[T3] Stupid question #395 Oil change time?

William Jahn willjahn975 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 1 19:58:37 PDT 2019

 I do understand that SAE30 might be better than SAE40 . I don't see any
white buildup in the breather. I do seem to hear a bit more tappet noise
since I changed the oil  unless I'm just much more focused it. When I last
adjusted the valves 5/30/15 around the same time I last changed the oil all
the rockers had oil in them, I pushed them down to see if the valve
clearance was was @.006". I suppose when I change the oil again within the
next week I should pull the valve covers just to check it out in there. On
the SAE30 I see a few different charts most agree SAE 40  the low end temp
is 50* F and high end is 113 to 122 *F. they seem to indicate that SAE30 is
good to around 100* F .

On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 10:56 AM William Jahn <willjahn975 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The odd part is all sites have reviews and there is not one on the STP
> brands autozone sells so people either don't bother with reviews since it's
> all BS or just use the STP and are happy with it. I just feel Valvoline is
> what it is so I went with that.
> On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 10:51 AM William Jahn <willjahn975 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>  Jim, I imagine SAE 30 would have been fine I never used 30 in this
>> engine which doesn't mean anything. I was more concerned of how hot it does
>> become here. The way the traffic is here there is not a time when I can
>> drive above 45 MPH , even on a freeway you might get to 55 or 60 for a mile
>> or 2 then it's stop and go. Just to get on a freeway I need to drive 6
>> miles stop and go. I realize it's the starting that produces the most wear.
>> I was watching my oil temp and pressure gauges just glancing once I had
>> driven 5 miles 2 days ago on this 20 mile round trip and noticed the temp
>> climbed more as I was at idle since there is not a lot of cooling air
>> flowing plus ambient temps rise from the heat off all the cars all around
>> me. I fell for the misconception that multi grade oil became thicker when
>> it does not so I can't say only assume that the 20W50 was in a sense lower
>> than SAE 30. I saw the same thing searching O'Reilly's site that they  have
>> their own brand and saw a video of one fellow talking about house brands
>> are most likely branded name brand oil which is probably the relation
>> between Autozone and STP which is close to half the price on any name brand
>> oil they sell. If it is in fact good oil then I have a easy choice to go to
>> SAE 30 if needed. Fact is thinking about this I only recall using Castrol
>> 20W50 twice and this was when Autozone stopped selling Castrol SAE 40 and
>> STP is a fairly new addition in Autozone's oil selection didn't see it on
>> their site until this year. Perhaps enough people wanted SAE 30 and 40
>> since they took it away years ago. I'd much prefer walking into a FLAPS and
>> purchase than having it shipped. I have 3 quarts of Valvoline 10W40 haven't
>> used it. Felt it might not lube well enough  and from what I've read " Generally
>> it's better to stay away from the 10W-40s, as they have a higher content of
>> long-chain polymers to get the 40 rating from a thin base, and the polymers
>> are not lubricants themselves." I got this info from here.
>> http://www.vw-resource.com/engine_oil.html   for what it's worth.
>>  I don't know why autozone used the STP name , they used have an autozone
>> brand name oil and perhaps placing the STP brand made it more trustworthy
>> and as far as I know it very well may be the same autozone brand oil in a
>> paid for STP labeled bottle.
>> "
>> On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 6:54 AM Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org> wrote:
>>> On 30 May 2019 at 16:00, William Jahn wrote:
>>> > I found out that the STP SAE30 & 40 are made by autozone by calling STP
>>> > autozone gets to use their trade mark for a price. STP only deals with
>>> > their additives.
>>> And Autozone oil is probably made by some major brand that we would all
>>> recognize.
>>> I once had to make an emergency oil stop at an O'Rileys and was faced
>>> with
>>> a bunch of O'Rileys oil that I'd never seen before. The guy at the
>>> counter
>>> told me that it was all actually Valvoline, same oil, same additives.
>>> He'd been
>>> to the factory and watched the same oil, just put into different color
>>> bottles,
>>> coming down the line and put into different cartons. I suspect that all
>>> house
>>> brand oil is done this way. It could even be different makers done under
>>> different contracts in different years. It sounds like they are allowed
>>> to talk
>>> about this fact but not advertise it.
>>> I used to work with a guy who serviced big industrial air compressors.
>>> He
>>> managed to spec his own oil and get someone to mix and package it just
>>> for
>>> him. I suspect that oil came in 5 gallon buckets with a minimal label.
>>> Or
>>> maybe he had to buy 55 gal drums. I should ask him.
>>> --
>>> *******************************
>>> Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
>>> Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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