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#4668016 - 02/16/18 04:22 PM What would you do?
meborder Offline

Registered: 04/27/14
Posts: 837
Loc: SD - South Dakota
I found myself in an interesting place a couple of weeks ago, and thought it might make for an interesting discussion.

Background info: I had to put a new engine in my plow truck (1983 K20) so I upgraded the new(used) engine with a new camshaft. nothing wild, but brand new cam none-the-less. So to break in the new cam I filled the sump with Amsoil SAE 30 break-in oil. Ran it for 20 minutes at high idle and took it for a test drive. it had about another hour or so of high idle time, and about an hour's-worth of use plowing snow up to this point. I really wanted to get as much time on the engine with the break-in oil to give the new cam as much time as possible to break in with the high ZDDP oil.

here was the situation:
It had snowed and we had between 4-5 inches of snow on the ground. the temp had fallen into the low single digits. I had to move snow either that night or early the next morning. Sump is full of SAE 30 break in oil still. Ready to go in is 6 quarts of Amsoil 3000 5w30 diesel rated oil.

So my choices, as i could see them, were:

1 - start it up, warm it up good and use it, then change oil warm
2 - Drain oil cold, refill, then put it to work.
3 - put on a pan heater for the night, drain oil in the morning before use
4 - put on pan heater, warm it up good and use it, then change oil warm
5 - stop worrying about it and just use the truck ...

the problem with 3, 4, and 5 is that the temps are still falling and by the next morning they will be pushing double digits below zero.

anyone that has ever handled SAE 30 in the cold knows the problem with 1 & 2 already, but for those of you who haven't -- SAE 30 in single digit temps is just about like honey at room temp.

so ... what would you do.

if there is any interest, i'll tell you what i did and why later.
i just thought it would make for an interesting topic to discuss.
Too many cars using too many different oils to list in 150 characters.

#4668020 - 02/16/18 04:26 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: meborder]
E150GT Offline

Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 1015
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I would choose 4, but I am from Texas so my opinion doesnt count.
1984 Mercedes-Benz 300SD - 100k
1995 F150 XL 4.9 reg cab 5 speed - 247k 5w30
2016 Mazda 6 manual 6speed - 46k 5w30

#4668025 - 02/16/18 04:30 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: meborder]
Blkstanger Offline

Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1851
Loc: Lakeside, CA
I'd go with option 1 or 4

Edited by Blkstanger (02/16/18 04:31 PM)
99 Jeep WJ 4.7 182,000 PHM 10w30, Fram Ultra.

#4668038 - 02/16/18 04:48 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: meborder]
bullwinkle Offline

Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 7330
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
I'd go with option 4 and run it at least 500 miles, no sense in wasting good oil!
06 Ram 3500 CTD 4X4(FG Venturi), 93 GMC C3500 6.2, 89 F-450 7.3, 98 XJ 4.0(XG8A), 05 xB(XG3600), 15 Transit 3.7, 03 Merc Grand Marquis 4.6 2V(XG2)

#4668039 - 02/16/18 04:49 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: E150GT]
BalticBob Offline

Registered: 11/27/16
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
I would choose all of the above, but I am from Texas too.


#4668049 - 02/16/18 04:57 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: BalticBob]
krismoriah72 Offline

Registered: 02/16/09
Posts: 1389
Loc: wv
Option 6-

Keep the Amsoil until after the engine is broken in fully.

Pay to have the oil changed with conventional oil.

Keep on Truckin'

#4668053 - 02/16/18 05:02 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: Blkstanger]
zrxkawboy Offline

Registered: 11/30/04
Posts: 1729
Loc: SD
Originally Posted By: Blkstanger
I'd go with option 1 or 4

I agree.
"Think of all the Ford owners who will someday want an automobile." John Dodge

#4668064 - 02/16/18 05:12 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: meborder]
rollinpete Offline

Registered: 03/20/17
Posts: 273
Loc: Westfield, Ma.
1 then 5
97 Ford Expl. 4.0 ohv 4wd 5spddrive182k miles
Penn. Plat. HM 5w30
Supertech ST8 (wix), Fram CA8141

#4668069 - 02/16/18 05:20 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: meborder]
umungus1122 Offline

Registered: 02/12/08
Posts: 982
Loc: PA
'95 Chevy 1/2t 305 205k -DuraBlend 5w-20, Puro Gold filter
'89 Jeep Comanche 4.0 278k - GC 0w-30, Bosch LongLife filter

#4668078 - 02/16/18 05:33 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: meborder]
fdcg27 Offline

Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15298
Loc: OH
4 seems like the best option to me.
17 Forester 6K M1 AFE 0W20
12 Accord LX 78K M1 AFE 0W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i

#4668089 - 02/16/18 05:49 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: rollinpete]
rollinpete Offline

Registered: 03/20/17
Posts: 273
Loc: Westfield, Ma.
Originally Posted By: rollinpete
1 then 5

I want to change my vote

4 then 5 smile
97 Ford Expl. 4.0 ohv 4wd 5spddrive182k miles
Penn. Plat. HM 5w30
Supertech ST8 (wix), Fram CA8141

#4668164 - 02/16/18 07:07 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: rollinpete]
Ducked Offline

Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 3815
Loc: Taiwan
Relocate to somewhere warmer.

Oh wait, I already have.

So my opinion doesn't count

#4668169 - 02/16/18 07:10 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: meborder]
Shannow Online   content

Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 38388
Loc: 'Stralia
4 I think.

Just don't get stuck somewhere that makes the oil go to ambient.

edit...a 112 VI makes me question just how synthetic this oil is.

Edited by Shannow (02/16/18 07:14 PM)

#4668194 - 02/16/18 07:24 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: meborder]
toneydoc Offline

Registered: 12/16/11
Posts: 1656
Loc: War Eagle
option 5 that oil is still really good for a long time
1994 Jeep 157k Mobil 5000 5w30
2014 Camry 29k Mobil 5000 5w30
2010 Sebring 47k Autozone syn 10w30
2014 HD Ultra 33k Mobil1 15w50
2012 Rav4 33k PP 5w20

#4668272 - 02/16/18 08:40 PM Re: What would you do? [Re: meborder]
Eddie Offline

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 9306
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
+1 I vote for #5. You have an oil filter to protect and are using an exceptionally good break-in oil. Don't waste it and substitute a lesser oil to continue the break-in. Ed

Edited by Eddie (02/16/18 08:43 PM)
CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)

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