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#3128220 - 09/18/13 04:50 AM Rotella T6
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Would Rotella T6 be good to use in a 1985 Camaro?
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#3128234 - 09/18/13 05:14 AM Re: Rotella T6 [Re: Dean85]
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Yea, it'll be fine!
Though, need a bit more info about the car.
Do you just cruise in it or race it?...
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#3128236 - 09/18/13 05:16 AM Re: Rotella T6 [Re: Dean85]
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Has a little blue exhaust at start up, wondering if T6 would help?
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#3128238 - 09/18/13 05:17 AM Re: Rotella T6 [Re: Char Baby]
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Originally Posted By: Char Baby
Yea, it'll be fine!
Though, need a bit more info about the car.
Do you just cruise in it or race it?...

It is mainly driven around town, to and from work. Is parked in the winter months. 88k miles.
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#3128247 - 09/18/13 05:53 AM Re: Rotella T6 [Re: Dean85]
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It would be a fine oil, as would the T5 10w-30.

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#3128262 - 09/18/13 06:14 AM Re: Rotella T6 [Re: Dean85]
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Originally Posted By: Dean85
Has a little blue exhaust at start up, wondering if T6 would help?


That is probably fallen apart valve stem seals that should not be too difficult to replace.

T6 is a 5W40, what does the engine call for? 10W30? I might go with T5.

I doubt any oil will fix the blue smoke at startup.
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#3128271 - 09/18/13 06:20 AM Re: Rotella T6 [Re: Dean85]
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Yea, I'd fix the valve seal(s) first and run any good oil that makes you sleep well at night.
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#3128284 - 09/18/13 06:36 AM Re: Rotella T6 [Re: Dean85]
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Does it really use any oil? A bit of blue smoke at startup and low consumption is not really a problem. What are you using now? T-6 will work fine, if you need the thicker oil.
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#3128320 - 09/18/13 07:21 AM Re: Rotella T6 [Re: Dean85]
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T6 is a great oil for classic cars. Use it in your OPE as well.
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#3129316 - 09/19/13 07:52 AM Re: Rotella T6 [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 02/12/13
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Originally Posted By: Dean85
Has a little blue exhaust at start up, wondering if T6 would help?


That is probably fallen apart valve stem seals that should not be too difficult to replace.

T6 is a 5W40, what does the engine call for? 10W30? I might go with T5.

I doubt any oil will fix the blue smoke at startup.


I had a high mileage Mitsubishi Galant from the early 90's - they were famous for eating valve guide seals with any kind of oil change abuse. This thing smoked so bad on start up and taking off from a stop, it was embarrassing. Especially in N Va where people tend to look down their nose at you if you're driving a beater. I thought Mobil 1 might help bring back the seals, so I put some 5W-30 in there. (no MaxLife back then) Initially the M1 made it worse and that car was a bug free zone in a 50 ft radius. I kept driving and was about to give up when after about 500 miles it started getting noticeably better. Another 200 miles and all smoke was gone - even the overnight start up smoke. IMO, almost any oil that resists high temps will bring vg seals back to life in time - pick something with a good NOACK value.
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