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    1. Member
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      Sep 28th, 2001
      San Mateo, CA
      '81 Z1 Scirocco Ragtop, '01 E39M5, '10 E61535xiMT
      03-31-2020 02:47 PM #1
      Does it matter what grade of oil I use? Specifically, is a lighter weight oil better for the job? I only have 20w50 on hand...Thanks!

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    3. 04-01-2020 10:14 AM #2
      Soaking lifters does not do much. Air will be bled out when forced oil applied. Since it will not do anything, you can soak it in any oil you wish.

    4. 04-02-2020 11:48 AM #3
      I like to fit the lifters dry if the valves in the head have been reseated. the extra clearance in the first minute or so of running helps the seats bed in quickly

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    6. 04-04-2020 08:25 AM #4
      I like to let them soak upside down over night in new oil. Get some fresh oil in there. Then when installing don't forget to let it bleed down for at least 30 minutes before turning over the engine.

    7. 04-04-2020 10:21 AM #5
      I look at soaking lifters is oil like soaking brake calipers in brake fluid. You will not get any of the air out by doing that, no matter how long you leave them soak. You must force fluid thru the part to get the air out.

      But, you are not harming anything and if it makes you feel warm and fuzzy have at it.

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      Jun 1st, 2002
      89 16v gti . 91 gti g60 edition 1 , 88 polo cl
      06-16-2020 08:59 AM #6
      just oil them so youre not fitting dry metal to metal parts , assemble the engine and go

      they wont soak up oil like a bit of wood!

    9. 06-16-2020 09:51 AM #7
      they will if you sit them in thin oil with the holes facing up the way

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