If my car consumes half qt every week.....

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...do I ever need to do an oil change? It is a 1979 Merc 280S with 2.8L carburettor engine, 6.5qt capacity. >300,000km. Using Shell dino 20w50. That means in 13 weeks I would have topped up 6.5qts of fresh oil.
 

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I'd be doing an engine change! [Smile] Seriously though, when it consumes that much you could probably just change the filters on a regular basis and keep topping up with oil as needed. Eventually you'd need to get rid of the contaminents in the oil (such as fuel) so you should do a change at least once a year. At this point the engine probably wouldn't last much longer no matter what you do anyways.
 
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By chance is the carb out of whack and leaking during shut down and or running very rich and fouling the oil ?
 
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The turbines at work turn over about 20% of the "sump" volume per annum, which appears to be ample make-up to keep the oil state in the fit for service zone for THAT application. RBOTs look good, and the hydraulics are very clean when we strip them. But we do have a super duper filtration system (sub 2 micron), and a centrifuge that pulls the water out of the system. So I'd guess that if you got the particles out, that you'd never need a change.
 
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Ooops, forgot to say that the one without the leakage/useage requires a change every 8 years on analysis.
 

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23 years old & still refuses to konk-out...  - Look....Scooby Doo spotted in Singapore! p.s. Use to own a 1975 280S, but I fed it cheap $5 per 4qt noname oil. Kept topping up half qt every week, but engine died after 1 year w/o oil change & filter change. Not exactly died but gave off lots of blue smoke.
 
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