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Changing the Oil

I needed to change the oil in the bus before the next trip, so I did some research on who used what oil and why.  What I discovered is that the government has made the motor oil producers to eliminate the Zinc and Phosphorus used to assist in extending the life of the motor.  This was done to extend the life of the catalytic converter.  Newer motors are now built so these materials are no longer necessary in the oil, but what is a person with a 30 to 40 year old motor to do?  What I learned is that there are a couple of choices.  One is to purchase ZZDP additive, or buy Brad Penn Oil.  This is the old Kendal 1 oil according to the man at Knapp Energy in Kalamazoo, where I purchased the oil.  Brad Penn was the consensus choice too.  I used 20W-50 in the bus because I noticed that when the engine was hot the oil light came on at idle.  The thicker oil took care of that issue.

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Posted by on July 1, 2010 in Maintenance


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Before You Leave . . . . .

The more we lean about the bus community the more we are finding it is like one big family! In our quest for our bus we were advised to “print out an AIRS list” before we embark on any trip. Well, we scratched our heads trying to figure out what that exactly meant and finally asked the person what AIRS was. We found out that it is Air Cooled Internet Rescue Squad. These folks have volunteered to help in various ways to stranded VW motorists around the country including Alaska and Hawaii. One common theme I have noticed looking at the list is that these folks list what kind of beer they like….. again my kind of people…

My favorite beer is from a brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan…damn Illinois distributors screwed us so now I need to go to Michigan to get it….sorry I digress this is the wrong forum for that rant . . . Suffice to say Kalamazoo is on the way to Mom and Dad’s house, so all is not lost.

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Posted by on February 12, 2008 in Checklist


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