oil?! :) what colour should it be?!

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  1. ezzy

    ezzy Read Only Funster

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    ok so hi everyone first post..

    if its not a blonde question - what should the colour of my mhome engine oil be on the dipstick? i always thought it was pretty much the same colour as in the can ie oil colour see through brownish - i have a 3 year old diesel has been serviced sat still for a couple of months about to go away in it and dipsticked to check oil level and it looked black?! is that normal? no scaremongering just genuine help pleath! ta
     
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    Quite normal.
     
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    Oil is usually pretty black in a diesel, don't worry :thumb:
     
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    It is normal for diesels oil to turn black quite rapidly. With petrols, this would take longer and people considered oil colour proof of recent servicing.

    With diesels - it is a different matter! Change regularly as you wish, but don't go by oil colour!
     
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    Even if you change it now as soon as you start a diesel engine the oil will be black in a matter of minutes unless you have an oil spinner fitted, few diesel engines have a spinner fitted other than Cummins.
     
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    so bright red is not normal????????:Eek!:
     
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    Didn't Duckhams (?)used to be green?
     
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    Do you think there is any great advantage to retro-fitting a spinner to a MH?

    Mike
     
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    only three things should red Roger.......your knuckles when working on it, gearbox/axle oil and brake fluid.

    gearbox oil and brake fluid are not conducive as engine lubricants and knuckle gravy isnt good for anything except keeping you upright and breathing. :Rofl1:
     
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    2 minutes running will see new oil look like old oil unless you use an engine flush at oil service time.

    don't know why but there's always more old oil left in a diesel when drained than a petrol engine which, of course, then mixes with the new oil making it look dirty.
     
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    not forgetting his red diesel ... :Wink: :Laughing:
     
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    Oh boy Roger:Doh: You've done it again:cry: Every Newbie will be fretting now, they hav'n't got a "spinner"

    And if you are a Newbie, nor has 99.999% of Funsters:BigGrin:
     
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    many thanks - phew!

    :thumb:

    many thanks everyone - now it makes sense ...

    not due a service for a few months but did a panic as been sat up on drive since January :Eeek:

    some :Rofl1: in there too - red diesel - as a farmer's wife would not really know to what you are referring :Wink:

    and yes i remember duckhams being green or am i just showing my age - ok i'll go quietly!!:Sad:

    thanks again

    cheery bye
     
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    I am no expert

    But generally when you change the oil on a diesel engine it will be black as $hit within a hour.

    MikeD:thumb:
     
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