No I haven't changed the oil and filter yet but will shortly.CitroJim wrote:Simon, just one question. I know you have added a can of snake oil to the oil but have you actually changed the oil and filter yet?
If you haven't then do as soon as possible and then report back
As for snake oil, apparently not! I'm as surprised as anyone. As I mentioned we did 130 miles yesterday on top of the 30 miles the day before that, I started the engine cold again today and again the tappets were completely silent right from the moment of starting... so I'm guessing its unclogged the non return valves and is stopping the tappets from draining over night...mind you previously they didn't even quieten down at all after pressure built up so perhaps the oilways were just outright blocked.
After maybe 2-3 minutes of idling one possibly two tappets were a little bit noisy again so its by no means 100% just yet but overall very quiet considering there is just 350mL of whatever it is mixed in with 6 litres (?) of oil...I'm intrigued to see what a good oil change will do.
Do you recall off hand how much oil it takes for a change, including filter ? My converted plastic bottle "oil tray" is only 5 litres and once the side is cut out it just barely holds the 4 litres from the gearbox and no more, so I'll have to find a bigger catchment tray...