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quattro-digest V4 #1585

In message <c=NZ%a=_%p=COMPUTERLAND%l=CLWLG01-980108015436Z-1561@mail.computerland.co.nz> David Eaton writes:

> you are using oil all the time.  your use can be disguised by a number
> of things.  most commonly by the dilution of combustion products (and
> water) in the oil, particularly for those cars used for shorter trips
> where the oil doesn't get up to normally operating temperatures.  you
> usually notice this by a sudden drop in your oil level after the first
> good long hard run you take in the car.  the oil level drops because
> you're getting rid of the water and other condensate in the oil. cars
> with frequent oil changes and mainly city use may never see significant
> *use*, because of this effect disguising usage.

I assure you there are no such effects on my MB engine - it works long and hard 
between 5k oil changes, and I take out pretty much exactly what I put in.  The 
level doesn't change between oil changes.

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club