- Nov 29, 2021
My engine (EJ) seized last month. Seized. Down the block from my house. Pinhole leak in that stupid hose above the thermostat and lower hose that's either an ATF cooler line or, more likely, a Water Pump Bypass (?? Subaru, explain.) OK so temp gauge pegged and engine shut off by itself.As much as we all LOVE to look down our noses at “subpar” oils, the quality of the standards these days pretty much guarantees that if the oil actually meets the required certification, regardless the oil used, there will be no statistical difference in wear. Single engines can “compare” to macro data trends, but the reality is that maintenance frequency and air/oil filtration far outweigh the oil itself in predicting the length of an engine’s life.
We can chase all kinds of bougie or boutique oils but in reality, ~95% of properly maintained engines of a given type will all end up around the same lifespan regardless of the oil used. Confirmation bias is a B (ad habit 😂).
I was able to immediately restart it, blast the heater, use paper towels and put holders (oven glove would have worked too) and unsafely open the cap and vent the steam.
Someone I speak with mentioned that my high quality PCMO (might have been HPL) is a big part of why I was able to avoid catastrophic damage, versus a "lesser quality" oil.
I am an oil snob and I'm presently using Mobil 1
I think you made a great choice there.My favorite is Schaeffer oil,used it for years. My second choice is Torco. I jumped on the HPL bandwagon just last week.
I want to eventually have enough HPL on hand that I dont need to visit the store to buy either Mobil 1, Supertech or anything else.. Baselining.
There is a benefit to the best quality oil.
It does cost more to buy.
See how much crud came out of @wwillson vehicle after using the "meets the spec" oils which yeah are probably fine, says something about the ability of HPL as does my experience.... I will indicate in the flow of filters mailed to @53' Stude when HPL EC or PCMO has been introduced as a reference point.