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Old 04-14-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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Sludge

So, my tranny is being rebuilt.

as its going to be a few weeks, i decided to clean out sludge the motor with 89k have accumulated

first up valve cover


second inside


3rd is a pic of it pretty clean still need to get in those hard to reach spaces, one of the wholes where the oil needs to go through was cloged



this pic is of the oil pan cleaned, but it also was pretty sludgy! with tar like oil grease
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:52 AM   #2
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gross. what oil had been used (if you know) and what interval was it changed at? Also, how did you clean it?
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:53 AM   #3
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:00 AM   #4
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:11 AM   #5
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Dang. In contrast, 128000 miles:



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Old 04-14-2011, 11:20 AM   #6
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is it me, or is his camshaft pretty scored?
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Old 04-14-2011, 11:24 AM   #7
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is it me, or is his camshaft pretty scored?
Kinda looks like light corrosion. Maybe from sitting outside in high humidity with its protective layer of oil removed ?
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Old 04-14-2011, 02:08 PM   #8
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it is a m43b19 engine drizzlez, dont know what oils, and when it had been changed. but i got 5-40 synthetic now. Dang blarf, looks amazing
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Old 04-14-2011, 02:16 PM   #9
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use mobile 0w40...in before going Nuts
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Old 04-14-2011, 02:23 PM   #10
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Why was the car taken to jiffy lube or similar ? Yes, use mobil 1 0w40 a few times to degrease the engine. Then switch to BMW or Castrol oil for proper service.

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Old 04-14-2011, 02:32 PM   #11
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If you want to give AMSOIL a try, its got detergents to help keep these European engines clean and prevent sludge.

http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/afl.aspx?zo=1934716

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Why was the car taken to jiffy lube or similar ? Yes, use mobil 1 0w40 a few times to degrease the engine. Then switch to BMW or Castrol oil for proper service.
Really? No recommendation as to the exact type of Castrol oil? You could use any Castrol oil and you'd be fine? Really?
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if i use 0 40, when do i know its time to switch?
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Really? No recommendation as to the exact type of Castrol oil? You could use any Castrol oil and you'd be fine? Really?
You really hate GoingNuts, don't you?

I hate his trolling too but this last post he wrote is fine. He didn't say any Castrol, nor any BMW.

BTW, I'm wondering what the price difference is between the right German Castrol jug and a genuine BMW one... I'll have to check
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if i use 0 40, when do i know its time to switch?
Switch after 6 months or until you are sick of the marbles in a tin can noise of mobil 1.
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You really hate GoingNuts, don't you?

I hate his trolling too but this last post he wrote is fine. He didn't say any Castrol, nor any BMW.

BTW, I'm wondering what the price difference is between the right German Castrol jug and a genuine BMW one... I'll have to check
Yes... I hate him. But right, he didn't say any Castrol, but he doesn't need to. He knows exactly what he means. I've never once heard him mention a specific castrol--according to him it just has to be Castrol because that's the logo BMW was paid to put on their caps. My point is that it's blind loyalty in typical GN fashion.

Mobil 1 is perfectly fine for BMW. I used to run it in my M3 and never had these "marbles in a can" noise GN speaks of.
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I had a e36 with over 200,000 on it used mobil one and it ran great! Never had a issue.
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I must admit i'm a little puzzled with the advice to stop using mobil 1 0w 40 as well. It is an approved oil for this car, and is MUCH easier to find than the german castrol.

Can you elaborate as to why it should only be used for cleaning purposes?
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Can you elaborate as to why it should only be used for cleaning purposes?
Because it's good at cleaning ? It's also good at putting marbles in a tin can inside your engine. If you don't want marbles, you don't use mobil 1. Simple enough ?

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Because it's good at cleaning ? It's also good at putting marbles in a tin can inside your engine. If you don't want marbles, you don't use mobil 1. Simple enough ?
as much as i'd love to just say yes, no. That isn't simple enough. I have mobile 1 0w 40 in my car right now, and I don't understand your marble theory. The engine sounds perfectly tight, no odd noises, nothing. I get the valve tap for a few seconds at start and thats it.

Also, what makes it better at cleaning than the castrol? and what makes it worse for everyday use?
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