Hi, Thanks for the question. Head gasket? I hope not. It burns no oil, so I hope that sign is that the head gasket is OK. Plus, one thing that the second shop did was to sell me a $20.00 radiator cap, so now it doesn't even lose any coolant. As far as I know, the thing is fine. Again, hopefully.
A guy was telling me that, in low profile engines, that the internal oil tubes are very small. So he suggested flushing the engine oil and switching to all synthetic. His rational was that synthetics flow easier and hold less heat. I wasn't sure that was all true and before switching over the oil I asked for a second opinion. The end result is that I did not flush the engine but did switch to a synthetic blend. And again, everything is fine with the motor for now.
There are several reasons that I didn't want to flush the engine. Primarily is the fear that I would throw off whatever homeostatic equilibrium or balance that is going on internally. (That sounds strange but.) If there are deposits in places inside of that motor, and it works fine, then those deposits should stay right where they are. I was worried that if I kept fooling with it that I would break something (oil pump, seals, etc.)
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 AT 8:44 PM