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Old 16-08-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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Default The best oil for a Laurie Pettitt 1776 ?

What would anyone recommend the best oil is.
Mineral or synthetic and what grade ?
Need to get some sorted tomorrow.
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Old 16-08-2012, 07:55 AM   #2
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If you do a search on here you'll find 1001 answers all contradicting each other. Everyone seems to have their favorites seldom with any scientific grounding and often based on 'I read somewhere...' or 'a bloke in the pub said...' logic.

If you want my tuppenceworth if it's a new-build engine ask Laurie in case of any warranty issues.

For an existing running engine any I'd go for any reasonable quality 20/50 or 15/40 mineral or semi synth oil with half a bottle of STP added to top up the oil's additives. That's based on 40 years experience with air cooled VWs and having worked for the Shell and before that the Burma Castrol oil companies.

As I said though, that's just my tuppenceworth...

LET THE OIL THREAD BEGIN!!!!
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we haven't had what oil thread for awhile
try a search, it's all been covered before
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You are about (and already have started) to feel the wrath of asking a question without searching. I must apologise for them above and below and myself but you have to search and not expect us to sit and nanny you. You are new here, don't be put off by this, but do have a search before asking questions.

Why not ring Laurie or email him? that'd be quicker than waiting for a response on here and give everyones cardiovascular system a welcome break from the stress of another "what oil?" thread.

Welcome to the forum. We are usually friendly

MODS, please can someone make an oil sticky about not asking?
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Suggested Oil Sticky...

If it says 'motor oil' on the can it'll be fine, many times over the spec of the oil VW recommended for these engines for years. Just change it as often as VW recommend and clean the strainer while you're at it.

SAE 30 oil is only really good for locks, hinges and seat runners these days.

The size of the engine, 1776 etc. has jack-shit to do with what oil it needs and while I'm on about engine sizes if you've got a 1641 engine there's no need to put a smiley face after '1641' 'cause you're not really impressing anyone, a 1641 engine is just a lazy man's way of bragging 'it's got a big-bore motor innit' in the pub...

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I've Got a 1641, with a turbo, I'm definately lazy!
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Sorry, 'bout that, I was 'off on one'...it just bugs me ever so slightly when people think that a 1641 is something really special...
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.............LET THE OIL THREAD BEGIN!!!!
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...........SAE 30 oil is only really good for locks, hinges and seat runners these days.

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Actually, I don't use any oil in locks anymore as during very cold weather the oil (especially SAE...) gets very sticky and the tumbler pins can get reluctant to move smoothly so now I just use graphite lock powder.
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