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Someone recommended that I use 20-50. Oil on my 1999 Honda .accord with 133, 000 on it


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My 95 lancruiser is making a loud ticking noise when cold, it seems to diminish after driven for a bit - what can this be?


Motor oil thickens when cold- on very cold days, some grades of motor oil can be nearly the consistency of honey. It takes time for the oil to make its way from the oil pan to the top of your engine.

The ticking you hear is usually caused by the valve lifters running nearly "dry" - meaning that they are getting very little oil. As your Cruiser warms up, the oil thins and makes it "up top" much easier, so the noise decreases.

Make sure that you are following your manufacturers recommendation for the grade and viscosity of oil (example: SG SAE 10W30) for the temperatures you are operating your car in. In extreme cold weather environments, such as Chicago or Milwaukee, you may want to use an even "lighter" oil (example: 10W20 instead of 10W30) - you just have to be certain that when spring arrives, you go with the higher viscosity oil- your manufacturer normally covers this info. The grade (example: SG) is very important because it refers to the detergent content of your oil.

No vehicle manufacturer that I am aware of recommends a "straight grade" viscosity oil (example: SAE 30) in cold weather. Multi-grades, which act "lighter" in cold weather are called for.

The "W" in the oil viscosity designation means "winter" - it is the viscosity of that particular oil at 0 degrees F..... For example, "10W30" oil is as thick as an oil with a viscosity of 10 at 0 degrees F, and is as thick as an oil with a viscosity of 30 at 70 degrees F.

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It is not a good idea to use any oil thickening additive (STP, motor honey, etc...) in cold weather because they tend to add even more viscosity.

"The Court is out" regarding teflon additives such as "Slick 50" to your oil- the principle sounds good to me, and I have used them myself. Personally, a similar product has seemed to help tone down the "startup ticking" I myself have experienced.

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but here is a list of the recommended oils from Volkswagen.

VW/Audi Approved Engine Oils
Oil Quality Standard VW 505.01
(note: not all oils listed are available for sale in the US)ALL 505.01 Approved Oils are SAE 5W-40 Viscosity
Manufacture: Audi/VW
Description: part number G 052 167 A2
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: AD Parts
Description: AD SDI
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Addinol
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Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Agip
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Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: AVIA TDi 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: BP Visco Special V
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Carat
Description: Carat ad–Diesel PD–Oil
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Castrol
Description: Adamol Multitop PDI
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Description: Castrol 505 01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Description: Castrol GTD 505 01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Description: Castrol TXT 505 01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: Havoline 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Delek
Description: Delek IDI
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: Denicol Pro Syn 4
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: Elf Excellium DID
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Engen Petroleum Ltd.
Description: Engen Formula 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Esso
Description: Esso 505 01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Eurol
Description: Eurol Turbo DI
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Fina
Description: Fina Delta 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: FL Selenia
Description: Aktual Top Synth
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Fuchs
Description: Fuchs TITAN Supersyn Plus
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Description: Labo Syntha High Tech Synthese
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Galp energia
Description: Galp Formula 505
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Description: Galp Formula TD 505
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Gedol
Description: Champ
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Ginouves
Description: York 742
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Gulf
Description: Gulf GDI Extra
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Igol
Description: Igol Process 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Ina
Description: INA 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: IP
Description: IP Sintiax 505
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Kuwait Petroleum
Description: Q8 Motoroil 505 01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Liqui Moly
Description: Liqui Moly Diesel High Tech
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Mapetrol
Description: Mapetrol 505 01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Meguin
Description: megol Motorenoel Super Leichtlauf Technology
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Minerva–Oil
Description: TSH 5W–40 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Mitan
Description: Alpine PD Pumpe Dã¼se
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Mobil
Description: Mobil Synt S Special V
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Description: Mobil Syst S Special V
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Mogul
Description: Mogul Forte Racing S
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: MOL Dynamic Synt
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Motul
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Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: MRD
Description: Motor Gold Supertec PD
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Oel–Brack
Description: Midland Axxept
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Oest
Description: Oest Leichtlaufã¶l 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: OMV
Description: OMV syn com diesel
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Panolin
Description: Panolin Daytona
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: Pentosynth 5W–40 TS*
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Poweroil High–Tech–Schmierstof
Description: HD SL CF PD Pumpe/Dã¼se Synth.
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Quaker State
Description: Quaker State Diesel Plus
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: Optima 505 01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: Ravenol VPD
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Rothen Oil
Description: Rothen Extrasint
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Shell
Description: Shell Helix Diesel Plus VA
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Sinopec
Description: Blue Spirit
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Slovnaft
Description: Madit 505 01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: Wintershall Leichtlauf–Motorenã¶l PD
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: RASANTA SPECIALSYNT
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Statoil
Description: Statoil SuperWay 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Sunoco
Description: Sunoco Ultra semi synthetic
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: SWD
Description: Concep–Tech Synth.
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Description: swd Primus Synth.
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Texaco
Description: Texaco Havoline 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Total
Description: Total Quartz 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Unil Opal
Description: Opaljet 505.01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
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Description: Valvoline DuraBlend Diesel motor oil
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: VAPS
Description: VAPSOIL 505 01
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Westfalen AG
Description: Westfalen Megatron
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Wolf
Description: Wolf Masterlube Synflow PI
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Wã¼rth
Description: Triathlon Special PD
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: Yacco
Description: Yacco VX 505
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40
Manufacture: YPF
Description: YPF Elaion Full Performance TDI
Viscosity: SAE 5W-40

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