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Rickyy

4,696 posts

105 months

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Thursday 22nd March 2012 quote quote all
Hi Tim,

After a bit of advise please! I ordered some oil for my 120k miles, 2001 Ford Focus 2.0 Zetec. It has arrived and it is Valvoline Synthetic Blend 5W-30 and says in the small print, recommended where Ford M2C913-A/B is specified.

I can't figure out if it is fully or semi synthetic! Is this oil the right one for my car?

Thanks in advance.

opieoilman

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3,141 posts

122 months

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Thursday 22nd March 2012 quote quote all
I don't actually know that oil, but i'm sure it's going to be a hydrocracked mineral oil, as all the ford 913 spec oils I know are. Hydrocracked oils are highly modified mineral oils that are legally sold as synthetic. This should help to explain it.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/pdfs/tech-articles/Bases...

Cheers

Tim

Toadusmodus

640 posts

167 months

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Monday 26th March 2012 quote quote all
Can you advise for the following please?

Cerbera 4.2 V8 AJP. Had full engine rebuild about 8,000 miles ago. Has had first oil change at 1000 miles and second at about 6000 miles. I'm thinking a fully synth 5w50 or 10w50?

Many thanks.

Joe

opieoilman

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3,141 posts

122 months

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Monday 26th March 2012 quote quote all
Hi Joe

I would use a 5w-40 synthetic as it's been rebuilt so should still be nice and tight.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-656-5w-40.aspx

Out of those, the best ones are the Fuchs/Silkolene Pro S, Millers CFS/CFS NT, Motul 300V, Redline and Gulf Competition. The Motul 8100 X-Cess, Millers XFS, Fuchs GT1 XTL/Supersyn, Shell Helix and Mobil Super 3000 are good, cheaper alternatives.

Chers

Tim

Jim66

1 posts

31 months

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Sunday 1st April 2012 quote quote all
Hi,

Maybe you can advise me on oil additives, most of my friends use Practex and it really helps, what you think on this product?


Many thanks Jim
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opieoilman

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3,141 posts

122 months

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Sunday 1st April 2012 quote quote all
I am not familiar with that one. To be honest I have never come accross an oil addtive of any use what so ever.

What are you looking to achieve by using one?

Cheers

Guy

DouggyMc

712 posts

49 months

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Sunday 1st April 2012 quote quote all
Hello,

Im trying to find some diff oil for my capri 2.8 special (LSD). The haynes book tells me the oil is Duckhams Hypoid 90DL, however duckhams has long gone and i dont know what the equivalent to that oil is for any other oil company.
I don't suppose you would know?
Thanks, Doug

opieoilman

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3,141 posts

122 months

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Monday 2nd April 2012 quote quote all
Hi Doug

A direct alternative to the Duckhams would be the Fuchs Titan Race Gear 90LS, Motul 90PA or Shell TS90.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-679-sae-90.aspx

Cheers

Tim

rgracin

449 posts

98 months

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Tuesday 3rd April 2012 quote quote all
Hi,

I have a:
2000 Mercedes E430 (w210)
with 155k on the clock.
Currently with Castrol Edge 0w 40.

The reccomended oil is 0w 40. Should I continue with this, say Mobil 1, or should I move to something a little thicker with that mileage?

Many thanks.

opieoilman

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3,141 posts

122 months

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Tuesday 3rd April 2012 quote quote all
Hi

Realistically, there is no need for a 0w in the UK, I'd go for a 5w-40 to get more choice of good oils.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-656-5w-40.aspx

Out of those, the best ones are the Fuchs/Silkolene Pro S, Millers CFS/CFS NT, Motul 300V, Redline and Gulf Competition. The Motul 8100 X-Cess, Millers XFS, Fuchs GT1 XTL/Supersyn, Shell Helix and Mobil Super 3000 are good, cheaper alternatives.

Cheers

Tim

Chris77

654 posts

80 months

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Tuesday 3rd April 2012 quote quote all
hi, I have a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4 1996 on a P plate. I am upgradeing to Brembo Calipers from an Evo 7, with discs, Carbotech XP10 pads and Braided hose's.

I use the car for mainly fast road use, but occasional track day, what fluid would you recomend, also how much would I need?

Thanks

Chris

opieoilman

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3,141 posts

122 months

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Tuesday 3rd April 2012 quote quote all
Hi

A good DOT4 like the Motul RBF600, Gulf RF800/1000, Fuchs Pro Race or Millers 300 plus would be ideal.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-450-brake-fluid-clutch...

Cheers

Tim

mrpbailey

556 posts

72 months

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Wednesday 11th April 2012 quote quote all
Hi Oilman,

My mother has a 2001 toyota corolla 1.4, done about 55k, and has just informed me the cars never been serviced in the 5 years she's had it! Considering it spends most 99% of its life doing short journey's (1-2 miles!), what oil would you recommend? Think its supposed to run on 5W-30.

Cheers

opieoilman

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3,141 posts

122 months

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Thursday 12th April 2012 quote quote all
Hi

Yes, a 5w-30 is the best option. In fairness anything is a good option after 5 years of not being serviced.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-653-5w-30.aspx
 
The best ones there are the Fuchs/Silkolene Pro S, Motul 300V, Mobil ESP, Castrol Edge, Shell Helix Ultra Extra, Millers XF, Fuchs GT1 and Redline, but the Motul Eco-Energy, Millers XSS and Fuchs XTR are good cheaper alternatives.

I'd also say it's worth dropping the oil out, putting in a cheap oil for a week or two, then dropping that out and using a decent oil. That should help clean the system out a bit.

Cheers

Tim

daveparry

972 posts

86 months

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Thursday 12th April 2012 quote quote all
Probably been asked before but here goes....

What if I mix Castrol 5-30 with say for instance Halfords 10-50????

Big Bang???

opieoilman

Original Poster:

3,141 posts

122 months

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Thursday 12th April 2012 quote quote all
Not as much fun as a big bang, it's pretty boring really, they mix fine. If it's in something that uses a 10w-50 and you add a 0w-30, it will burn off the 0w-30 at a higher rate. Also, by adding something basic to a quality oil, you are diluting the quality, so some protection is lost, but it's better than running low oil levels.

Cheers

Tim

terenceb

604 posts

57 months

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Sunday 15th April 2012 quote quote all
Hi Tim,question for you,I have an 07 350Z with a six speed g/box. Can you recommend an oil as a replacement please? I do have an account with Opie,just had some Helix from you,as I have a lot of faith in Shell Oils,this is the manufacturer I'd prefer to stay with if possible. many thanks.

opieoilman

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3,141 posts

122 months

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Sunday 15th April 2012 quote quote all
Hi

Shell make some pretty good oils, but unfortunately not anything that is ideal for your car.

I'd use an MTF, like the Fuchs Sintofluid, Redline MTL or Amsoil MTF.

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/c-670-75w-80-75w-85-mtfs...

Cheers

Tim

terenceb

604 posts

57 months

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Sunday 15th April 2012 quote quote all
Very quick,response Tim,many thanks.I shall place my order tomorrow.

Liquid Tuna

1,143 posts

42 months

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Wednesday 18th April 2012 quote quote all
Hi, can you recommend the correct oil for my Subaru Justy please? It's a 1998 1.3 model, now with 82k on the clock. Thanks.
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