Monday, March 03, 2008

The Iraq war is over...

and Iran won.

Hey, it's that whole flowers and parades things that the neo-con agents for Iran always promised... except for Iran's President, not for the United States' President.

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin


  1. Whatever.

    As for your oil and filter changes a few posts down, it's all hype, a five dollar Fram filter is fine and you don't have to change them as often as they say, they just want to sell stuff to you.

    And synthetic oils aren't all they are cut out to be either. Todays engines and oils get along just fine at 7000 K oil changes.

    Change the rear end oil at 24 K, ha, ha, ha. Well, thanks for supporting the economy. Carry on now.

  2. A $5 Bosch filter doesn't have cardboard in it. A $5 Fram filter does. If you want to put cardboard in your engine, fine. But I won't do it.

    My circa 1964 Rambler-designed engine in my Jeep is sorta dirty-burning, so I change the oil every 6,000 miles whether it needs it or not just to get rid of whatever it is that turned the oil from honey colored to black. I don't use a synthetic or one of those watery new-fangled "fuel economy oils", I use a high quality "standard" oil sold in bulk for trucks, because this engine design ran for years with 10w40 oil from the 1960's to the 1990's and ain't a damn thing changed to make it want thinner oil than that.

    As for the rear end oil, it's a Jeep. I drive it the way it was designed to be driven -- i.e., offroad. I wouldn't have a Jeep if I never left pavement, I'd stick with something small and economical like a Honda Fit. I've done water crossings with the thing. The vent hoses are fairly high up, but thing is, cold water hitting a hot differential makes it inhale through those vent hoses, possibly contaminating the oil. Also, the front differential has a full-time locker in it that I want to regularly inspect for crosspin wear (the crosspin is the big wear item in the Aussie Locker design), and there's no way to do that without taking the cover off and dumping the oil, so I'll change that oil every 12,000 miles need it or not. It's cheaper to replace a crosspin than to replace a differential if the crosspin breaks and the thing thrashes itself to death! The rear has a limited slip differential which has clutch disks that are wear items, so I'd change that oil every 36,000 miles to get rid of the clutch disk material whether it needs it or not. But because I've done water crossings, I'll change it at 24,000 miles.

    In short, I know my Jeep better than you do. Duh. What else is new?

    Oh, BTW, I do my own fluid changes. Not so good for the economy, since the only thing I use is a few quarts of gear lube and some RTV.

    - Badtux the Wrenchin' Penguin


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