Lubrication – the engine's life blood

Author

admin

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

No car can be run without oil in its engine and air in its tyres; if the mid-engined Trojans on solid tyres are overlooked in the latter respect, they still require their oil. The lack of which may be why a Trojan owner was on his way to the works to enquire about odd noises in his engine. Lost, he stopped to ask the way of a man who happened to work at the factory. “Where are the Trojan works?” “Under your seat, Guv’nor,” came the reply.

One must also feel sorry for the lady owner of a new car who did her own maintenance. The car’s instruction book told her to drain the sump after 500 miles, which she did. It was not long before the new engine ran its bearings. The instruction book had omitted to say after draining, refill!

I have nearly always used Castrol, appreciative of Lord Wakefield’s very generous support of motor racing and car, aero and boat records. Castrol’s PR sent the Press samples of summer and winter-grade lubricant in five-gallon drums for test so that we were free to criticise or praise. (I still have a few and I have been told that unless the caps are removed the oil therein should be alright for years.)

This led to another top-rank lubricant company’s PR enquiring why Castrol so often occupied my writings? I explained, and a few days later received a one-gallon tin of the rival product. To be fair, I topped-up the next road-test car’s engine from it…

There is still a choice of oils — those from the petrol giants, Castrol, Shell, Duckhams, Texaco, Penrite, Morris’s Steam Oil from Shrewsbury, etc.

In vintage times the choice of oil was more confusing, with Filtrate, Sternol, Senga (‘Silently Soothes the Engine), Valvoline, Speedwell, Huile de Luxe, Brotherhood’s, Brigsolene, Westalene, Oleum, Vigsol, Motoline, Silvalene, Nulsec, Gamage’s Aero Deluxe, Gargoyle etc.

Some car makers, like Napier, had their own oils. Some specified one brand; Lagonda recommended Shell, ‘used on all our racing cars’. Castrol was suggested by Rover for the engine of the air-cooled 8, but Price’s Amber B for the gearbox and Ambroleum for its back axle.

Back to the lady who wasn’t told to refill a drained sump. Maybe she drove a Delaunay-Belleville, because that car’s handbook said ‘completely empty the sump after 500 miles’ on one page and then, much later on, ‘renew oil every 1000 to 1500 miles, but never with vegetable oils’.

Modem oils are of a far lower viscosity than those of pre-war times but I still suffer when I hear engines highly revved up from stone-cold. Long ago, upper-cylinder lubricating tablets were used by some in the hope of better mpg or longer engine life, as additives are now to protect valve seats from lead-free petrol. I once narrowly avoided a libel action when I criticised a prominent brand after an engine on test had gained a few revs after it had been fed these tablets. Its owner was delighted, until it was realised that what they did was dilute the oil, giving a slightly lower drag at risk to the bearings.

Related articles

Related products