/" target="_blank">http://www.autoblog.com/2013/03/17/nearly-two-years-later-we-get-our-hands-on-lubrichecks-blood/</a> Seems like it is...
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    The Dakar

    It's that special time of the year again ... time for the world's greatest off-road race! <a href="http://www.versus.com/shows/dakar-rally/" target="_blank">http://www.versus.com/shows/dakar-rally/</a> Race starts today ... coverage on Versus is 2 days behind, I think. Lots of coverage...
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    Sexiest Cars

    MSN Autos just posted this article of the sexiest (10? 12?) cars of all time. <a href="http://editorial.autos.msn.com/slideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=1129722&icid=autos_1259&GT1=22007#2#q=The%20Sexiest%20Cars%20of%20All%20Time%3A%20Alfa%20Romeo%208C%20Competizione" target="_blank">MSN...
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    Honda - Quitting Formula 1?

    Looks like Honda, instead of bouncing back, will quit Formula 1: <a href="http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/04122008/58/honda-brink-folding.html" target="_blank">http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/04122008/58/honda-brink-folding.html</a> How's that for a Merry Christmas? <img...
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    2006 Civic, Havoline 5W20, 4,663 miles

    My latest UOA: <a href="http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee149/BrorJace/OilAnalysis_11-14-07d.jpg" target="_blank">http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee149/BrorJace/OilAnalysis_11-14-07d.jpg</a> This is the first UOA for this car ... on the 3rd batch of oil. Oil filter: Nissan OEM...
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    Rally Champ Colin McCrae Dies in Crash

    It's not exactly official as I write this, but it appears that Colin McCrae, 1995 World Rally Championship winner, died in a helicopter crash along with at least a couple of other people, possibly including his son. The world will miss Mad Man McCrae. <img...
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    The Speed Channel

    There <i>must</i> be a ton of fans of the Speed Channel here, eh? Anybody else noticing it steadily going downhill? I know that question depends largely on when you starting watching Speed. If you were a Speedvision fan (2001 and earlier), the changes over the past 3-4 years are usually...
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    Snowblower Auger Oil

    Yes, I posted this question in the lawn & garden section of this forum ... but some gear oil gurus here might not venture over there all that often. So, I'm posting something similar here since it is specifically about gear oil specifications. I was checking the gear oil in our new Ariens...
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    Ever Hear of Cenpeco oil?

    Anyone here ever hear of (or better yet use) Cenpeco oils? <a href="http://www.cenpeco.com" target="_blank">www.cenpeco.com</a> They appear to be a lot like Schaeffer (small, specialty blender concentrating on agriculture and industrial applications) who's been around for nearly 100 years. I...
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    Schaeffer 5W30, 5K miles, Sentra SpecV 2.5L

    The detailed results of my last oil sample sent to Blackstone Labs: '03 Nissan Sentra Spec-V QR25DE 2.5L 4-cyl Schaeffer 5W-30 synthetic blend Hastings LF240 filter 5,009 mile interval (April to August) Current mileage on vehicle: 22,612 No make up oil used. Notes from Blackstone: <i>". TBN...
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    Fuel System Cleaners ... all are Dexron III?

    I was on a car-brand-specific forum and the issue of fuel injector cleaners came up. Someone who thought they were very useful made a number of technical comments about them which I believe are incorrect. I asked him which brand(s) he referred to and this is what he said: <i>"All fuel...
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    what is this junk inside my engine?

    Hmmm ... you might want to take some time and physically remove as much of that carbon build-up as you can. Just don't be too aggressive and obviously you don't want to scratch or nich any wear surface nor gasket-mating surface. Still, that's time consuming. Also, you don't want to let too many...
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    Mobil 1 & Excessive Engine Noise

    I thought I&#8217;d start a thread talking about Mobil 1 and the noise so many of us have noticed. The current discussion has been going on this thread but given it&#8217;s title, there are probably many people who have something to contribute but don&#8217;t know the discussion is ongoing: <a...
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    Honda 18hp Tractor, Schaeffer 15W40

    <b>Engine Make:</b> 1996 Honda (4518H Tractor) <b>Engine Model:</b> GX640 OHC 2-cyl, 38.7CID, Liquid cooled <b>Fuel Type:</b> Gasoline <b>Oil Type:</b> Schaeffer S7K synth. blend 15W40 <b>Hours On Oil:</b> Approx. 60-70 hours <b>Total Engine Hours:</b> Approximately 500 <b>Make -Up...
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