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Old 02-25-2009, 07:40 AM   #1
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Let the oil wars begin!

Have you seen the latest commercials for Castrol Edge?
They claim it's 8 times more wear protection than Mobil 1 synthetic!
Take a look here--
http://www.castroledgeusa.com

Then come back here and discuss it.

I'm seriously thinking about switching to it when I change oil
in my truck this spring.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:09 AM   #2
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Any idea of the cost? I'll be changing my oil in the motorhome in about 2-3 weeks and this definitely looks to be very promising. Also I'll use it in the generator. Anything that promotes Wear Protection has to be seriously considered. Castrol has been around a long time and were one of the leaders in Racing Oils years ago. I saw the commercial but really didn't pay too much attention after seeing that guy whipping people with his dipstick!!! I think they'd do better with statistics rather than a poorly conceived semi-comedy approach.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:13 PM   #3
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i have been using castrol syntec since 1989
used it in my boats, cars and trucks
i currently do not use it in the f350 however.

i really liked it in the boat, ran the engine at 4800-5200 rpm for long periods (over 2 hrs), lots of heat and I never had an oil related issue,




may have to try the new stuff on DW car at next oil change if it proves out
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:45 AM   #4
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HA! Trying to start something here KyDan? : - ) Man I've seen endless and heated arguments about motor oil on a variety of sites.

Seriously, this DOES look like an interesting oil; maybe something like the Amsoil extended drain interval oils? It looks like it is intended to go 15,000 miles. I wonder what it costs relative to other synthetics. Viscosity selections are quite limited.

My bottom line: If you change your oil every 5,000 a good dino or blended oil is fine. If you are comfortable with extended drain intervals, these oils become more economically viable. I'm currently an Amsoil user in my F150. Since I live in MN and we get a lot of below zero weather here, I like the cold start oil flow advantages from the synthetic. Cold starts are where most engine wear is incurred.

In the end, we all do what we are most comfortable with and what we can afford.

Thanks for bringing the product to our attention. It's quite interesting and they have some good info on the site.
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:09 AM   #5
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I've got an 04 silverado that we pull in drive, not overdrive.
RPMs are near 3000 at highway speeds.
It only has 24000 miles on it now so I am changing oil once a year
whether it needs it or not.
I'm hoping this truck will last me another 6-8 years or more.
I want to use the very best oil I can get because even the high priced stuff
is small at my oil change intervals.
It can sit in the garage under a dust cover for months at a time then we pull it
out, hitch up and hit the road.
Short hops are infrequent.

One thing to note-- the fine print at the castrol site disclaims their findings if you
are driving under extreme conditions like towing!!
Still, if it's better than mobile 1 I'm gonna give it a try.
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:44 PM   #6
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KyDan. Since your truck sits for extended periods of time. Using the better oil is probably a good idea. Oil can tend to drain off of the contact parts, like cam lobes when a vehicle sits for a long time. This oil may provide you a little extra protection when you start up.

Do you put a tender on your battery when it sits that long Dan?
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:40 PM   #7
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Do you put a tender on your battery when it sits that long Dan?
Yes. I soon discovered the battery would be too low to start after
a month. 3 weeks and it would start but not after 4. Someone on another
group suggested it was possibly my Prodigy brake control. I have a battery
tender now and I've not tried unplugging the Prodigy to see how long it could sit
and still start. I use the battery tender all the time and it is always
ready to go.
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There are a lot of little different parasitic losses in vehicles. Alarm systems, clock, yadda, yadda, so i doubt that the prodigy is the only culprit.

i use battery tenders a lot; have several. motorcycle, riding lawn mower, travel trailer, a couple of tractors. they work great on things that sit for extended periods without use.
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I went to AMSOIL extended drain synthetic for both the Suburban and Avalanche. Couldn't be happier and both run cooler. I used to run Mobil 1 synthetic until I was researching gear oil after I burned up the ol' pumpkin.

I initially changed the gear oil only to AMSOIL and was so pleased with that (and the Mag-Hytec Diff cover) that when it was time to change the motor oil, I switched over completely.
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I went to AMSOIL extended drain synthetic for both the Suburban and Avalanche. Couldn't be happier and both run cooler. I used to run Mobil 1 synthetic until I was researching gear oil after I burned up the ol' pumpkin.

I initially changed the gear oil only to AMSOIL and was so pleased with that (and the Mag-Hytec Diff cover) that when it was time to change the motor oil, I switched over completely.
What vehicle did you burn up the Diff? Was it the Burb?
The diff disentigrated in my 01 Tahoe. The mechanic said it wasn't me that did it...it happened all the time. I swore of Chevy's....
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:10 PM   #11
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Yup...the Suburban's. Under warranty, but nonetheless a pain in the *****. The diff's for the Avalanche and 'Burb are the same. The Avalanche was no longer under warranty so that prompted me to protect it first with the Mag-Hytec and Amsoil Gear Oil. The Mag-Hytec holds more than a quart more gear oil than the stock diff cover which really helps out too.

The guy at Chevy told me the same thing about the rear-ends on the Suburban's going out too soon. Problem is he wouldn't say that after warranty runs out, he would simply say, Cha-Ching.
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How does this compare to AMSOIL?
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