One more question, G-Man...would it be OK to use the Amsoil synthetic
on my '92 accord, or should I stay with dino? I've heard about the
possibility of seals leaking with full synthetics on older vehicles,
and I had the cam seals on this car replaced a few months ago due to
leaks so I just want to make sure. Thanks. - Paul
It won't cause leaks. BUT, if you have a leak, it will be worse with the
I'm using it in my '96 with 185k on it. No leaks!
I have a lot of Hondas,
06 EX-V6 NAV (mine)
06 EX-V6 6-Spd (#2 sons)
05 Pilot (wifes)
05 Accord LX 4-Cyl (#1 sons)
'95 Accord LX 4-Cyl (mine too!)
All are using synthetic. I do all the std. maintenance myself. About the
only thing I let someone else do is timing belt and water pump. I could
probaby do it, but it takes time.
As has been stated here previously by JB, Amsoil is NOT a full synthetic.
Redline IS as well as one one other rather obscure brand. I use Redline
products with great results but there is a risk of leakage with older
engines due to different formulations for seal "softening."
Dino oils in engines is fine so long as you select a good brand and
change the fluid regularly such as every 5K (miles) or so.
Just stay away fro penzoyle and kwaker state...
I switched my previous car, a Mistubishi 2.6 liter, to Mobil One, and
the cam cover seal began oozing oil and I could never get it to stop
totally, even with new gasket. Not enough to discourage me, though.
But with Honda engines, they seem to stay tight even with synthetic,
at old age.
I've had oil analysis on and off over the years. (Not with this
company). One problem is that different additive packages, etc. read
differently in the analysis, so you can get some odd readings and
false alarms on a one-shot test. For the best monitoring, you need to
do periodic testing, using the same oil all the time, to get a
baseline so that you can see when something changes.
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