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HELP! I need to reclaim an engine

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by DanGer, May 10, 2009.

  1. May 10, 2009 at 8:10 AM
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    My girlfriend told me recently that she rarely changes her oil on her 2001 VW Beetle 2.0 engine. She also told me that last time she just added oil until it was full. I pulled the dipstick today and the oil was black, gritty and thick!

    I am having trouble figuring out which oil weight to put in and whether I can put synthetic in or not. My google searches have come back fruitless since every result i get is the turbo engine
     
  2. May 10, 2009 at 8:12 AM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    See if she still has the owners manual. Otherwise, check with a dealer...
     
  3. May 10, 2009 at 8:17 AM
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    She has the manual but the Kraut organization of that thing is enough to drive someone insane. It doesnt say anything about oil weight, just wear eye protection when changing and fill it a half quart at a time. I will check again
     
  4. May 10, 2009 at 9:13 AM
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    Ok finally found it. Not under maintenance, not under engine, but under tips and advice. It calls for 4.4 qts or 5W-40 or 5W-30. I went and to autozone and got 5 qts. of Penzoil dyno 5W-30 and a filter for $14, not bad!
     
  5. May 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM
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    I'd recommend doing a drain, fill and flush (drain and fill twice). If it's been that long, you're going to have some thick oil that won't want to come out. Drive it for 50 miles after the first change, and change again.
     
  6. May 10, 2009 at 12:19 PM
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    I second the two oil change method. Put some marvel mystery oil in with the oil and then change it after 50-100 miles. MMO tells you on the bottle how much to add. Also, quit using penzoil. Penzoil is "sticky" and it holds dirt to the walls of the engine. I've rebuilt a few motors and the worst I've seen were run religiously on penzoil and quaker state, oil changed at 3000 miles. Valvoline and Castrol are better. Synthetic is better but costs much more. Something about Pennsylvania oil I guess.
     
  7. May 10, 2009 at 1:26 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Im gonna "third" what they said ^^^^^^^^^^^
     
  8. May 10, 2009 at 1:43 PM
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    Just cause lawn and chris said it: "Fourth"
     
  9. May 10, 2009 at 2:27 PM
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    It been 7K miles since the last change so it isn't as bad as I expected. I am going to just change it for the drive home (a few hundred miles) then she will be in spain for a month. When she comes home I will change it again.
     
  10. May 10, 2009 at 2:28 PM
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    If the owners manual says nothing about synthetic, how can I determine if I can put it in there?
     
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    Ask visa or my wife. They both constantly remind me how much I've got left to spend.
    I've heard that they use a type of parafin to keep the oil from breaking down at higher temps and maintain its viscosity.
     
  12. May 10, 2009 at 3:08 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    You can run Synthetic in any engine.
     
  13. May 10, 2009 at 3:12 PM
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    Every "Dino" oil is formed useing a Paraffrin based crude.
     
  14. May 10, 2009 at 3:13 PM
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    Shit man i thought it was year based
     
  15. May 10, 2009 at 3:14 PM
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    What about mobil 1?
     
  16. May 10, 2009 at 3:15 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    There used to be a myth about synthetics causeing oil seals to break down, or Synth. Oils being too "Slippery", thus causeing issues. They are false, and Synth. oils are fine for any engine.
     
  17. May 10, 2009 at 3:16 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    X2. Have seen alot of crap in engines that have run the "Q", or Penzoil.
     
  18. May 10, 2009 at 3:17 PM
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    good deal well i will let her run the penzoil for a trip home and when she comes down to visit I will change it out with mobile1
     
  19. May 10, 2009 at 3:19 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Mobil 1 is a good oil. I tore the top end off my 2.7 at 100K and it still looked new. Did a complete tear down on a Ford 300 c.i.d. straight 6 and it looked good as well. It had Mobil 1 in it from 30K on up to the 215K at which it had when we took it apart.
     
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