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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-27-2008, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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Oil testing

Where and how do I get my oil tested? How oftern do you guys get yours tested.

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They will sent you a free sample kit.

I did my first on my last oil change(5000 mile), and I plan on doing my next at 6000 miles when I change the oil again.

My TBN, Total Base number, what very good meaning that the oil has not become acidic and the life of the oil can be extended.

They will give you a written recommendation based on your results as well.

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Re: Oil testing

If you've got a Schaeffer's rep near you, their test kits are only $9 and postage is pre-paid. You do have to pay for the kits upfront though. However, at under 1/2 the cost of a Blackstone kit (almost 1/3 once you add in postage you have to pay with Blackstone), it's worth it, IMO.

I sample my oil at every drain, unless I'm going for an extended drain interval, then I'll sample a little bit between changes, at every 4K-5K.

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I aready ordered blackstones kit. I pre paid for the 6 pack. Thanks for the info though. I'll have to look into that after I use the stuff from blackstone.

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Any hints on finding a Schaeffer's rep?? I am in the Sacramento, CA area.

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Best bet it to call their home office and ask for a rep closest to you. Make sure you specify that you need a rep, and not a retail location. Their number is Toll Free: (800) 325-9962, from their website. http://www.schaefferoil.com/

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Thanks for the info JT, will look into that. Bought my '97 truck with only 63K on it earlier this year which I hope will turn out to be a good thing. But I have had to replace a couple items that seemed a little unusual for a low mileage vehicle. Not everything on these trucks, or any vehicle I guess like to sit around too much! Think I will check the oil just to be safe. Why do you guys do it so often though??? Every oil change seems a little over the top?? But if it's only $10 or so I guess it might save some $$ down the road if you caught something.

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I aready ordered blackstones kit. I pre paid for the 6 pack. Thanks for the info though. I'll have to look into that after I use the stuff from blackstone.
Wait you ordered blackstones test kits and paid for them? I requested they send me two kits when I sent my sample in, a week went by and nothing came and I happened to call them, while I was on the phone I requested two more.

A few days later I had four kits in my hand, and I still do right now, all for free

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Why do you guys do it so often though??? Every oil change seems a little over the top?? But if it's only $10 or so I guess it might save some $$ down the road if you caught something.
It probably is over the top, but I just like to know what's going on at all times with the engine. It helps to establish trends so if the readings start to change, I'll have something to compare it to. It can also help to catch a problem before it might get out of hand, like finding fuel dilution or coolant in the oil. May not be showing any signs of it while running, but things could be starting to go wrong and you could catch it before major damage is done.

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Wait you ordered blackstones test kits and paid for them? I requested they send me two kits when I sent my sample in, a week went by and nothing came and I happened to call them, while I was on the phone I requested two more.

A few days later I had four kits in my hand, and I still do right now, all for free
Blackstone does offer the option to pre-pay for their kits. Most just opt for the free kit though and pay for it when the sample is sent in.

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