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    Quote Originally Posted by Alenda View Post
    Really? Both my parents started off as MPs in the Marines. I don't think anyone ever mistook them for cops after they got out of that line of work, though. My dad is just too darn sweet to have been a cop.
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    How important is it for a car's oil system to be flushed periodically, and if one's service department stops offering that, does that mean it's time to find a new mechanic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stabby Goblin View Post
    How important is it for a car's oil system to be flushed periodically, and if one's service department stops offering that, does that mean it's time to find a new mechanic?
    By "flush" do you mean a regular oil change or one of the newfangled deals where they hook a pump up & force high pressure solvents through the system?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gozer the Gozerian View Post
    By "flush" do you mean a regular oil change or one of the newfangled deals where they hook a pump up & force high pressure solvents through the system?
    The latter. I know regular oil changes are essential. The Saturn dealer used to do that to my car, but they're gone now, and the GM dealer where all the service staff and the database were moved does not offer the service. Since I need this car to last at least another 5 years, I'm wondering if I should take it somewhere else to have this done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stabby Goblin View Post
    How important is it for a car's oil system to be flushed periodically, and if one's service department stops offering that, does that mean it's time to find a new mechanic?
    If you do the changes your self, buy a can of engine flush, put it in the oil and follow the instructions. Then keeping the old filter in place change the oil for the cheapest oil you can get. Run the engine for about 20 minutes then change the oil and filter again this time using good oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stabby Goblin View Post
    How important is it for a car's oil system to be flushed periodically, and if one's service department stops offering that, does that mean it's time to find a new mechanic?
    I'd never heard of "oil flushing" before this thread, so I googled it (yeah, I know the title of the thread!). Sounds like it's not necessary if your engine isn't currently suffering any problems, and can cause problems. I've certainly never seen it in a car manual, or mentioned in the manufacturer's recommended service schedule.

    http://www.carbibles.com/engineoil_bible.html
    Do I need a flushing oil?
    Unless there's something seriously wrong with your engine, like you've filled it with milk or shampoo, you really ought never to need a flushing oil. If you're transitioning from a mineral oil to a synthetic oil, likewise you probably don't need to flush the engine first.
    If you do decide to do an oil flush, first drain your engine of all it's oil, but leave the old oil filter in place. Next fill it up with flushing oil and run it at a fast idle for about 20 minutes. Finally, drain all this off (and marvel at the crap that comes out with it), replace the oil filter, refill with a good synthetic oil and voila! Clean engine.
    Of course, like most things nowadays, there's a condition attached when using flushing oils. In an old engine you really don't want to remove all the deposits. Some of these deposits help seal rings, lifters and even some of the flanges between the heads, covers, pan and the block, where the gaskets are thin. I have heard of engines with over 280,000km that worked fine, but when flushed it failed in a month because the blow-by past the scraper ring (now really clean) contaminated the oil and screwed the rod bearings.
    Last edited by Nerfherder; January 19th, 2010 at 12:10 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerfherder View Post
    Sounds like it's not necessary if your engine isn't currently suffering any problems, and can cause problems.
    It's essentially a scam.

    The fact that your mechanic doesn't do it is a GOOD thing...the fact that he once did is what should concern you.
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    I've only flushed out the oil when switching between regular and synthetic oil. So once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riggs View Post
    I've only flushed out the oil when switching between regular and synthetic oil. So once.
    when i was younger i would flush with a little bit of diesel fuel. but my cars were old and i was fucking around. no need to say they didn't have computer chips.

    i wouldn't do it now or with anything made after 1987.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diaglo View Post
    when i was younger i would flush with a little bit of diesel fuel. but my cars were old and i was fucking around. no need to say they didn't have computer chips starter motors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerfherder View Post
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    starter was under the clutch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diaglo View Post
    starter was under the clutch.

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    The One True Car?

    Wait - I don't remember you giving me a lift in that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerfherder View Post
    The One True Car?

    Wait - I don't remember you giving me a lift in that
    that was back in maryland. i had that car at my parents house until 2006 when we finally sold it.

    36235 total miles
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    Scenthounds as a group can smell one- to ten-million times more acutely than a human, and Bloodhounds, which have the keenest sense of smell of any dogs[citation needed], have noses ten- to one-hundred-million times more sensitive than a human's.
    So if dogs' noses are 6 to 7 orders of magnitude more sensitive than humans', WHY THE (*(**&^$#^$%%& DO THEY HAVE TO STICK THEIR NOSES IN ONE'S CROTCH TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE?



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