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Changing 10-40 to 20-50 oil

1995 odyssey burning oil is it safe to use 20-50 syn and a bottle of lucas or will it cause more wesar and tear van has 196,000 on it and still ticking but i want to do as much as i can to make it last aleast 1 year more

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The use of a 20-50 oil will not harm your vehicle,,,neither will the use of lucas additive. BUT, have you determined the reason for excessive oil consumption? (leaks vs burn off) Even what appears to be a small drip can use more oil than you think (ever leave a container under a dripping faucet?) Have you had a compression or leakdown test done on the engine to determine the extent of cylinder/ring wear? You may find that much of the oil consumption is due to dried out valve stem seals (far less expensive than a rebuild) In any case, using a good grade of oil will delay the wear process. Using a poor quality lubricant will accelerate it.
Poor quality lubricants have a high parafin content which forms sludge and are prone to burnoff even in a well running engine. This forms carbon in the ring grooves and causes the rings to stick and lowers compression as well as permitting more oil into the combustion chamber. That's something you don't want or need in a worn engine.

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    One side note: synthetics are superior to conventional engine oils...I won't go into a long dissertation about why, but they are. A benefit from using them is that they tend to clean up deposits gradually and can actually over time, restore some conditions to better working order.
    There is no "magic bullet" that will replace worn parts, but synthetics can soften hardened seals and reduce leaks and definitely remove some deposits in ring lands etc. Conversely, if you have numerous or large oil leaks, synthetics will find them as exit points and end up on the ground.
    I generally get over 350K from all my vehicles, but would not recommend that you change over to the $9.00 per quart stuff I use.
    However, I have it from a good source that the WalMart store brand is made by Quaker State, therefore a decent choice.


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Use 20/50 of the cheap mineral type. no use using expensive synthetic oil if its burning oil anyway

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