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Old 03-28-2013, 10:29 PM
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Alternative Engine Lubrication.

I've been wondering, are there any alternatives to lubrication oil besides synthetic? Maybe some kid of WVO or something?
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:45 PM
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they have recently begun selling veggie-oil based motor oil in the US......this has been available in Germany for at least 10 years.....as to how good it protects and such, i have no idea, never researched any data on it.....but i would imagine that even if it protects well at first, it will have a rapid degradation period.....i myself use, always have used, and will continue to use AMSOIL synthetics in my cars and other motorized vehicles and equipment....
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:00 PM
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Are you asking because you're looking for something cheaper, something better for the engine, or something better for the environment?

Some companies are now offering reformulated partially recycled stock oils, which are arguably better for the environment. Whether they will properly protect your engine is another question, and since you haven't told us what kind of car, truck, boat, motorcycle, locomotive, helicopter or other contrivance you're contemplating for such use, it's hard to guesstimate.

If you're simply looking for "something cheaper," you're likely going to end up spending more money in the long run. Modern MB vehicles are designed for specified synthetics that have the proper additive base, and those will save you fuel and protect your engine; picking a non-spec oil is a crapshoot.

Good luck.
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:51 AM
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Are you asking because you're looking for something cheaper, something better for the engine, or something better for the environment?

Some companies are now offering reformulated partially recycled stock oils, which are arguably better for the environment. Whether they will properly protect your engine is another question, and since you haven't told us what kind of car, truck, boat, motorcycle, locomotive, helicopter or other contrivance you're contemplating for such use, it's hard to guesstimate.

If you're simply looking for "something cheaper," you're likely going to end up spending more money in the long run. Modern MB vehicles are designed for specified synthetics that have the proper additive base, and those will save you fuel and protect your engine; picking a non-spec oil is a crapshoot.

Good luck.
The 1st and the 3rd, but not as much looking as curious. The vehicle is a 1980 300d NA. In the cars I've owned, I've mostly used Delo and Rotella (whichever is on sale at any given moment). That was in a 1979 Datsun 810, a 1983 Volvo 245 Turbo, a 1981 Volvo 242, and now the Merc.

I've been running biodiesel in the Merc, and just wondering about whether there was a lubrication alternative as well. It's going strong with 300k on the engine. So at this point, I wouldn't want to sacrifice engine life for the sake of ecomony/environment. But if there's anything that lubricates as well as motor oil, I just through I'd see if I could find out about it.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:16 PM
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I remember a thread on frybrid.com iirc, in which someone decided to use WVO as crankcase oil in vanagon. Didn't end well.
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