Question about 2009 Pontiac Vibe
Have a situation with the 2010 Vibe, manual reflects use 5-30W oil and fill with 4.5 Qts. Condition, oil filler cap on engine states use 5-20W or 0-20W and when 4.3125 qts are added dip stick shows overfilled by approx. .5qt. When I spoke to Toyota ref. Matrix they state 5-20W oil and approx. 4.0 qts.
The 5-30W gives the oil a better heat range, so when you go to Florida, the engine oil keeps it's viscosity better.
The 5-W20 has a lower heat range and is great in the upper states and canada where the temperature is not as hot as Florida or Texas.
The 0-W20 is even better if your in the colder climate like Alaska so the oil is not that thick, and when you have the start the engine first thing in the morning, the oil can move quicker to the upper part of the engine.
Best thing is no matter what oil you use, just as long as you follow the recommended oil change duration. Your going to be fine and have a long lasting engine and also make sure you warm up the engine first before running it hard to have the piston and cylinder walls expand the same time. As you run the engine hard when it's cold, the pistons expand quicker then the cylinder walls and after a few years. The pistons and cylinder walls will have to much play and you get piston slaps till the engine warms up.
Good luck and hope this helps and the 5-W30 is more forgiving if you go over a few miles between oil changes.
Posted on Jul 23, 2009
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