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Default Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue - 11-13-2009 , 10:17 PM






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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Default Re: Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue - 11-14-2009 , 02:48 PM






lbbss wrote:
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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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Default Re: Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue - 11-14-2009 , 10:16 PM



"Drooler" <Drooler (AT) tampabay (DOT) rr.com> wrote

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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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Default Re: Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue - 12-06-2009 , 11:10 AM



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


On Nov 14, 3:48*pm, Drooler <Droo... (AT) tampabay (DOT) rr.com> wrote:
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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....

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Default Re: Oil Additive to Stop Leak? Lucas Or 10W40? Head gasket issue - 12-06-2009 , 03:28 PM



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


On Nov 14, 3:48 pm, Drooler <Droo... (AT) tampabay (DOT) rr.com> 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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