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I have a 1996 Suzuki Bandit that needs an oil change, should I use Semi Synthetic oil or will mineral motorcycle oil be ok

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Minimum semi synthetic best is fully synthetic!

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Is the oil for the Boulevard semi Synthetic or full Synthetic


Either oil will work, check your owners manual, it may say what came with it. If in doubt use full synthetic. You can't go wrong in doing that.

Jun 03, 2016 | 2008 Suzuki Boulevard M109R

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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.

on Nov 06, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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What oil for my xxxxx motorcycle?


This seems to be a very common question, and even if its been written before is worth going through again. This is the simple version as there are a wide variety of bike from scooters, cruisers to racers

Do not use car engine oils they will cause wet clutches to slip.

Motorcycle shops are your best source, auto shops often have the oil but make sure it says motorcycles.
The labelling will tell you but read it carefully.

Four stroke or two stroke?, this you will have to know or find out and is quite important for your engine.

Two strokes burn some oil with the petrol so you need two stroke engine oil which is mixed with the fuel either by mixing with the petrol and putting in the fuel tank or via an injection system with a separate oil tank under the seat or side cover.
Two strokes will also need two stroke transmission or gear box oil, this lubricates the gears and clutch and needs changing when servicing.

Four strokes use the same oil to lubricate the engine, gearbox and often the clutch, so it needs changing often.

There are mineral oils, semi synthetic and full synthetic, with a big difference in price, so your budget may be a deciding factor.
Mineral oils are fine for low stress commuters.
Semi synthetic works in most bikes.
Full synthetic for the high power race bred,or you just want he best.
The weight or "W" value will depend on the bike, the usage, the tempurature etc
For this you need to consult your manual, read the labels and make a decision.
The staff at bike shops will help if its still all confusing, just by telling them the model and where you ride.
Dont forget a new filter at each oil change



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What happens when we use fully synthetic oil for hero honda cd dawn [2005] model 4stroke 100cc bike


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What type and grade of oil do i use in my 2003 oldsmobile alero 2.2ll4 ecotec


try 5w30 it will work ok! The brand is your choice. God-Bless!

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I need to know whats the best type of oil to use in my 2006 rs silverado 1700, the guy before me used full synthetic.


G'day.
If the previous owner used full synthetic oil then I recomend you do so too.
As a general rule it is not recomended to mix synthetic & mineral oils together.
Also as a general rule-most synthetic oils are of a higher quality & performance over mineral or semi synthetic oils.
You technicaly can use a non synthetic oil, but you would need to drain it all & also replace the oil filter,before re-filling with mineral or semi synthetic oil.
Hope this helps.
regards Andrew Porrelli

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When i change the oil in my rf900r do i have to change the oil filter


it is allways good practice to renew the filter along with the oil

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What type of oil is recommended for a 1999 reg gsf 1200


10W/40 fully synthetic 4-stroke engine oil for all high performance sports bikes, super bikes and production racers

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Best oil to put in a bandit 1200 1998


For the Bandit 1200 use only regular motorcycle oil. Stay away from synthetics for this particular engine. The Bandit has a weak clutch and using synthetics will cause slippage and premature wear. I recommend either Suzuki's oil 10-w40 or Yamalube 10-w40. I have over 30,000 miles on my Bandit with no problems at all. I hope this helps.

Sep 18, 2009 | 1998 Suzuki GSF 1200 Bandit N

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I have got a w reg peugot 106 1.1 and have topped it up with 5w-30 oil is this ok as someone is telling me this is the wrong oil to use.


No harm provided this is the grade you added to. Not a lot of harm if previous oil was syntectic or semi synthetic but if the oil in the engine was mineral oil then they won't mix properly. If you are unsure then it's best to change it all. Another thought I have is if it needed topping up then it's probably ready for an oil change anyway. If you have changed it recently check it was changed with the recomended grade. If you put synthetic oil in an engine where mineral or semi syntectic is recomended then fully synthetic your engine may burn it as it is very thin. Hope all this makes sence to you if not get back to me and I will clarify. Cheer's

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