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10-12-2010, 10:21 PM #11
Glad I could humour you
After some reading though I may do the flush & switch to amsoil. I've always used Castrol or Mobil 1 but this once a year thing seems the way to go. Hmmmm the wheels in my head are turning....SEAFOAM, I PUT THAT @#!$ IN EVERYTHING!
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10-16-2010, 10:53 AM #12
Interesting timing on this thread, as I just picked up 6 qts of Valvoline High Mileage Synthetic Blend last night, to change today. I've got 115k miles on my Sierra, I've always used synthetic blends in previous vehicles, I'm indecisive so often choose "best of both worlds" and couldn't decide between full syn. or std. when I first started changing oil. I also don't rack up a ton of miles, 12k or so per year, so I only change my oil twice a year. I've long believed that the 3k was BS, especially with synthetic, and I've never paid much heed to the 3-month recommendation either. I never seem to be down more than 1/4 qt when I drain it, and I've heard losing/burning is not uncommon in these trucks.Truck: 2005 GMC Sierra SLT
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10-16-2010, 03:34 PM #13
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I use Castrol GTX High Mileage 10W30 in my car and in both of my trucks. All 3 have well over 150K on them. I figure if the high mileage blend helps keep the engines running longer without issues, it's worth the 2-3 extra dollars per oil change. I'm almost certain that the Castrol high mileage is a dino oil, but I change the oil every 3000 miles in the car, and every 3000 miles or a year or so, whichever comes first on the trucks (it's usually the year because I don't drive them often).Christopher
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10-16-2010, 03:47 PM #14
I always to regular oil changes and I think thats the biggest thing. Have always used castrol gtx (and i will swear by the castrol no sludge claims). then switched to catrol syntec and did changes every 6k instead of my normal 3k. It came out to the same cost since i buy the 5 quart jugs at walmart. the last time I used Mobil 1 cuz it was a 1.50 cheaper than castrol (yes I am cheap to a point, even though I still use good oil). All the different blends (truck/suv, normal, high mileage) were all the same price. I have 140k on the altima and 80k on the truck using the normal stuff and no issues. I think if you have maintained and done routine maintenance there is no need for the high mileage oil. but when its the same price as it was with the mobil 1 it doesnt hurt. But at this point with my vehicles I dont see the need.David
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10-18-2010, 01:14 PM #15
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I have had great luck with valvoline maxlife over the years.
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10-18-2010, 02:43 PM #16
10-26-2010, 10:25 PM #17
Mobil 1 Synthetic makes a synthetic oil for SUV's, Pickups, 4wd vehicles.......what is the story on this oil?
I read the bottle. It said some stuff about hard working vehicles and some stuff they put in it.
I think I will just stick to the regular mobil synthetic.2010 GMC Savana AWD
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10-28-2010, 11:52 AM #18
I started using the Castrol High Mileage in my 04 silverado 1500 a little over a year ago when the truck was at 110k, not because of the sludge components and whatnot, but because I started experience piston slab, and sure enough when i switched from regular penzoil to the castrol H.M, the slap went away. I've been using it since and change the oil every 3k miles on the dot and have not experienced the slap since. Also I buy it when Autozone or local auto part stores have a sale on it, and buy in bulk so the price isn't really a factor in my case. Just my two sense.
10-28-2010, 12:17 PM #19
11-05-2010, 01:11 AM #20
When your truck still has high milage, the regular conventional oil is still as good as the high milage ones. The conventional oil now-a-days is so high tech, you can use the basic stuff (like mobile one, valvoline.. etc) till the day you die. You can just change the oil out every 2,500-3000 miles. Lowers the risk of any problems. (oil is good up untill 5k miles now, but i wouldn't risk it, you lose much of the additives that are already in it)
If you want to, use Sea foam to help clean out the carbon, and protect the seals and everything else.
Hope this Helps.
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