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Any success with HM oil? #4581917
11/22/17 01:19 PM
11/22/17 01:19 PM
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Royal Oak MI.
mrjlube Offline OP
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Royal Oak MI.
Ive used HM oil before but never for a small oil leak. Has anyone had any luck with any brand that has slowed leaks? Thank you all for any info you may have.


2017 Ford Escape ...ValvolineSynthetic 5w20

2009 kymco xciting 500...amsoil scooter oil...10w40

2001 Honda civic 5 speed 1.7.....Valvoline Maxlife 5w30
Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4581926
11/22/17 01:26 PM
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Grand Rapids, MI
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I bought my '96 Roadmaster wagon with 90,000 miles on it back in 2006. At the time I tried various oils and found good results with Rotella 10W-30 or 5W-40 and stuck with those for several years. Eventually my rear main seal started leaking and I decided to give Valvoline Max Life Blend a try. It definitely slowed the leak down, sometimes it would even stop. After a couple of years I switched to the full synthetic Max Life and the leak went away for good (so far). The car now has 223,000 miles on it and is not leaking on the garage floor at all and I haven't fixed an oil leak by changing parts for several years. At the worst, my leak was just a drip that left a dark spot on the garage floor, not a puddle.


1996 Buick Roadmaster Wagon
2014 Cruze Eco Manual
2003 2500 Suburban, 8.1L
Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4581935
11/22/17 01:37 PM
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My Rav4 uses less HM oil than regular oil. If HM oil reduces oil leak by 10% is that a success? I mean, I think HM helps but don't expect miracles.


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2003 Corolla 250,000 miles (RIP)
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Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4581936
11/22/17 01:40 PM
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Maxlife didn't help my XJ but Pennzoil HM sure did.

I would try Pennzoil HM. Give it an OCI or two. Nothing works overnight. If you don't see results after awhile, switch brands again.


15 Jeep KL Limited V6: Formula Shell 5W20
07 LR3 SE V8: Maxlife 5W30
05 Jeep KJ Limited: PHM 5W30
96 Jeep XJ Country: STP HM 5W30 (winter)
Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4581937
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One of my previous vehicles started leaking oil. SuperTech 5w30 HM fixed the leakage in the first OCI. Later on that car had a steady diet of Mobil Super HM 5w30. No leaks until I sold it 50k miles later.

Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4581938
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Must be that time of the week again. Where mrjlube starts a thread about HM oil. Here is last weeks one:

https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4578128/High_Mileage_oil#Post4578128

And all other threads started by OP:

https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/ubb/userposts/view/started/id/8902

Last edited by SatinSilver; 11/22/17 01:41 PM.
Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4581964
11/22/17 02:03 PM
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In the shop
53' Stude Offline
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LOL! Good point Mart smile

High mile oils will slow a leak but won’t fix the root of the leak


09' Camry LE, 141,020 miles

PP 5w30 and TG 4967
Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4582043
11/22/17 03:21 PM
11/22/17 03:21 PM
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Royal Oak MI.
mrjlube Offline OP
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I appreciate the stories. Dont know why people have such a problem because i want to learn. Im sorry to whom I offend.

Last edited by mrjlube; 11/22/17 03:22 PM.

2017 Ford Escape ...ValvolineSynthetic 5w20

2009 kymco xciting 500...amsoil scooter oil...10w40

2001 Honda civic 5 speed 1.7.....Valvoline Maxlife 5w30
Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4582045
11/22/17 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted By: mrjlube
I appreciate the stories. Dont know why people have such a problem because i want to learn. Im sorry to whom I offend.😊


No worries here. A HM oil may condition seals and other parts; but it won’t completely stop a leak as far as I could tell. Maxlife is a very good oil as is M1 HM in my eyes


09' Camry LE, 141,020 miles

PP 5w30 and TG 4967
Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4582096
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I think HM oils serve a purpose to some degree. If you have used Synthetics in your car since new? You should never need HM oils. Why?

I use HM oil In my 2000 Dodge Caravan 3.3 with 155k miles on it. It doesn't burn any oil, but the valve cover gaskets tend to seep. With the HM oil it seeps less.

Also, I use M1 5w30 HM in this van. I like how it does have a higher HTHS than standard grade 5w30 and a decent TBN. I run this oil every 5k miles in the van. I have to add no oil in between. Costs me only $20 for a 5 qt jug at wallyworld too. Cant beat that thumbsup

Not too shabby.


Jeff

Last edited by Jeffs2006EvoIX; 11/22/17 04:15 PM.

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Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4582148
11/22/17 05:09 PM
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I've had VML cut consumption (part leak, part use) in a '98 Buick and '10 Caravan by 30-40%. Hard to say on everything else because I only see them every 4-10K when the owner decides to come back, but I have had several people note their cars run better after coming to me (hence spending a few thousand miles or more on VML).


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

'85 GMC C3500, 454, 132K
'82 Mercedes 300CD, OM617 turbo, 173K (totaled 2018, in rehab)
'85 Mercedes 300TD, OM617 turbo, 217K (wife's)
'67 Suburban, 350, 331K
Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4582163
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Maxlife SB and M1 HM 10W-30 have both worked in reducing seal leaks for me.
Not so sure about gasket leaks, but gaskets are usually easy to change while things like RM seals are not.
Both also appear to be effective in reducing consumption.
You have an oil leak?
Give an HM oil a try.


18 Accord Hybrid FF
17 Forester 18K VME 0W-20
12 Accord LX 96K SSO 0W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i
Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4582165
11/22/17 05:33 PM
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I ran Maxlife for two OCI's and it removed all the varnish stains from the previous owner.

Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4582271
11/22/17 07:18 PM
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MaxLife helped with leaking on the F-150. It didn't cure it, but it had big enough problems that avoiding topping up over an OCI was worthwhile, and it accomplished that.


Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515
Re: Any success with HM oil? [Re: mrjlube] #4582277
11/22/17 07:24 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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Another user on here that I'm friends with outside of BITOG (RCY) used Valvoline Max Life in his Honda Pilot to fix a Rear Main Seal leak. It's been leak free for multiple hundreds of thousands of kilometers and it was leaking pretty good. Would have been a costly fix otherwise.

Last edited by StevieC; 11/22/17 07:24 PM.

'18 Dodge Grand Caravan GT - AMSOIL SS 5w20
'06 Santa Fe - 535,000km AMSOIL SS 0w30 / ATF
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