Lowest NOAK Always Better ?

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If two leading synthetic oils generally have good or equal quality add packs , viscosity , etc. would you then look at the oil with the lower NOAK number (as a measure of better quality) to determine which one you would buy ?
 
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I'd select based on spec and approvals rather than composition. But yes, all else equal, I'd be inclined to go with lower NOACK. ...Or at least I would with any car but mine. With mine, I have no idea what I'd do...
 
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no, First off you never know the whole additive package, many things dont show up. Its NOACK not NOAK and generally lower is better but it reflects the base stock TYPE and quality more than anything else. A well designed premium group III oil could have a noack around 10% and be better than another with a noack of 6% Now If I had a turbo DI engine with a 4qt sump.. I'd definitely prefer something with a lower noack.. but while its a worthy stat to refer too.. its important not to over empathize it.
 
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Originally Posted By: ChrisD46
If two leading synthetic oils generally have good or equal quality add packs , viscosity , etc. would you then look at the oil with the lower NOAK number (as a measure of better quality) to determine which one you would buy ?
The most stringent mfg specs in existence today call for NOACK of 10% or less, so that's probably good enough for even the most demanding applications. Once you get below that level, I'm not sure there is going to be a whole lot of distinction/benefit there.
 
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Pennzoil Plat Pure Plus 5w30 = ~10% Pennzoil Plat Pure Plus 10w30 = ~5% ...but it doesnt make the 10w30 a better oil even if the vehicle specs both as acceptable. -According to their (Pennzoil's) Tech Line.
 
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Originally Posted By: Rand
no, First off you never know the whole additive package, many things dont show up. Its NOACK not NOAK and generally lower is better but it reflects the base stock TYPE and quality more than anything else. A well designed premium group III oil could have a noack around 10% and be better than another with a noack of 6% Now If I had a turbo DI engine with a 4qt sump.. I'd definitely prefer something with a lower noack.. but while its a worthy stat to refer too.. its important not to over empathize it.
Make that over-emphasize....
 
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NOACK is the number I pay most attention to when shopping synthetics for my D.I. Focus. Guys on the Focus forums are sending in really ugly pictures of their valves very early in the cars' lives. Apparently the oil separator Ford built into the PCV system isn't very effective. A few guys have installed catch cans, and regularly drain a shot glass full of oil or more out of them. This is on the ST, though. Not sure how much the N/A 2.0 is affected. Anything I can to do minimize the valve crud is what I'd want to do.
 
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Originally Posted By: FocusTi
Anything I can to do minimize the valve crud is what I'd want to do.
I guess it may be too early to tell, but is there any evidence out there yet showing that an oil with NOACK of 6% results in reduced deposits compared to an oil with NOACK of 9%? FYI, there was some study done by Lubrizol showing that low SAPS oils help reduce DI valve deposits, alas, that is separate from NOACK obviously.
 

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My bad - of course should be NOACK ... Good comments , just looking to have the correct perspective on the topic !
 
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My plan with my DI Regal (though it's not a turbo) is to go with QSUD, which, I've read here, has a very low NOACK. It's otherwise a fine syn oil and is well-priced.
 
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Originally Posted By: ChrisD46
Only PFI engines for me ! ...I'm no TGDI or DI engine lab rat for anyone !
Then i wouldnt worry about a lower than (SN/GF-5 acceptable) 15% or (Dexos1) 13% Noack. You'll be fine with any certified oil.
 
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Base stock NOACK is hugely related to viscosity, even for GTLs. GTL 4 max. 14 wt% (typical 12.8). GTL 8 max. 5 wt% (typical 2.3). So the Noack for finished lubricant depends on the formulation. One could guestimate that Pennzoil Plat PurePlus 10W30 contains more heavier GTL than 5W30 counterpart. Assuming these PurePlus's are 100% Grp III oils and no e.g. PAOs used.
 
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Originally Posted By: Rand
no, First off you never know the whole additive package, many things dont show up. Its NOACK not NOAK and generally lower is better but it reflects the base stock TYPE and quality more than anything else. A well designed premium group III oil could have a noack around 10% and be better than another with a noack of 6% Now If I had a turbo DI engine with a 4qt sump.. I'd definitely prefer something with a lower noack.. but while its a worthy stat to refer too.. its important not to over empathize it.
As only possible on BITOG - it actually should be Noack, named after Dr. Kurt Noack who developed the test (in the 1930s, iirc).
 
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Originally Posted By: FocusTi
NOACK is the number I pay most attention to when shopping synthetics for my D.I. Focus. Guys on the Focus forums are sending in really ugly pictures of their valves very early in the cars' lives. Apparently the oil separator Ford built into the PCV system isn't very effective. A few guys have installed catch cans, and regularly drain a shot glass full of oil or more out of them. This is on the ST, though. Not sure how much the N/A 2.0 is affected. Anything I can to do minimize the valve crud is what I'd want to do.
After spending nearly 3 years on one of the 2012-2014 Focus forums I've heard plenty of compliments and complaints, but not a single report of intake valve deposits. If there's a problem it may be only be with the turbocharged ST version.
 
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Originally Posted By: FocusTi
NOACK is the number I pay most attention to when shopping synthetics for my D.I. Focus. Guys on the Focus forums are sending in really ugly pictures of their valves very early in the cars' lives. Apparently the oil separator Ford built into the PCV system isn't very effective. A few guys have installed catch cans, and regularly drain a shot glass full of oil or more out of them. This is on the ST, though. Not sure how much the N/A 2.0 is affected. Anything I can to do minimize the valve crud is what I'd want to do.
ACEA C3 oil would do better for your Focus then low NOACK oil.
 
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