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Can putting 10w30 synthetic oil instead of 5w30

Had oil change done ..... Days later had issues with check engine on. Shop checked out and said they thought it may be from oil being wrong viscocity. Never heard of oil making a difference between 5 & 10 w30

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  • willwalker70 Sep 09, 2009

    The question is? Could putting a 10w30 oil cause a valve cover and intake to leak oil?


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5w 30 is much thinner than 10w 30. Most newer vehicles require 5w30

I personally like synthetic oils because the viscocity adjusts with the temperature in all climates and weather. No need to change every season

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    Nate Stansfield Sep 10, 2009

    No not at all. Actually would help it more then worsen it. Those just go through time, wear and tear, and excessive acceleration


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