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#3239255 - 01/06/14 10:38 AM Oil and Fluid recommendation.
Hsnberg Offline

Registered: 01/04/14
Posts: 4
Loc: District of Columbia, USA
Hi Everyone!

I am a new member learning my way around the forum. I know some basics about cars, but to the chemical technicalities of so many of these oils and fluids. Looking forward to learning something!

I just bought and 1995 Mazda Protege as a winter beater, though it is still in great shape for age. I am trying to get some oil and fluid recommendations. The manual recommends 10W30.

I was thinking Valvoline green/recycled high mileage oil. I am also using the Valvoline high mileage coolant. I am assuming that these "for high mileage cars" fluids have additives that are good for older cars. For my Mustang, I use Mobil One. But for this car, I want whatever will help it last.

Also, what do you guys think of the coolant system sealants? Those bottles of aluminum silver particles.

Thanks in advance!

#3239269 - 01/06/14 10:45 AM Re: Oil and Fluid recommendation. [Re: Hsnberg]
Eddie Offline

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 7648
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
I think you would do well with a 5w30 oil. What is the mileage on the vehicle. If it is not buring oil then I would not jump to a HM oil. If the cooling system is not leaking then I would not use any sealent.
CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)

#3239292 - 01/06/14 11:05 AM Re: Oil and Fluid recommendation. [Re: Hsnberg]
GutsyGecko Offline

Registered: 08/16/12
Posts: 426
Loc: Youngstown, OH
Whatever 5w-30 you can get the cheapest.

#3239308 - 01/06/14 11:23 AM Re: Oil and Fluid recommendation. [Re: Hsnberg]
Kuato Offline

Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 4172
Loc: 100km south of the border
Stay away from the packets...although they may block stop the leak, they can also block where you don't want them to.

Agree on 5w30 year round and no special anything if it is not leaking.

Edited by Kuato (01/06/14 11:24 AM)
Amsoil user.

13 F150, 5.0, 37k
04 Wrangler, 2.4, 193k

Stop nit picking for crying out loud.

#3239319 - 01/06/14 11:31 AM Re: Oil and Fluid recommendation. [Re: Hsnberg]
Bandito440 Offline

Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 2723
Loc: The County of Dr. Moreau
5w-30 Valvoline Maxlife. The Maxlife NextGen is fine if you can find it.
'13 Forester 2.5X 5MT - NAPA 0w-20 & Wix 57830
'97 R1100GS - RL 20w-50, KN-163, Shockproof Heavy

#3239473 - 01/06/14 01:41 PM Re: Oil and Fluid recommendation. [Re: Hsnberg]
R80RS Offline

Registered: 06/05/13
Posts: 931
Loc: Wisconsin USA
Welcome to the forum. welcome

The Valvoline Maxlife line is a good choice, but any oil of the proper viscosity and API rating would be suitable.

Stay away from the cooling system sealants. Fix the problem, don't put a bandage on it.
2004 F150 204k mi. Amsoil XL 5w-20, Fram Ultra
2003 VW Jetta TDI, 190k mi. Amsoil EFM 5w-40, Mahle

#3240125 - 01/06/14 10:47 PM Re: Oil and Fluid recommendation. [Re: Hsnberg]
Hsnberg Offline

Registered: 01/04/14
Posts: 4
Loc: District of Columbia, USA
Thanks for all the replies!

Sorry I didn't post more info.

The car has 158k miles.

I use 10w30 because that is what the manual recommends.

Thanks! smile