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Engine oil for 1991 vw synco 2.1 engine

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11 Aug 2019 @ 18:15:23 pm
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Howzit, I am looking for correct or best oil for my vw syncro kombi with standard 2.1 engine?

Ordinal owner recons 20w60 if hot like phalaborwa or 10w50 when cold like high veld. Google recons synthetic 10w40.

Midas says book says 25w60 helix high milage multi grade.

I know we have some great technical guys on forum,love to hear what they recon.

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11 Aug 2019 @ 20:30:01 pm
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truth be told, nobody makes a bad oil in this day and age , you could put in any of the above you mentioned with piece of mind , they would all lubricate perfectly. people tend to be brand loyal these days, personally i use shell 10w 50 on my petrol vehicle [ if its good enough for ferrari, its good enough for me ] . and engen 700 diesel lube on my diesel vehicle.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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11 Aug 2019 @ 21:07:17 pm
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Lance  All the years I had my motor bussiness and up untill now ive always used Caltex Delo 400 in all my vehicles petrol and diesel and never had a days problem Im not saying you must use it but thats been my experience

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11 Aug 2019 @ 21:10:33 pm
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Must add ,dont use synthetic oil in your vw 2.1 engine

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12 Aug 2019 @ 00:25:14 am
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I tend to agree with George. Recently I looked at a number of oils and have always used GTX. I have decided to use 1 oil for all my vehicles and found Castrol GTX Ultraclean ticks all boxes. It is synthetic based and I use the 10W40 grade. Spec is SN/CF. 

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12 Aug 2019 @ 06:25:05 am
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Die CASTROL olie werk vir my maar Chapperig. My oorlede Pa het naderhand verander en geglo in Shell Helix.  

Ja daar is baie tegnologie nou al in olies in en die gebruik daarvan.

Ek hou maar by dit wat altyd vir my gewerk het en ek nooit probleme mee gekry het nie.

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12 Aug 2019 @ 08:58:31 am
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Lance, I used full synthetic oil in my 2.1 Kombi which had the same engine as yours.  As synthetic lasts much longer- up to five times as long- as mineral oil, I think it is worth the extra expense. I sold my Kombi at 240,000 kms and at that stage there was no indication of it burning oil.  I cannot remember which grade I used but I remember it was lower than the prescribed mineral oil, probably 10W30.  Mineral oil becomes much thinner when heated than synthetic, so I recon it is safe to use a lower grade.  The thicker the oil, the more resistance and the higher your consumption. I would not compensate for the ambient temperature in your region. Within a few minutes the engine is hot anyway and then it does not matter what the air temperature is.

Benkie's opinion puzzles me a bit-  I have learned to respect his technical know how so I would ask him to please explain his position.

Gastrol GTX is an oil designed for high mileage engines where there is plenty of play due to wear and tear so if you prefer to use mineral oil, that is perhaps the one you should use.  Just as a rule of thumb, I can perhaps suggest you look at your oil pressure light when the engine is hot.  If your engine is worn, the light might go on while idling which would then indicate you should rather NOT use a thin  (lower grade) oil.  But this is just my opinion. An oil pressure gauge would be a good investment for an older engine like yours then you would not need to guess.

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12 Aug 2019 @ 09:51:45 am
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if your oil light flickers or comes on when idling. hot or cold, no brand or grade of oil is going to help that engine. its over.
 
two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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12 Aug 2019 @ 10:06:04 am
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Fred ek is nie so seker hoekom jy noem dat GTX vir enjins met baie kilos op is. GTX het 'n spesifiekie "high milage" graad maar die normale is vir enige enjins. Verder sintetiese olie is ook minerale olie wat net baie meer bymiddels en daarom word dit bemark as sinteties. Hierdie inligting is al voorheen deur 'n spesialis t.o.v. olie vir ons deurgegee op 'n vorige draad. Daar is egter olies wat suiwer sinteties is maar hulle is vrek duur en mens moet baie mooi kyk as jy wil seker maak dit is ten volle sinteties.

Ek is dus nie so seker dat die mineraal olie met bymiddels en sinteties genoem word werklik 5 keer langer hou nie. Omdat olie nie so vrek duur is nie glo ek dis beter om dit ten alle tye na 'n jaar te vervang al is die kilos baie laer as die maksimum afstand aangedui vir vervanging.

Ek het dit dat die 2e syfer na die W die warm viskositeit aandui en dit behoort dieselfde "dikte" te he of dit sinteties of mineraal is. In ons warm klimaat dink ek nie veral op ouer enjins dat dit saak maak of die 2e syfer 30/40 of selfs 50 is nie. Die 1e syfer voor die W is van belang as die enjin koud is veral in die kouer streke waar mens die olie so gou as moontlik orals wil kry vir smering.

So of mens Shell, Castrol, Engen, Caltex en en en gebruik maak nie regtig saak nie. Die bekende en groot firmas se olie is almal volgens my goed genoeg vir alledaagse gebruik.

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12 Aug 2019 @ 11:04:01 am
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Ja ja ja daars hy Castrol GTX. In die dae toe ek maar self moes plan maak met 'n diens het dit baie goed vir my gewerk.  

Daai tyd was ek darem geseënd om 'n 2de handse voertuie te ry.  En so het ek hulle maar self gediens.

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12 Aug 2019 @ 11:04:52 am
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Danie, As daar meer as een GTX olie is, was ek onbewus daaravan en as en dan verkeerd is- jammer. Ek het my inligting gebasseer op jare gelede se GTX wat ek gebruik het, maar ek het gaan naslaan en ek sien dat daar inderdaad nou verskillende GTX produkte is waarvan minstens een vir ouer masjiene bedoel is.  Ek was ook verbaas om te sien dat GTX ook nou gedeeltelik "sintesties" is.   Ek gebruik al jare net Magnatec of Edge (in die BMW) en het nie tred gehou met ander variante nie.  Edge word beskryf as ten volle sinteties, wat op die prys af waarskynlik nie korrek is nie.

Hoe ook al, ek het heelwat gelees oor sintetiese olie en weet dat dit meesal minerale olie is wat op sekere maniere behandel is- nie net deur die byvoeging van stowwe nie, maar ook chemies verander is.  Dit het wel 'n aansienlike langer bruikbare lewe as gewone minerale olie veral omdat dit nie so vinnig afbreek onder hitte nie.  Vroeër was die aanbevole omruilafstand so laag as 5000 kms, nou met sintetiese olies tot 25,000 kilos (op BMW), en dit is met Edge wat ook maar 'n sal ons sê "kunsmatige" sintetiese olie is. Dis maar 'n mynveld om te weet wat die werklike feite is en olievervaardigers maak nie juis hulle geheime bekend nie.

Dankie vir jou teregwysing- ek respekteer jou kennis.

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12 Aug 2019 @ 22:34:14 pm
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Geen probleem nie Fred. Ek het so jaar terug eers die Ultraclean GTX gesien en op grond v d spec gebruik ek dit nou ook in die BMW motorfiets. Selfs gewone GTX het 'n gemiddelde spec en kan in diesels gebruik word. 

Ek het oorgeslaan van Magnatec vir die diesel na die Ultraclean wat net 'n hoër spec het as gewone GTX. 

Jy sal ook merk daar is 'n GTX Diesel ook beskikbaar wat dit minstens 4 soorte GTX maak. 

Dis eers as mens lees en met kundiges praat dat mens werklik besef dis net die bymiddels soos jy noem dat 'n mineraal olie 'n sintetiese olie word. 

Soos ons gesels leer ons voortdurend by almal op die forum. 

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