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KC406RS
Sep 8th, 07, 03:50 PM
While looking for bargains at the local dollar general store I came across some motor oil that might be worth checking out. I think it was called Uni-Tech? On the label it said it was for 1998 and older vehicles. Would this be due to it having a high level of zddp? If so would it be worth buying it up before it is no longer made? The stuff is only $1.25 a quart.

DanW
Sep 8th, 07, 03:59 PM
What is the API spec in the starburst?

JohnZ
Sep 8th, 07, 04:16 PM
Also, look carefully on the label for the words "recycled", "re-refined", "re-constituted", or "re-formulated"; that's where most of the cheapo oils with brand names you never heard of came from.

:beers:

DjD
Sep 8th, 07, 06:33 PM
Doesn't make sense to use 1998 as the break. Using a Camaro for example, there are no real differences in the '98 through '02 LS1 requiring the '98 to have more zink in the oil.

JimM
Sep 8th, 07, 06:42 PM
Doesn't make sense to use 1998 as the break. Using a Camaro for example, there are no real differences in the '98 through '02 LS1 requiring the '98 to have more zink in the oil.
Unless of course, the stuff is "New Old Stock"? Some cans of API SF or something oil that's been sitting in a warehouse for near a decade perhaps?

Doubel check like John said for a "re-" and report back. Sounds like it could be promising.

Badbird
Sep 8th, 07, 07:22 PM
At a buck and a quarter a quart, I'd say it's some old used recycled crap that I wouldn't even use in my lawn mower!:mad:

pdq67
Sep 8th, 07, 07:50 PM
"SF" is about the last of the oil made that our engines needed if not mistaken!!

Jim, you win the CIGAR!!

pdq67

DjD
Sep 8th, 07, 07:54 PM
Unless of course, the stuff is "New Old Stock"? Some cans of API SF or something oil that's been sitting in a warehouse for near a decade perhaps?

Doubel check like John said for a "re-" and report back. Sounds like it could be promising.


You could be right, I've seen stranger things than something manufactured in say '98 saying something like "use in '98 and older engines" when it comes from off shore manufactures...

pdq67
Sep 8th, 07, 07:58 PM
Dennis,

I'm almost positive Walmart sell's "SF" oil for about this price for older engines!

pdq67

m21man
Sep 8th, 07, 08:07 PM
oil is cheap engines are expensive. it's not worth it saving a few bucks i'd go with a wally mart dino oil. Something about oil from dollar general doesn't sounds good to me lol.

pdq67
Sep 9th, 07, 08:42 AM
m21,

That's not really so if the oil is made for the year made engines.

I've used Walmarts cheap Tech2000 oil and filters for more years than I care to remember!

And have ran it as long as 12,500 miles between changes a couple of times and I average 7 to 7500 miles between changes now!

ONLY b/c I commute in a carpool and we drive about 65 to 70 miles a day round trip! Therefore my engines are always ran long enough to steam any moisture out of their oil so that they never crud up!!

The inside of the engine turns some brown, but I handle that by adding a half a small bottle of good old MMO both in the oil and in my gas tank about every other change and it does me FINE imho!!

THAT SAID!!

If I was to only drive around town for 2 or 3 miles at a time or on dusty roads, I would change it a lot sooner, probably around 3,000 like I used to do when I ran around everywhere when I was a kid!

pdq67

KC406RS
Sep 9th, 07, 08:50 AM
It did say SF up on the corner of the bottle. Also on the back it had detergent underlined. I also would not even think about running some no name oil just because it was cheap but without the ability to get the oil we need it looks like it might be better then nothing. I had hoped it was some older oil that they bottled up to get ride of. If I can get by there today I will buy one and post a couple pics.

KC406RS
Sep 9th, 07, 01:14 PM
Well the oil brand was UNI-Lab not UNI-Tech and the model year was 1988 not 1998. I picked one up and snaped a couple pics.I does not say anything on the bottle to indicate it it recycled oil.Sorry the pics came out blurry.



http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s281/shellykw/IMG_0279.jpg
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s281/shellykw/IMG_0278.jpg

JimM
Sep 9th, 07, 01:51 PM
API Standards address the additive package, and are very concise and strict.

API "SF" is a good oil that is very suitable for high performance engines with flat tappet cams. Specs have changed over the years, the current API spec oil for new cars would NOT meet SF specs (not enuf zinc, etc) just as SF oil would not meet current specs (too much zinc?)

comments?

pdq67
Sep 9th, 07, 02:16 PM
Buy it and use it knowing that it will do fine, imho!!

pdq67

novaderrik
Sep 9th, 07, 04:04 PM
there should be a law that they have to put on a label that states exactly who makes what brands of oil, instead of that "distributed by.." crap they always put on the label.
i'm gonna guess that it's probably identical to some name brand oil, with a different label on the jug.

Mat Klemp
Sep 9th, 07, 04:39 PM
Generally I am a proponent of using the cheapest oil that the engine manufacturer recommends. I will use any oil that carries the API doughnut without hesitation, and the only thing that makes me hesitate with this oil is that it does not have the API doughnut on the label.

TTFN
Mat

Everett#2390
Sep 10th, 07, 03:52 AM
Made for '88 and earlier cars, but has a Fourth Gen Camaro on the front label.
Label states it meets API SF rating. Company does not want to pay for the API testing to get the API donut.

Ask Dol Gen Corp for an Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) sheet. It will list the ingredients.

pdq67
Sep 10th, 07, 03:39 PM
Walmarts has the donut on it w/ the SF rating!

pdq67

1962vette
Sep 11th, 07, 06:40 PM
Went by and bought a quart of this oil to check it out. I still have a bottle of GM EOS and if "smell" means anything, this oil has plenty of zinc in it ,as it smells just like the EOS.
It is new oil and not reclaimed. Claims to be API SF rating. I did give three other brand (modern engine oils) the smell test and they just have a slight oily smell. I'm going to give it a try in my engine.

pdq67
Sep 12th, 07, 03:59 AM
Kinda like in the old movie A/N, "I just love the smell of burning NAPALM in the morning"!!

Gear lube has the same smell, but not near what it used to also!!

pdq67

kennys
Sep 12th, 07, 12:15 PM
My uncle was the terminal manager for sun oil refinery in Rhode Island,car and driver tested some brands of oil,Sears oil was rated #1 and sun oil brand was somewhere below 10.He said they were the same oil,just put into different containers.So I think this oil should be fine,its not like dg makes their own oil,they have to buy from someone.
Kenny

AlexFolino
Sep 12th, 07, 08:07 PM
It had to be good, it has a camaro on the bottle.