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I recently bought a 96 Celica and thinking of using fully synthetic oil which has done160,000k's and i also does not know what oil has been used by the previous owner. Will this make any effect ?

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No effect at all,but will flow better,which is good, when engine is cold
The synthetic will possibly keep the engine cleaner
If you have no oil leaks at all, and want to spend $40.00 every oil change,go with the syn
I only use synthetic oils for everything (Mobil 1)

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Im thinking of switching to synthetic or blend engine oil but do I use same weight as in 10w 40 etc. in the synthetic or blend type oils?


Yes, use the same viscosity. Do not mix Fully Synthetic with Mineral. You can use Semi Synthetic and then top up with any type with the same viscosity.

May 27, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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Which Oil Should I Use?


A common question is 'Which oil should I use?'

There's three categories of engine oil:
  1. Fully synthetic
  2. Semi synthetic
  3. Mineral
As a general rule of thumb, fully synthetic is the best - and the most expensive.
Semi synthetic is a blend of synthetic and mineral oil, and mineral oil is lifted out a hole in the ground in a bucket.

Oil is also given a rating of 0-30W and 5-40W. There's others, of course. This rating just refers to the viscosity - the thickness of the oil under certain conditions. 0-30W is a thinner oil than 5-40W.

At one time people used to use a thicker oil in their car engine during the winter months and a thinner oil during the summer months.

Fully synthetic 0-30W oil is often specified for engines that have 'zero tolerance'. Here, zero tolerance simply means no space between the metal of the piston and the cylinder wall. The oil must be thin enough to be able to coat the mating metal surfaces and yet be robust enough to withstand the pressures of what is basically pressurised metal to metal contact.

Using semi synthetic oil in a zero-tolerance engine will cause very rapid wear indeed. Topping up a zero-tolerance engine with mineral oil can have catastrophic results. Not only does it not afford protection but it - the mineral oil - will form a 'globule' - a ball - inside the oil sump/pan that will block the oil pump pick-up with absolute catastrophic results - very quickly.

In Europe the Saab 9-5 model had, amongst others, a V8 3000c diesel engine fitted. It was a zero-tolerance engine. Many of these cars ended up with wrecked engines simply because owners had topped up with the wrong oil. And, on a zero-tolerance engine the oil level itself is critical so much so that Saab modified the oil dipstick so that owners overfilled with oil by 1 litre. A zero-tolerance engine doesn't tolerate a 'slightly lower' oil level.

Most drivers wouldn't know if their car was a zero-tolerance engine. If you use fully synthetic 0-30W (or follow the manufacturer's recommendation) you won't go far wrong. You can use fully synthetic 0-30W in your 1956 Cadillac if you wish. It won't harm it.

Other grades of fully synthetic are fully suitable for all non-zero tolerance engines.

The difference between fully synthetic (apart from the price) and semi synthetic and mineral is that of durability. Fully synthetic 'breaks down' slower .. in other words, it lasts longer as a 'lubricant' ... does its job better.

Short journeys destroy engine oil - particularly mineral oil. Toxins and carbons accumulate in the oil and cause it to break down into 'sludge'. Semi synthetic oil is more resistant to breaking down, and fully synthetic is even better.

If you've got a decent car with a decent engine - use fully synthetic 0-30W. If it isn't a 'zero-tolerance' engine use any fully synthetic oil or semi synthetic oil.

If you have an old 1998 4 litre Jeep that burns oil like I have, a cheap mineral oil will do. But do change the oil and filter regularly. Regular oil/filter changes promotes the life of your engine - irrespective of what car you drive - and it really does prevent mechanical problems such as noisy camshafts/engine knocks.

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Bought a used 2007 lex, ES 350. can I change to syn. oil ( not knowing the previous oil used ) ? does this car use pink or red toyota coolant? is zerex for asian cars the same? thank you sir for your...


when changing the oil AND filter you can use fully synthetic oil sae5/30 is recommended.Antifreeze to use is NON ethylene glycol although if fully flushed it will NOT hurt if you use it.

Feb 20, 2011 | 2007 Lexus ES 350

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I have conflicting advice as to whether i should be using synthetic or standard oil. please advise


VW group have TWO service regimes,annually/10k or extended ( when the service indicator shows when you need to service it).this is set when the dealer supplies the car NEW.it cannot be reset after.VW group products fit 5/30 fully synthetic when new and the type of oil for services is determined by the service type,I.E. annual/10k services, use 10/40 semi synthetic and for extended/20k services use 10/40 fully synthetic.check the oil every 500 miles as ALL VW will use oil.if you bought the car used, then, rather than use the service indicator, do an oil change EVERY year and use semi 10/40.if a dealer services the car the service indicator should be reset EVERY time.

Jan 05, 2011 | Volkswagen Eos Cars & Trucks

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What kind of oil do i use for a 2000 dodge carivan?


ENGINE OIL

You will need to use a 10W-30 grade engine oil, such as any of the following Mobil products.
"Fully synthetic" oils are more expensive. Conventional oils or syn blend engine oils are fine for the vehicle but need to be changed more frequently.

Mobil 1 Extended Performance 10W-30
fully synthetic motor oil ;
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fully synthetic motor oil;
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fully synthetic motor oil;



Mobil Clean 7500 10W-30
synthetic blend motor oil ;
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a conventional motor oil;
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a conventional motor oil .

Nov 30, 2010 | 2000 Dodge Caravan

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What kind of oil? 2000 toyota celica


5w 30. any quality brand. i like castrol. if you decide to go with synthetic, youre stuck with synthetic. changing back will destroy seals.

Jan 26, 2010 | 2000 Toyota Celica

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I don't know what weight of oil my car takes. i have been putting 10w-30 in my 1991 toyota celica st and i wanted to know if that is right because i want to switch my oil to synthetic.


As old as this is, you can certainly use 20W50 and might derive some benefit (slight fuel savings from a touch better compression, maybe you're burning a little even if it doesn't show in the exhaust- how often do you add?, etc.) Full synthetic can give you even wider viscosity range for easy cold starts without loss of high-temp performance- I think Mobil 1 has a 5W50 grade even, which my old Honda did great with.

Oct 23, 2009 | 1991 Toyota Celica

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My 2000 gmc sierra is leaking oil on my driveway more than normal


It's not good to Switch back to Regular oil after using Synthetic. Use the High Mileage oil. It will help a Little. Still Cheaper to replace a Gasket or two than a Rebuild. Got 214,000 + Miles on my 95' Silverado and No Leaks with High Mileage Valvoline 10-40.

Jan 03, 2009 | 2000 GMC Sierra

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Engine oil?


SAE 10W-40
3.3 LITRES
But dont know if semi or fully synthetic
ask at local dealer or motor factors when you buy

May 24, 2008 | 2002 Hyundai Accent

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