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contourGL1996
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NEVER SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC!
#657068 - 07/06/04 02:39 AM

I'm so pissed off. I took everyones advice and switched to Mobil 1 sythentic 10w-30 oil. When I pulled the car out of the garage (the next morning) I noticed a small puddle of oil but thought that was normal with an older car switching to synthetic. To cut a long story short, I lost almost 3 quarts of oil in the span of 3 days and now it's throwing oil all over. Mostly out of the breather valve. I put more oil in to have the 4.5 quarts the zetec holds and am changing my oil again tomorrow to 20w-50 so hopefully it'll plug whatever damage has been done. I'm guessing that the synthetic broke down some carbon on the pistons so they don't have enough pressure and it's shooting oil up through but I have no clue. Anybody ever have this problem or know what it might be? ANY help would be apprectiated.


Thanks,
Mike

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HITMANinMI
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Re: NEVER SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC! new
#657071 (Re: contourGL1996) 07/06/04 02:44 AM

20w 50, huh??? you should use 10w - 30.



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Kremithefrog
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Re: NEVER SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC! new
#657076 (Re: HITMANinMI) 07/06/04 02:49 AM

Originally posted by HITMANinMI:
20w 50, huh??? you should use 10w - 30.





5w-30 but anyways,,,


your car was gonna show a leak at some point anyways, pretty soon by the sound of it. Synthetic oil is not for every engine, if you think your engine might have a clogged leak, than don't use it. I switched at 83k miles with no trouble.

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contourGL1996
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Re: NEVER SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC! new
#657081 (Re: Kremithefrog) 07/06/04 02:53 AM

It's not "leaking" it's pouring out the breather on the top. And the 20w-50 is only temporary until we figure out whats going on with it. (Figure, thicker oil, less chance of leakage)

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Kremithefrog
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Re: NEVER SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC! new
#657097 (Re: contourGL1996) 07/06/04 03:05 AM

Hmm, that is strange stuff. Hope you get it fixed. There was something already wrong with your car though, the synthetic oil just made it evident (somehow).

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AliasJerk™
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Re: NEVER SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC! new
#657108 (Re: contourGL1996) 07/06/04 03:12 AM

You shouldnt ever switch to synthetic, a synthetic oil should ONLY be used from the start of the car, less then 10K miles. Or else it WILL leak. I Suggest you use a Synthetic BLEND, you can use that at any time, and you dont have to change as often , and it makes the engine run cooler preventing wear and making the engine last longer.

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contourGL1996
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Re: NEVER SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC! new
#657110 (Re: Kremithefrog) 07/06/04 03:13 AM

I've never had any problems remotely close to that though thats why im so confused. My car only has 84k on it.

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tiv
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Re: NEVER SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC! new
#657112 (Re: contourGL1996) 07/06/04 03:16 AM

just curious: how many miles are there on the car, and what kind of oil did you use before ?

thx,
Tiv

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AliasJerk™
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Re: NEVER SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC! new
#657113 (Re: contourGL1996) 07/06/04 03:16 AM

to many miles to switch to a synthetic oil with. Your engine seals are adapted to a regular or Synthetic blend oil, I dont know why exactly, but a Synthetic oil needs to be adapted to right from the start.

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98 Corolla LE 1.8L DOHC 1ZZFE
TEIN H.Tech Springs
Tokico HP series Struts
Short ram air intake
Tsudo Axel Back Exhaust

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MxRacer
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Re: NEVER SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC! new
#657116 (Re: contourGL1996) 07/06/04 03:17 AM

this thread makes baby jesus cry.

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