Some of you may remember that I asked a lot of questions a couple months back about changing my 182,000 mile engine over to synthetic oil. Then after I took the plunge, I updated everyone that I really did notice an improvement (smoother idle, etc.); but those leaks I had been warned about had started. Wherever it was coming from (on the bottom half) was blowing all over the belly of the car! I didn't let it bother me too much because I figured the benefits of synthetic were worth the mess.
Well, for some unknown reason, the leaks have stopped. And no, I haven't just lost all my oil – I thought of that too, and already checked! No more drips in the garage and no more blown back oil on the transmission. Can't explain it.
__________________ Danny Johnson
1966 hardtop: 289 4 bbl; 4-speed; Nightmist Blue with Palomino standard interior www.Articulate-Designs.com
I started putting synthetic in my 300 I6 at around 120k-130k. It started weeping oil more than with dino oil. It started leaking bad about 5k ago and I had to change the side cover gasket. Now only the front and rear main seals weep. I'll stick with synthetic.
In Thrust We Trust.
'94 F150 4.9l
'06 Mustang GT
Same problem here. I rebuilt my original 289 last summer and have been running synthetic since. I started with 30 weight, but it leaked a little around the harmonic balancer seal. Went to 40 weight, still leaked a little, then suddenly stopped. Been good ever since *knock on wood*. The stuff sure is slippery and will find ANY leak you missed [IMG]/forums/images/icons/smile.gif[/IMG]
2010 Nissan Frontier
1965 coupe restomod (in progress)
2005 Harley Sportster 1200
2002 Harley Sportster 883 (SWMBO)
2013 Kia Sportage (SWMBO) www.65mustang.4t.com
Here is what I have heard a couple times, and I can't really comment on it's accuracy because I don't know: If you are changing from normal to synthetic, the synthetic actually forces the remaining normal out (most of the time through the gaskets) and when it's all gone, it just stops leaking. Seems kinda weird to me, but like I say, that's what I heard.
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