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Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ #4603213
12/14/17 08:57 AM
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My parents gave my daughter their old 2002 Trailblazer a few years ago when she went off to college. It had maybe 145K miles on it when they gave it to her. They had always used conventional oil, so I stuck with it. A few weeks ago she was home and I did an oil change. I didn't have any conventional on hand so I used some syn blend Castrol Magnatec 5W30 that I'd bought a while back. I was under her car a few days ago (starter went out--grrrrr!) and noticed a little bit of oil. Nothing was dripping yet, but there was a little oil noticeable. I'm wondering if going to a syn blend started an oil leak. :-( I hope not because no matter how often I tell her to check her oil level, she never does. Do leaks that result from changing oil brands/types ever clear up or is this just something that I'm going to have to deal with? I doubt it is anything I'll fix...I'll just have to monitor it.


02 Tacoma 3.4L, 219K, Magnatec 10W30
02 Trailblazer 4.2L, 179K, Edge HM 10W40
12 Highlander 3.5L, 96K, M1 EP 0W20
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Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: mrdctaylor] #4603216
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It might stabilize but I'd switch it back to a HM conventional. Pennzoil HM basically stopped my 96 Cherokee from leaking. Maxlife did nothing.


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Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: mrdctaylor] #4603218
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Tbh I would say the oil leak was already there, but you just never noticed the wetness until you tried to deal with the starter. Some people swear going to syn can cause an oil leak, but others say that isn't even possible. I wouldn't fret, maybe just try a high mileage oil or ATP AT-205 Re-Seal. They tend to work the best on smaller leaks. If you go with a HM oil, sometimes it takes a couple OCIs for the leak to slow/stop.

Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: Smoqueed] #4603220
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Originally Posted By: Smoqueed
Tbh I would say the oil leak was already there, but you just never noticed the wetness until you tried to deal with the starter. Some people swear going to syn can cause an oil leak, but others say that isn't even possible. I wouldn't fret, maybe just try a high mileage oil or ATP AT-205 Re-Seal. They tend to work the best on smaller leaks. If you go with a HM oil, sometimes it takes a couple OCIs for the leak to slow/stop.


Cool. Yeah, you could be right. I was definitely looking at a different part of the engine than you see when doing an oil change. You're probably right. I may buy some Maxlife the next time I do an oil change and run a couple of OCIs on it to see. It couldn't hurt!


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12 Highlander 3.5L, 96K, M1 EP 0W20
17 Escape 2.0L, 31K, Hav ProDS 5W30
Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: mrdctaylor] #4603224
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my daughter is the same way so I have her send me a picture of the dipstick and I remind her that if the car breaks down due to lack of checking she walks


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Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: Nitronoise] #4603234
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Originally Posted By: Nitronoise
my daughter is the same way so I have her send me a picture of the dipstick and I remind her that if the car breaks down due to lack of checking she walks


Heh. Yeah. I've told my kids essentially the same thing. I'll fix stuff that just breaks, but if something goes wrong because of your carelessness you're on your own for that repair cost.

I just hope one of them doesn't have to make an expensive mistake before they listen to me. :-/ Once they get out of college and are on their own, they can do whatever they want to do. But while they are still dependents, I'm going to bug them to check their oil, etc.

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Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: mrdctaylor] #4603314
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Originally Posted By: mrdctaylor
Originally Posted By: Nitronoise
my daughter is the same way so I have her send me a picture of the dipstick and I remind her that if the car breaks down due to lack of checking she walks


Heh. Yeah. I've told my kids essentially the same thing. I'll fix stuff that just breaks, but if something goes wrong because of your carelessness you're on your own for that repair cost.

I just hope one of them doesn't have to make an expensive mistake before they listen to me. :-/ Once they get out of college and are on their own, they can do whatever they want to do. But while they are still dependents, I'm going to bug the @#($ out of them to check their oil, etc.


Once their out of High School they should be on their own.

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Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4603316
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson

Once their out of High School they should be on their own. They aren't still breast feeding are they?


That's one opinion. They both have part time jobs and are full time students. I help them out just like most fathers would while at the same time attempt to teach them some responsibility.

Looking for technical/car advice, get parenting advice. smirk

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Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: mrdctaylor] #4603319
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Originally Posted By: mrdctaylor
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson

Once their out of High School they should be on their own. They aren't still breast feeding are they?


That's one opinion. They both have part time jobs and are full time students. I help them out just like most fathers would while at the same time attempt to teach them some responsibility.

Looking for technical/car advice, get parenting advice. smirk


They should have known what responsibility was by the time they were out of Junior High!


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Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4603365
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
Originally Posted By: mrdctaylor
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson

Once their out of High School they should be on their own. They aren't still breast feeding are they?


That's one opinion. They both have part time jobs and are full time students. I help them out just like most fathers would while at the same time attempt to teach them some responsibility.

Looking for technical/car advice, get parenting advice. smirk


They should have known what responsibility was by the time they were out of Junior High!


wth...I think JJ is having some issues this morning....or always..who knows.


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Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: geekster] #4603373
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Originally Posted By: geekster

wth...I think JJ is having some issues this morning....or always..who knows.


I have no idea. I don't post all that much or really pay attention to usernames so I couldn't tell you. frown

Not that I feel the need to defend myself, but I've taught my kids how to check/change oil and check tire pressure. They are at least as responsible as *I* was at that age. They'll learn. Sometimes kids have to make their own mistakes. Experience is the best teacher...and it sometimes helps them realize that dad knows what he's talking about and isn't just telling them things for no reason. smile


02 Tacoma 3.4L, 219K, Magnatec 10W30
02 Trailblazer 4.2L, 179K, Edge HM 10W40
12 Highlander 3.5L, 96K, M1 EP 0W20
17 Escape 2.0L, 31K, Hav ProDS 5W30
Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: mrdctaylor] #4603409
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Originally Posted By: mrdctaylor
Originally Posted By: geekster

wth...I think JJ is having some issues this morning....or always..who knows.


I have no idea. I don't post all that much or really pay attention to usernames so I couldn't tell you. frown

Not that I feel the need to defend myself, but I've taught my kids how to check/change oil and check tire pressure. They are at least as responsible as *I* was at that age. They'll learn. Sometimes kids have to make their own mistakes. Experience is the best teacher...and it sometimes helps them realize that dad knows what he's talking about and isn't just telling them things for no reason. smile


Spot on! Sounds like they are doing just fine. Now in regards to what you really needed help on...I would just run HM all the time since it is out of your sight. Just for peace of mind. It's not going to hurt anything that's for sure.


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Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: mrdctaylor] #4603415
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My daughter is a speech therapist but in the middle of her college work, I had her take a sort of break and go to the local JC and take an automotive repair class. As a kid growing up she was always interested in my automotive and motorcycle hobbies. She really enjoyed the experience and took the next semester class, too.

They learned theory, did tune-ups, oil changes, radiator flushes, brake jobs, alignments, valve jobs, lots of diagnostic work and just about anything else you could imagine. That was one well-equipped shop.

Today she keeps a close eye on her husband. He and their mechanic get away with nothing when it comes to anything to do with the cars. One day her gravestone will have the inscription, "Yes, Daddy I checked my oil today". (lol)

Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: OneEyeJack] #4603419
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Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
My daughter is a speech therapist but in the middle of her college work, I had her take a sort of break and go to the local JC and take an automotive repair class. As a kid growing up she was always interested in my automotive and motorcycle hobbies. She really enjoyed the experience and took the next semester class, too.

They learned theory, did tune-ups, oil changes, radiator flushes, brake jobs, alignments, valve jobs, lots of diagnostic work and just about anything else you could imagine. That was one well-equipped shop.

Today she keeps a close eye on her husband. He and their mechanic get away with nothing when it comes to anything to do with the cars. One day her gravestone will have the inscription, "Yes, Daddy I checked my oil today". (lol)



Love it. That's a cool idea. My daughter took a shop class as a filler one semester in high school. It turns out she loved to weld and was really good at it. She ended up taking shop several more times and learned quite a bit.


02 Tacoma 3.4L, 219K, Magnatec 10W30
02 Trailblazer 4.2L, 179K, Edge HM 10W40
12 Highlander 3.5L, 96K, M1 EP 0W20
17 Escape 2.0L, 31K, Hav ProDS 5W30
Re: Never had an oil leak, but now... :-/ [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4603761
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Originally Posted By: HoosierJeeper
It might stabilize but I'd switch it back to a HM conventional. Pennzoil HM basically stopped my 96 Cherokee from leaking. Maxlife did nothing.

Which type did you use; is it semi synthetic HM or conventional HM with red PennZoil logo on it please; Iím currently on Castrol semi synthetic HM and have a left at valve cover


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