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My IDE takes 5W40 Fully Synth. How many miles are you on? If quite low (<80K) then might be worth doing a flush.

Keep oil changes to 12K (not the 18K) and use injector / valve cleaners regularly.

If you replace the plugs then make sure they are the correct extra length ones (my 9 year old is still on the originals, however).

Good engine but sometimes let down by faulty German engineering (high pressure fuel regulator)

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hi,its done 78,000 and i am using redex every other week when i fill up to keep injectors clean,which flush and plugs would you recommend ? cheers.
Really can't say on the plugs - I don't think there are many options.

I used Wynns flush on mine at 45K. The tappets were really noisy for a few seconds after I started it on the new oil.

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I'd only ever use genuine plugs with this engine. I've read stories of incorrect plugs being fitted causing misfires under load / heave acceleration.


I used Wynns flush on mine at 45K. The tappets were really noisy for a few seconds after I started it on the new oil.

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That would probably be because there was no oil left in the tappets / top of the engine as it been flushed out by the engine flush and it took a few seconds for the new oil to circulate.
 
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