Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 13:42:17 GMT
From: Gary Danaher <>
Subject: Re: Does anyone use synthetic oils?

OK, my turn. I started using Mobil 1 when it first came out, and I think that was around 1970 or perhaps just before. At the time they showed engines run to high miles with standard specs, and said it was good for 25,000 miles use between changes. Sometime after that, perhaps realizing that they wouldn't sell much product at those intervals, they dropped the mileage claim. I've used it in lawn mowers, trucks, cars, and vans. I always let the rings set in a new engine and around 3-5,000 change out and then change the filter every 6-8 thousand and the oil at 20,000. Once I had to get into a 1977 VW Rabbit engine to replace valve stem seals, but that was at 240,000 miles. Cars ALWAYS wear out before the engine begins to wear. I've never owned a vehicle wholse engine used oil. I bought a new Kubota lawn mower in 1988 and ran Mobil 1 in it. The mower saw 1.5 acres every week (my personal exercise program) and the oil was unchanged and still clear the week before it was stolen in 1998. Wish I had that mower back. Much better than the Honda which replaced it. TANJWarrior wrote: > All my vehicles and even the lawn mower is on synthetic to prolong life! > > 1979 928 > 1984 944 > 1978 924 > 1988 Buick Reatta > 1988 Buick Riveria > 1997 Yamaha V-twin Virago motorcycle (w/wet clutch) > 1998 Briggs-Stratton 4-cycle 3.5 HP lawn mower > > Seriously, being a former mechanic, synthetic is just plain better than > regular petroleum based lubricants. All the vehicles listed above I have > changed over. I have noticed a difference with the older vehicles in oil > pressure being higher even under extreme summer heat and city driving. Some > vehicles run slightly cooler (the 924 & 944) than before and the 928 has > lower mechcanical noise in the overhead valvetrain. > I use nothing but synthetic or even synthetic-blend if I have to.

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