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Oil change Can I use a different weight synthetic oil in my 2003 saab 9-3 engine without damaging the engine?

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  • Crosrale Aug 05, 2008

    Did that already and didn't get a definitive answer.  The problem is that I took it to a Volvo mechanic who substituted the oil without seeming to know.  I don't know whether to drive the car with the different oil in it or not.  Thanks.

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Use what you want. Hot temperatures all the time, use 15w40. Cold temperatures, use 5w20. Change it on the conditions of your driving. Standard or synthetic is your choice.

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Only use the grade shown in the drivers manual, change oil and filter every 10,000 km more often in harsh conditions including short runs .

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I have had my 9-3 for a year and have only used 5/30 oil without any issues. you just have to make sure you change it every 3k miles or less. I am not a pro or anything, so I too would suggest asking a dealer. I do know that you need to use synthetic while under warrenty though. Actually, using synthetic is cheaper in the long run, since you only need to change the oil every 5k miles.

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I would contact a dealer and ask them. But also you might just use the same oil so you don't chance it....

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A better question: how long will synthetic engine oil protect the engine? I don't put a lot of mile on the Saab 9-3, 1999.


You need to change the oil every year or 10.000 miles. The oil will be polluted with foreign material like water, sulpur etc.

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Saab 2001 95 the oil light flickering after driveing 60 miles and i have\r\noil in it.


This is an known issue with this engine. The Oil pickup screen is clogged from using non full synthetic oil and / or not being perfect with oil changes. a sludge builds up and clogs the oil pump screen starving the engine from oil. If you continued driving it after the oil light came on you likely need a new engine. Otherwise you need to have the oil pan dropped and the screen cleaned and the engine checked out for damage.

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What Kind Of Oil Do I Put In My 91 Toyota Pickup. 10W-30 or 10W-40?


Depends on the season and temperature that it will be driven in.
Generally 10w-40 is for the summer, and the thinner 10w-30 is for the winter, if you so desire.

According to the chart, 5w-30 is preferred but 10w-30 can be used in 0 deg. F up to 100 deg. F and beyond.

Fuel and Engine Oil Recommendations GENERAL INFORMATION Oils The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) grade number indicates the viscosity of the engine oil; its resistance to flow at a given temperature. The lower the SAE grade number, the lighter the oil. For example, the mono-grade oils begin with SAE 5 weight, which is a thin, light oil, and continue in viscosity up to SAE 80 or 90 weight, which are heavy gear lubricants. These oils are also known as "straight weight'', meaning they are of a single viscosity, and do not vary with engine temperature. Fig. 1: Look for the API oil identification label when choosing your engine oil tccs1235.gif
Fig. 2: Before installing a new oil filter, coat the rubber gasket with clean oil tccs1901.jpg
Multi-viscosity oils offer the important advantage of being adaptable to temperature extremes. These oils have designations such as 10W-40, 20W-50, etc. The "10W-40'' means that in winter (the "W'' in the designation) the oil acts like a thin 10 weight oil, allowing the engine to spin easily when cold and offering rapid lubrication. Once the engine has warmed up, however, the oil acts like a straight 40 weight, maintaining good lubrication and protection for the engine's internal components. A 20W-50 oil would therefore be slightly heavier than and not as ideal in cold weather as the 10W-40, but would offer better protection at higher rpm and temperatures because when warm it acts like a 50 weight oil. Whichever oil viscosity you choose when changing the oil, make sure you are anticipating the temperatures your engine will be operating in until the oil is changed again. Refer to the oil viscosity chart for oil recommendations according to temperature. The API (American Petroleum Institute) designation indicates the classification of engine oil used under certain given operating conditions. Only oils designated for use "Service SG'' or greater should be used. Oils of the SG type perform a variety of functions inside the engine in addition to the basic function as a lubricant. Through a balanced system of metallic detergents and polymeric dispersants, the oil prevents the formation of high and low temperature deposits and also keeps sludge and particles of dirt in suspension. Acids, particularly sulfuric acid, as well as other by-products of combustion, are neutralized. Both the SAE grade number and the API designation bottle be found on the oil can. For recommended oil viscosities, refer to the chart. Fig. 3: Viscosity chart 86821236.gif
SYNTHETIC OIL There are many excellent synthetic oils currently available that can provide better gas mileage, longer service life, and in some cases better engine protection. These benefits do not come without a few hitches, however; the main one being the price of synthetic oils, which is three or four times the price per quart of conventional oil. Synthetic oil is not for every truck and every type of driving, so you should consider your engine's condition and your type of driving. Also, check your truck's warranty conditions regarding the use of synthetic oils. Both brand new engines and older, high mileage engines are often the wrong candidates for synthetic oil. A synthetic oil can be so slippery that they can prevent the proper break-in of new engines; most manufacturers recommend that you wait until the engine is properly broken in 3000 miles (4830 km) before using synthetic oil. Older engines with wear have a different problem with synthetics: they leak more oil as they age. Slippery synthetic oils get past worn parts easily. If your truck is leaking oil past old seals you'll most probably have a much greater leak problem with synthetics. Consider your type of driving. If most of your accumulated mileage is high speed, highway type driving, the more expensive synthetic oils may be a benefit. Extended highway driving gives the engine a chance to warm up, accumulating less acids in the oil and putting less stress on the engine over the long run. Trucks with synthetic oils may show increased fuel economy in highway driving, due to less internal friction. If synthetic oil is used, it should still be replaced at regular intervals as stated in the maintenance schedule. While the oil itself will last much longer than regular oil, pollutants such as soot, water and unburned fuel still accumulate within the oil. These are the damaging elements within a motor and must be drained regularly to prevent damage. Trucks used under harder circumstances, such as stop-and-go, city type driving, short trips, or extended idling, should be serviced more frequently. For the engines in these trucks, the much greater cost of synthetic or fuel-efficient oils may not be worth the investment. Internal wear increases much quicker on these trucks, causing greater oil consumption and leakage.

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CHANGING THE OIL IN A 2008 MERCEDES C350 WHICH OIL WEIGHT DO YOU USE?


Application:
Use in temperatures above 23 degrees

Note :
Valvoline SynPower Full Synthetic
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System holds about 8 1/2 quarts
Once you are using a synthetic oil, that is the only oil you may use from know. Anything else WILL do damage to the seals in the engine. This engine also comes from the factory with synthetic oil. Use a Mercedes oil filter. Believe me please, there is a difference in how oil filters are made and an inferior oil or filter can cause major engine damage!

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What kind of oil does a 1999 Camry need?


5 qts of 5w-30.

I personally prefer MOBIL1 brand ..You can decide as per your wish..


SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

There are many grades of oil weights whichever you want to call it. Heres how it works
Oils main job is to keep the engine clean, lubed, running cool ect. The grade usually 5w20 5w30 or 10w30 ect. Theres many of them as well which can be consfusing at times. Oil weight is measure by cold and hot . For ex: 5w30 The 5 weight is when the oil is cold and 30 is the weight when its hot. The reason being is the the less the weight when its cold the easier the oil can get to the top of the engine and lube it to prevent cold engine damage. Once its heated up its a 30 weight and is thick enough to protect your engine.( most engine damage is caused when the engine is cold )You should use the proper grade that your engine calls for. Being toyota its probably 5 or 10w 30.If you live up north i would recommenda 5w30 weight.You can easily find out which grade you should use by your owners manual or under the hood on the oil cap. However there are synthetic oils as well. Synthetic oils have man made additives to help the engine run cooler, the oil is naturally slicker to help it move around easier and boost performance of the engine resulting in better mpgas well. They have alot of additives to prevent engine wear ect. One good thing about a synthetic oil is you can go longer on the oil change. Instead of the normal 3,000 miles oil change you can go 4 or 5 k. Theres also synthetic blends. Which are good too but youll have to read about it more to decide for yourself what you think you need. Synthetic oils are better for someone who travels alot or puts extreme conditions on an engine such as idling for long periods of time stop and go traffic its really good for anything to be honest.. I would recommend using synthetic if you decide to keep the car for a while. It has many benefits.

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Saab 93 2001 what oil to use?


yes. switch to synthethic. you will feel a huge difference in performance, epecially at take off. you will also get longer life out of the engine. you can never go wrong with synthetic

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5w-30 is the correct weight of oil for your vehicle. If you are currently using synthetic oil then you must stay with synthetic. If you are using regular conventional oil, then you can choose to stay with it or switch to synthetic oil. Good luck

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Oil change


The manuel should tell you what weight of oil to use, IE 10w-30. If you are asking what brand to use, it really does not matter what brand. Many of the different brands are all actually produced from the same company with different labels on them. The laws that oil companies must follow when producing oil are very strict so one brand of oil is not really different from the other. The differences are so small that there would be no noticable affect on your vehicle. It is the same with fuel as well. One brand of fuel is not any different from the other and unless you have a very high performance engine if your vehicle, the difference between low octane and high octane will not be noticable
As far as the type of oil to use, you have oil, partial synthetic oil, and full synthetic oil. Full synthetic is the best.
I would go with full synthetic with what ever the reccomended weight is for your vehicle. Many cars now have what type of weight to use on the oil cap.

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