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A UOA with more questions than answers... #4711322
03/30/18 08:45 AM
03/30/18 08:45 AM
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Illinois
mrsilv04 Offline OP
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Here's the background information. This is a UOA of the bulk oil that my mechanic uses. It is supposedly a 5w-30. It is supposedly from a place called RILCO (Rock Island Lubricants Company).

This was taken after it had been in the crankcase for 1000 miles. There appears to be coolant contamination, which was the reason for the UOA in the first place

Is it just me, or does this oil seem to be quite weak (Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc) and quite thin (cSt of 7.8)... especially since it was only in use for 1000 miles?

I was under the impression that coolant thickens up oil, not thins it out.






2004 Silverado - on its 3rd Jasper engine in less than one year.
Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711331
03/30/18 08:49 AM
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Unless that oil has been very severely diluted by coolant, it looks like terrible stuff.
Might be worth searching the PQIA for that oil company.


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711340
03/30/18 08:54 AM
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Upstate NY
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Is your coolant overflow showing a loss of coolant?

There are better UOA that show %Oxidation and TBN.

I say its cheap oil.


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711356
03/30/18 09:06 AM
03/30/18 09:06 AM
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N.H, U.S.A.
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What was the Potassium PPM ( or % )?

Looks like a 20 grade. That aint no 30 grade.
AAlso ZN ( +phos) at or below API limits of acceptability.

Last edited by ARCOgraphite; 03/30/18 09:07 AM.

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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: Donald] #4711359
03/30/18 09:07 AM
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Illinois
mrsilv04 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Donald
Is your coolant overflow showing a loss of coolant?

There are better UOA that show %Oxidation and TBN.

I say its cheap oil.


Yes, loss at the overflow.

I was only looking for confirmation of contamination... but ended up being shocked on how badly the test results looked. Wasn't going to pay extra for a TBN for an oil that I don't intend to use in the long term.


2004 Silverado - on its 3rd Jasper engine in less than one year.
Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711362
03/30/18 09:08 AM
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That looks like a 20, I think a VOA would be a good move before using it again.


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711373
03/30/18 09:17 AM
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Just some quick searching led me to think that RILCO is just a distributor. This is substandard oil compared to most brands right off of any shelf.


http://www.rilcoinc.com


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711389
03/30/18 09:27 AM
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All the concentrations are woefully low. Maybe it’s olive oil?


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711430
03/30/18 10:15 AM
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methinks you should send in a sample of new oil.


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711435
03/30/18 10:18 AM
03/30/18 10:18 AM
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Phoenix, Arizona - USA
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I wouldn't be surprised if they started with some kind of decent oil, and 'blended' it (read "thinned it out") with something even cheaper to arrive at the product they delivered to your mechanic.


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711450
03/30/18 10:32 AM
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Find a new mechanic or bring your own oil. I am always leery of shops that use name brands that I have never heard of. A reputable shop usually uses known brand oil even if it is in a 55 gallon drum.


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711454
03/30/18 10:34 AM
03/30/18 10:34 AM
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Quote:
That looks like a 20 [Grade], I think a VOA would be a good move before using it again.


For sure and nothing to write Momma about.

Most likely Total Bulk oil.


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711497
03/30/18 11:23 AM
03/30/18 11:23 AM
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That oil looks horrible and cheap.


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: mrsilv04] #4711522
03/30/18 11:41 AM
03/30/18 11:41 AM
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Texas & Global
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Put some motor oil in that poor engine already …


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Re: A UOA with more questions than answers... [Re: deven] #4711535
03/30/18 12:03 PM
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Connecticut
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Originally Posted By: deven
Find a new mechanic or bring your own oil. I am always leery of shops that use name brands that I have never heard of. A reputable shop usually uses known brand oil even if it is in a 55 gallon drum.


This.

I'd just find a new mechanic as this one seems oblivious to oil quality and current standards. What else do they scrimp on?


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2001 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 39K mi / QS HM 5w30 / FUG XG2
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