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Red tint to engine oil

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010-2024)' started by itsneverover, Mar 19, 2023.

  1. Mar 20, 2023 at 9:33 AM
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    Normal. Also, if it were coolant, it would look milky not translucent.
     
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    Maybe your motor's Aunt Flo showed up?
     
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    Idk I’m just overly cautious
    Lots of little trips! Live in a small town. How does that affect the oil?
     
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    Just drive the rig boss... you are fine.
     
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    It’s fine, roll on.
     
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    What you're looking at is your engine oil turning to varnish because of short trips not allowing engine to heat up to burn off blow by combustion products. I have the same oil color and problem; one solution is shorter OCI's, another is using better quality oil such as Mobil 1™ Extended Performance 0W-20. Here's a recent varnish thread at BITOG; https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/threads/varnish-whats-the-downside.363907/
     
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    Would this give the oil a smell of gasoline?
     
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    I started using Mobil 1 oil recently, and the last time I did an oil change, I also noticed the oil had a distinctive red tint to it. I’ve never noticed it before, so I just figured it was a characteristic of the Mobil 1 oil.
     
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    Take it out on the highway once a week to get up to operating temp and burn off the moisture. Short trips not getting up to temp is extreme service schedule.
     
  11. May 26, 2023 at 5:21 PM
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    Just did my first change the other day (no clue what was in it as I bought it used) and mine had a red tint too. Did the change with Toyota oil and filter and could barely see the oil on the dipstick.
     
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    I use Mobil 1 and OEM filters, change the oil every 5000 miles and have never seen that color. But the picture you posted does not necessarily have me thinking it is contaminated.
     
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    I changed my oil last weekend. It was running Mobil 1 0w30 in it for about 5000 miles. It was way darker than 0w20, and it also took on a reddish tinge. Not noticeable in the fluid, but rather on the paper towel used for wiping the dipstick.
     
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    Which flavor of Mobil 1 did you use McS; 0W30 ESP or Advanced Fuel Economy and are you continuing with that ?
     
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    The green label advanced fuel economy. Yeah probably will stick with it. Mostly because it makes the dipstick slide smoother in the tube. Very luxuriant lol
     
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    Seeing this thread makes me comfortable deciding to change my oil more frequently, especially since I mainly do short trips and less than 5 days a week. I can’t imagine going a year or 10,000 kms without changing the oil.
     
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    Everyone over at bobistheoilguy says the ESP is better.

    I couldn't understand why because they might as well be speaking German.

    Nevertheless, I've been running the ESP and have been happy with it so far.
     
  18. May 27, 2023 at 6:58 AM
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    If it makes the dipstick feel like it’s running on ball bearings, I might give that a try. Is that available in 0w30? I usually don’t commit to a specific oil formulation because every time I say “this is my oil”, I can’t find it in stock when it’s time to do the next oil change. And I hate stockpiling liquids.
     
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    Yes, it does. I'm running 0w30 ESP.
     
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    About 1000 miles into M1 5W30 ESP use here and liking how quiet the engine runs with high Boron content of M1 ESP formula, might try the 0W30 next change.
     
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    Why not stay with the 5w-30? Just curious.
     
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    Next oil change for the 4R will be into the fall and would prefer to run 0W for winter.
     
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    The red tint is most likely due to additives. I am using Quaker State 5W30 full synthetic which has a reddish tint and is reported to have a very high compressive strength. Compressive strength is very important for wear protection.
     
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    Any chance that what you're seeing is remnants of the break in oil from the factory? I wouldnt be alarmed, if you are....take it to the dealership and ask them.
     
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    try Pennzoil - its very clean coming out of the jug and is also a very very good synthetic oil. To me, Mobil 1 is by far not the best oil but marketed extremely well.
     
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    You notice the truck running any differently on 0-30 vs 0-20?
     
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    No, not really.
     
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    Well, I for one, happen to love how the dipstick feels like it’s on ball bearings using mobil 0w30.

    I also notice the oil gets a lot darker after a 5000 mile interval. For some reason I like that. I think I remember learning that dark oil means it’s cleaning better. That could be a load of hoo-ey though.
     
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    Try the Mobil 1 0W30 ESP version and report back.
     
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    I read about the ESP on the Mobile 1 site. Why would they specify “European” on this oil? Different requirements?
     

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