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Old 03 Feb 2006, 01:23 am   #1 (permalink)
onehappymadman@yahoo.com
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Wal-Mart has a 5-quart jug of their brand of synthetic oil for about
$12.

Moral issues aside (with Wal-Mart), would putting this stuff in my car
be a big mistake? Would I be better off spending about $8 more for the
5-quart jug of Mobil synthetic?

Backing up a bit, would it be a mistake to put synthetic in my
10-year-old camry? It does leak oil a few drops a day (couldn't quite
figure out from where, exactly). Would putting synthetic in this car,
which has seen nothing but regular oil during its lifetime, dissolve
away the crud that's holding my engine seals together?

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Old 03 Feb 2006, 05:02 am   #2 (permalink)
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www.bobistheoilguy.com go to the forums


<onehappymadman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Wal-Mart has a 5-quart jug of their brand of synthetic oil for about
> $12.
>
> Moral issues aside (with Wal-Mart), would putting this stuff in my car
> be a big mistake? Would I be better off spending about $8 more for the
> 5-quart jug of Mobil synthetic?
>
> Backing up a bit, would it be a mistake to put synthetic in my
> 10-year-old camry? It does leak oil a few drops a day (couldn't quite
> figure out from where, exactly). Would putting synthetic in this car,
> which has seen nothing but regular oil during its lifetime, dissolve
> away the crud that's holding my engine seals together?
>



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Old 03 Feb 2006, 06:58 am   #3 (permalink)
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Mobil has been known to be the best synthetic.

I don't know where you live but in PA Valvoline offers Maxlife full
synthetic oil for around $4.75 a quart. Since I have been using a combo
of lucas engine oil treatment and maxlife full synthetic 10w30 in my 91
camry 2.0, it went from using a qt every 1k miles to using NO OIL
whatsoever.

Goto valvoline.com for more information.

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Old 03 Feb 2006, 09:12 am   #4 (permalink)
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<onehappymadman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Wal-Mart has a 5-quart jug of their brand of synthetic oil for about
> $12.
>
> Moral issues aside (with Wal-Mart), would putting this stuff in my car
> be a big mistake? Would I be better off spending about $8 more for the
> 5-quart jug of Mobil synthetic?
>
> Backing up a bit, would it be a mistake to put synthetic in my
> 10-year-old camry? It does leak oil a few drops a day (couldn't quite
> figure out from where, exactly). Would putting synthetic in this car,
> which has seen nothing but regular oil during its lifetime, dissolve
> away the crud that's holding my engine seals together?
>


Given the fact that your oil leaks a bit and the car is 10 years old
(already a fair amount of engine wear) I would use a synthetic blend. There
are a lot of manufacturers who makes synthetic blends, but I don't know if
they come in 5 quart jugs.

I don't know what you mean by "moral issues aside"? Do you have something
against a well-run and efficient company that has low prices? It is not
moral to be so much more efficient than your competitors that they cannot
compete (they actually can compete, but they are too lazy and/or too
greedy).


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Old 03 Feb 2006, 10:21 am   #5 (permalink)
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Mark A wrote:
> <onehappymadman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:1138951388.030562.137750@f14g2000cwb.googlegr oups.com...
> > Wal-Mart has a 5-quart jug of their brand of synthetic oil for about
> > $12.
> >
> > Moral issues aside (with Wal-Mart), would putting this stuff in my car
> > be a big mistake? Would I be better off spending about $8 more for the
> > 5-quart jug of Mobil synthetic?
> >
> > Backing up a bit, would it be a mistake to put synthetic in my
> > 10-year-old camry? It does leak oil a few drops a day (couldn't quite
> > figure out from where, exactly). Would putting synthetic in this car,
> > which has seen nothing but regular oil during its lifetime, dissolve
> > away the crud that's holding my engine seals together?
> >

>
> Given the fact that your oil leaks a bit and the car is 10 years old
> (already a fair amount of engine wear) I would use a synthetic blend. There
> are a lot of manufacturers who makes synthetic blends, but I don't know if
> they come in 5 quart jugs.


Yeah, I just realized the 5-qt jugs are cheaper than buying them in
1-qt bottles.


> I don't know what you mean by "moral issues aside"? Do you have something
> against a well-run and efficient company that has low prices? It is not
> moral to be so much more efficient than your competitors that they cannot
> compete (they actually can compete, but they are too lazy and/or too
> greedy).



I do not have a problem with shopping at WMT, but at least two of my
co-workers do (and are quite vocal about it), and I'm sure a few on
this group feel the same way. Some are bothered by their successful
attempts at preventing unionization... I'm actually not sure how I feel
about that.

I believe, if you're in the USA and don't bother to learn English,
and/or didn't do so great in school, WMT is just the right place to
work. Then, once one acquires the skills necessary to function in 21st
Century America, one can move on to higher-paying positions with other
companies. Then again, perhaps others feel differently...

Thanks,

Mike

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Old 03 Feb 2006, 11:18 am   #6 (permalink)
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Bob H wrote:
> www.bobistheoilguy.com go to the forums
>
>


Just came from there, and noticed that many recommend using a bottle or
two of Auto-Rx before using synthetic.

Is auto-rx sold only from www.auto-rx.com? If so, is there any
"generic" equivalent of Auto-Rx available at Pep Boys/Wal-Mart?

Thanks

Mike

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Old 03 Feb 2006, 11:53 am   #7 (permalink)
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On 2 Feb 2006 23:23:08 -0800, onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:

>Wal-Mart has a 5-quart jug of their brand of synthetic oil for about
>$12.
>
>Moral issues aside (with Wal-Mart), would putting this stuff in my car
>be a big mistake? Would I be better off spending about $8 more for the
>5-quart jug of Mobil synthetic?
>
>Backing up a bit, would it be a mistake to put synthetic in my
>10-year-old camry? It does leak oil a few drops a day (couldn't quite
>figure out from where, exactly). Would putting synthetic in this car,
>which has seen nothing but regular oil during its lifetime, dissolve
>away the crud that's holding my engine seals together?



Why are you thinking about switching to a synthetic? You can get the
jug of Castrol or Pennzoil conventional oil for a very good price and
not worry about seals.

As for your other question, no other product I am aware of is equal to
Auto-rx. It actually stopped a main seal leak on my friend's Ford
Explorer, but YMMV.


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Old 03 Feb 2006, 12:12 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Curtis Newton wrote:
> On 2 Feb 2006 23:23:08 -0800, onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote:
>
> >Wal-Mart has a 5-quart jug of their brand of synthetic oil for about
> >$12.
> >
> >Moral issues aside (with Wal-Mart), would putting this stuff in my car
> >be a big mistake? Would I be better off spending about $8 more for the
> >5-quart jug of Mobil synthetic?
> >
> >Backing up a bit, would it be a mistake to put synthetic in my
> >10-year-old camry? It does leak oil a few drops a day (couldn't quite
> >figure out from where, exactly). Would putting synthetic in this car,
> >which has seen nothing but regular oil during its lifetime, dissolve
> >away the crud that's holding my engine seals together?

>
>
> Why are you thinking about switching to a synthetic? You can get the
> jug of Castrol or Pennzoil conventional oil for a very good price and
> not worry about seals.


Hoping to clean engine crud out a little bit, and improve engine
performance somewhat.


> As for your other question, no other product I am aware of is equal to
> Auto-rx. It actually stopped a main seal leak on my friend's Ford
> Explorer, but YMMV.


It's only available from their website, then?

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Old 03 Feb 2006, 12:15 pm   #9 (permalink)
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I was putting synthetic in my 1991 Camry until last summer. Thats when the
oil started leaking all over and the engine was losing power so I switched
back to regular and put in an oil additive. Runs a lot better now.

The reason I was using synthetic was that it ran better in the winter and I
thought it was good for the car and improved fuel economy. My mechanic kept
telling me that I was wasting my money.


<onehappymadman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Wal-Mart has a 5-quart jug of their brand of synthetic oil for about
> $12.
>
> Moral issues aside (with Wal-Mart), would putting this stuff in my car
> be a big mistake? Would I be better off spending about $8 more for the
> 5-quart jug of Mobil synthetic?
>
> Backing up a bit, would it be a mistake to put synthetic in my
> 10-year-old camry? It does leak oil a few drops a day (couldn't quite
> figure out from where, exactly). Would putting synthetic in this car,
> which has seen nothing but regular oil during its lifetime, dissolve
> away the crud that's holding my engine seals together?
>



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Old 03 Feb 2006, 03:57 pm   #10 (permalink)
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> The reason I was using synthetic was that it ran better in the winter and
> I
> thought it was good for the car and improved fuel economy. My mechanic
> kept
> telling me that I was wasting my money.


How old is he? And who influenced his beliefs?
Most of the newer generation mechanics do understand the qualities of
synthetic oils.


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