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A better question: how long will synthetic engine oil protect the engine? I don't put a lot of mile on the Saab 9-3, 1999.

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You need to change the oil every year or 10.000 miles. The oil will be polluted with foreign material like water, sulpur etc.

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I would contact a dealer and ask them. But also you might just use the same oil so you don't chance it....

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not sure about the 2008 model, but the earlier ones had coil pack problems. it looks like part of the rocker cover with around four torque screws holding it down and one multi plug at the end on the n/s of the engine. oh they used to blow the fuse at the same time for the engine management. 30amp dooor pillar/"A"post area. test by removing the coil pack, fitting the spark plugs into the plug outlets. earth the body of each plug and crank the engine, you shoukld see a spark, if not then there are other tests before confirming the coil pack. let me know how you get on.

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SOURCE: 2006 Saab 9-7 SUV 5.3 V-8 oil consumption

There is a PIP on this concern that states that you're vehicule may have a pcv system problem. Simply take off you're air intake tube (the tube between the trottle body and air filter) and check to see if the trottle body or air intake tube are oily inside (like realy wet). If so i'd recomend going to you're dealer, they got a special procedure for this problem.

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SOURCE: I just changed my oil and switched to synthetic

Did you fill up the filter before you installed it?

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SOURCE: thick oil, blue smoke from exhaust

sound like you have blown head gaskets and water getting in the oil

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Questions, no problems. 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, 72,500 mileage. 1. Pros and cons of switching from regular oil to a synthetic (AMSOIL). Also which oil is better for the car during our heat wave of 100...


if you have the 3.1 liter engine than don't waste your money on synthetic. There are several known mechanical issues with that motor that synthetic will not help with. It will last just as long on conventional oil.

If you live in a part of the world that sees snow than synthetic will help with cold weather start ups.

If you have any oil leaks synthetic could make the leak worse or it could make it better.

Synthetic is of course more expensive. It does not mean you can run longer intervals between oil changes. If the engine is tight and efficient and extended service interval with synthetic oil is a possibility. If the engine has higher miles, starting to show signs of wear and is no longer as efficient or tight as it once was than extended services are not an option and may do more harm than good.

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Aug 05, 2011 | 2002 Chevrolet Malibu

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Which Oil Should I Use?


A common question is 'Which oil should I use?'

There's three categories of engine oil:
  1. Fully synthetic
  2. Semi synthetic
  3. Mineral
As a general rule of thumb, fully synthetic is the best - and the most expensive.
Semi synthetic is a blend of synthetic and mineral oil, and mineral oil is lifted out a hole in the ground in a bucket.

Oil is also given a rating of 0-30W and 5-40W. There's others, of course. This rating just refers to the viscosity - the thickness of the oil under certain conditions. 0-30W is a thinner oil than 5-40W.

At one time people used to use a thicker oil in their car engine during the winter months and a thinner oil during the summer months.

Fully synthetic 0-30W oil is often specified for engines that have 'zero tolerance'. Here, zero tolerance simply means no space between the metal of the piston and the cylinder wall. The oil must be thin enough to be able to coat the mating metal surfaces and yet be robust enough to withstand the pressures of what is basically pressurised metal to metal contact.

Using semi synthetic oil in a zero-tolerance engine will cause very rapid wear indeed. Topping up a zero-tolerance engine with mineral oil can have catastrophic results. Not only does it not afford protection but it - the mineral oil - will form a 'globule' - a ball - inside the oil sump/pan that will block the oil pump pick-up with absolute catastrophic results - very quickly.

In Europe the Saab 9-5 model had, amongst others, a V8 3000c diesel engine fitted. It was a zero-tolerance engine. Many of these cars ended up with wrecked engines simply because owners had topped up with the wrong oil. And, on a zero-tolerance engine the oil level itself is critical so much so that Saab modified the oil dipstick so that owners overfilled with oil by 1 litre. A zero-tolerance engine doesn't tolerate a 'slightly lower' oil level.

Most drivers wouldn't know if their car was a zero-tolerance engine. If you use fully synthetic 0-30W (or follow the manufacturer's recommendation) you won't go far wrong. You can use fully synthetic 0-30W in your 1956 Cadillac if you wish. It won't harm it.

Other grades of fully synthetic are fully suitable for all non-zero tolerance engines.

The difference between fully synthetic (apart from the price) and semi synthetic and mineral is that of durability. Fully synthetic 'breaks down' slower .. in other words, it lasts longer as a 'lubricant' ... does its job better.

Short journeys destroy engine oil - particularly mineral oil. Toxins and carbons accumulate in the oil and cause it to break down into 'sludge'. Semi synthetic oil is more resistant to breaking down, and fully synthetic is even better.

If you've got a decent car with a decent engine - use fully synthetic 0-30W. If it isn't a 'zero-tolerance' engine use any fully synthetic oil or semi synthetic oil.

If you have an old 1998 4 litre Jeep that burns oil like I have, a cheap mineral oil will do. But do change the oil and filter regularly. Regular oil/filter changes promotes the life of your engine - irrespective of what car you drive - and it really does prevent mechanical problems such as noisy camshafts/engine knocks.

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I have 101,000 miles on my Trailblazer and the last time I had an oil change they wanted to put in synthetic oil......nothing in the owners manual about doing this......should I change or keep using the...


its mostly personal preferance.. your trailblazer doesnt call for synthetic so if you dont want to spend the extra cash i would just get a decent brand 5w30 or 10w30

Mar 02, 2011 | 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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What kind of oil can i use in my 1999 gs 300 is synthetic oil better or jus use regular oil which do u perfer?


Synthetic oil is better than carbon based oil because it is cleaner,lasts longer,more efficient & wont leave carbon build up like conventional oil. But if you ran regular oil for quite awhile, your engine will have carbon build up. Synthetic oil breaks up the buildup. That is good. Bad thing is sometimes that buildup is keeping you from leaking or burning oil. If you switch to synthetic oil keep an eye on oil consumption. If you start using or leaking it out of gaskets or seals, you will need to get it out & put in regular oil. If not, you can go longer between oil changes & your engine will run more efficiently for a longer period of time.

Jun 15, 2010 | 1999 Lexus Gs 300

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OIl, synthetic or regular, what's the difference?


Synthetic oil won't break down as quickly as conventional oil, gives better protection and longer life. Excellent product, I Strongly suggested for those out there who forget to do their oil changes regularly or courier/ work vehicles.
Heres the link to an explaination from Castrol
http://www.castrol.com/castrol/genericarticle.do?categoryId=8264018&contentId=6003233
I use conventional Oil in my jimmy with 5% of Lucas engine oil treatment and service the engine every 3,000 miles. I find it to costly for the Synthetic oil every 3,000 miles, and as for the high mileage oil you can buy. The high mileage oil has a higher fluid retention like adding Lucas engine oil treatment to any conventional oil, so you decide on what type of oil you like to use in your engine.
Good luck and hope this helps.

Mar 07, 2010 | 2004 Toyota Tundra

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What kind of oil should I use for a 98 VW Vento engine???


Use a multiviscosity...10-30w works in all temps well. The lower the number the thinner the oil, which can work better in cold climate, and on fuel economy. If you live in a very hot area, a thicker oil can be used for better protection.
I would also reccommend a synthetic, any brand, over standard oil. It will give you much better protection with less sludge. Always change you oil @ 3,000 miles, unless you are using the extended life synthetic. Even so, check periodically to see if it is still clean after 3,000 miles. Dirty oil will tear your engine down.
An oil change is a job every car owner can do themselves. This way you can get the quality filter and oil your car deserves. The oil and filter can often be recycled at the same place you get your supplies.
The oil pick up tubes in many VWs are small. This tube has a screen on it which can get clogged with sludge and cause a loss in oil pressure.
Good Luck!

Mar 01, 2010 | 1998 Volkswagen Jetta

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Saab 93 2001 what oil to use?


yes. switch to synthethic. you will feel a huge difference in performance, epecially at take off. you will also get longer life out of the engine. you can never go wrong with synthetic

Aug 28, 2009 | 2002 Toyota Highlander

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I don't know what oil to put in my 1995 Cadillac deville it dose not say synthetic or regular


Reqular or synthetic. The choice is yours. If you tend to run over the mileage when it is due for changing, I would recommend synthetic, if not, regular works just as well.

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Oil change


I would contact a dealer and ask them. But also you might just use the same oil so you don't chance it....

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