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#2663167 - 06/23/12 10:46 PM My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car.
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Registered: 03/04/07
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Loc: Alabama
It's a 94 camaro v8. A shadetree mechanic put a used engine with 160000 miles in my car. He filled it with Castrol GTX 20w-50. I think that is too thick and would like to try a thinner oil like 5w-30 since that is what is speced for my car.

I don't want to waste this oil so would it do any harm to leave it in for 3-5000 miles?
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#2663173 - 06/23/12 10:50 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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#2663177 - 06/23/12 10:52 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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In 'bama, in the Summer, it'll be fine...

If past OCI are unknown keep a eye on the level and color of the oil, if it gets dark early, you want to consider this oil a flush and do another change in 1.5-2Kmi...

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#2663183 - 06/23/12 10:56 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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I'd run it a couple thousand miles then drain it. Kinda use it as a flush. 20w50 is still very popular here.
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#2663188 - 06/23/12 11:01 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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Originally Posted By: vincent714028
It's a 94 camaro v8. A shadetree mechanic put a used engine with 160000 miles in my car. He filled it with Castrol GTX 20w-50. I think that is too thick and would like to try a thinner oil like 5w-30 since that is what is speced for my car.

I don't want to waste this oil so would it do any harm to leave it in for 3-5000 miles?


No reason for that heavy of an oil in that motor,period.

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#2663195 - 06/23/12 11:10 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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change to a 5w30 or 10w30 before the winter

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#2663200 - 06/23/12 11:15 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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find a new mechanic
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#2663202 - 06/23/12 11:17 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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20W-50 in a GM 8 cylinder with 160 K miles is a good summer oil. It might cost you a little in MPG's, but with 160 K miles any XW-30 oil is probably too thin. Often when you get that kind of miles on a old GM 8 cylinder you have to use a 40 or a 50 grade as the top number.

I have Castrol GTX 20W-50 in my 1985 Olds Delts 88 with over 160 K miles on it. I had to go to something thicker than a XW-30 because it burned and leaked 30 too fast, and it would sometimes stall on a very hot day. With the 20W-50 I do not have to add oil as often, and I do not have to smell the leaking oil burning off, and it does not stall on hot days.

With that kink of miles the clearance between parts is more than it was when new, and a thicker oil works better.

I am thinking of going with something like the newer 5W-50 oil for winter. Right now with a 20W-50 in it, 15 Fahrenheit is about the coldest that I would have the temperature be and still try to start it.
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#2663203 - 06/23/12 11:18 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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Find a new mechanic...

The only time that motor NEEDS 20w50 is under long track sessions, but seeing as it is already in there I would run it out for a few thousand miles though, then change to 5w30.
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#2663209 - 06/23/12 11:23 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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Hope he is not trying to cover up loose fitting bearings. But 20w50 should be no problem in Alabama in the summer.

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#2663216 - 06/23/12 11:31 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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I would leave the 20W-50 in it all summer and think about something like Rotella T-6 5W-40 or Castrol 5W-50 for winter.
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#2663217 - 06/23/12 11:31 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
expat Offline


Registered: 05/12/09
Posts: 3798
Loc: Canada
Ask him WHY he proberbly paid more and put in a non mainstream oil like
20 w-50?

It won't do any harm, even in Canada, I once used this oil, year round, in a Toyota truck
And got very long engine life.

But the only reason why I think he might use it, is because he suspects the engine may be an oil burner.

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#2663222 - 06/23/12 11:36 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 5070
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: vincent714028
It's a 94 camaro v8. A shadetree mechanic put a used engine with 160000 miles in my car. He filled it with Castrol GTX 20w-50. I think that is too thick and would like to try a thinner oil like 5w-30 since that is what is speced for my car.

I don't want to waste this oil so would it do any harm to leave it in for 3-5000 miles?


When you say specced for do you mean whats on the oil cap or dip stick? Thats a base recommended for all seasons. Take a look in your manual. What does it recommend for oil when temps are (for example) + 20 F?

Something like this?


I agree its not the best choice but it wont hurt it to leave it in and get your moneys worth. Does it burn any oil? Just blend it down topping off with some thinner oil.
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#2663223 - 06/23/12 11:37 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: vincent714028]
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Registered: 10/22/03
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Loc: By Detroit
You can drain out half the oil and save it for next OCI, then refill the half with 5w20. Will end up with somewhere in the upper end of the ballpark of 10w40.

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#2663228 - 06/23/12 11:49 PM Re: My mechanic put 20w-50 in my car. [Re: TallPaul]
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Originally Posted By: TallPaul
Hope he is not trying to cover up loose fitting bearings. But 20w50 should be no problem in Alabama in the summer.


I was thinking that as well.
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