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What's wrong w/ Castrol?

I've had my 308 for about a year and a half and have encountered several problems, but that's for another day.

A belt service was recommended last week by the guy who's been doing most of the work, an ex-Ferrari dealer technician. I told him I would like to use Castrol 20w50 mineral oil, as that's what the PO and his mechanic had been using and suggested I use. Today I received a VM from my mechanic stating that we 'need to talk about this Castrol routine thing'. Is there something I am missing? Have people had problems w/ Castrol? Is there a reason not to use mineral oil? I see no problem continuing with the type of oil originally deliverd w/ the car and ostensibly used over the years since. And if oil changes should occur every 3k to 5k miles why not?

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-23-2013, 10:51 PM
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No reason not to continue using mineral oil if your services are regular and your driving style does not tax the engine.
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Is there a reason not to use mineral oil?
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I see no problem continuing with the type of oil originally delivered w/ the car and ostensibly used over the years since.
And there's the problem....the Castrol GTX 20W-50 that was used in client cars 25 years ago is not the same as the GTX that you can purchase today. If you search on my post on F-Chump (user Fastradio), you will find my thoughts, observations and actual communications with Castrol engineers regarding their oil in our engines. Minimum Zinc/ZDDP levels are required/needed to ensure that premature cam lobe wear does not occur when the lobes swipe across the shim buckets. You can listen to all the bullshit being posted over there or just call the manufacturers...There's plenty of real world science and supporting documentation telling the pros not to use certain modern day oils in these engines. Although, I don't not make specific oil recommendations here are some safe possibilities to consider.

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Mobil 1 (Check spec sheets to ensure that ZDDP level is over 1000 ppm
Red Line 5w-40.

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-24-2013, 06:55 AM
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I can echo David's input on the matter. Many of the oils guys used to use have been reformulated, maybe 10yrs. ago now, and do not contain the adequate levels of ZDDP. Sounds like it's worth having a conversation with your F car technician and hear him out.


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Thanks. I had forgotten the ZDDP controversy. I need to re-educate myself on that issue, then make a decision.
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A thank you from me as well guys.
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