alright last question - ticking lifters?

Ben Swann benswann at
Mon Jul 14 19:40:43 PDT 2008


I often agree with your position on avoiding fat wallet syndrome and try not to spend
more than nee be on things, but my experience with oil in I-5's mirrors Eric's.
Although not in every case, most of the pre-1993 inline 5 engines I've had or worked on
are picky with the oil and they definitely do better with a higher viscosity range  - On
the cheap side I use Castrol 20W50 in summer and 10/40 in winter and for the turbo
engines, I'll run SYNTEC 5W50 year round provided there is not some silly oil leak that
would have me blowing the stuff out.  I'll run the cheap stuff to break in an engine
because it is good for wearing in an engine. I really don't have experience with the '94
and later 20 valve turbos, so don't know if there is a different tolerance in the later

Don't want to start any oil wars, but if I run other than the Castrol, or Mobil-1s or
other "good stuff" I've invariably had mixed results, usually serious lifter clatter.
Lower viscosity contributes to this, but the Wal-mart special oils IMO is almost not
good engough for chansaw bar oil - I'd rather use 7000 mile oil synth oil for that. YMMV
on lifter age, etc., but I've solved most lifter clatter by running higher visc range -
usually 20W50 Castrol just to prove the point.  The cheap stuff breaks down to a watery
consistancy in about 2-3000 miles, so sometimes you get what you pay for.

Don't get me started on the FRAM filters, especially since I can shop around and get
MANN or MAHLE for almost as cheap.  I used to be a FRAM Bigot, but not anymore.


[Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 14:12:50 -0700
From: Bernie Benz <b.benz at>
Subject: Re: alright last question - ticking lifters? 
To: Eric Huppert <ehuppert at>
Cc: 200q20V mailing list <200q20v at>
Message-ID: <16628825-2D45-4090-8C84-3719EFAD8F09 at>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed

Ridiculous! I use any Dino on sale, change 10W40 every 10K and orange filter @20K.


On Jul 13, 2008, at 1:34 PM, Eric Huppert wrote:

> IME (on my fourth type 44 now) these engines don't like certain brands 
> of oil. Sounds crazy, brand shouldn't matter...
> Regardless, I normally run dino, castrol...
> Eric]

More information about the 200q20v mailing list