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I previously used 5w-30 oil without a problem and I just changed my oil to 20w-50 and now my oil light comes on intermittently...almost everytime I get to speeds around 55-60 and sustain them the light come on and when I throttle down and idle the light goes out. Is there a relation to changing to a higher viscosity?

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Yes, as you get to higher speeds the oil gets thin and pumps harder, but sense you went to thicker oil, it is most likely clogging your oil filter, then when you idle down it doesn't happen as the oil pump and filter are not pushing as hard. Oil change is not real expinsive, I would change oil back to the 5w-30 and for sure change oil filter, before it causes possible damage.

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