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Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: billt460] #5023012
02/25/19 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by billt460
It hasn't. I'm not saying there isn't good information on this site, because there is. But I have not seen or read anything that would make me deviate from manufacturer spec oils and viscosities in any of my vehicles.


Did it ever occur to you that the manufacturers want to deviate, but can't due to government regulations? Sometimes what appears in owners manuals and things like document sheets, aren't what the manufacturer would normally recommend, had they not be handcuffed in regulations.


19 Hyundai SantaFe 2.4GDI Castrol Edge 5w30 / NAPA Mann-Hummel filter / 6oz Liqui-Moly Treatment
04 Colorado 3.5 Castrol Edge 0W40 Euro & K&N filter
03 Malibu 3.1 QS / Valv Syn 5w30 mix Fram EG filter
Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023013
02/25/19 10:45 AM
02/25/19 10:45 AM
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Monroe, WA
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Monroe, WA
I've learned nothing about oil but much about OCD behavior.

Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: KevinP] #5023019
02/25/19 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by KevinP
I've learned nothing about oil but much about OCD behavior.


Which of the OCDs are you referring to? Or are some here afflicted with all of them?
Checking.
Contamination / Mental Contamination.
Symmetry and ordering.
Ruminations / Intrusive Thoughts.
Hoarding.


19 Hyundai SantaFe 2.4GDI Castrol Edge 5w30 / NAPA Mann-Hummel filter / 6oz Liqui-Moly Treatment
04 Colorado 3.5 Castrol Edge 0W40 Euro & K&N filter
03 Malibu 3.1 QS / Valv Syn 5w30 mix Fram EG filter
Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5023023
02/25/19 10:57 AM
02/25/19 10:57 AM
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Monroe, WA
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Originally Posted by Triple_Se7en
Originally Posted by KevinP
I've learned nothing about oil but much about OCD behavior.


Which of the OCDs are you referring to? Or are some here afflicted with all of them?
Checking.
Contamination / Mental Contamination.
Symmetry and ordering.
Ruminations / Intrusive Thoughts.
Hoarding.


Hoarding, ruminations/intrusive thoughts, voices in your head etc...etc...

LOL... I guess what I've learned is to follow the owners manual and buy oil with the right certifications, change it on time and do it myself because Quick-lube places screw it up.

Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023025
02/25/19 11:00 AM
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It is a site for obsessive people like me. Most likely costs me more money to get a good base oil like a group 4 PAO and a nice additive package when Supertech from Wallymart would do just fine.


Slick
Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023042
02/25/19 11:13 AM
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“I guess what I've learned is to follow the owners manual and buy oil with the right certifications, change it on time and do it myself because Quick-lube places screw it up.”




Give this man a gold star. That says it all right there.


2017 Mazda CX5
Havoline Pro DS 0w20
Roki OEM filter.
Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023060
02/25/19 11:29 AM
02/25/19 11:29 AM
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Midwest, Illinois
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If it meets the spec, regardless of the name on the bottle, it's good enough.
Conventional oils often perform as well as their synthetic counterparts, depending on application, and in some cases, outperform.
I don't get offended any more when someone cries out that I should not perform a 10.00 oil change on my 2016 PowerStroke. In fact, I kind of chuckle now when the UOA shows all is well, and my lovely spouse and I had a nice dinner with the other 90.00 .

Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023068
02/25/19 11:35 AM
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BITOG didn't influence my oil selection — or filter — except in relatively minor ways.

I'd run Mobil 1 5w30 and Wix filters since I bought my car in 2010, and I joined BITOG late in 2017. (I ran a Mobil 1 filter once.)

Everything I read here reinforced those decisions with these two minor exceptions: I learned that Napa Gold filters are Wixes (I get 10 per-cent off at Napa with my CAA card), and last year that my concerns about Mobil 1 0W30 were groundless. It's in the car now. I'll hit my stash of 5W30 again in March — I hope.

If I lived where the temperature doesn't swing 140 Fahrenheit degrees during oil-change intervals I'd be more amenable to experiment. But I don't, and it ain't broke so I won't fix it.


2008 Impala 3.5
Vanilla Mobil 1 5W30
Napa Gold 1522 or Wix 51522
Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023087
02/25/19 11:46 AM
02/25/19 11:46 AM
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Connecticut
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It's affected my oil choices HUGELY.

For decades I knew nothing but the API ratings (ie SN). Now I know the WHYs and WHATs about making my own oil and filter selections. Before I knew about 10% of what I should have about oils and overall car maintenance.

Bitog is what you make of it. I asked questions....and dug and dug and found the answers I was looking for. Now I can give out factual information to friends and family members who have the same misconceptions I had prior to joining Bitog several years ago. No more just reading lables and accepting the Koolaid of advertising on oil bottles. I know what's in it and why. In short, almost like getting a degree in automotive tribology....that rivals 75-90% of the mechanics out there.

And best of oil, I found out ways to buy free, high quality oils. Instead of $25 for a jug of synthetic oil....I now routinely buy them for $10-$12....and sometimes free.

And this is a great source for fixing almost anything around the home...not just your vehicles. Due to Bitog help I've fixed multi-ganged lighting switches, furnace, lawn mower washing machine, and other items....saving money in the process.

Last edited by 69GTX; 02/25/19 12:07 PM.

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2001 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 50K mi / QS HM 5w30 / FUG XG2
1999 Camaro SS M6 /19K /Mobil 1 0w40 /Fram UG /GM MTL-ATF
1969 Ply GTX/RRs
Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023092
02/25/19 11:49 AM
02/25/19 11:49 AM
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BITOG has not influenced what oil I use as much as how long I use oils. Modern oils are excellent and can go much longer than I previously believed, especially in my vehicles which are known to be easy on oil, and especially the way I drive them. BITOG has added a buffer of comfort, and I trust synthetic oils and premium filters to go 7500-8000 miles between services.


1995 Corvette coupe LT1 6-speed
2006 Tacoma 2.7 Base SR5 AC
1999 Yamaha YZ400FL
2003 Honda XR400R
Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023093
02/25/19 11:49 AM
02/25/19 11:49 AM
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New England
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I've become pickier with my turbo vehicles and less picky with my non-turbo, low-powered vehicles.


'14 Forester XT FA20DIT (Cobb Stage 1)
Edge 0W-40 + FU filter (64,774 miles)
'15 Legacy FB25 (OEM Stage, uh, neg. 7?)
Magnatec 5W-20 + FU filter (47,300 miles)
Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023096
02/25/19 11:50 AM
02/25/19 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by OilUzer
Lots of great info on this site!

After being here for a while, are you for example going lighter, heavier, wider, euro, syn, dino, changed brands, more attention to details (certs, recommendations, specs), flip-flopping, more worried, more confused, or same as before?



Almost all of the above at one time or another. grin2

Changes directly from BITOG:

In the 90s I went by Consumer Reports' information on motor oil. Now that I know about PQIA, I go there instead and also use manufacturers' sites.

Used to always go by the owner's manual for weight. Now I go by the international owner's manual for my engines, since CAFE mandates the specified oil in the US.

UOAs...never did one until I came here.

Used to go by owner's manual for OCI...now that's done by UOA. UOAs have shown just how many miles oil can be used and has changed my outlook and plan.

Changed from dino to syn in 2004 when I was driving 30,000miles(48,000km) annually. Explored Amsoil and extended drains. Now that I'm not going those distances and have more short tripping, considering a change. Plus their prices....hoooeee.

Filter choices and awareness have increased. Used Purolator for years prior to their quality control issues.



I'm sure there's more but that's a-plenty.



I use the overseas manual to choose my oil viscosity.

Using AMSOIL

Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 149k, SS5w30/Amsoil

His: 2015 4Runner 55k, SS 5w20/Amsoil

Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023097
02/25/19 11:51 AM
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Kalifornia Kollective
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Lowered my perceived need for different oils and extended my OCI's smile


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023100
02/25/19 11:54 AM
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New Hampshire
Good thread. How has Bob the Oil Guy influenced my oil selection? Well just yesterday someone wrote that Super Tech isn't as good as Pennzoil Platinum and that the differences are worthwhile. I had just purchased two 5 quart jugs of ST 0w20 synthetic...I returned it and bought the Pennzoil.

I mean who knows? I did my research, they seemed comparable...but who knows? Who knows if it's worth it or not? I figured hey, I'm only spending an extra $12, let's return the ST and get the "better oil". And this was all because of a couple posts some member posted the other day.

Re: How has BITOG influenced your oil selection? [Re: OilUzer] #5023107
02/25/19 11:58 AM
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I learned that a lot I was told about oil was nonsense, now I buy Supertech oil and filters and don't worry about any oil related issues.

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