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 Post subject: Thicker oil if tapping?
Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 11:29 pm 
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I've got a pretty old ex cop ED Falcon which has done at least 300k km's, maybe many more, I'm not sure on the true amount because the odo has been broken ever since i've had the car, which has it stuck on 240k

Every now and then when I start the car for the first time of the day, the engine will tap for about a minute, if i sit and let it idle it will go away on it's own after this minute, however most days it doesn't do this at all so I was just curious if it would be worth while for me to invest in thicker oil? I'm currently using 15w40, cant remember the brand, it's in the boot. Should I up it to 20w40 or keep it at 15w?
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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:20 am 
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wow 15w40 is way too thin for a motor with that many kms. i'd go to at least a 20w50

 

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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:28 am 
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x cop car. it a 8 or 6?

 

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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:39 am 
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being a GLi i'd say 6. but they could've optioned up

 

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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:42 am 
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Benny D wrote:
x cop car. it a 8 or 6?


being in the 6 cyl forum i would say its a 6...lol
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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:45 am 
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Benny D wrote:
x cop car. it a 8 or 6?


being in the 6 cyl forum i would say its a 6...lol


good point. :lol: .
'but my el gli ex cop car was a v8. with a 3.45 lsd factory.

 

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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:46 am 
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It's just the regular |6, most of whatever mods they did to it are gone now i assume, I think all that's left is the chip, exhaust and maybe some other stuff, I never really found out exactly what was done to it but it is certainly faster then your average stock ED.

So 20w50 then? any other recommendations or is that the final say ?
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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:49 am 
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yea 20/50 sounds alrite.

does it say option 20 on the compliance plate?

 

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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:50 am 
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Mosqeeto wrote:
So 20w50 then? any other recommendations or is that the final say ?


Regular Oil and Filter changes will also help give an extended life time to Tappets ;). I'm about to throw in a new Camshaft into my ED, and the Tappet's have now had it, so I'm replacing the whole lot of them at the same time as I'm doing the camshaft. A tip that i've been given is to soak the new tappets in oil (20w50, which is what I run in my ED) for a couple of day's too.

 

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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:52 am 
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well the tapping will most likely be the rockers. meaning oil pressure isn't getting to the top end quick enough. meaning with the kms wear of the bearings and oil pump has happened. which is normal. so they run 15w40 standard. the next step up on both sides is a 20w50. just don't buy cheap s**t. buy a decent name brand. also what brand of filter do you run? i personally run a genuine motorcraft. but i'm a picky prick

 

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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:54 am 
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Benny D wrote:
does it say option 20 on the compliance plate?

SpeedyED wrote:

Mosqeeto wrote:
Regular Oil and Filter changes will also help give an extended life time to Tappets ;). I'm about to throw in a new Camshaft into my ED, and the Tappet's have now had it, so I'm replacing the whole lot of them at the same time as I'm doing the camshaft. A tip that i've been given is to soak the new tappets in oil (20w50, which is what I run in my ED) for a couple of day's too.



I should have made myself a bit clearer in my original post, I'm a pretty massive car newb so i don't know what you guys are talking about there when it comes to Tappets and compliance plates, lol

I still have the original manual for the car in the glove box which says I can run 20w50 if thats what you mean... but Tappets... no idea. :P
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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:58 am 
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WILDEB wrote:
also what brand of filter do you run? i personally run a genuine motorcraft. but i'm a picky prick


There's nothing flash about my car so im running whatever filter it had in it when I bought it almost a year ago, I recently got a new job which means I'm going to start spending more on the car to keep it going for longer, It's a bloody good engine to have survived this long and still drives super comfortable, so i plan on trying to keep it going as long as i can.



Being a massive newb on most of these subject any advice would certainly not go astray, I have read the multiple FAQs around which i would just like to say have been incredibly helpful.
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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 9:33 am 
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your supposed to change your oil and filter every 6 months or 10,000km..

by the sounds of it you havent done either since you have owned it???
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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 10:13 am 
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WILDEB wrote:
wow 15w40 is way too thin for a motor with that many kms. i'd go to at least a 20w50



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Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 11:45 am 
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TROYMAN wrote:
your supposed to change your oil and filter every 6 months or 10,000km..

by the sounds of it you havent done either since you have owned it???


I have changed the oil, but not the filter.
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