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Complete Numptee Question - what engine oil?

Complete Numptee Question - what engine oil?

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crazyidea

Original Poster:

102 posts

39 months

Wednesday 22nd August 2012
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Apologies to all of you out there that this seems like the most basic question on the forum for weeks silly but I have last week begun my love affair with a real flesh and blood TVR rather than photos. I have a 2002 Tamora with an engine rebuild - 3.6 done in 2008/9 what is the best engine oil that I should use? The oroginal manual say Mobil 1 10W/40 is that the same as Mobil Super 2000 X1 10W/40 or should I use a higher rating? Are there better oils out there?

Thanks for your help bow

sidpinup

998 posts

152 months

Wednesday 22nd August 2012
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10W40 semi synthetic is reccommended by TVR Power

Zippee

10,628 posts

131 months

Thursday 23rd August 2012
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I use (or will do when the shotty running in mineral oil is gone) Shell Helix 10/40 semi syn. I believe this grade is recommended for the S6 engine.

sidpinup

998 posts

152 months

Thursday 23rd August 2012
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When do you get to use all the power Zip?

Zippee

10,628 posts

131 months

Thursday 23rd August 2012
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sidpinup said:
When do you get to use all the power Zip?
Afternoon of Friday 31st with any luck smile
Heading to Dom then for the 1k running in service and then she's all mine....

sidpinup

998 posts

152 months

Thursday 23rd August 2012
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Zippee said:
sidpinup said:
When do you get to use all the power Zip?
Afternoon of Friday 31st with any luck smile
Heading to Dom then for the 1k running in service and then she's all mine....
Does it feel like Christmas? When you get it back the peddle on the right engages warp speed smile

Robertjp

2,279 posts

122 months

Thursday 23rd August 2012
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crazyidea said:
Apologies to all of you out there that this seems like the most basic question on the forum for weeks silly but I have last week begun my love affair with a real flesh and blood TVR rather than photos. I have a 2002 Tamora with an engine rebuild - 3.6 done in 2008/9 what is the best engine oil that I should use? The oroginal manual say Mobil 1 10W/40 is that the same as Mobil Super 2000 X1 10W/40 or should I use a higher rating? Are there better oils out there?

Thanks for your help bow
Mobil 1 is fully synthetic and Mobil super 2000 is semi synth, and 10w 40 semi synth seems to be what all engine builders recommend these days.

I think as long as its a decent brand and semi synth 10w 40 you should be OK. Shell, Sylkolene, Motul, Mobil etc all sell good semi synth.

Ron98

277 posts

53 months

Saturday 25th August 2012
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I thought it would have been a fully snth, Every day is a school day

Basil Brush

4,316 posts

160 months

Saturday 25th August 2012
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Does anyone know why semi-synth? I was advised against synth oil years ago for tuned air cooled VW engines due to it not transferring heat as well as mineral oil, but never knew if it was the case or not.

Robertjp

2,279 posts

122 months

Tuesday 28th August 2012
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It may be because when engine builders have refreshed engines, if you swap to fully synth too early you do risk glazing the bores as the oil is 'too good'. Semi synth for 6k is the advice i was given, but that even if you continue with semi synth its not a problem with a good brand....

Maybe the older non rebuilt engines would be better on fully synth...but TBH i cant see this making much difference...

Edited by Robertjp on Tuesday 28th August 12:33

Basil Brush

4,316 posts

160 months

Tuesday 28th August 2012
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I think Power's warranty specifically states to use semi-synth and use of fully synth voids cover.

sidpinup

998 posts

152 months

Tuesday 28th August 2012
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Basil Brush said:
I think Power's warranty specifically states to use semi-synth and use of fully synth voids cover.
This is true. 10w40 semi-synth only on power rebuilds.

Flying machine

679 posts

73 months

Tuesday 28th August 2012
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Unless I'm getting very confused - will have to check where it's written down - Str8six recommended that I used mobil super 3000, although I can't remember which grade!