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Thumbs up Suggestions on which Oil to use!! - April 25, 2008, 08:22 AM

I have an 86' 4Runner, it has about 155000 miles on it and runs like a champ. Recently when I drive in this warmer weather for longer periods of time it will leak quite a bit of oil. When its cold, or even if i don't drive far, it won't drip any. I am due for an oil change (old oil, breaks down, doesn't work as well) and its the normal 10W-40, so I'm guessing that has to do with it leaking.

So my question, which oil should I put in her next? I was trying to get some info. because I was thinking that maybe a thicker fluid will help cause less leakage, as well as new oil will also lessen the leakage, but its obviously leaking along the seals, but i don't have the time to strip the engine down and replace those. So which oil, which type, viscosity, weight, etc.... thanks for any and all advice people!!!


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At this point Wesson or Crisco should work.


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I wouldnt go any thicker than a 15w40. But start adding some stop leak, etc.. with each oil change, it'll take two or three oil changes but it should really help.

For a getto fix, spray down the bottom of the motor one day, then the next see where the leaks are and after cleaning them hit em with a little high-heat rtv, the copper stuff, might help.


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any other suggestions? I know some of you are familiar with cars to...right?


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anyone else? need this info. by late this afternoon, thanks!!


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go with the cheapo stuff to buy time.

you should fix this leak, could be a main seal or simple as oil pan gasket.

smart people will always advise to fix it before it gets worse.

then once the leak is fixed rock Mobil 1 gold cap for 10k intervals...nothing else is better in the world for the money.

oh and dont use Fram oilfilters...they are the worst.

purolator or wix only

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go with the cheapo stuff to buy time.

you should fix this leak, could be a main seal or simple as oil pan gasket.

smart people will always advise to fix it before it gets worse.

then once the leak is fixed rock Mobil 1 gold cap for 10k intervals...nothing else is better in the world for the money.

oh and dont use Fram oilfilters...they are the worst.

purolator or wix only

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interesting, i've always used FRAM filters, probably just cuz they were the first filter I would see on the shelf (plus orange is a pretty fast color), i'll try a purolater filter this time this time, thanks

still taking advice on which type of oil people, thanks again


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The solution depends a little on where the problem is. My wife's car was leaking around some gaskets and valve seals, and was losing about 1-2 qts per oil change. I put some BG oil seal additive (can't remember the exact product name, but it "refreshes" the gaskets") and didn't have to add a drop of oil for the next 25,000 miles. When it began to leak again, I used another can and it quit again. The BG stuff was cheaper than the cost of several quarts of the Mobil 1! I'm sure Jay can tell you the exact stuff...

I was also told by a very experienced engine mechanic that it would be better in an old and tired engine to use conventional motor oil (the stuff for "older cars") rather than synthetic. The synthetic is too slippery and gets by old seals, whereas the conventional oil is a little "stickier" and will tend to leak less. He also said don't get too far from the spec oil grade or you can run into other problems.
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oil additives messes up flow internally along with fixes a few leaks...

quick fixes will catch up in the future...just be careful

to answer the question

go to walmart and buy Shell Rotella 5 quart blue jug.

its 15 bucks

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thanks for all the info. guys, much appreciated


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