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#3127240 - 09/17/13 07:09 AM Should I use Maxlife?
Lubener Offline


Registered: 01/22/11
Posts: 764
Loc: Ohio
As I posted before, my 92 Dodge with 2.5 (152K miles)engine burns (not leaks)a quart every 800 miles. It was suggested to try Maxlife. I have always used dino oil. I see Maxlife is semi synthetic. Is it a good idea to try this considering a synthetic has never been used in this engine? I am afraid of making the problem worse.
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#3127244 - 09/17/13 07:14 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Lubener]
Zero Offline


Registered: 09/07/12
Posts: 174
Loc: WV
Won't hurt a thing and if you don't like it, you can safely go back to dino.
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#3127245 - 09/17/13 07:15 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Lubener]
rfeir Offline


Registered: 07/13/11
Posts: 204
Loc: NY
Chrysler considers 800 miles per qt. normal usage.
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#3127266 - 09/17/13 07:42 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Lubener]
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Registered: 02/13/12
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Go for it. You won't hurt a thing. You can even give 10w-40 a try if you don't get sufficient results from 5w-30.
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#3127276 - 09/17/13 08:01 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Lubener]
Voltmaster Offline


Registered: 10/08/12
Posts: 891
Loc: California
Your consumption isnt alot considering engine and milage....

Maxlife has helped alot of people here , why not try it?

Using quality oil cannot hurt a modern car.

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#3127280 - 09/17/13 08:09 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Lubener]
danthaman1980 Offline


Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 841
Loc: SE Wisconsin
Wow, 1 quart per 800 miles. Geez, I think I'd be using the CHEAPEST 10W-40 I could get my hands on. Granted, if you can slow down that consumption with a good HM oil, it might be worth it. Maxlife 10W-40 or Defy 10W-30/10W-40.

Don't worry about the semi-synthetic nonsense. Most oils are basically semi-synthetic these days.
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#3127286 - 09/17/13 08:19 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: rfeir]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 23222
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: rfeir
Chrysler considers 800 miles per qt. normal usage.


Some companies consider 500 miles per qt normal, it all depends. If you go in complaining you use a qt/1,000 miles they'll tell you 800 is normal, if you tell them you use a qt in 800 miles they'll tell you 500 is normal. LOL After 500 you might have a shot at them actually doing something, once again it all depends.
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#3127287 - 09/17/13 08:19 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Lubener]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
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Loc: Rochester NY
I'd stay with 5W30 or 10W30 for the 2.5L. This is what I used in my 2.2's & 2.5's in the past though, not HM Oils just regular dino.

I am currently using 5W30 in my 1980 Firebird FORMULA V8 which, has/had some leaks/drips and mild blowby. I used to put in 1/2 qt per 500 miles or so. Now after using MaxLife for 3 years and Defy for the past 2 years, there are still some drips of oil(garage/driveway) but, I don't have to topoff from summer to summer.
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#3127759 - 09/17/13 04:26 PM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Lubener]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 11954
Loc: Clovis, CA
If it burns a quart every 800 miles then you probably need to go up in viscosity.

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#3127786 - 09/17/13 04:54 PM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Lubener]
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Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 8827
Loc: Northern Kentucky
Don't mess with the viscosity. You can safely try maxlife, just remember it may take a few oil changes to notice a difference, so don't condemn it after one oci.

I would recommend M1 High Mileage 5w30, it's one of my favorite hm oils and it's on the upper end of the viscosity range so it's benefits might be greater while maintaining 30 weight range.
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#3128214 - 09/18/13 04:45 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: 901Memphis]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 8567
Loc: Rochester NY
Originally Posted By: 901Memphis
Don't mess with the viscosity. You can safely try maxlife, just remember it may take a few oil changes to notice a difference, so don't condemn it after one oci.


Agreed^^^
I have a car that I only drive during the summer months('80 Firebird FORMULA V8). Original Owner/33 years! This engine had probably experienced those drips/leaks or even some blowby for at least 10 of those years.

I believe it took 4 summers/OCI's to notice the oil drips slowing down(using MaxLife). And the consumption, even though the drips hadn't quite stopped, was gone completely as I no longer have to topoff with oil all summer long. I must have also had some blowby since I only put on about 500-700 miles/summer and I was adding ~ 1/2 qt during those miles though, no tailpipe smoke smile

I last change the Oil/Filter in July 2012 and still have not had to topoff with oil. I may change the oil prior to the Winter storage...or not! Maybe only in the Spring '14. Oil is still very clean with only about 900 miles on this OCI

I am currently using another HM oil(DEFY) with continued success and I like it's smoother operation as well. I will continue to use either of these HM oils in this car as I have noticed a dramitic slow down of oil drips and the consumption is gone!

In addition, with vehicles driven more often than a summer car, I'd expect to see results of HM oils much sooner than my particular 4 years. Several OCI(or a years worth) would be normal IMHO!


Edited by Char Baby (09/18/13 04:57 AM)
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#3128239 - 09/18/13 05:18 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Char Baby]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 8567
Loc: Rochester NY
Originally Posted By: Char Baby
Originally Posted By: 901Memphis
Don't mess with the viscosity. You can safely try maxlife, just remember it may take a few oil changes to notice a difference, so don't condemn it after one oci.


Agreed^^^
I have a car that I only drive during the summer months('80 Firebird FORMULA V8). Original Owner/33 years! This engine had probably experienced those drips/leaks or even some blowby for at least 10 of those years.

I believe it took 4 summers/OCI's to notice the oil drips slowing down(using MaxLife). And the consumption, even though the drips hadn't quite stopped, was gone completely as I no longer have to topoff with oil all summer long. I must have also had some blowby since I only put on about 500-700 miles/summer and I was adding ~ 1/2 qt during those miles though, no tailpipe smoke smile

I last change the Oil/Filter in July 2012 and still have not had to topoff with oil. I may change the oil prior to the Winter storage...or not! Maybe only in the Spring '14. Oil is still very clean with only about 900 miles on this OCI

I am currently using another HM oil(DEFY) with continued success and I like it's smoother operation as well. I will continue to use either of these HM oils in this car as I have noticed a dramitic slow down of oil drips and the consumption is gone!

In addition, with vehicles driven more often than a summer car, I'd expect to see results of HM oils much sooner than my particular 4 years. Several OCI(or a years worth) would be normal IMHO!


I should add that I use 5W30 in this engine(4.9L/301cid V8 w/4bbl Rochester). Though the OM mentions many grades of oil from 5W30 to 20W50, the engine doesn't seem to require anything beyond a 10W30.
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#3128261 - 09/18/13 06:13 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Lubener]
Jay1981 Offline


Registered: 10/06/12
Posts: 128
Loc: Michigan
No, it won't hurt your vehicle to try Maxlife and its a great oil, but I don't see how it would help with your oil burning issue. I have used it in several vehicles that leaked oil and it worked great, but its designed to help with leaks (seal conditioners) If it were my car, I think I would try a 10w40 (like WM supertech) or maybe even a 5w40 as it would be better for cold winter starts.
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#3128360 - 09/18/13 08:14 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Lubener]
FZ1 Offline


Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 4192
Loc: Texas
The reason HM oils help with burning is greater Density. Density and Grade are not the same thing. Start HM oils at the same grade you are currently running. Ideal is running the oem spec grade in a HM oil with no burn.

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#3128366 - 09/18/13 08:23 AM Re: Should I use Maxlife? [Re: Jay1981]
TechnoLoGs Offline


Registered: 04/03/13
Posts: 2606
Loc: Call it NNJ
Originally Posted By: T4R
No, it won't hurt your vehicle to try Maxlife and its a great oil, but I don't see how it would help with your oil burning issue. I have used it in several vehicles that leaked oil and it worked great, but its designed to help with leaks (seal conditioners) If it were my car, I think I would try a 10w40 (like WM supertech) or maybe even a 5w40 as it would be better for cold winter starts.


Doesnt it "condition" those seals by "destroying" them?

I think that may be why so many dont use High Mileage oils...

Or, just a Group II like Castrol GTX? .. Does that help?
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