coolant level and oil life

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Geldbraucht, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. Geldbraucht

    Geldbraucht Guest

    I have a 96 Eagle Vision TSI with the 3.5L V\-6 Engine.

    What I want to know is at what level should the coolant be the
    reservoir when the engine is cold?

    Should there even be any coolant in the overflow reservoir when the
    engine in cold.

    And if so, and there ain't any, am I in BIG trouble!

    The driver manual only give such instruction when the engine is hot,
    as that is not THAT clear.

    The second question is more general.

    Does Motor Oil go bad?

    I have, still factory sealed, 6 10W-30 motor oil containers that have
    been sitting in my basement for 16 years. And instead of throwing (I
    mean recycle) them away, can I use them?
    Geldbraucht, Apr 1, 2007
  2. Geldbraucht

    Mike Guest

    At the cold mark.

    It depends. If the coolant resevoir is empty you need to remove the
    radiator cap and check the coolant level in the raditaor. If the radiator is
    low fill it also.

    Pretty simple really. The coolant level should be at the cold mark when
    cold and the hot mark when hot. Don't have a cold mark, use the hot mark.
    The coolant doesn't have to be exactly at the mark, a little bit above or
    below is fine.

    No, the oil itself doesn't go bad.

    Sure you can use them, in a 16 year old car. The problem is 16 year old
    oil will not meet the oil specs needed for a modern engine. Maybe you can
    use the oil in a lawnmower or other small engine.
    Mike, Apr 2, 2007
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