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Thanks for the "heads-up!"
Actually, I haven't used regular motor oil in any gasoline engine for over 30 yrs.. On the other hand, the fact that you are using regular oil may very well have something to do with the fact that your engine loses and/or burns oil now.
I've been using fully synthetic motor oil in all my engines and I've put over 250,000 miles on each of the last three trucks I've owned without any of them burning and/or leaking oil. I usually change the filter at 5,000 miles and add a quart to refill it, then I do complete oil changes every 10,000 miles. The fact that I'm not having to do oil changes every 3,000 miles, (as recommended by most regular oil manufacturers) seems to negate the cost difference between regular and synthetic oil.
I learned long ago that regular oil and regular gasoline are two of the worst things you can put in your engine and both will cause you headaches on down the road.
Especially when it comes to using "regular" gasoline in small engines, like chain saws, weed-eaters, lawn mowers and even outboard motors. My repairman told me that if I wanted to save some money, I should quit being a cheapskate and spend the little extra it takes to stay away from the "regulars."
Well, I'm here to tell you he was right as rain. If you don't believe me, just try switching to mid-grade gasoline on all your small engines and you too, will soon realize that he is right. I doubt you'll ever have to pay to have the gum cleaned out of another carburetor and they'll start quicker and run better than ever before.
you seem to have forgotten something important. you don't change oil because of it breaking down and stuff like that, you change oil because of the contamination it gets from the combustion. all the filter does is trap grit and such, it doesn't clean out those contaminants. you may think it is all fine and dandy, but some of those contaminants are nasty stuff and rather bad for your engine. i have noticed however a lot of newer cars now recommend an oil change every 6,000 miles instead of 3,000 synthetic oil or not. i have also owned trucks with 250,000 miles that didn't leak or burn oil, yet never used synthetic oil in them.
don't get me wrong synthetic oil is better, it just doesn't last longer. and at sometimes over 5 times the cost it really is not worth it for most people to use regardless of the benefits. i know it has to be better since it was a real hassle to try to clean, when some leaked or spilled on the shelves or floors. synthetic was all but impossible to clean without leaving a "slick spot" behind,, normal oil could be difficult but not near as bad, the re-refined crap was ridiculously easy to wipe up and get a non slick surface.
First off, synthetic oil is better than conventional oil when it comes to its form and function. Conventional oil could never stand up to synthetic when it comes to longevity and ability to handle extreme high temperatures without breaking down.
Synthetics can last as much as three times longer than conventional oil, which means that you could be dumping less than 15 to 24 quarts of oil per year.
Depending on where you drive (dusty, dirty climates), and how much and far you drive (shorter distances don't heat oil enough to boil off condensation in the engine), you can probably last between oil changes for 10,000, 15,000, on up to 20,000 miles with some brands of synthetic.
wrong again, normally the cause of a gummed up carb in a small engine is the fact that your gas has "gone bad" while sitting unused for half the year. not the grade of gas used. and like a car engine most small engines run worse with higher grade gas. that is because of the higher amount of octane a chemical used to reduce "knocks" and "pings" caused by an engine being high performance tuned, or an old failing piece of crap. nice to know advertising does work at brainwashing though. a GM mechanic at a "new car question night" made that remark, when a customer asked why his sports car ran like a piece of crap even though he used the high grade gas in it. the mechanic went on to say if he wished to use the high grade stuff, just to come in and he would adjust the tuning of the car to run on it. not to mention i had learned it from the mechanics i worked with throughout the years. NOT ONE mechanic i have ever known ever recommended using anything other than regular, unless you had the vehicle performance tuned or drove an old piece of crap. and i always track my mileage and whenever i have used the higher grade gas, my mileage has dropped, and gone right back to where it had been once i ran through a tank (of where the hightest was mixed with regular), afterwards.
originally posted by: Flatfish
I will agree that many, if not most, cars will run just fine on regular gas. That's why I said "especially when it comes to small engines," when I was speaking to it's use.