Preventative Maintenance

Submitted: Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 11:26
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Has anyone tried the product advertised in the 4by magazines called "Preventative Maintenance" engine flush?
I thought they had a web site, but cant seem to find it anywhere.

Can you buy this stuff through any of the auto shops?

Ive heard some farmers say to drain half the oil out and refill with diesel into the sump and let it run for 10 minutes, then drain it all out......But im a bit hesitant about doing that.....

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 11:33

Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 11:33
Search for the stuff Willem used in his GQ and 60.. he was very impressed.
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Reply By: 80scruiser - Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 11:37

Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 11:37
Try FOC cleanpower.
I used it in my old MQ and didn't do any harm.
There is usually an add in the 4x4 trader mags.
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Follow Up By: NissanNut - Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 13:03

Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 13:03
Yeah, thats the stuff, its at http://www.costeffective.com.au

That guy (Brid) seems to know hisbleepwhen it comes to this sort of thing.

Thanks

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Reply By: Nebster - Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 11:56

Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 11:56
More regular oil changes = preventative maintainence

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Follow Up By: NissanNut - Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 12:44

Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 12:44
Yeah, i agree,
But my SD25 after only 12,000kms had about 1 to 2mm of sludge on the sump floor and walls, im guessing this would build up even more over time, even if you change the oil every 5,000kms, like I always do.

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Reply By: Kiwi Ray - Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 14:37

Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 14:37
Hi folks
If you are running good quality oil, the engine is at the correct temperature and there is no water getting in to the lube oil there should be no build up of sludge
Ray
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Reply By: banjodog - Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 15:04

Friday, Feb 25, 2005 at 15:04
Preventative maintenance is always controlled by the vehicle owner. In this case – engine oil. Buy a good detergent based oil, I’m assuming you own a diesel, in the 10 litre or 20 litre drums – cheaper buying bulk. Choice of brand is up to you – how much you want to spend and it’s availability for next time, able to buy it when on the road etc.

If you are doing the oil and filter changes yourself, and it’s not rocket science to do just damn dirty, put the money you are saving on someone else to do it into the products.

Close to the $30 per 5 Litres normally equates to good oil – as a general rule of thumb.

As for flushing oil products – I’m sure there are many schools of thought on that one. Personally I wouldn’t as I may as well do another oil change with the money.

Detergent based oils will do the same but over a longer period rather than do a quick scour out with the likes of a flushing oil.

Another area that can easily be over looked in the “preventative maintenance program” is the transmission, final drives and coolant. Again, the brand of oil you put in the engine you may want to keep the same brand in them too. They should be done every 12 months.

They too have flushing products available - which only raises more questions.
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Follow Up By: NissanNut - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:01

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 12:01
Thanks banjodog

Mobile dealer here has highly recommended 'Global 6' oil at $74/20L.

Has anyone heard of this oil? can anyone recommend a good oil thats high in detergent?

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Follow Up By: Jimbo (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 13:16

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 13:16
NissanNut,

I use Mobil Delvac MX in my 3.0 litre turbo hilux and it appears to be doing the job real well. In fact I've decided to use Mobil stuff throughout the car - synthetic everywhere but the engine; and with regular changes as banjo says I thimk the car is going to appreciate it in the long run.

Checkout the properties of the oil you want to use on the manufactureres web site to find out the "detergent-ness" of it.

Here is the Mobil site. Troll through to "Mobil / Products and Services" (across the top, then "Lubricants and Specialties / Lubricant recommendations" (down the left hand side) and choose your vehicle. Once you discover their recommended lubricants you can check out the data sheets and compare this product with others.

Other sites have this "recommendation" feature too - Castrol here for example.

Hope this helps,
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Follow Up By: banjodog - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 21:23

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2005 at 21:23
An interestering read - http://www.pajeroclub.com.au/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=5616&PN=1
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Reply By: NissanNut - Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 00:17

Thursday, Mar 10, 2005 at 00:17
Thanks for the input guys,
I went with the Mobil Delvac MX. Reads like a good oil and cheap enough, 20L is $73.

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