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Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue



 
 
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Old November 14th 09, 05:17 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.saturn
lbbss
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Default Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue

I have a slow leak in my saturn 2002 sl1 (80,000miles). The mechanic
thinks it is likely the head gasket. I get about a 1 or 2 inch
diameter oil leak on my driveway every day. Any product that you
could recommend? I the Lucas oil stabilizer any good? Or would
putting a heavier oil like 10w40 be a better idea to slow down the
leak, or is that bad for the engine? Or both? So far I don't see
any black smoke from my exhaust. Thanks.
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Old November 14th 09, 09:48 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.saturn
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Default Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue

lbbss wrote:
> I have a slow leak in my saturn 2002 sl1 (80,000miles). The mechanic
> thinks it is likely the head gasket. I get about a 1 or 2 inch
> diameter oil leak on my driveway every day. Any product that you
> could recommend? I the Lucas oil stabilizer any good? Or would
> putting a heavier oil like 10w40 be a better idea to slow down the
> leak, or is that bad for the engine? Or both? So far I don't see
> any black smoke from my exhaust. Thanks.


Make sure your valve cover and oil pan bolts are tight - if they require
tightening expect a little extra leak as the oil is squeezed out and
recheck. I have an 21 year old Astro van with 185K - it was smoking a
little at startup. at a friends recommendation I started adding 1 QT of
Mobile 1 at oil changes. By the 2nd oil change the smoking had stopped.
Mobil 1 swells gaskets - so....
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Old November 15th 09, 05:16 AM posted to rec.autos.makers.saturn
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Default Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue

"Drooler" > wrote in message
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> lbbss wrote:
>> I have a slow leak in my saturn 2002 sl1 (80,000miles). The mechanic
>> thinks it is likely the head gasket. I get about a 1 or 2 inch
>> diameter oil leak on my driveway every day. Any product that you
>> could recommend? I the Lucas oil stabilizer any good? Or would
>> putting a heavier oil like 10w40 be a better idea to slow down the
>> leak, or is that bad for the engine? Or both? So far I don't see
>> any black smoke from my exhaust. Thanks.

>
> Make sure your valve cover and oil pan bolts are tight - if they require
> tightening expect a little extra leak as the oil is squeezed out and
> recheck. I have an 21 year old Astro van with 185K - it was smoking a
> little at startup. at a friends recommendation I started adding 1 QT of
> Mobile 1 at oil changes. By the 2nd oil change the smoking had stopped.
> Mobil 1 swells gaskets - so....


Didn't know about the mobil 1 trick (or that synthetic would mix properly
with normal mineral oil).

Head gaskets are a major pain (less so for sohc 4 bangers than dohc V6).
Valve cover gaskets are a much simpler solution if that's all that is
needed.

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Old December 6th 09, 06:10 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.saturn
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Default Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue

Drooler isn't mobil 1 synthetic? If so can it be mixed with regular
oil?
Linda


On Nov 14, 3:48*pm, Drooler > wrote:
> lbbss wrote:
> > I have a slow leak in my saturn 2002 sl1 (80,000miles). * The mechanic
> > thinks it is likely the head gasket. * I get about a 1 or 2 inch
> > diameter oil leak on my driveway every day. * *Any product that you
> > could recommend? * I the Lucas oil stabilizer any good? * Or would
> > putting a heavier oil like 10w40 be a better idea to slow down the
> > leak, or is that bad for the engine? * Or both? * So far I don't see
> > any black smoke from my exhaust. * Thanks.

>
> Make sure your valve cover and oil pan bolts are tight - if they require
> tightening expect a little extra leak as the oil is squeezed out and
> recheck. I have an 21 year old Astro van with 185K - it was smoking a
> little at startup. at a friends recommendation I started adding 1 QT of
> Mobile 1 at oil changes. By the 2nd oil change the smoking had stopped.
> Mobil 1 swells gaskets - so....


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Old December 6th 09, 10:28 PM posted to rec.autos.makers.saturn
Drooler[_2_]
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Default Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue

Linda wrote:
> Drooler isn't mobil 1 synthetic? If so can it be mixed with regular
> oil?
> Linda
>
>
> On Nov 14, 3:48 pm, Drooler > wrote:
>> lbbss wrote:
>>> I have a slow leak in my saturn 2002 sl1 (80,000miles). The mechanic
>>> thinks it is likely the head gasket. I get about a 1 or 2 inch
>>> diameter oil leak on my driveway every day. Any product that you
>>> could recommend? I the Lucas oil stabilizer any good? Or would
>>> putting a heavier oil like 10w40 be a better idea to slow down the
>>> leak, or is that bad for the engine? Or both? So far I don't see
>>> any black smoke from my exhaust. Thanks.

>> Make sure your valve cover and oil pan bolts are tight - if they require
>> tightening expect a little extra leak as the oil is squeezed out and
>> recheck. I have an 21 year old Astro van with 185K - it was smoking a
>> little at startup. at a friends recommendation I started adding 1 QT of
>> Mobile 1 at oil changes. By the 2nd oil change the smoking had stopped.
>> Mobil 1 swells gaskets - so....

>


Yep it mixes fine
 




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