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Old 26 Apr 2009, 06:53 am
Big Al
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Default Can you "feel" a difference after a regular oil change?

Is it possible to feel a difference (smoothness, better acceleration,
etc.) after a normal-interlude oil change? Someone is claiming this and
I think it's just their imagination, but I was wondering if there'd be
any technical reason. I can't think of one, unless the oil was quarts
low or something drastic, which it wasn't.

Thanks--
Al
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Old 26 Apr 2009, 07:27 am
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Default Re: Can you "feel" a difference after a regular oil change?


"Big Al" <big@big.com> wrote in message
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> Is it possible to feel a difference (smoothness, better acceleration,
> etc.) after a normal-interlude oil change? Someone is claiming this and
> I think it's just their imagination, but I was wondering if there'd be
> any technical reason. I can't think of one, unless the oil was quarts
> low or something drastic, which it wasn't.
>
> Thanks--
> Al


Strictly imagination. Of course, perhaps that would be the case if you
never performed the required maintenance on time.


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Old 26 Apr 2009, 08:00 am
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Default Re: Can you "feel" a difference after a regular oil change?

Big Al wrote:
> Is it possible to feel a difference (smoothness, better acceleration,
> etc.) after a normal-interlude oil change? Someone is claiming this and
> I think it's just their imagination, but I was wondering if there'd be
> any technical reason. I can't think of one, unless the oil was quarts
> low or something drastic, which it wasn't.
>
> Thanks--
> Al

Not unless someone noticed a loose plug wire and stuck it back on or
something like that .....
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Old 26 Apr 2009, 09:26 am
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Default Re: Can you "feel" a difference after a regular oil change?

Big Al wrote:
> Is it possible to feel a difference (smoothness, better acceleration,
> etc.) after a normal-interlude oil change? Someone is claiming this and
> I think it's just their imagination, but I was wondering if there'd be
> any technical reason. I can't think of one, unless the oil was quarts
> low or something drastic, which it wasn't.
>
> Thanks--
> Al


of course you could, although it really depends on the state of the old
oil.

usually, oil goes up in viscosity as particle load increases with age,
so the engine will be having to work very slightly harder against that.
you'd not expect a big difference on changing to fresh, but it can be
there. i doubt that recreational oil changers that compulsively do it
every 2k miles will notice anything.
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Old 26 Apr 2009, 09:31 am
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Default Re: Can you "feel" a difference after a regular oil change?

Big Al <big@big.com> wrote in news:big-820E48.07530926042009
@freenews.netfront.net:

> Is it possible to feel a difference (smoothness, better acceleration,
> etc.) after a normal-interlude oil change? Someone is claiming this and
> I think it's just their imagination, but I was wondering if there'd be
> any technical reason. I can't think of one, unless the oil was quarts
> low or something drastic, which it wasn't.
>




No alterations will be felt simply by the fact of the oil change.

Psychologically though, some may feel as though the car is running better
because they've done something "good" for the car.


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Old 26 Apr 2009, 09:31 am
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Default Re: Can you "feel" a difference after a regular oil change?

On 2009-04-26 04:53:09 -0700, Big Al <big@big.com> said:

> Is it possible to feel a difference (smoothness, better acceleration,
> etc.) after a normal-interlude oil change? Someone is claiming this and
> I think it's just their imagination, but I was wondering if there'd be
> any technical reason. I can't think of one, unless the oil was quarts
> low or something drastic, which it wasn't.
>
> Thanks--
> Al


Of course you can! Just like after a nice wash and wax. Everything is
smooth and powerful. At least, that's the way it is with me.
jor

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Old 26 Apr 2009, 09:54 am
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Default Re: Can you "feel" a difference after a regular oil change?

Big Al wrote:
> Is it possible to feel a difference (smoothness, better acceleration,
> etc.) after a normal-interlude oil change? Someone is claiming this and
> I think it's just their imagination, but I was wondering if there'd be
> any technical reason. I can't think of one, unless the oil was quarts
> low or something drastic, which it wasn't.
>
> Thanks--
> Al

Hi,
Yes for sure.
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Old 26 Apr 2009, 10:02 am
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Default Re: Can you "feel" a difference after a regular oil change?

On Sun, 26 Apr 2009 07:54:26 -0700, Tony Hwang wrote:

> Big Al wrote:
>> Is it possible to feel a difference (smoothness, better acceleration,
>> etc.) after a normal-interlude oil change? Someone is claiming this and
>> I think it's just their imagination, but I was wondering if there'd be
>> any technical reason. I can't think of one, unless the oil was quarts
>> low or something drastic, which it wasn't.
>>
>> Thanks--
>> Al

> Hi,
> Yes for sure.


I notice the engine runs a little smoother with fresh oil.

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Old 26 Apr 2009, 10:04 am
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Default Re: Can you "feel" a difference after a regular oil change?

jim beam wrote:
> Big Al wrote:
>> Is it possible to feel a difference (smoothness, better acceleration,
>> etc.) after a normal-interlude oil change? Someone is claiming this
>> and I think it's just their imagination, but I was wondering if
>> there'd be any technical reason. I can't think of one, unless the oil
>> was quarts low or something drastic, which it wasn't.
>>
>> Thanks--
>> Al

>
> of course you could, although it really depends on the state of the old
> oil.
>
> usually, oil goes up in viscosity as particle load increases with age,
> so the engine will be having to work very slightly harder against that.
> you'd not expect a big difference on changing to fresh, but it can be
> there. i doubt that recreational oil changers that compulsively do it
> every 2k miles will notice anything.


http://www.bishopsperformance.com/dynoinfo.htm

this is not a great link, but it's quick.

"Another little known fact is that the type and weight of oil can affect
the power as well. Pure synthetic oil can easily show a 1% - 3% or
greater increase in horsepower compared to conventional petroleum based
oil."

the same applies for older more viscous oil.
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Old 26 Apr 2009, 10:11 am
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Default Re: Can you "feel" a difference after a regular oil change?

Hachiroku * wrote:
> On Sun, 26 Apr 2009 07:54:26 -0700, Tony Hwang wrote:
>
>> Big Al wrote:
>>> Is it possible to feel a difference (smoothness, better acceleration,
>>> etc.) after a normal-interlude oil change? Someone is claiming this and
>>> I think it's just their imagination, but I was wondering if there'd be
>>> any technical reason. I can't think of one, unless the oil was quarts
>>> low or something drastic, which it wasn't.
>>>
>>> Thanks--
>>> Al

>> Hi,
>> Yes for sure.

>
> I notice the engine runs a little smoother with fresh oil.
>

Main thing I notice is the used oil kills the weeds along the fence.
Here's some reading for ya,
$10 Million, Just for Motor Oil
The most advanced piece of technology in a Nascar vehicle these days
isn't its engine, its suspension or anything made of carbon fiber. It's
the motor oil.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123932274269507173.html
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