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#3435051 - 07/25/14 08:28 AM Rotella T6 5w-40, 13,015 mi., 2003 Jetta ALH
R80RS Offline

Registered: 06/05/13
Posts: 929
Loc: Wisconsin USA
The vehicle in this report is my primary commuter, and sees 90 to 120 moderate highway miles daily, with longer interstate trips from time to time. It never sees trips of less than 15 miles.

The oil filter in this interval was a Mann HU 726/2 X.

The 1/2-quart of make up oil was added about halfway through the interval, or about 7,000 miles before the sample was taken. Total sump capacity is 4.8 quarts.

For some historical context, the oil in the column dated 10-6-13 was T6 and in the 3-9-14 interval it was Amsoil HDD 5w-30. I notice an increase in some additive elements (Zn, P, Mg, allowing that the increased Ca may be carryover from the Ams HDD) between the T6 used in the 10-6-13 interval and this one. Did SOPUS fortify the add pack of T6 or is something else going on?

What's the consensus opinion on the lead level Blackstone flagged? How often do these trends resolve themselves (trend down) versus indicate a serious problem?

Any other comment or insight is welcome!

2004 F150 204k mi. Amsoil XL 5w-20, Fram Ultra
2003 VW Jetta TDI, 190k mi. Amsoil EFM 5w-40, Mahle

#3435072 - 07/25/14 08:54 AM Re: Rotella T6 5w-40, 13,015 mi., 2003 Jetta ALH [Re: R80RS]
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Registered: 10/01/10
Posts: 5384
Loc: Michigan
A lead reading of 8 is not by itself a concern. If it's a spike, it's not a very significant one. Watch how it trends in subsequent UOA's.

You should be able to extend the OCI's significantly judging by the TBN of 5.6 at 13k miles. RT6 starts with TBN of 10.6, and Blackstone recommends oil changes at 1.0, so there is still a lot of life left in that oil. Try extending the next OCI to 16k. I think it could even go much further than that.

Edited by A_Harman (07/25/14 08:55 AM)
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#3435169 - 07/25/14 10:15 AM Re: Rotella T6 5w-40, 13,015 mi., 2003 Jetta ALH [Re: R80RS]
webfors Offline

Registered: 06/06/06
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Nice report. Strong FP, TBN, maybe some thickening going on with the visc?

If you're lead continues to trend with longer OCIs I would throttle back to ~12k.
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#3435249 - 07/25/14 11:54 AM Re: Rotella T6 5w-40, 13,015 mi., 2003 Jetta ALH [Re: R80RS]
scurvy Offline

Registered: 02/19/07
Posts: 2321
Loc: Chicago IL USA
T6 has always been IMO the best bang-for-the-buck TDI oils for non-CR engines. Great looking report, you should consider running it even longer.

Lead is a minor spike, might be from a particle streak through a bearing. I wouldn't worry about it unless it continues to trend upwards over the next few UOAs.
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