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  1. samany

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    Hi to all, I have just had engine oil changed with total quartz 9000 future fuel economy
    5w 30 fully synthetic (what a mouthfull) I have a litre of semi-synthetic can I use this as a top up if needed or would you advise otherwise?
    many thanks, samany.:Smile:
     
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    As a top up I would say yes no problem but I'd say it's more likely that it wont need topping up
     
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    you could use, but I wouldn't .. if you need to top up, better to buy the correct oil.
     
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    Personally always tend to match oils, only use different oils as last resort.
     
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    Expensive isn't it Over £100 to change my oil.
     
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    There is really no way your oil will drop from the maximum to the minimum between oil changes unless your engine is shagged lol . Mine uses no oil to a noticeable extent
     
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    NO
    I buy 3 x 5 litre packs of total 9000 from chandlers oil on eBay ( Lincolnshire based company) about £60 delivered 15 litres!
     
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    agree with that ..

    I bought a litre of topping up oil over two years ago for my Honda.. and haven't opened it yet .. I forgot it wasn't a BMC engine :Laughing:
     
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    For my household we have a pug 207 a berlingo mpv and the pug 2.2 hdi and all use 5w40 regardless of fuel type so it pays me to buy 3 at a time and oil filters are under a tenner every time easy. So I can service 3 vehicles for less than £100
     
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    thanks to all, useful advice as always,Iwill use like for like.:thumb:
     
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    Why would you want to top up full syn with semi syn ?If you do that you may as well have put semi syn in the first place :Doh:
    You may find the link interesting reading
    http://wiki.seloc.org/a/Oil_Labelling_Explained
    terry
     
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    Hi Terry, only reason I asked was because I had a litre of semi left over
    from a previous veh. now realise probably a daft question, I'm not very
    tech savvy(as if you didn't know) but appreciate all comments, only way to
    learn is to ask. many thanks.samany:Doh:
     
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    No probs and as you say, if you don't ask :BigGrin: Deffo not the most daft question asked on here :BigGrin: so anything unsure about just ask :Wink:
    terry
     
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    What year and size is your engine as semi is recommended for some of the older vans I remember reading on another forum a certain Nick saying with the older vans they had problems and changed back to semi 10w40


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    Reminder; I strongly recommend not using the 5W40 oil specified by Fiat for a van at that age. It will only lead to oil leaks in the future. Use 10W40 Semi synthetic from a decent manufacturer.




    The owners manual changed in 2005 and the spec of recommended oil changed from 10W40 to a 5W40 WR (wide range) oil. Both were semi-synthetic. There were no engineering changes to the vehicle to warrant this change but change we did. Over the years it has become apparent that oil leaks are significantly more likely from either the crank or rear main oil seals on 2.8 engines that prior to the thinner oil had rarely been a problem. For this reason we changed back to 10W40 and have had no new problems on vans that have had new seals fitted. I strongly recommend that no 2.8 engine should have anything other than 10W40 put in it. They worked just fine on 15W40 before 2002 anyway!*







    This was for a 2.8 jtd 2006 the advice was from someone who runs a fleet of vans, although 5w40 synthetic is recommended as suitable the cheaper 10w40 oil proved much better problem wise
     
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    My 2004 boxer sites total 7000 or 9000 the only difference being the semi synthetic will require a shorter service interval. For the price from chandlers oil I just change it at my convenience when I have time and changed at 9,000 miles last time SOD the expense lol less than 30 with filter
     
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    We have a BMC engine in out little boat, uses nearly as much oil as diesel!!!:Laughing::Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    i would only use semi unless the manual states full, full synth is really only for engines that work hard and hot, semi is just as good. also i woould change the oil and all filters every year or service interval which ever is sooner. clean oil is the best maintenace ever:thumb:
     
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    :thumb:I buy all my oils, filters etc from www.opieoils.co.uk very reasonable to deal with, plus keep a good range of service items. I am a very satisfied customer. Bob
     
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