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#2726793 - 08/27/12 04:39 PM PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles
KHP Offline


Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 168
Loc: Reno, NV
Just wanted to share my latest UOA. Oil used is PU 5W30 SN with Subaru OEM filter(Honeywell Blue Can).

IMO the oil is working pretty well with the engine. I'm planning on staying with current oil, and filter for future 7,500 mile OCI's. I will also stop the half interval samples as I feel that I've gotten sufficient trend info from previous samples. I will not be extending my oil changes past 7,500 miles to preserve my car warranty.

This car is my DD. My driving consists of 75/25 highway/city driving. 15-20 Minutes to work 1 way. Tons of mountain driving. Desert temperatures of 100+ summer and <30 (Fahrenheit) winter temperatures. Some spirited driving once in a while. The car engine has no modifications.

Quote:
Blackstone's Comments:
This is a great report. This is one of the longest oil runs across the page yet metals are just about
as low as we've ever seen from your particular Subaru engine. Iron has been lower than this in the past, but
that was after shorter oil runs. We expect iron to accumulate in the oil as the oil sees more use, so really,
this reading of 12 ppm is excellent considering the nice, long oil run. The TBN shows some active additive
left at 2.4 since 1.0 is low. The TAN measured 5.0, which probably isn't too acidic at all. No coolant, water,
or fuel was found. Try 9,000 miles next.


Samples Dated: 05/04/12 and 10/23/11 are half interval samples to create trend. Oil and filter were not changed at time of sampling.
Code:
Miles on Oil ---------- 7,480 -------- 3,780 -------- 7,538 -------- 3,813 -------- 3,744 ----- 2,718     Universal
Miles on Unit          22,520         18,820         15,040         11,315          7,502       3,758     Averages
Sample Date          08/12/12       05/04/12       02/04/12       10/23/11       07/23/11    03/12/11
Make Up Oil added ------ 0Qts --------- 0Qts ------ 0.75Qts --------- 0Qts --------- 0Qts ------ 0Qts

Aluminum ------------------ 4 ------------ 4 ------------ 5 ------------ 4 ------------ 4 --------- 5 ----------- 4
Chromium                    1              1              1              1              1           0             1
Iron                       12              8             16             10             17          13             9
Copper -------------------- 6 ------------ 4 ------------ 8 ------------ 8 ------------ 8 --------- 7 ----------- 8
Lead                        0              0              0              0              0           0             4
Tin                         0              0              0              0              0           5             1
Molybdenum --------------- 52 ----------- 51 ----------- 64 ----------- 78 ---------- 109 ------- 247 ---------- 74
Nickel                      1              0              1              1              0           0             0
Manganese                   3              3              0              0              0           1             1
Silver -------------------- 0 ------------ 1 ------------ 0 ------------ 0 ------------ 0 --------- 0 ----------- 0
Titanium                    2              2              2              3              3           0             0
Potassium                   3              3              5              1              2           0             2
Boron -------------------- 51 ----------- 79 ----------- 34 ----------- 51 ----------- 62 -------- 21 ---------- 48
Silicon                     6              4              8              8             10          18            11
Sodium                      6              7             31             37             38           2            27
Calcium ---------------- 2175 --------- 2177 --------- 1155 --------- 1163 --------- 2678 ------ 2186 -------- 2083
Magnesium                 101            104            639            608             19          11           305
Phosphorus                624            672            660            667            789         706           783
Zinc -------------------- 752 ---------- 754 ---------- 786 ---------- 774 ---------- 936 ------- 741 --------- 932
Barium                      0              0              0              0              0           0             0


SUS Viscosity @ 210F --- 57.9 --------- 57.8 --------- 55.2 --------- 56.6 --------- 56.4 ------ 53.9
cSt Viscosity @ 100C     9.62           9.58           8.83           9.23           9.19        8.46
Flashpoint in F           400            385            405            395            385         400
Fuel % ----------------- <0.5 --------- <0.5 --------- <0.5 --------- <0.5 --------- <0.5 ------ <0.5
Antifreeze %              0.0            0.0            0.0            0.0              ?         0.0
Water %                   0.0            0.0            0.0            0.0            0.0         0.0
Insolubles % ------------ 0.3 ---------- 0.3 ---------- 0.3 ---------- 0.4 ---------- 0.2 ------- 0.2
TBN                       2.4                           3.6
TAN                       5.0                           5.0
ISO Code ---------- PU 5W30SN ---- PU 5W30SN -- M1EP 5W30SN -- M1EP 5W30SN -- M1EP 5W30SM -- MbilCln 5000 5w30SM


Edited by KHP (08/27/12 04:40 PM)
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#2726806 - 08/27/12 04:51 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: KHP]
squareznboxez Offline


Registered: 08/15/12
Posts: 44
Loc: Sydney, Australia
great report, thanks for posting - 5w-40 seems to be a good medium for EJ20/25 motors
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#2726822 - 08/27/12 05:05 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: KHP]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
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Loc: OH
Looks good for a turbo Subie.
I'd say that PU is a good pick for this engine as you use it.
Your last run of M1 EP doesn't look any better, and it did require some oil adds, but the engine is more fully broken in for this run than it was then.
Does this engine use bearings without lead?
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#2726825 - 08/27/12 05:08 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: KHP]
JRed Offline


Registered: 06/01/09
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Loc: Virginia
Thin 5w-30 (almost 5w-20) in a turbocharged engine with such a high power density sporting a fairly small sump and without an external oil cooler is a no go to me in a hot climate.

It's working well for now, but a good 5w-40 or 0w-40 would be cheap insurance. If you can find PU 5w-40 that'd be dandy.
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#2726842 - 08/27/12 05:29 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: KHP]
Donald Offline


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Nice UOA. As usual, forget the B/S comments.
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#2726858 - 08/27/12 05:50 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: KHP]
Trav Offline


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Looks great. PU is a great oil! I wouldn't change a thing.
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#2726969 - 08/27/12 07:31 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: JRed]
dave1251 Offline


Registered: 07/15/05
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Originally Posted By: JRed
Thin 5w-30 (almost 5w-20) in a turbocharged engine with such a high power density sporting a fairly small sump and without an external oil cooler is a no go to me in a hot climate.

It's working well for now, but a good 5w-40 or 0w-40 would be cheap insurance. If you can find PU 5w-40 that'd be dandy.


PU is thicker than M-1EP. There is nothing that screams about this UOA that 5W30 PU is less than sufficient.

OP thanks for the data this engine is looking good and either lubricant you chose will be fine for the factory recommended OCI once out of warranty you will be able to extend your OCI if you chose to. Are you planing future UOA's?
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#2726990 - 08/27/12 07:52 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: KHP]
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Loc: Illinois
Why such short OCIs?
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#2727026 - 08/27/12 08:23 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: tig1]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: tig1
Why such short OCIs?


Oi is used up, see the 2.4 TBN.
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#2727072 - 08/27/12 08:57 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: tig1]
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Posts: 2222
Loc: Oswego, IL
Originally Posted By: tig1
Why such short OCIs?

It seems to be a Subaru thing. Their recommended OCI is 3,750 miles.
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#2727074 - 08/27/12 08:57 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: tig1]
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Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 8157
Loc: Maricopa, AZ
Originally Posted By: tig1
Why such short OCIs?


OEM warranty. I suspect.
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#2727223 - 08/28/12 12:05 AM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: KHP]
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Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 168
Loc: Reno, NV
Thanks for the responses guys. I'm keeping to the 7,500 mile standard OCI since its what's mentioned in the service schedule to honor the warranty(I'm covered for 7 years 75,000 miles). 3,750 mile OCI is for severe operations I wouldn't consider my driving as severe.

2011 models is the first year Subaru started pushing for the "extended" drain schedule of 7,500 miles and as from my results it seems very reasonable with today's quality oils.

I will continue to do lab analysis just not at the frequency that I'm doing right now. I'll be doing it every oil change and will stop the half cycle sampling.

I'm planning on switching to a heavier viscosity oil after my warranty is up and start playing with engine mods.

Do you guys know whether the newer Subaru engines Turbo EJ255, EJ257 have leaded bearings? It just seems odd and I guess exceptionally good that it hasn't shown a trace in my UOA's.


Edited by KHP (08/28/12 12:18 AM)
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#2727240 - 08/28/12 01:19 AM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: KHP]
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My UOAs generally show 2-3 ppm of lead, so I believe Subaru did use Lead bearings at least in 2007. It's always possible they've switched.

Thanks for being the guinea pig for GF-5 oil in a turbo Subie. Ultra seems to hold up pretty well.
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#2728443 - 08/29/12 06:31 AM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: KHP]
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You posted in the wrong forum. This should go in the Virgin Oil Analysis Forum. grin2 The lack of consumption makes me think those very low NOACK figures from the PDS might actually be correct. Thanks for posting. thumbsup

-Dennis
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#2728832 - 08/29/12 01:51 PM Re: PU 5W30 SN - 2011 WRX - 7,480 Miles [Re: bluesubie]
KHP Offline


Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 168
Loc: Reno, NV
Originally Posted By: gpshumway
My UOAs generally show 2-3 ppm of lead, so I believe Subaru did use Lead bearings at least in 2007. It's always possible they've switched.

Thanks for being the guinea pig for GF-5 oil in a turbo Subie. Ultra seems to hold up pretty well.


Hmm.. I'm thinking that they might have switched bearing material...

I do enjoy doing controlled testing/experiment so I volunteered to take one for the team on this one (I can't help it. I'm an engineer lol...). I don't see any problems running this weight of oil on my Subie. If my engine fails now I'm not too sure that the little difference in viscosity (30 vs. 40 weight) at operating temperature would do too much to save the situation.

Originally Posted By: bluesubie
You posted in the wrong forum. This should go in the Virgin Oil Analysis Forum. grin2 The lack of consumption makes me think those very low NOACK figures from the PDS might actually be correct. Thanks for posting. thumbsup

-Dennis


Thanks! I gotta say that the very low NOACK figures may be correct as well. I didn't see any hint of oil consumption during this run. The oil seems to be very stable.


Edited by KHP (08/29/12 01:54 PM)
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