Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 12:25:01 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Oils/Fluids for 900T wrote: > > ALWAYS run a turbo > on synthetic oil. The standard stuff will break down in no time (<3k miles) > and will prove a false economy especially when the turbocharger gives up. 3) > If the oil is too thin for the engine you will know about it since you may > develop strange oil leaks and loose oil out the engine breathers etc. If the > car drives smoothly and doesn't loose oil then why be stupid and put thicker > oil in. Seriouslly if you take this guys crap advice and put something like > bog standard 20w-50 in the engine you will do it serious damage. NJH You are dead-on on that one... I bought my '85 900 Turbo with 186,000 miles on it. At the time, it was not running, and had been nearly two years (!) since it's last oil change. I drained the oil, replaced the filter, and refilled with Mobil 1 5w-30. Not a single leak has developed in the last 5,000 miles (except the power steering rack :). The same is true for an '88 9000T I recently purchased - 212,000 miles on the odometer, and I refilled with Castrol Syntec 5w-50 (no Mobil 1 around :) and it doesn't leak nor burn a drop. Always use synthetic. Always. And if your car does happen to be an exception and develops a leak, fix the leak. Don't change "good practice" to avoid having to fix a problem. -Justin

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