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Oil for a car with an absolutely unknown history #4115766 06/05/16 11:05 AM
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Quick question. Viewed a car recently. Car is not selling so I'm not sure what's wrong with it. Am tempted to jump, and take it off the owners hands for a song. The price is so low I am suspecting it has some issue, I will go back with tools and instruments to do some baseline tests. It's a small and compact Japanese 4-cyl. Maybe when it comes to existence I will post what it is. shrug

Anyways.. the oil cap itself has a crack on the part that screws in to the valve cover. Triangle shaped chunk. Weird, but there is still thread and the cap threads in just fine. No signs of mixed fluid, but possible oil leak from somewhere as it looked to be all over alternator and etc And I may have seen some sludge sign on the cap too, if sludge can form on the inside of an oil cap. Again, shrug The oil level looks full, and the oil looks black. There is also a tick sound when the engine runs.

On a car like this, what would be a good choice for the first oil change? Or, to add anything for a short interval until said oil change?

Re: Oil for a car with an absolutely unknown history [Re: Prune_Juice] #4115771 06/05/16 11:12 AM
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The best oil change for that thing by the sounds of it is the one that some other potential buyer will do for it. I'd move on sir


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Re: Oil for a car with an absolutely unknown history [Re: Prune_Juice] #4115772 06/05/16 11:13 AM
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I would Avoid it. Sounds like it's more hassle then what it's worth.


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Re: Oil for a car with an absolutely unknown history [Re: NavyVet88] #4115775 06/05/16 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted By: NavyVet88
The best oil change for that thing by the sounds of it is the one that some other potential buyer will do for it. I'd move on sir


I agree. Unless you can pick it up for a song, know exactly what's wrong with it and cover your costs for the repairs with some margin for error, I'd pass. I'd rather pay a few $$ more for something well maintained.


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Re: Oil for a car with an absolutely unknown history [Re: Prune_Juice] #4115780 06/05/16 11:24 AM
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It's really hard to say. A Mazda B2000 engine had so many ticks when it was new it sounded like a typewriter but it still ran for 300,000 miles. Some cars have very loud fuel injectors. The best bet if your willing to roll the dice is have someone familiar with model look it over.

PS Mayo on the cap is usually condensation From idle, short trips, bad pcv, sitting etc.

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Re: Oil for a car with an absolutely unknown history [Re: Gene K] #4115849 06/05/16 01:05 PM
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You said, "It's a small and compact Japanese 4-cyl. Maybe when it comes to existence I will post what it is. "

Why bother with such roundabout gobbledygook talk. WTH kinda car is it already? What's a song?

Where are you coming from re this car.

Can you get it for free and flip it? Would it be for you? Does it look like it'd sell for $X if it ran?

Can you even drive it back and forth 10' in the seller's driveway? The description of the dirty engine sounded pretty standard. I really think sweating the oil type is WAY SECONDARY on your timeline. Kira

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Originally Posted By: Kira
You said, "It's a small and compact Japanese 4-cyl. Maybe when it comes to existence I will post what it is. "

Why bother with such roundabout gobbledygook talk.

He thinks he's going to hide his identity by not revealing make/model. smile

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I really think sweating the oil type is WAY SECONDARY on your timeline.

Of course, but that's not how the OP operates.


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Re: Oil for a car with an absolutely unknown history [Re: Prune_Juice] #4115867 06/05/16 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted By: Prune_Juice
but possible oil leak from somewhere as it looked to be all over alternator and etc


That right there would make me RUN,not walk away from it. Unless they would give it to you completely free,I wouldn't spend a penny on it.


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Re: Oil for a car with an absolutely unknown history [Re: Kira] #4115914 06/05/16 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted By: Kira
You said, "It's a small and compact Japanese 4-cyl. Maybe when it comes to existence I will post what it is. "

Why bother with such roundabout gobbledygook talk. WTH kinda car is it already? What's a song?

Where are you coming from re this car.

Can you get it for free and flip it? Would it be for you? Does it look like it'd sell for $X if it ran?

Can you even drive it back and forth 10' in the seller's driveway? The description of the dirty engine sounded pretty standard. I really think sweating the oil type is WAY SECONDARY on your timeline. Kira



Uggggh. FINE. Maybe I was waiting for someone to ask.

1995 Toyota Corolla. Auto.

Guy told me he was asking $350 but if I come with $190 it's mine.

Looks like it's going to be an alternator issue. Almost exactly like a 91 Sentara I had once.

It's actually not bad on the outside. At all. It's not perfect. But it's pretty good.

It's been talking to me.

I'm seriously thinking of getting it and putting in a $50 alternator and HEY! CAR. For the immediate future... I've heard Corolla are actually really good.

So.. a song is $190 to call it $240 if I can revive a battery with a CTEK and do the work myself. eek

Ok???

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Now. Who would like to SEE the car.

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Does it look like it would sell for


Oh, it sure does. And if I can get these license plates out of the picture, I'll post up why it's so appealing.

I do have.. other things.. to do.. both in the near and far future.. as far as other things including vehicles.. but, for now? .

Opened 'er up already. Seller is some 18-21 year old kid. BTDT.






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Have you heard it run?

It seems it's sitting with a dead battery. You're presumably carless because you've hopped on to another state and another lifestyle reboot. And all this time you've kept a C-Tek battery charger in your hobo bindle because you'll need it again.

So, have you heard it run?

If you get this this will be the most sensible car in your fleet. Put 3.2 quarts of 10w30 oil in it every 4k and otherwise leave it alone.

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It really won't matter.


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Re: Oil for a car with an absolutely unknown history [Re: eljefino] #4115937 06/05/16 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted By: eljefino
Have you heard it run?

It seems it's sitting with a dead battery. You're presumably carless because you've hopped on to another state and another lifestyle reboot. And all this time you've kept a C-Tek battery charger in your hobo bindle because you'll need it again.

So, have you heard it run?

If you get this this will be the most sensible car in your fleet. Put 3.2 quarts of 10w30 oil in it every 4k and otherwise leave it alone.


Yeah, I heard it run. Sounds like lifter tick. But the guy keeps wanting to turn it off.

I'm reading up on how batteries act when they charge and what it means when the stuff comes from under the caps when they charge and using the charger I have, I'm in my electrical box.



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...And he's BACK! Who has the scorecard?

His thread, as user GHT (gee, that seems familiar....) over on the Toyota board:

GHT's Toyota Corolla thread

Guess we can drop the act that "Prune_Juice" isn't yet another incarnation eh Joseph? smirk


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Walmart has batteries for $48. Once you put that in, take it to an auto parts store (or 2) and have the alternator tested. I wouldn't just throw parts at it.


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