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Right oil for the engine

I've got a suzuki vitata jxl 1992 1.6 and i'm not sure what oil to use. someone told me 5w 30, somedody else 15w 40. could you help me, please? thank you very much

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I've always heard and thought that the two numbers on the oil bottle where the range of operating conditions that the oil was meant for. eg: 5w-30 meant that it had better flow at low temps then 10w-30 and would proform the exact same at high temps because the upper number was identical.

so i like to go for 0w-30 cause its cold here in canada in the winter and i run 5w-30 (factory recommended by 1995 gm safari 4.3 litre engine) in the spring and fall and i run 10w-30 or 5w-50 full synthetic in really hot summer months to fight viscosity/thermal breakdown which can occur at anytime.

motor still has plenty torque, no blue smoke, idles just like it did when new (as smooth as the rediculously low 500rpm, factory setting will allow. thankz stupid GM engineering department! )

the motor is going to be 14 years old in march and never needed to be worked on except tuneups, doesnt eat oil ,and gets close to it's original fuel mileage. i've got a feeling that "nuthin" will outlive the internal mechanics of the motor :)

P.S. please please please!!! all you home mechanics that change your own oil REcycle it at an approved oil depot and DON"T forget to get your chassis joints lubed while your there $5. often missed/forgotten by home oil changers :)

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The oil weight (viscosity) is critical when extreme temperatures outside dictate it. during hot summer days, use higher weight since heated oil becomes thinner and easier to flow....too thin may not lube cylinder walls sufficiently so you should be ok with 10W30....(5W30 was introduced much later than 1992 and those older engines had seals that were really not ready for a thinner oil.). 15W40 is generally reserved for higher compression diesel engines to reduce piston ring blow-by. It may be ok for your car, but generally, using lowest possible weight for the climate is preferred to help with gas mileage (the engine must labor harder with heavier oil)

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