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2015 Chevy Sonic used oil #4480654
08/06/17 10:37 AM
08/06/17 10:37 AM
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WyrTwister Offline OP
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Changed oil this AM .

Oil was pretty dark but not black . Re filled with 5W-30 Mobil Super Synthetic .

God bless
Wyr


Wyr
God bless
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: WyrTwister] #4480673
08/06/17 11:02 AM
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Nice surreal picture.

Usually holding a camera phone over a vat of used oil can end in one of two ways.

Is this the 1.8 or 1.4?


2004 Prius; 97K ML Syn 5W-30
2007 Yaris 71K 0w-40 Castrol
2006 B2300;130K;ALM


Was driving an ox cart; Now on the USS Enterprise
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: WyrTwister] #4480684
08/06/17 11:22 AM
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Oil always looks really dark in a drain pan.

Get a paper towel and dip a corner in, that'll tell you the color.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 84k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: WyrTwister] #4480685
08/06/17 11:24 AM
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Miles on oil/vehicle. What oil?

And as said, can't just go by what it looks like in the pan. Take a drop on put it on a paper towel and let is sit for a while.


1994 Honda VT1100: Peak 15w-40/PSL/2500 mile OCI
2002 Ford F150: GTX HM 5w-20/EcoGard Syn/1yr OCI
2012 Scion xB: QSUD 0w-20/CQ Blue/5k OCI

Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: WyrTwister] #4480689
08/06/17 11:26 AM
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Somebody said it was "surreal"? It looks basically real and boring.

You might be seeing Direct Injection's soot. Its almost diesel-like the way these things produce soot.

Try the blotter test.

Last edited by oil_film_movies; 08/06/17 11:27 AM.
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: WyrTwister] #4480727
08/06/17 12:07 PM
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The Garden State
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"I'm sorry dear, I don't know why the roast came out tasting like motor oil?" LOL. Recently changed the oil in our 2017 EB Explorer and while the oil on the dip stick was a dark bronze it was "black" in the drain pan. As said previously oil color doesn't indicate the functional condition of the oil. Was there a lot of metal flakes in the oil, if there were then I'd be worried. Right now I'd be more worried about your "significant other" finding out you used her roasting pan for an oil change crackmeup.

Whimsey

Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: simple_gifts] #4480730
08/06/17 12:15 PM
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WyrTwister Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: simple_gifts
Nice surreal picture.

Usually holding a camera phone over a vat of used oil can end in one of two ways.

Is this the 1.8 or 1.4?


1.8l with six speed automatic . I did not want a turbo . I hope to use this car a lot of miles . I am unconvinced of the long term durability of a turbo on a gasoline fueled Chevy . If it does go out , I guess it is a very expensive repair / replacement .

Wife can not drive a manual . I can , but have gotten lazy in my old age .

I managed to avoid dropping the phone in the oil . Thank God !

This drain was a little earlier than usual , but I wanted to get it done . Rain in the forecast . About 2900 miles .

I usually drain at about 55% & 5% on the oil life monitor . I am an old codger & stuck in my ways , to the 3000 mile drain interval . Catching oil & filters on sale , it does not cost me any more than in the days when my Wife and I were both working full time . And she was driving older cars that only called for dino oil & she got it changed at the fast change place .

Also , I am hoping frequent OCI will help keep the cam phaser mechanism clean , longer & trouble free .

God bless
Wyr


Wyr
God bless
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: Nick1994] #4480733
08/06/17 12:17 PM
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WyrTwister Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Oil always looks really dark in a drain pan.

Get a paper towel and dip a corner in, that'll tell you the color.


Yes . Looked dark coming out the drain hole .

You are right about the paper towel , but I did not think about it .

The new oil looks to be a light honey color .

God bless
Wyr


Wyr
God bless
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: oil_film_movies] #4480735
08/06/17 12:19 PM
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WyrTwister Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: oil_film_movies
Somebody said it was "surreal"? It looks basically real and boring.

You might be seeing Direct Injection's soot. Its almost diesel-like the way these things produce soot.

Try the blotter test.


Do not know for sure , but I do not think it is direct injection ?

God bless
Wyr


Wyr
God bless
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: blupupher] #4480738
08/06/17 12:22 PM
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WyrTwister Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: blupupher
Miles on oil/vehicle. What oil?

And as said, can't just go by what it looks like in the pan. Take a drop on put it on a paper towel and let is sit for a while.


Mobil 5W-30 Super Synthetic ( one grade below Mobil 1 ) .

About 37,000 + miles on the car .

About 2,900 miles on the oil .

God bless
Wyr


Wyr
God bless
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: WyrTwister] #4480740
08/06/17 12:24 PM
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Honda land
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Honda land
Originally Posted By: WyrTwister
[quote=oil_film_movies]Somebody said it was "surreal"? It looks basically real and boring.

Do not know for sure , but I do not think it is direct injection ?

God bless
Wyr

the motor in the back of my honda is. yes, even my little small displacement has DI. I did the paper towel test and it was what I categorize as average brown (think: not black) and I use this general test very loosely. The miles is circa ~ 4500 on FF.

Last edited by HondaRULZ; 08/06/17 12:27 PM.
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: Whimsey] #4480746
08/06/17 12:28 PM
08/06/17 12:28 PM
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WyrTwister Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Whimsey
"I'm sorry dear, I don't know why the roast came out tasting like motor oil?" LOL. Recently changed the oil in our 2017 EB Explorer and while the oil on the dip stick was a dark bronze it was "black" in the drain pan. As said previously oil color doesn't indicate the functional condition of the oil. Was there a lot of metal flakes in the oil, if there were then I'd be worried. Right now I'd be more worried about your "significant other" finding out you used her roasting pan for an oil change crackmeup.

Whimsey


She discarded the pan for some reason . I rescued it before it went to the dumpster .

Did not see metal flakes , in the oil , ever .

I posted a photo of the filter in a post on the filtration sub-forum . Did not see any metal flakes on the filter , ever .

Will go ahead and post the photo here , for your viewing pleasure . :-)

The old filter looks a little darker than the photo indicates .

God bless
Wyr


Wyr
God bless
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: WyrTwister] #4480766
08/06/17 12:46 PM
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Texas (south)
How did you get your hands on Mobil Super Synthetic? I cannot find it where I live!


Always Mobil 1
2014 1.6L Nissan Versa Sedan, 5 spd, 5k OCI.
2011 3.5L Chevrolet Impala, Automatic, 5k OCI.
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: WyrTwister] #4480777
08/06/17 12:52 PM
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Modern turbos can last. Most people just buy new turbo cars and run them like their old N/A Honda or small block Chevy - cheap oil changed every year... or two... or whenever the engine gets torn down. My '13 Cruze is at 98,700 and the only non-maintenance part on the engine that isn't original is the coolant outlet. It's one thing to stick to the old method until the new one is proven, but if the car sees 7,500+ miles per year you're wasting money draining any good oil (like Mobil Super syn) before 5,000 mi., especially on the 1.8.

In my 1.4T Cruze I've drained Synpower every 5,000 mi. - it comes out black but the engine is still about as clean as it could get.

Last edited by Alex_V; 08/06/17 12:55 PM.

I like Chevy and Valvoline.

'13 Cruze, 1.4T, 113K
'85 GMC C3500, 454, 130K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 169K
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic used oil [Re: WyrTwister] #4480789
08/06/17 01:03 PM
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I dont think the 1.8 and 1.4 EcoTec engines are DI. But the 1.4 is a bit harder on oil w/ the turbo. The chevy dealership i bought my malibu from tried to get me in a sonic w the 1.4T, told them [censored] no to small.

My malibu is DI and i run the OLM down to 15% before i change it, Which is about 5-6k on the cheapest full syn 0w20. On the dipstick the oil is a light brown but when i drain it its black as can be.

Last edited by gabriel9766; 08/06/17 01:06 PM.

2015 Malibu LT 2.5L PPPP 0w20 46.1K
2007 Escape XLT 3.0L 5Q STHM 5w30/1Q MC full syn 5W20 115K
2010 Fusion SE 2.5L MC 0w20 110K
2008 Escape XLT 2.3L MC 5w30 187K
2007 Fusion SE 2.3L- 173.5K STHM 0W20
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