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post #1 of 12 Old 10-20-2013, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Elite Catch Can FULL of Oil at 2500km!

Well I almost had a heartache when I laid my eyes on this !

The pictures below demonstrate how much oil was collected 2500km(1553 miles) later. I installed it approximately when the odometer was reading its first 800km(497 miles). Oil change was done with Mobil 1 5w-30 at around 1500km(932 miles) mark if memory serves right, so some of that oil in there is the factory oil.

I took 3 pictures because I was OBSESSED trying to figure out if it I allowed the oil to reach a too high level, and not allowing the oil to drain properly, perhaps even backing up !

I took a ruler out, and I think there were 2mm to spare before there would be no more room left for oil top drain in the can, but I could be wrong in my haste to measure in the engine bay without taking the whole can out for accurate measurements.

I'd like to hear your feedback on all this!

Is this amount of oil normal?

Does it look like I maxxed the can out?
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-20-2013, 11:49 AM
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Post pics of how you have it installed.

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Post pics of how you have it installed.
Here you go....

Sorry about the lighting, I snapped these pictures with my phone in almost total darkness and I had no flashlight, hence the weird angles. I'm not home yet....

Hope you can analyze it!
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Well I almost had a heartache when I laid my eyes on this !

The pictures below demonstrate how much oil was collected 2500km(1553 miles) later. I installed it approximately when the odometer was reading its first 800km(497 miles). Oil change was done with Mobil 1 5w-30 at around 1500km(932 miles) mark if memory serves right, so some of that oil in there is the factory oil.

I took 3 pictures because I was OBSESSED trying to figure out if it I allowed the oil to reach a too high level, and not allowing the oil to drain properly, perhaps even backing up !

I took a ruler out, and I think there were 2mm to spare before there would be no more room left for oil top drain in the can, but I could be wrong in my haste to measure in the engine bay without taking the whole can out for accurate measurements.

I'd like to hear your feedback on all this!

Is this amount of oil normal?

Does it look like I maxxed the can out?
wow ... that sure looks like a lot compared to what I have seen anyone else post ...

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Yes it does! Although a couple(surprisingly) have reported the same thing over at an other 5th generation forum.

To my defence, if there is one , I installed mine quite early on during break-in, unlike others who waited until 5 digit odometer numbers. I also drive mine very hard, and I'm not kidding when I say that.

Nonetheless, I'm still taking this seriously. I'm replacing my oil with Amsoil 5W30 Signature Series next weekend, and I will have the drained out Mobil 1 oil sent out for analysis at the lab.

Sadly, I'll be putting my car away for the winter very soon, so it looks like that additional data collection to see if there has been any kind of improvement, will have to wait .

I might get lucky, and log 1000km before hibernation season begins, we shall see.


That all said, any additional feedback is welcome in the meantime.
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I have an RX catch can that I installed at about 5000 miles, I'm at about 6500 now. Granted they are not the same, but I'll give it a look tomorrow and see what I see ... will be interesting to compare.

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I have an RX catch can that I installed at about 5000 miles, I'm at about 6500 now. Granted they are not the same, but I'll give it a look tomorrow and see what I see ... will be interesting to compare.
Since your engine is broken in by now, and assuming that your valley cover is not leaking, I'll predict 2 tablespoons worth of oil in your catch can .

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a slight over estimation ... about one tablespoon it looks like
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The better your engine is broken in and the rings are seated, the less you will ingest. If you have 20k plus miles on w/out a good can then your ringlands are already full of varnish and deposits and this prevents the rings from moving feely and sealing properly.

What you don't want to see is when you remove your throttle body that the intake manifold is still getting oil into in, or pulling past a catchcan. That is what matters.
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Some people that have reported excessive oil consumption ended up having a bad valley cover gasket. If this continues to happen, I'd take it in to the dealer and have it checked out.

As Tracy mentioned above, as your engine breaks in, and the rings seat, etc you should start to see less oil in the can. At ~2000 miles your engine is hardly broken in. I've never gotten more than 1-2 oz out of my previous SS, but once it hit ~20k miles, I'd only get about 1 teaspoon of oil out of the RX catch can I had installed in about 5k miles. I have the RX can on my new v6 car, and I've collected about 4 oz in 3000 miles. I'm hoping that once the engine gets some miles on it, I will start to see less in the can.


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