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Synthetic Oil vs. Standard Motor Oil

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by 03coma, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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    03coma

    03coma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Guys need help making a decision on changing from Standard motor oil to Synthetic oil.
    I know there have been other threads on the issue of Synthetic vs. Standard motor oil but here’s my dilemma.

    My 03 Taco (3.4L) has 41,200 miles on it. So the maintenance schedule I follow is time over mileage. I’m old school as I do oil changes every three months or 3000 miles which ever comes first.

    I also know the benefits of synthetic oil but not sure if I should do the switch due to the cost, because of the fact that I change it so often. Should I wait until I get more mileage on the truck before switching to Synthetic?
    Would be getting the Mobil 1 if I switch.

    What do you guys think..
     
  2. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:23 PM
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    08pretaco

    08pretaco Almost there

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    stick with conventional if your doing it every 3k and at 42k miles
     
  3. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:29 PM
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    TRDKenE

    TRDKenE DAMN GOOD DEAL!!

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    not another thread about this
     
  4. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:33 PM
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    Yo TRDKenE, No need to reply to this post if you don't have any input on the subject. Just click the X and go to the next Thread.
     
  5. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:35 PM
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    better yet go get an oil sample and make an educated decision off that. if the oil comes back with a bad reading throw an oil change of synthetic in and then test and see wha that comes back as
     
  6. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:36 PM
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    You could just click search...
     
  7. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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    What he means to say is do a quick search for this there are some increadible threads in here about this.

    This website is packed full of info but not full of paticence when it comes to asking questions, to where there is more threads than you can shake a stick at.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:43 PM
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    I switched to synthetic specifically because of the time factor. The stabilizers in them last for a much longer time then the conventionals. Since I only drive around 3k a year I only do an annual oil change. You could have oil acidity problems trying that with a conventional.

    If your going to change it on your current schedule regardless, then I'd stick with an organic oil because of the cost difference. Also, on that schedule your not going to have a problem with oil breakdown. Regardless of what oil type you use.


    Oh, and...
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    I've just been waiting for an excuse to post that. :)
     
  9. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:55 PM
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    Synthetic at any mileage is the better choice for many reasons. First off, it breaks down less than conventional oil. It has better tolerances and doesn't leave half as much gunk in your engine as synthetic. Syn. will give you better mileage as it lubricates better as well. Why anybody would want to run conventional in our trucks is beyond me IMO.
     
  10. Oct 13, 2010 at 11:16 PM
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    If I were considering changing from conventional to synthetic (which I already use) I'd check out www.bobistheoilguy.com. There is tons of information on that site about automotive fluids and lubricants.
     
  11. Oct 13, 2010 at 11:38 PM
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    You kinda condradicted yourself about halfway down...
     
  12. Oct 13, 2010 at 11:59 PM
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    Here, I fixed it for you. :)
     
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