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You should be just fine with 5W30 motor oil!

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Can you use 5w20 instead of 5w30 engine oil when they reccomend 5w30


Use only the oil weight on the oil cap or owners manual if the cap does not list the oil weight. Most older vehicles called for eather 10w30 or 5w30 depending on the ambient temp. In the past 10 or so years, manufacturers updated engines for better fuel efficiency by tightening tolerances in the engines, thereby needing a lighter oil weight to provide sufficient lubrication for the parts So manufacturers started requiring 5w20 oil in their engines. I work as an Auto Care Technician at Walmart, and we will NOT do an oil change for any weight other than the recommended weight by the manufacturer. If it calls for 5w20, we use 5w20, regardless of what the owner wants. This is to avoid any possible engine oil related problems. People will blame someone else if they have a warranty issue the dealer refuses to honor for whatever reason, and it would go back to the last place the vehicle had the oil changed at. So therefore at Walmart, we follow the manufacturers recommended oil weight for all oil changes.

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Car engine oil has a weight value. 5W, 10W, 25W and so on. The higher the W...


Car engine oil has a weight value. 5W, 10W, 25W and so on. The higher the W number the thicker the oil. When the oil is cold it's hard to pour, but heat it up and it will pour very easily. In the summer time you should use a higher W number because it will not take the engine long to heat up the oil. If you live in an area of extreme cold, then use a lower W number. Cold heavy weight oil is too thick and will make the oil pump work harder, which in turn causes it to be unable to supply oil to the engine and it's working components quickly enough.

Of course the lower the weight the weaker the oil. Before making a choice, call your local auto parts dealership to compare weather to your brand of car. If you own a high powered racing machine, like a Mustang GT, or a heavy weight truck, a low weight oil may not be right for your engine's needs.

on Jan 03, 2010 | Ford Escort Cars & Trucks

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My 1999 Saturn sl1 has an oil leakage. will changing the weight of oil help or hurt?


Only the manufacturer's recommended oil weight should ever be used in your engine.

While using a heavier weight oil might reduce the leakage somewhat, (but not much), the benefit will be more than offset by the internal damage that an UN-recommended oil weight may cause to your engine. The engine was built with certain tolerances between the metal parts, and a higher weight (thicker oil viscosity) may not be able to penetrate the spaces, causing premature wear.

In short, don't do it. Repair the leaky seal, or gasket, and only run what Saturn says you should run.

Jun 21, 2011 | Saturn SL1 Cars & Trucks

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I have a very simple question. I have a 1990 Nissan Hardbody 5-speed and I need to know what kind of oil would be best to use. Like 10w-30, 10w-40, etc. Thanks for your time.


With any multi viscosity oils the first # represent the viscosity(thickness) at start up temp. The second # represents the viscosity at operating temp. The smaller the # the less the viscosity. So a 10w30 starts at a 10 weight and turns into a 30 weight. The 10w40 starts at a 10 weight and turns into a 40 weight. the w stand for winter. Most people use multi viscosity oils. While some don't likel them they opt to use a SAE30 (straight 30). It is 30 weight all the time. But in most areas in the U.S you should use a multi viscosity oil

May 31, 2011 | Nissan Pickup Cars & Trucks

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Is there a difference in the weights of motor oil 10/30 and 10/40?


Yes. 10-w30 will act like a 10 weight oil when cold and a 30 weight oil when hot. 10-w30 will act like ten weight when cold, but like (thicker) 40 weight oil when hot. Your profile only says Cadillac and doesn't say model or year, but most cars since the early- mid 80's use 5-w30. Always use the oil weight recommended in your owners manual. If you are unsure call the dealer and they will tell you what is right for your car.

Mar 08, 2011 | Cadillac DeVille Cars & Trucks

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Oil Change


Drain engine oil and replace oil filter(your local automotive store will have a book telling you what oil filter you need to buy). You've probably been using a multi-grade 10-30 or 10-40 weight oil. Or a straight 30 weight oil. Regardless, replace that oil with one grade heavier, single-weight of oil. During warm months, use 40 weight; in the winter (depending on how far the mercury dips in your part of the country) use 20 or 30 weight. Slightly thicker oil won't hurt that worn engine, and if your battery is good, it'll turn over fast.

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2001 dodge caravan sport 3.3 need to know what weight oil it take


The correct oil weight is 5W20, but 5W30 can be used also. Be consistant when using oil, try to use the same brand and always use the same viscosity. This vehicle requires 4.5 liters of engine oil.

Dec 06, 2008 | 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan

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1997 c class merc with oil consumption problems


O.K. Let's use 20 weight for example. A straight weight oil is just that, a straight 20 weight in viscosity, it doesn't change when it gets hot or is cold, so it won't thin when heated. It will read
sea 20 on the container. A 20/50 has a viscosity that changes when heated. When cold it is a 50 weight, then as it heats up it thins to a 20 weight. A 20/50 might not be too bad to run in this situation, but the viscosity breakdown is quicker with the mixed viscosity oils, so I generally recommend running a straight weight, such as 15 or 20 in the winter, and a 30 or 40 in the summer. Keep in mind that the oil does not thin, so if you have extreme cold in the winter, the car may not start very easy. If it doesn't, then you can go to a thinner oil. In the summer, if you have extreme heat, you can go with a thicker oil if the engine has a little noise, or running hotter than usual. Just remember, the lower the number, the thinner the oil. Running a thicker oil in yours, should cut down on the oil consumption.

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