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Old 07-04-2004, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Time for an oil chane, and I had been debating making the switch to Mobil 1 synthtetic. My local parts hous just picked up Red Line Racing Oil, Water Wetter, etc. I got a "wild hair" and picked up some 10W-40 and a bottle of coolant treatment.

I was curious if any of you guys use this, and what kind of results if any became realized.

BTW, I know this might belong elsewhere, but I am mainly curious about e36 drivers...
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I use the water wetter. It's good stuff. As for the oil no offense to redline, but I'm not a fan. I started off thinking redline is the way to go but have quickly found that that I trust Mobil 1 more mostly because I can actually find it around here without having to order it offline. Nothing against them, good stuff, but I like mobil 1.

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Actually their website lists Advance AutpParts as a distributor. Surely you have one of those close. I'm more concerned about the switch to fully synthetic at 90K than Mobil 1 or RedLine.
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Actually we have no Advance AutoParts. I've got a place called DynoTuned that's like 10 mins away and down a fun road by the airport but they're kinda honda orientated and have kinda shunned me with the BMW. As for the synthetic switch read this to put your mind at ease.

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Mobil 1 does not cause leaks. In fact, new Mobil 1 with SuperSyn™ was tested in dozens of industry standard and OEM tests to prove its seal performance. It is fully compatible with the elastomeric materials from which all automotive seals and gaskets are made.

ExxonMobil engineers are wary of conventional oils that tout their use of additional seal-swelling agents. With extended use, these agents can over-soften engine seals, resulting in leaks. More to the point, an oil additive will not rejuvenate worn or damaged seals. The damaged seal may have been caused by a worn rotating metal component in the engine.

If an older engine is in good condition and does not have oil leaks, Mobil 1 with SuperSyn™ provides the same advantages as when used in a new engine. ExxonMobil recommends taking measures to repair the leaks, then using Mobil 1 with SuperSyn™. ExxonMobil also always recommends following the automobile manufacturer's manual for the proper oil to use.
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This is turning into a little war isn't it......

But yeah with 109k I switched and didn't see any leaks other than the one from my rear main seal, but that's cause it's missing a bolt head
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So, what is the big gain when switching to synthetic? With 115k on my 93, I'm too nervous to switch and figured that I'd just continue oil changes at every 2500 miles.
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I just got some watter wetter I have yet to dump it in the radiatior.
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The advantage is much better viscosity and a cleaner running engine. I was using 20W-50 in a standard petroleum based engine oil. I'm using 10-W40 in Redline which they state provides better protection than the standard oil I was running. This has many benefits as you can imagine or read for yourself if you cant...{HERE}

Ben, I tossed some water wetter in there too, I'll let ya know if I see the cooler running temp they claim.
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Thanks for the link. I appreciate the help .
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