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What kind of oil do you use and why? Do you DIY or have it done? If you have it done, where?
 

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I use Castrol 20/50. I use this because someone who knows alot about vehicles in hot climates told me that was the best weight to use, although I just rebuilt the engine and alot of my friends are telling me to go with a synthetic like Mobil 1 after I break it in, I'm thinking of giving it a try.

I do my own oil change.:D
 

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Ok, I think the what kind of oil question has been done to death. Use the search funtion for plenty of info. But the DIY question might be fun.
 

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diy diy diy

except my engine change at the moment, and only coz i didnt have the time to do it (altho no she's finished it now appears that i dont have the money to do it)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek: :eek: :eek:

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Everything. No, I mean everything. The only thing I don't do is paintwork. I ain't got the tools, the skills or the patience necessary to do that properly...

And it all gets done in the front garden. Garage? Ha! Not for a hardy man like me!! :(
 

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It is really wierd...I send my own car to a specialist but as i used to be a mechanic my mates still come around and i fix and service their cars (free) I think now the warrenty is up on the vert i will DIY and keep the receipts to prove it has been serviced. By the way it was 18 years ago that i was a mechanic plugs n points plugs n points.....:cheesy:
 

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I try and do as much as I can myself. The only time the car goes into the garage is for MOTs :cool:

The car would cost a small fortune if I got a garage to do all the work I do to it :roll:

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Make that a big fortune if the garage got to do everything I do to mine :cheesy:

Shame there's still so much to do tho :evil:
 

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Hello Oyster...

Hope you don't mind my 2c's worth, but I might be able to give you a nod in the right direction, I've worked in Tribology {was member of the ASLE for years} so I know a bit {as a Lubrication Engineer} about oils.

I use Castrol 20/50.

Holy smokes, grin... I just had to write back when both of the above caught my eye, in my {not so} humble opinion, I'd avoid Castrol like the plague, mainly due to the type of base oil they habitually use. My advise would be do a bit of research on motor oils available in your area, the technical stuff, and then buy one of the better brands, having said that there isn't as much a gap between most of the top brands as there was say 20 years ago.

20/50 hey !!!

I use this because someone who knows alot about vehicles in hot climates told me that was the best weight to use,

Err, well, maybe he's had experience with M2 Bradley's in Iraq, with an 8 cyl Cummins diesel, grin... That's the only time and place that I'd use a 20/50.

although I just rebuilt the engine and alot of my friends are telling me to go with a synthetic like Mobil 1 after I break it in, I'm thinking of giving it a try.

I think you're on the right track there, you simply can't beat the modern synthetics, no matter what some Dinosaurs say, you obviously care for and look after your vehicle, so go that extra yard and give it the best Lube you can buy, and Mobil 1 aint far off the mark.

You might want to read up {on Google} about Molybdenum Disulphide if you really want to get into something to protect your engine, and give you better gas mileage etc, used it for 30 plus years, and I swear by it...

I do my own oil change.

You'd certainly be doing that if you lived here, an oil & filter job can run you $60 plus easily, and that's not for the Bradley either :eek:

Canada Bob, presently exiled in the Untidy Kingdom.
 

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I have a massive trust issue with third-party operations. I feel really nervous about allowing people to work on my car because I have so frequently been disappointed in the past. I think you get people who work in a routine way and their standard is low. This is what I assume every "professional" (as in someone doing it as their job) is like - unless it proves not to be the case.

 

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There is only one garage in Scotland that i would trust with my car for a job like the timing chain or head gasket, which I would be afriad to do myself as i have never seen it done and have no experiance that deep inside the engine.

Saab West Cars, buttttttttt at £75 per hour i think i would cry all the way there!

I do everything myself, its a learning curve for sure but once you know how something is done its so easy next time round.

I do everything just outside my house in any weather and at anytime, i wish i had a garage, lucky gits!

The Saab is the kind of car that can be worked on so it brings the owner that much closer to it and its a bonding process.

Oil wise i am fully synthetic, when i bought my car i could hear the tappets from 40 feet away, right away i gave it Mobil 1 and it dissapeared!:D

It has a great life span and heats up quickly, i would say its one of the most important things you can do for your car, infact i want to change my gear box oil, is there a mobil 1 for that?
 

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I think you get people who work in a routine way and their standard is low. This is what I assume every "professional" (as in someone doing it as their job) is like - unless it proves not to be the case.
I'd have to take issue with that. Granted you will get those who don't care but, I suspect most professional mechanics take pride in their work. The experienced mechanic / tech may appear to not be checking stuff and maybe 'guessing' at a diagnosis but this is as likely to be a matter of hearing what's wrong as you drive in combined with a set of routine checks that get performed while 'just poking' under the bonnet.

In the transport refrigeration game, time was always an issue. We developed methods to speed up the routine work without sacrificing either any of the checks or any of the attention to procedures. Knowing your way around your marque made a big difference in the time spent. I used to be able to troubleshoot a ThermoKing fridge about twice as fast as a Carrier unit simply because we were a TK shop. OTOH, your typical main-dealer apprentice spends his/her first six months sweeping the shop floor and emptying oil-drain canisters.

I spent some time with a back-street independent mechanic. His small-time operation revolved around personal service {we would regularly collect and deliver customers' cars {note the correct use of the apostrophe!! :D } and attention to the work. A car, in for one job, would not be allowed out if there was another issue that needed attention. The customer would be called and advised with costings and all.

A local Saab mechanic here in Dublin is very good on properly looking after his {they're his, not the customers' !} cars...
 

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The only time my cars go to a garage is for the MOT, paintwork or rust repairs. Like Conor I have neither the skills or patience for bodywork. I am also pants at car electrics!

If I absolutely had to take my car to a garage, I'd trust Gloucester Saab, as their head mechanic (Martin Shaw) and most of the management are classic Saab enthusiasts! :D

I also do work on other folks' cars. Fitted new brake discs and pads all round to a friend's new MX5 a few weeks ago, and today fitted a new exhaust manifold. Got an engine swap on a 1995 Ford Fiesta coming up soon too! :eek:

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Yeah, I don't get squat about electrics, that's why I love the 8 valves.
 

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Everything I can ........


until I get ordered by Mrs Rodentmaster to serve time with the 4 and 2 yr old rodents!


Love the Electrics.
Wish I could do better with suspension....The EMS I had was nicely balanced....can't quite get the current car to behave the same way. A work in progress........



Cheers
 
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