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Old 01-12-2004, 12:28 AM
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Can i use Castrol for my cam break in???

Hi. Im about ready to break in the 262H cam in my 305. i hear that i shouldnt use a synthetic motor oil for the break in. i use castrol gtx 10 w30 and i dont know if it's synthetic or not. is it ok to use? if not, what brand should i get? Thanks.

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if it`s synthetic it should say on the bottle, regular castrol is fine to use for the break in.
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Castrol GTX is not a synthetic oil. Castrol synthetic oil is called Syntech <sp>.
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Whats wrong with synthetic? Use it, I have for years.
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Whats wrong with synthetic? Use it, I have for years.
For cam break in I have to agree. We put moly lube for additional lubrication protection on break in. I can not see a problem with using synthetic. On an engine with new rings, I can see the point.

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Thanks guys. after i get the cam broke in do i need to change the oil and filter or will it be ok to run on the same oil? Thanks.
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This is right from Crane Cams...

Crane Cams does not recommend the use of synthetic oils during the initial break-in period for a new camshaft. Use a good quality grade of naturally formulated motor oil during this period. If you choose to use synthetic oil after the engine has been broken in, change the oil filter and follow the oil manufacturer's instructions.

Even the paperwork that came with my Mallory Unilite distributor recommended regular oil for break-in of distributor gear and then switching to synthetic afterwords. I always break-in with regular oil first. Just me.

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Castrol GTX is NOT synthertic, and IMO you cannot use a better conventional oil than Castrol GTX. I would change the oil and filter first time at 500 miles. Use conventional oil for your second, and probably your third oil change, then switch to synthetic. The key to long engine life, of course is frequent oil changes, but equally important is quality oil filters. For conventional oil I would use Puralotor Pure 1. For the switch to synthetic use only Mobil 1 or Amsoil high effeciency filters. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES USE FRAM FILTERS.

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