Probably relates to all cars. Son,s Lantra (236,000 km)
burns a bit of oil when starting but apparently none when running. On a
trip of 1500 km there was no discernable change in oil level. Valve stem oil
seals???. If so might just put in a thicker oil.
That's what my guess would be. I asked my mechanic what it would cost to
replace the seals on my 99 Camry and he told me to just live with it. I
guess I can do that. My old Rabbit had that problem - you'd think they
would have come up with non-leaking seals by now.
236,000 k equals 146,000 miles At a cruising speed of 2000 rpm at 60 mph,
how many times has the valve shaft moved up and down in the seal? I'd say
they last a long time. 292,000,000 strokes, give or take.
I think I might have heard something like that. If I recall correctly,
you slowly run solvent through the engine. The plugs have to be replaced
or blasted with abrasive to clean them. Sounds like a heap of fun!
I think the Italians would just run their engines at wide open throttle
to clean the crap out their heads. This sound easier but dangerous.
A safer method in the olden days was to use water, you set the throttle
to speed up the revs to about 2000 rpm, then using a teaspoon drip water
into the carburettor until then engine nearly stalls, ease off until the
revs recover, then add some more drops of water. This process causes small
detonations in the cylinders from the steam, which loosens the carbonised
deposits, some pitting can occur on the piston heads if overdone.
Yes, i actually watched this being done by a mechanic. He used ice
cold water down the carb. venturis and the white smoke that came from
the exhaust was spectacular to see ! I use half a can of $8 Seafoam
down my carb instead of water ... slowly putting it down the
venturies, carb bowl vents, and the air bleed screws ---
noticable difference after i do it . For the SantaFe, I put it in
thru the PVC tube for a minute then make the engine stall ... wait 5
min., then restart and rev. I also use it in the crankcase before
draining the oil . Its a very good petroleum based cleaning
product. Id be VERY interested to find out the exact brew so i could
make it up myself -- its is mostly isopropyl alchohol by the smell
My first car was a '53 Mercury. Typical of the cars of the day, you cleaned
the plugs at 5000 miles and replaced them, along with points and rotor at
10000. Oil changes and grease job every 2000, tires at 10,000 if you were
lucky. Rings and bearings at about 50,000. Batteries lasted 2 to 3 years.
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