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Old 03-23-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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Oil catch can - first drain

OK so today I decided to drain my oil catch can for the first time after about 1000 miles. I caught a lot more than I thought I would. The cup in the photo is 3 oz in size. I filled it to overflow and then caught probably another 1 - 2 oz. This first 1000 miles does include all the WOT runs on the dyno to tune the mods you see in my sig. And after that - while I have not beat on it every time out I have run it up the gears ( 1-2-3) at WOT about 8 - 9 times enjoying my new power.

The oil I caught looks and smells like used oil. Nothing foamy or gasoline smelling about it. No unusual crude in it - just plain old oil.

Thoughts? About right? Too much? Who knows?
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:16 PM   #2
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Seems like a lot for just 1000 miles, however be glad that thing is working!!!
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I'm glad I got one - I gotta empty 4oz outta mine every 500 miles.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:33 PM   #4
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May not be too much if you are pushing it, I would expect more under a load.
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Well you do have more pressure with the new oil pump.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #6
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That is a bit much, but all motors are different depending on how well the rings seated during breakin.

But, be glad that is NOT going into your intake air charge......the can is doing its job and even though it is a direct competitors it is one we endorse and have tested plenty. Great can and the proof is right there.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:31 PM   #7
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I will be adding one, I have 6000 miles on my car. Would I have to pull the intake manifold on it and clean it out or will I be fine since I am adding one?
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I might get ~2 oz after 4k miles. I drive the car very hard most of the time.

Must have good seated rings...put the car to the floor on the way out of the dealership when I bought it lol.
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Just drained mine after 1500 miles and only had a fraction of what the OP got out of his...must be one of the lucky ones!
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I'm glad I got one - I gotta empty 4oz outta mine every 500 miles.
So you are losing about a quart every 2000 miles?

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Well you do have more pressure with the new oil pump.
Not sure I follow completely. Can you say a little more? Not sure how a Hi-Vol oil pump affects blow-by into the crankcase and then on to the catch can.

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That is a bit much, but all motors are different depending on how well the rings seated during breakin.


But, be glad that is NOT going into your intake air charge......the can is doing its job and even though it is a direct competitors it is one we endorse and have tested plenty. Great can and the proof is right there.
Thanks for weighing in - you are a voice of experience and authority on this topic. I appreciate you taking the time to post even though I have a competitor's product.
I did nothing special for break in. Just drove it. Didn't keep it under 4k rpm for ther first 1500 miles. Also didn't rip the gears every time out. I did jump on it early on when the oppotunity and timing felt right (1-2-3 WOT runs).

I also realized I used the wrong starting mileage for my calculation - I actually had 1400 - 1500 miles on the catch can. So, thats a little less oil caught per mile than I originally thought.
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I will be adding one, I have 6000 miles on my car. Would I have to pull the intake manifold on it and clean it out or will I be fine since I am adding one?
You can use Seafoam spray in the intake threw the TB. Works well.
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In my Elite catch can I got 1/4" of oil in 1000 miles.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:54 PM   #13
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You can reach inside the IM opening with paper towel and get most of the puddled oil out and the rest should work its way through. Seafoam works well also but you should be fine just blotting up what you can reach.

The Elite is also one of the best on the market....and we test and dissect them all. Cant go wrong with either of those.
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Seems like alot, may just be doing a better job than other catch cans? Maybe it's the new HV oil pump? I would like to know more also.
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Installed my Rx about a month ago and finally go the chance to drive it. So far everything went well and I didn't have any problems.
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I just checked my Elite catch can after having about a 1000 miles on it and was shocked by the findings!!! My car has about 13000 miles on it and I drive 60 miles a day most of it on the interstate running 70 mph, should i be concerned about the amount found???
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I just checked my Elite catch can after having about a 1000 miles on it and was shocked by the findings!!! My car has about 13000 miles on it and I drive 60 miles a day most of it on the interstate running 70 mph, should i be concerned about the amount found???
Well, the answers and opinions will vary widely from - "no big deal thats what the catch can is for" to "OMG you've got a problem".

So, I'll just share my personal experience and perspective. I've come to terms that if my first catch drain rate would continue as such it would be at least 6000 miles or more (1 oz every 200 miles X 32 oz in a quart = 6400 miles) until I pulled a quart of stuff into my can -mostly oil but also condensation and fuel vapors blow by. So I change my oil every 6000 miles and would be down less than a quart at the oil change at this rate. Not bad - certainly acceptable.

I have since put this on my list of things to not worry about other than I check my oil level more often. So far the dipstick readings after another 800 to 900 miles since that first drain have shown no obvious loss of oil. I've bee told by many that LX engines do push blow by at high rpms and I do wind mine out as much or more as many. So my catch can keeps the results of all my fun out of the intake manifold.
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Thanks for your reply, I feal a little bit better about the oil found. I guess I will check it in a couple of weeks before I stress out about it. My car had 2500 miles on it when I bought it so I really don't know how it was broke in. I wish I would of bought a catch can when I first bought my car. At least now all that oil is staying out of the intake manifold.
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Thanks for your reply, I feal a little bit better about the oil found. I guess I will check it in a couple of weeks before I stress out about it. My car had 2500 miles on it when I bought it so I really don't know how it was broke in. I wish I would of bought a catch can when I first bought my car. At least now all that oil is staying out of the intake manifold.

That seems like a lot to me. Check out my thread. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ghlight=excess
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OK so today I decided to drain my oil catch can for the first time after about 1000 miles. I caught a lot more than I thought I would. The cup in the photo is 3 oz in size. I filled it to overflow and then caught probably another 1 - 2 oz. This first 1000 miles does include all the WOT runs on the dyno to tune the mods you see in my sig. And after that - while I have not beat on it every time out I have run it up the gears ( 1-2-3) at WOT about 8 - 9 times enjoying my new power.

The oil I caught looks and smells like used oil. Nothing foamy or gasoline smelling about it. No unusual crude in it - just plain old oil.

Thoughts? About right? Too much? Who knows?

How did you break your car in?
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OK so today I decided to drain my oil catch can for the first time after about 1000 miles. I caught a lot more than I thought I would. The cup in the photo is 3 oz in size. I filled it to overflow and then caught probably another 1 - 2 oz. This first 1000 miles does include all the WOT runs on the dyno to tune the mods you see in my sig. And after that - while I have not beat on it every time out I have run it up the gears ( 1-2-3) at WOT about 8 - 9 times enjoying my new power.

The oil I caught looks and smells like used oil. Nothing foamy or gasoline smelling about it. No unusual crude in it - just plain old oil.

Thoughts? About right? Too much? Who knows?
Scary I think you should have this looked into. Seems like quite a lot for 1000 miles.
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Yours catches to much oil and mine doesn't catch oil at all. I have had my RX can since Dec-11 and it has been a pain in the a$$, it has not caught one drop of oil. I have talked to Tracy several times, but cannot get mine to work. What a pain in the A$$

I had a Mike Norris can with just bolt on and it would catch about 1/2" of oil every 3 month. Thats way to much.
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Yours catches to much oil and mine doesn't catch oil at all. I have had my RX can since Dec-11 and it has been a pain in the a$$, it has not caught one drop of oil. I have talked to Tracy several times, but cannot get mine to work. What a pain in the A$$

I had a Mike Norris can with just bolt on and it would catch about 1/2" of oil every 3 month. Thats way to much.
I wish you were close enough for you to stop in with the car so we can see why your not....with over 10,000 of these in use there has got to be an issue were missing.

Any chance you will be in the Sarasota/Tampa area in the near future? This will help us as much as you to detrimine why your not catching oil.

99% of those with the same symptom have the drain valve mistakenly left open, but I'm sure you have checked it multiple times (we use the same one the Norris can uses).

I can also send you a replacement fitting to try and see if you may have a faulty valve.

Let me know....this baffels me just as much as you.
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Sadly, Welcome to the club.
I catch about 3oz every 500 miles

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I just emptied my Elite catch can after 3000 miles and i got 1" of oil in the can. That doesn't seem like too much.
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