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  1. M119

    What's the truth about ethanol and OCIs?

    I've been gathering infos here and there for a few months now especially in a few threads i made however i'm still trying to understand how E85 and E100 impacts oil. Most of the information i found is pre 2011, before the API SN spec and i think that's the reason why flexfuel cars owner's...
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    Clutch/gearbox weirdness

    Another transmission problem. When i push the clutch pedal, i can now feel and hear a "click" which makes the car even more annoying to drive. Another thing i notice is that when i fully depress the clutch, i have to bring the RPM up to be able to engage the appropriate gear (engine idling while...
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    Intake valves deposits, Gas vs Diesel

    I have a hard time understanding why carbon build ups are a problem on modern direct injection gasoline engines but not in diesels. I understand that there's no fuel constantly washing the valves but diesels are the same and this problem doesn't seem to appear or only marginally. I never heard...
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    Massive storm here

    In my area winds are reaching 186km/h, it's 2:30 AM and no way to sleep, stuff is flying around and my roof makes all kind of noises. Maybe this kind of wind isn't that big of a deal for you guys on the other coast of the atlantic. What's the worst you usually have ? 186km/h is the record since...
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    Massive difference in oil consumption between 5W30 and 5W40

    Well, i tried Shell Helix Ultra 5w30 for my last oil change instead of the usual cheap Tech9 (i guess it's our equivalent of SuperTech) or Total Quartz 5w40. Usually at the end of a 8/10k kms oil change interval the level is below the middle on the dipstick. This time it is right on the middle...
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    Manual gearbox additive

    What's your opinion on manual gearbox additives ? I've always been reluctent to use an additive of any kind because i always thought oils are fully formulated products. A very popular one here is Mecacyl HY. Claims it improves shifting smoothness and a lot of people say it does...
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    Driving addiction, hard to cure

    I've been driving for 6 years now and i just can't control it. I HAVE to drive for whatever reason i can find, even driving other people places rather than letting them drive their own cars sometimes (which poeple seem to appreciate). I drive 30 to 40k kms each year and i'd say half of it could...
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    Same engine, different cars, different OCI in owner's manual, why?

    I had three cars with the same engine (M111) and i really wonder why they all have way different service intervals in their manuals. They all call for 229.1 oil. - 1995 Mercedes W124 E200 : normal : 10 000 kms, severe : 5 000 kms. - 1998 Mercedes W210 E200 : normal : 20 000 kms, severe : 10 000...
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    How bad is lugging ?

    Just lugged my engine bad, i had my music on and did not realize i engaged 3rd and not 1st at the green light, i put my foot down all the way and felt a unpleasant massage in my seat then understood. I know beginners do that all the time but this is the first time it happened to me in years of...
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    Play in the diff, thicker oil?

    Hello guy, one of the few problems my car has is a metallic clunk when shifting between gears and when i abruptly release the gas pedal or put my foot back on it. I had the car on ramps a few times and none of the bushings or flex-discs are shot, everything is tight. I was able to recreate the...
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    Did i buy a fake ? Shell experts please shime in

    I just bought this but am surprised at the spelling mistake on the jug. It should say "synthèse" and not "synthès" and "naturel" instead of "naturele". Is it indicative of a fake ? I bought it at Super U, a major supermarket here. Here's a pic from the Shell website as well.
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    Super short trips, E85 and OCI

    High guys, i normally do 70% highway and almost no short trips but since i am moving to a place that's only 2.4 kilometers (1.5 mile) away i am forced to do very short trips back and forth every day for at least one or two months with two longish 175 kilometers highway trips every weekend. I've...
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    Unopened jugs of 229.51 oil, can i use it in my gasser?

    I have 12 liters of Total Quartz 5W-30 (ACEA C3) in my stash that was intended for a car we no longer have. Can someone explain why i could or shouldn't use it in my car that calls for MB 229.1 in which i normally use 229.3/5 ? I know that 229.5 shouldn't be used in applications calling for...
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    Is it true that used up oil ruins seals and gaskets ?

    I guess it has always been the reason i don't follow the 15k kilometers OCI as recommended in my car's owner manual regardless of the fact than a modern 229.5 synthetic is obviously far better than the required 229.1 and would hold up well in my case (small engine, 6 quarts sump, mostly highway...
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    Importance of OEM approvals for manual transmission fluids?

    Hi everyone. Could someone explain what lies between OEM approvals for manual transmission fluids and what are the differences between them ? For exemple MB 235.10 or PSA B71 2330, every manufacturer has them, Volvo, VW, BMW etc. How much of it has to do with commercial agreements or simply...
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    Is semi-synthetic 10W-40 still a thing?

    Hi guys, I've been browsing this forum for a while and noticed that 10W-40 wasn't a very popular oil here. I also see some negative talk about it from time to time (some say semi-synthetic cause worse leaks than synthetic etc). It looks like it's still one of the most popular viscosities in...
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    Am i wasting perfectly good oil ?

    I've always been a 3k miles oci believer since i started driving and for all my cars (mainly 90s Mercedes diesels and various other gassers from that era). I've used all types of xW40, dino, semi and syn. I'm educating myself here and decided to switch to 5k miles oci using either 10W40 semi or...
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    Rough idle when cold

    Hi there, for a few weeks now my car has been stumbling during the first 30 seconds after starting it, it sounds like it is misfiring with a loud sound in the exhaust (or intake?) like a backfire when rpm is higher during warm up. It almost stalls sometimes. It gets smooth once rpm drops after...
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    Switch to dino to reduce leaks ?

    My car always had 5W-40 synthetic. 94k miles, dealer maintained, bought it 9 months ago from the original owner. It had a very slight, barely noticable wetness around the headgasket and the oil pan. I noticed that the 20k miles i travelled with it during less than a year made it worse. During...
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