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    What's up with Mobil deserting the LL-01 market?

    On Mobil's website and thought I'd query their "Find the right oil" for my BMW application. This came up... "Based on what you've told us, your vehicle manufacturer recommends a 0W-30, 0W-40, 5W-30 or 5W-40 viscosity and oil that meets BMW Longlife-01. We currently do not offer any motor oils...
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    Not big on Toyota cartridge style oil filters

    So a couple of weeks ago, changed the oil and filter in my 2011 Toyota Camry 2.5 liter 4 cylinder. The cartridge style filter housing on the Toyota is unnecessarily complex. It has a drain accessed by 3/8" socket drive that allows you to drain the small about of oil in the filter housing out...
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    We need a PQIA for oil filters

    It's all a bunch of marketing claims from the commercial oil filter manufacturers. This box says this. That box says that. The web site says something else. We need a PQIA for oil filters.
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    Pennzoil Platinum® Euro 5W-30 at Walmart?

    When will Pennzoil Platinum Euro in 5W-30 show up on Walmart shelves? Pennzoil Platinum® Euro Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus™ Technology Euro 5W-30 •BMW LL-01 •Fiat 9.55535.Z2 •Mercedes-Benz 229.3, 229.5 and 226.5 •Porsche A40 •VW 502 00 and 505 00 •Renault RN0700 and RN0710 When it...
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    New Walmart Supertech oil filters a game changer

    At $2.84, buying a well constructed US built oil filter is certainly a game changer. I'm sure they will be flying off the shelves.
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    Camry oil change, Murphy's Law kicks in......

    So I'm under the Camry removing the oil filter/filter housing. Suddenly, the threads clear and the whole housing assembly, filter, cap wrench, ratchet extension and all fall and land 2 1/2 feet away in the drain pan full of warm oil. So what law of physics is in control here? I couldn't...
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    Oil/filter change on new RAM Cummins 3500 - ouch!!

    Changed the oil and filter in my son's 2013 RAM Cummins 3500 today. RAM has done some frame changes that add a lot of difficulty in getting the oil filter changed out. The frame is boxed in where you can't get up to the filter from the bottom. A lot of stuff to disassemble to reach the filter...
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    Help me build a bad oil filter

    So we all know what makes a great oil filter. What single characteristic of your least favorite oil filter would you offer up to build the worst Frankenfilter available? To keep the FRAMpires (thanks jk_636) from [censored] ing themselves to post this first, I'll start it off with this one...
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    Castrol TWS 10W-60 available at O'Reilly

    I had no idea TWS was available at a mainstream auto parts store. <a href="http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/CAS1/EDGE1060/N2446.oap?ck=Search_N2446_-1_-1&pt=N2446&ppt=C0252" title="httpwwworeillyautocomsitecdetailCAS1EDGE1060N2446oapckSearchN244611ampptN2446amppptC0252"...
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    Shell or Castrol... what's in the BMW bottle now?

    When is the BMW switchover from Castrol to Shell going to happen? I wonder how quickly Shell will be incorporated into the local BMW dealer's inventory. Does Shell currently have bulk Euro (Helix) 5W-30 here in the US?
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    Anyone seen Castrol Magnatec 5W-30 LL-01 A3/B4?

    With new Castrol Magnatec bottles hitting AZ, has anyone seen any 5W-30 SL A3/B4 LL-01? <a href="http://magnatec.castrol.com/en/oil-range/castrol-magnatec-5w-30-a3/b4.html" target="_blank">http://magnatec.castrol.com/en/oil-range/castrol-magnatec-5w-30-a3/b4.html</a> I'm thinking that's why...
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    Energizer auto batteries - high failure rates???

    Is it just me or do Energizer auto batteries seem to fail early in service? I just replaced a Group 35 Energizer battery at 35 months and 21 days (3 year warranty) after this latest cold snap. Battery just wouldn't turn the car over. Battery was in a Mazda RX8 and that little rotary can be a...
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    Reuse a used oil filter for high media efficiency?

    So most of us buy oil filters for their dirt holding capacity and their ability to trap contaminants in our oil on each pass. But is the best filter for our vehicle the one we just threw in the garbage can? Is that partially plugged used filter, efficiently filtering smaller and smaller...
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    Is Castrol Edge 0W-30 the universal motor oil?

    In the US market, 0W-20 thin is in. In Europe, 0W-40 is the standard bearer. But you'll find the same car spec'd for either oil depending on the country where it sells. To simplify, I believe I could use Castrol Edge 0W-30 in everything, whether it's a Toyota, Mazda, or BMW (not the Z4M)...
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    New Toyota cartridge filters exposed

    Took some photos of filters from my current stash. Most fit my 2010 and 2011 2.5 liter 4 cylinder Camry. The two larger filters fit my Land Cruiser. Here are the current FRAM offerings... <a href="http://s83.photobucket.com/user/rbz51/media/DSC_0426_zps7a004f08.jpg.html"...
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    Mobil 1 EP prices up at Walmart

    Minor change, but M1 0W-20 EP is $28.68 at my local store. Oil prices go down, motor oil prices go up??
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    QS SAE 30 HD for a $550,000 Mercedes Gullwing?

    Watched Peter Klutt's Legendary Motorcar show on Velocity the other day. They were restoring a 1950's Mercedes 300SL Gullwing. They paid $550,000 for the Merc not running. Klutt's mechanic was pouring QS SAE 30 HD into the oil fill hole on the Merc. Probably an excellent choice for a period...
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    Big three having a motor oil sales war?

    The battle is for market share. Walmart is the battlefield. Castrol, Mobil, and Pennzoil are all vying for market share. How long will the $22 premium synthetic jug last?
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    Real mechanics don't use Walmart oil filters

    Ever notice real mechanics don't use "commercial" oil filters? Go to a serious mechanic's shop, I'm not talking a quickie oil changer, Firestone store, or Sears, and look at the oil filters they are using. 90% of the time you'll see brands like Hastings, Wix, NAPA, and Baldwin. You won't...
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    Zerex Asian - Universal Coolant for Japanese Cars?

    Just changed out the coolant in my son's 2004 Mazda RX8. The car has 85,000 miles on it. Two gallons of pink P-HOAT formula Zerex Asian 50/50 pre-mix went in. This looks like the universal non-OEM coolant for Japanese cars. <a...
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