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Old 09-30-2010, 09:49 AM
Dan Woodland Dan Woodland is offline
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Hi all,

Here is Ohio I generally use 5W-30 motor oil for all my vehicles. My question is, what brand do you use and why?

I ask because I just inherited a 97 from my Dad who swore by Penzoil, I use Castrol, simply because my Dad introduced me to cars using that oil. Does the brand matter? I'm of the mind that it doesn't matter.

Also, does anyone switch between brands, using the same type oil I mean - like standard to standard switching not standard to synthetic etc.

I also ask because I'm tearing apart my engine, a B2200 - another project, and if there is some hard a fast truths to a certain oil usage I'd try it in the "new" engine.

Thanks in advance, Dan
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:47 AM
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Oil is oil as long as you stick to a brand name. Many store brands are made for them by a brand name.

"cheap" synthetic is better refined petroleum oil (anything below type V standard).

Type V synthetic is the best like Mobil1 Extended performance and I think Royal Purple and Amsoil fall in that category. Of course you pay for it too.

IMHO, going with whatever "cheap", on sale synthetic is the way to go. It holds up better and keeps the engine cleaner but with that said, petroleum oil is just fine and will do the job it is supposed to.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:59 AM
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I agree, use the same brand name. I use Valvoline full synthetic 5w30 for high mileage engines on my truck. It around 24.00 at walmart for a 5 qt bottle, and it goes on sale at times for around 18-20.00 so I stock up!
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:53 PM
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I agree, use the same brand name. I use Valvoline full synthetic 5w30 for high mileage engines on my truck. It around 24.00 at walmart for a 5 qt bottle, and it goes on sale at times for around 18-20.00 so I stock up!
This oil has never let me down.
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:59 PM
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I agree, use the same brand name. I use Valvoline full synthetic 5w30 for high mileage engines on my truck. It around 24.00 at walmart for a 5 qt bottle, and it goes on sale at times for around 18-20.00 so I stock up!
i just started using the same thing but 20w with engine restore. I also got it at Walmart but with a 7 dollar mail and rebate is it bad to run 30w in a engine that calls for 20w?
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:33 PM
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i was also using the Valvoline full synthetic

but since i'm nearing 100k i switched to Royal Purple......
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:16 PM
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Swear by Mobil 1 here, it's a reasonably priced full synthetic. Also available at Wally World in value-priced 5 qt. jugs.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:26 AM
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Default Re: Engine Oil

Thanks for all the great information guys. I'm a bit confused, I've heard more times than I can count you are not supposed to use conventional oil then switch to synthetic, of an type.

Is this true with exception of high mileage engines? This is my first greater than 100K mile engine I intend to keep for a very long time so I certainly don't want to screw it up.
I don't have any oil loss via burning or leaks at the moment, 118K + miles, using 5w 30 conventional oils.
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Old 10-04-2010, 03:42 PM
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pick an oil type and stick with it. changing from different brands is not good because everytime you change your oil it is impossible to get every single drop out so there will be a small amout of old oil left. therefore mixing brands is not a good idea.

i prefer valvoline 10w-40 in most everything (unless the manufacturers specifically requires a different weight) but if i had to pennzoil would be my next pick. do not use quaker state! it has a parafin base (wax) and it will gum um the entire inside of the engine. i have taken several engines apart and after pulling the rocker arms off, there is usually a huge cake of crap all over the rocker arms...
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:16 PM
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...is it bad to run 30w in a engine that calls for 20w?


The recommended oil rating for any engine is based pretty much on the size of it's internal bearing clearances. Smaller clearances work better with 30 weight and larger clearances work better with the thicker 20 weight. You want to use a thicker oil in larger clearances to maintain good pressure.
I don't know if it's a make or break thing between 20w and 30w though.

I prefer synthetic since it doesn't have to use additives to maintain viscosity. The additives deteriorate even before the oil does.

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Old 10-04-2010, 04:21 PM
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Isn't 20 weight thinner than 30 weight?
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:24 PM
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20 is thicker.


5w 20

starts off cold at 5 weight down to 20deg F (thicker) and runs at 20 weight at operating temp.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:28 PM
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20 is thicker.
No offense, but how do you figure? Gear oil is 75W-90. Thicker than engine oil.

You're right, heavier oils do work better with larger (or worn) bearing clearances, but the higher the number, the thicker the oil. 5W-30 is thicker at operating temp than 5W-20.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:40 PM
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well im using 10w 40 is thats fine. because i use up oil and i leak some so i got to fill it up like every 4 to 5 weeks i think.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:43 PM
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dyslexia stikes again.

Your right. I got the grading system backward.

20 is thinner and 30 is thicker.
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