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85 Merkur XR4Ti, 2.3T, M1 15w50, 900 Miles #4478720
08/04/17 04:09 AM
08/04/17 04:09 AM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 23
Pennsylvania
T_Bortz Offline OP
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Pennsylvania
This was performed after the break initial break in (100-200 miles) with conventional oil.


Comments from Blackstone:

Wear metals read pretty high in this sample compared to averages, but a good amount of this is just lingering wear-in, and that should wash out with time. Note that chrome is pretty high, and that's not a metal we always see reading high in wear-in situations. It shows ring wear, though if it improves going forward, it should be all right. Silicon is from sealers, and it should improve too. Aluminum and iron show piston and steel wear, while copper is from brass/bronze and lead is from bearings. If the engine runs well, just check back next oil for progress.


First Oil Analysis(about 1000 miles on the engine, 800-900 miles in the oil):


Sample Date 7/27/2017
Make Up Oil 0 qts
ALUMINUM 7
CHROMIUM 9
IRON 25
COPPER 46
LEAD 12
TIN 4
MOLYBDENUM 69
NICKEL 2
MANGANESE 1
SILVER 0
TITANIUM 0
POTASSIUM 4
BORON 110
SILICON 34
SODIUM 4
CALCIUM 1226
MAGNESIUM 549
PHOSPHORUS 860
ZINC 1032
BARIUM 0
Values Should Be*
SUS Viscosity @ 210F 78.7 75-90
cSt Viscosity @ 100C 15.19 14.3-18.2
Flashpoint in F 430 >380
Fuel % <0.5 <2.0
Antifreeze % 0.0 0.0
Water % 0.0 0.0
Insolubles % 0.1 <0.6

Re: 85 Merkur XR4Ti, 2.3T, M1 15w50, 900 Miles [Re: T_Bortz] #4478783
08/04/17 06:01 AM
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Looks OK at this point, but I'd probably get another UOA in 5-10,000 miles.


92 Suburban 2500 7.4L 58k M1_0w40 5yr OCI
99 Olds Aurora 4.0L 91K M1_5w30 5yr OCI
13 Dodge Dart 2.0L 30k PP 0w20 OLM OCI
70 Camaro 5.7L 59k
Re: 85 Merkur XR4Ti, 2.3T, M1 15w50, 900 Miles [Re: T_Bortz] #4478831
08/04/17 07:30 AM
08/04/17 07:30 AM
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NJ
Leo99 Online content
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I had one of those cars. Really bad. Good luck with yours. Mine was possessed. Only had it for a month.

Plenty of information about them online. The oil is the least of your worries.


Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

2003 Corolla 250,000 miles (RIP)
2004 Corolla 125,000 miles
2004 Rav4 370,000 miles
2015 Camry 70,000 miles
Re: 85 Merkur XR4Ti, 2.3T, M1 15w50, 900 Miles [Re: T_Bortz] #4478856
08/04/17 07:51 AM
08/04/17 07:51 AM
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N.H, U.S.A.
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I had one too! Turbo 2.3L correct? I had a problem getting the seats comfortable.

Nice handler with RWD,

what with the 50 grade pseudosynthetic?

Is this boosted?

Id break in with a 20w40 Marine oil.


2014 Nissan Rogue S CVT, OC#10 47272mi-QSUD10W30+5w20 Toughguard Filter; '17 Subaru Crosstrek CVT OC#2 ?? mi-SOA/Idemitsu 0w20 + SOA Filter
Re: 85 Merkur XR4Ti, 2.3T, M1 15w50, 900 Miles [Re: T_Bortz] #4478892
08/04/17 08:43 AM
08/04/17 08:43 AM
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Posts: 23
Pennsylvania
T_Bortz Offline OP
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Yes, turbo 2.3. The seats are terrible to get a comfortable spot.

Builder rebuilt the motor with loose tolerances, so with the 50 grade, i am getting about 23ish psi oil pressure at idle.

27psi with a big turbo, forged internals, should hopefully last.

Re: 85 Merkur XR4Ti, 2.3T, M1 15w50, 900 Miles [Re: T_Bortz] #4478942
08/04/17 10:05 AM
08/04/17 10:05 AM
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Kalifornia Kollective
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Only way to know on a rebuilt engine is to run consecutive changes at say 2,500 miles each and watch the trends. If it all comes into line by the third change, you're OK.

Install magnetic drain plug. Check it for excessive "Hair" (Fe metal shavings) and irregular hard cornered bit (broken off something).

Magnet glued on the outside of the oil filter will help too. Cut open filter and look at wall with magnet location for unusual metal bits ...

Recaro seats out of VW Sirocco Special Edition should fix the comfort issue and look age appropriate smile


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: 85 Merkur XR4Ti, 2.3T, M1 15w50, 900 Miles [Re: T_Bortz] #4479304
08/04/17 07:11 PM
08/04/17 07:11 PM
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I didn't notice anything bad about the seats but then, I didn't get to drive it that much before the evil forces took hold and I had to get rid of it before it killed me.

The headliner will fall down.
It's too hot under the hood and it cooks the battery. There are tutorials to move the battery to the trunk. I never got around to doing this.


Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

2003 Corolla 250,000 miles (RIP)
2004 Corolla 125,000 miles
2004 Rav4 370,000 miles
2015 Camry 70,000 miles

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