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#4752601 - 05/10/18 05:59 AM Used Oil Blotter Tests
Silk Online   content


Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4681
Loc: New Zealand
I've been ripping the top off the oil filter box and putting a drop of oil on it for sometime now, seeing results on mileage and time, sometimes oil type if I know what went in. Observations without a clue what I'm looking at, just curiosity and adding to my mental data base. Today something I've only seen on really wasted oil, stuff that's been in for 40,000km or more. Not a good photo, but wanted to catch it in the light to show no absorbsion in 2 days, it's just sitting on top of the cardboard with a small ring around it. It was in a 2008 Camry 4 cyl, changed before it's mileage on the sticker, so maybe over 10,000km, but not 15,000km. Caltex 10W-30 of some sort. The centre spot was on something well over it's OCI.




Edited by wwillson (05/10/18 07:01 AM)
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#4752612 - 05/10/18 06:24 AM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: Silk]
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Registered: 03/23/09
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Loc: peekskill, ny
Can you explain the process and what you are looking for in a bad and good sample.
Thanks
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#4752621 - 05/10/18 06:49 AM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: Silk]
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Heh heh. The back of the filter box top was my log book for the BMWs. Every oil change date miles, and other parts. Fit nicely between the washer tank and the right fender. When it got too thick, I tied the inch thick bundle together and tossed it the glove box
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#4752632 - 05/10/18 07:04 AM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: IMPALA08]
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Originally Posted By: IMPALA08
Can you explain the process and what you are looking for in a bad and good sample.
Thanks


http://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/29353/evaluating-lubricant-dispersancy

The oil should "wet" the paper.

Hanging up and not doing so is bad mojo.

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#4752641 - 05/10/18 07:15 AM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: Silk]
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Loc: New England
Any chance that is coolant sitting on top of the oil?
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#4752657 - 05/10/18 07:36 AM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: Silk]
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Registered: 09/01/15
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Loc: Malaysia
I did it with a 70/80 gm printer paper for consistency, a filter box 'card' is probably too thick for me.


Edited by zeng (05/10/18 07:37 AM)

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#4752675 - 05/10/18 07:53 AM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: Silk]
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Registered: 01/03/09
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Loc: Illinois
Here is a site that may help you with the one drop test. I do this at about 7K into my normal 10K OCI.

http://www.gwrauto.com/One%20Drop.htm
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#4752680 - 05/10/18 07:56 AM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: Virtus_Probi]
Shannow Offline


Registered: 12/12/02
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Loc: 'Stralia
Originally Posted By: Virtus_Probi
Any chance that is coolant sitting on top of the oil?


Coolant was my first thought.

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#4752707 - 05/10/18 08:23 AM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: Silk]
zeng Offline


Registered: 09/01/15
Posts: 2215
Loc: Malaysia
I would think there isn't any coolant.

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#4753411 - 05/10/18 07:59 PM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: Silk]
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Registered: 02/09/05
Posts: 1761
Loc: Arizona
Nevermind


Edited by bulwnkl (05/10/18 08:00 PM)

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#4753664 - 05/11/18 01:08 AM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: Silk]
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Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4681
Loc: New Zealand
A Ryco filter box lid is what I consistantly have at hand, and consistancy is best for results. I have found the Ryco Syntec filter box to be much better, but I don't have one on hand everyday. No good comparing results on several different sorts of medium.

No coolant problems, but I do think it's water, today it has absorbed and shiny on top. In early for an oil change, perhaps it's been short tripping and it's acumulated condensation ? It's just such a very bad example for a well maintained vehicle. I had another Toyota in the day before, same engine...no oil on the dipstick, sludge under the cap. I think it's drop test is the one with the dark centre, and actually looks pretty good.
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#4778762 - 06/06/18 04:56 AM Re: Used Oil Blotter Tests [Re: Silk]
Silk Online   content


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Loc: New Zealand
Had a Mitsubishi 380 (V6 Galant) in today, I've been looking after this car for some time, done a fair bit of work on it. The customer has followed me across the road to where I now work...and will now no longer be getting Mitsubishi oil and filters. Instead of A3/B4 synthetic 5W-30 it will now get semi 10w-30 A3/B3, and a Ryco filter. It's 10,000km over it's service interval, so that's 25,000km (15,000 m) on this oil.



I must label these blots, my memory is fading...anyway, the 380 is noted. In 24 hrs it has soaked in nicely, and still looks pretty clean. These are all petrol engine blots, and the ones with dark centres are not good at all to me, that one with the very dark centre has been there a week, and still shiny.
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