Ford Mustang Oil Analysis Kit
Your Engine's State Of Health Can Be Determined Without Tearing It Down
Oil Analyzers Test Kit
The first thing you'll need to do is purchase an Oil Analyzers Kit, which is available three basic ways for gasoline-powered Mustangs.
|KIT01 with pre-paid USPS postage||$24.99|
|KIT02 (KIT401 in Canada) with UPS pre-paid||$25.75 (Higher in Canada)|
|KIT06 (KIT 402 in Canada) with non postage paid||$17.95 (Higher in Canada)|
There's also a coolant test kit available (KIT09 US and KIT403 in Canada) for a good look at your Mustang's coolant properties.
What You Can Learn from Oil Analysis
Gasoline in the oil: Reduces the oil's lubricity. Unacceptable amounts of gasoline from a poorly tuned carburetor or faulty fuel injection system wash oil off cylinder walls and hinder lubrication.
Viscosity or oil density: Indicates a lubricant's ability to flow based on temperature and oxidation. Oil gets thicker when cold and with oxidation.
Antifreeze in the oil: Causes oil to turn into a thick, brown substance, which hurts lubricity. Will cause engine damage if not corrected. Antifreeze in the oil raises sodium content in the oil.
Oil oxidation: A measure of contaminants in the oil, such as gum and varnish from fuel and excessive heat. When the engine overheats, it will cause excessive oxidation in the oil. Blow-by from worn piston rings and excessive piston-to-cylinder wall clearances also causes oxidation.
The Total Base Number: Shows acid reducing capacity of the oil.
Total Solids: Shows ash, carbon, and lead salts from gasoline and oil oxidation.
Sodium Levels: Detects coolant levels in the oil due to an internal coolant leak.
Silicon Levels: Indicates sand or dirt in the oil, which comes from poor air filtration or inadequate crankcase ventilation. If you live in a dry, dusty desert environment, don't be surprised if silicon levels are high.
Nitrate Levels: High amount indicates excessive piston and ring blow-by from wear.
Lead Content: High levels come from the use of leaded gasoline or octane enhancers. Some unhealthy engine wear patterns will yield high levels of lead.
Iron Levels: Many sources, including crankshaft, connecting rods, cylinder walls, main bearing caps, cylinder sleeves (where equipped), camshafts, timing sprockets, and more.
Copper Levels: Abnormal wear in bearings, bushings, valveguides, and shims. If you find excessive amounts of copper, you have abnormal engine wear.
Aluminum Levels: Indicates wear patterns with aluminum engine components, like piston skirts and ring grooves, bearings, thrust bushings, timing sprockets, and oil pumps.
Chromium Levels: Mainly from chrome moly piston rings or certain types of oil additives. Chromium also comes from airborne particles ingested via air cleaner or crankcase ventilation.
Boron Levels: Oil additive found in engine oil or an oil additive.
Other Metals, such as Calcium, Magnesium, Barium, Zinc, and Phosphorous: Also found in engine oil and additives. These metallic additives are normal and no cause for alarm unless levels are extremely high.