One last thing and I'll shut up, the analysis is so easy the "hassle and expense" is laughable. Remember you do it 3-5 times which shows you the duration that the oil is viable. You contact Larry and give him $60, he sends you 3 bellows bottles. You put the tube down the dipstick hole, crush all the air out of the bottle and then suck up a sample. Put on the cap, put it in a baggie, fill out the paperwork, put the bottle/baggie in the prepaid mailer and then drop it in the mail. Later he emails you results and sends a paper copy in the mail. Couldn't possibly be easier unless somebody did it for you.
I wish I could find the post on TDIclub where they talked about the oil being more abrasive than it ought to at first but I can't. When I find it again I'll let you know. Interestingly if you try googling around theres quite the rift. Many of the car sites like Edmunds are pushing people away from the 3,000 mile oil change but theres several shop pages pushing people back to it. The later are suggesting that cars are sludging up and failing because of infrequent oil changes. What they aren't saying is that extended OCI on conventional oils or cars that require synthetic is probably they cause... -Curt ________________________________ From: Dan Penoff via Mercedes <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Mercedes List <email@example.com> Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:28 PM Subject: Re: [MBZ] Mobil 1 $23 at Wally World I am changing about every 5k-6k and I'm perfectly happy with that. If the oil hasn't "broken in" (and I would like to see the citations for these claims) by then it's not going to. For almost 25 years I worked with industrial diesels with 1000s of HP that had sumps well beyond 100 gallons. Almost every one of them was changed on a calendar basis, only a few were changed based on oil analysis. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with oil analysis, in fact, when done properly it can provide a wealth of information about the engine. In the stationary engine business, about the only people who do oil analysis are those who have an aggressive maintenance program that pays close attention to everything, and/or those running engines in prime power (continuous) operation. Everyone else does it every two years or so. Quite frankly, I don't care to do it and I don't want the additional hassle and expense. I'll just change mine on the intervals I'm happy with and continue on. And yes, we could argue that I would save money in the long run, but I'm not that interested in doing so. I'm just more comfortable with changing the oil and filter out at the mileage or time I think is appropriate. Dan _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com All posts are the result of individual contributors and as such, those individuals are responsible for the content of the post. The list owner has no control over the content of the messages of each contributor.