[A4] Oil Break In....

Nicholas Stock nickstock at gmail.com
Thu Nov 3 10:20:16 EST 2005

Guys, I always ran Mobil 1 in the last A4 so I have no problems putting
synthetic in...just wondering at what stage have the rings bedded in
(there's on 470 miles on the new one so far...) and also all that metal crap
floating around in the oil...I suppose I'm just a little paranoid (for no
particular reason!).

 On 11/3/05, Sean Reifschneider <jafo at tummy.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 02, 2005 at 07:26:38PM -0800, Nicholas Stock wrote:
> >oil change)...which surprises me somewhat. I'm trying to gauge when
> >the best time to change the oil would be, what type (probably not
> >synthetic this early on) and any other tacit info...as this is my
> >first ever brand new vehicle..
> I had run Mobile 1 in my '97 A4 2.8 up until about last year when I had a
> pretty nasty lifter problem where one of my lifters ate itself and took
> it's camshaft with it. I don't know if it was a design problem with the
> engine, not getting enough lubrication to that one or two lifters that
> were
> in really bad shape, or a manufacturing problem or what. The camshaft had
> basically worn entirely through the top of the lifter.
> That came shortly after I had problems with Mobile 1 that I was running in
> my Vanagon. No catastrophic failure there, luckily, but it bugged the heck
> out of me because it wouldn't keep up oil pressure after and sometimes
> during highway driving, leading to the low oil pressure buzzer going off.
> Not a happy noise.
> A Vanagon geek in Denver recommended the Delo 400 oil, which resolved the
> problems with the Vanagon, and since then and the Audi lifer problems,
> I've
> been running it in all my cars. I guess in another 7 years I may know
> more. ;-/
> Now, if I were running a turbo in any of my cars, I'd probably reconsider
> synthetic, but I'm not sure if I'd use Mobile 1 again. Perhaps it's silly,
> but I don't really trust it any more. Considering that we ran the Audi
> from it's first oil change with Mobile 1, and after only around 100k miles
> had what I would consider a fairly serious lubrication-related failure. On
> the other hand, it was only this pair of lifters, the other lifters didn't
> look that bad...
> Thanks,
> Sean
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