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Hiya people,

I have trawled the forums etc but not really found an answer to this....if you have please link it here so I can look like a fewl lol

Basically Everyone has their opinion on what oil they use and what type etc

Some are happy with 10w40 some are happy with 10w60, both fully synth

Everybody has their choice of brands

Has anyone used this :

Carlube Motor Oil - Triple R 10w60 Fully Synthetic

Trple R 10w60 fully synth

http://www.tetconnect.com/catalogueImages/pis/pis-005151-21022011.pdf
http://www.maccess.co.uk/ecommerce/mailshots/Carlube Triple R Oils.pdf

I have used their stuff in my old Honda civic, it was a 2002 1.6 vtec I used their 10w40 semi syth in it and never had an issue for the two years I owned it and I did 25k in it. I get the impression Car Lube oil is frowned upon as being lower quality.

They market it for use with high spec BMW and Alfa cars

Anyway I just wanted your thoughts on it, and wondered if anyone had actually run it?

Cheers,

Bilal
 

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10w60 is the correct specification for the JTS engine, 10w40 for the Twin Spark so choice and opinion shouldn't be an issue really.
 

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The JTS should be on 10-60. Carlube is seen as a lower grade oil but then again selenia is pretty **** poor as well and plenty of people run their cars for years on it. As long as you give the car either an annual oil service if you do low mileage or every 12k and keep it topped up it will be fine. I use valvaline 10-60 VR1 in the GTA and I know some friends who have jts's on the same thing. This is obtainabale from places like eurocar parts and isn't too expensive so you coul try that.
 

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As long as it meets specs its fine for use. I stick to Castro edge because when I had the cam covers off they looked well oiled compared to some other cars ive done similar to
 

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I stick the cheapest Halfords own brand oil in my cars (and always have) and I've never had an oil related issue in my 30 years of driving.
The only one that gets special treatment is my Ducati ST4 - that gets Motul 300V because it smells like bubble gum :)
 

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Oil thread alert!!...if the brand is reputable and it meets all the acea /api standards etc etc and complies with what the manufacturer recommends in the owners handbook....You're good to go!

Changing to expensive oils or changing oil prematurely (which is no bad thing i suppose!) is just pandering to consummerism and the feel good placebo effect that this brings!

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Oil thread alert!!...if the brand is reputable and it meets all the acea /api standards etc etc and complies with what the manufacturer recommends in the owners handbook....You're good to go!

Changing to expensive oils or changing oil prematurely (which is no bad thing i suppose!) is just pandering to consummerism and the feel good placebo effect that this brings!

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Why is 10w60 ok for the JTS but no good for the Twin Spark?

I use to have a very high consumption GTV Twin Spark and run it on 10w60 for years with ultra low consumption. Did I knob the engine up for the next owner?
 

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Why is 10w60 ok for the JTS but no good for the Twin Spark?
It's not 'no good' just not the manufacturer recommended oil. It is and always was for the JTS though.
 

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The oil will be fine as long as it meets specs, carlube is made by tetrosyl who have been around for donkeys years, I've used it in previous cars without problems!
 

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Oil specs and brands are an interesting subject - traditionally you would move onto a higher grade, say 10w 60 in stead of 10w 40, if the car is getting on a bit and burning more oil. If you meet the other specs, or go over spec, and change on time, you really can't go wrong. I have found Opieoils very knowledgeable - they can give you a personal recommendation, and are pretty much the cheapest out there too. http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/engi...s-club-discount-update-for-forum-members.html

In a road engine, the brand really isn't so important. I would have no problem running carlube oil in my car.
 

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Always go with the recommended, but as a rule of thumb, go for as thinner oil as you can within recommendation.

Thin = flow = good.

TS doesnt burn oil like the JTS so you can get away with 10w40, however the JTS has a much higher compression ratio, and with it's direct injection it has much higher fuel pressure in the pots (60 bar i think) so you get more fuel dilution in the oil, and the oil rings aren't up to scratch..

for all those reasons, the 10w60 is more durable and minimizes oil consumption and it is more able to cope with fuel dilution (to a degree).

The down side is that for normal use it never gets up to operating temp, its too thick, so reduced flow (bad).. everything is a compromise. Some blame the famous exhaust cam wear on the fact that we are forced to use 10w60, but in my experience, this hasn't been the case - but I use top quality PAO/Ester blend stuff.... or, maybe I've been lucky.

The only time you would go thinner in this engine is if there is no sign, or little sign of excessive oil consumption.. then you might step down to a 10w50 and monitor the consumption.. if its fine, then a 10w40 - but I'd keep an eagle eye on how much the car burns oil - if there's signs of increased usage, go back to recommended grade.

Anyhoo - there's a top notch thread here on all that is oil and stuff...
 
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It works fine for me... 10w60 carlube I have used in my V6 and same brand 10w40 for the jtd's and ts's I look after.
You have to remember it may be an Alfa.... But is just a bloody car like all the others on the road. It doesn't need milk and honey with rose petals infused to keep it happy.. just the right spec of oil;)
 

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Going down a grade doesn't necessarily mean more oil consumption or vice versa. Different products in the same bracket will burn at a different rate. E.g my 147 seems to only like Mobil 10w40 for consumption. 10w60 doesn't take long to get up to temp either.
 

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Well guys thank you for your input. The Opie oil site was down all last night, will have. a read I have seen his posts too on other forums. I actually tried to find selina oil specifications on Google and came up with nothing Lol

Its my first Alfa so just getting to grips with it all.

The specialist Alfa Tech in Hudds said they use 10w40 fully synth in all the cars they service, you can request selina if u want at an extra cost but they say it isn't worth it in general.

In general I have always looked at whether its fully synth and what rating it was. I have currently topped it up with 10w40 fully synth Castrol magnatec and its due a service in a couple of months, I'm watching consumption like a hawk and I am gonna full tank her with fuel and put 250ml of turpentine substitute in her too.

My thinking is as long as its the right grade and type as what the manufacture uses then you will be fine, so selina is 10w60 fully synth and so is carlube triple r and its pitched at high end BMW and Alfa in particular and a Google around showed BMW drivers using it with no issues.

We shall see, and let's be honest its pretty cheap compared to everything else! On the flip side if there was a good deal on oil for much more well known brand I'd probably pay the difference cos that's what a good consumer would do lol
 

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Just put the Carlube 10W-60 into my JTS. I look at specs not brand names, but at only £20.94 for 5L from GSF it does have a bearing on things!
 
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