On Thu, 21 Jan 1999 email@example.com wrote:
> It has been suggested that a person should use petroleum-based oil for the
> first run on a new re-build and then change to synthetic at the first oil
> change. Why?
> Ken Gano
> downstate illinois
> '59 TR3A TS57756L (close to "first run')
> '58 TR10 TBE9239LDLB
As I have been told, the synthetic oil because of its lubricating
properties will hinder the breaking in of your newly rebuilt engine,
The rings must "bed-in" on the cylinder walls to seal properly,
raising compression to where it should be.
With standard single weght oil the bedding in process will occur
within a few hundred miles. Using synthetic, the process will take
much longer (I have actually seen an engine where synthetic was
used from the start... a year after rebuild the hone marks were
still visible on the cylinder walls).
Of course the above advice could be apochryphal, but it seems a
valid bit of information.
firstname.lastname@example.org 1962 TR4 (CT4852L)
"That's not a leak... My car is just marking its territory!"
Greg Petrolati, Champaign, Illinois