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#3447711 - 08/06/14 09:56 AM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: Trinh]
OneEyeJack Offline


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The only real way to prove which oil would be better other than bench racing would cost as much as the car itself. It appears that he's squeaking by okay (lol) using the wrong oil. I would define wrong oil as one not specified by the manufacturer. I'd give them the nod when it comes to the choice of oil spec's.

A question. Does this engine have a cam timing device that uses engine oil under pressure?

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#3447717 - 08/06/14 09:59 AM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: OVERKILL]
boundarylayer Offline


Registered: 06/29/14
Posts: 202
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: OVERKILL
Originally Posted By: dparm

False.

Mobil 1 5w30 has HTHS of 3.1, whereas the 0w40 is 3.8. That means the 5w30 is nearly 20% thinner in operation. That's not insignificant.

Go graph them on the Widman site if you don't believe me:
http://www.widman.biz/English/Calculators/Graph.html

By running the 0w40 you're robbing power & MPG, increasing oil pressure, and increasing heat. Until you can objectively prove that the 0w40 is necessary over the manufacturer spec'd 5w30, there is no reason to use it.


He might be losing like 1/4 of a horsepower and 0.000002Mpg though really. While there is the potential for impact there I'm doubting it is even measurable.

Yes, he's likely increasing oil pressure. He may be increasing heat (depending on whether oil temps are thermostatically controlled or not), but there isn't really a reason NOT to use it either, as it is likely a better product (it may not be adding any actual benefit but that's an aside and we aren't equipped to measure that here) than what the car specifies.


You couldn't be more wrong Overkill. dparm is exactly right.

First, its not 1/4 hp, it would be more like around 1%-2% fuel economy and power difference using a GF-5 qualified 5w-30 (Sequence VID, remember OverK?) compared to a less friction-modified heavier 0w-40. I've seen this many times in SAE techee papers & GF-5 summaries. I suggest you educate yourself on this, its interesting.

Secondly, friction creates heat, its a physical reality. More hydrodynamic friction, more heat, and the around 1% power/MPG benefit is a direct reflection of the joules lost in the form of heating the oil up to higher levels.

OverK, I think you know dparm is right and just enjoy disagreeing.

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#3447735 - 08/06/14 10:26 AM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: abycat]
1999nick Offline


Registered: 01/14/04
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Loc: Germantown TN 38138
Originally Posted By: abycat
I didn't catch the 40 wt. Nissan is pretty picky about running the reccomended weights in their vehicles. I'd like to see a uoa with the 5w30. Might be even better.


Nissan is not too picky in the owner's manual of my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with the 4.0 V-6. It states that 5W30, 10W30, and 10W40 are OK, with a preference for 5W30. I have used M1 0W40 for several years with no oil usage in a one year, average 9,000 mile OCI.

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#3447763 - 08/06/14 10:52 AM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: boundarylayer]
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Registered: 04/28/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: boundarylayer

You couldn't be more wrong Overkill. dparm is exactly right.

First, its not 1/4 hp, it would be more like around 1%-2% fuel economy and power difference using a GF-5 qualified 5w-30 (Sequence VID, remember OverK?) compared to a less friction-modified heavier 0w-40. I've seen this many times in SAE techee papers & GF-5 summaries. I suggest you educate yourself on this, its interesting.


Most of the fuel economy gains are realized during warm-up, look at Seq. VID:
http://www.intertek.com/automotive/lubricant/vid/

Temps the test is performed at are 35C, 65C and 115C. Since the heavier oil is a LOT heavier at lower temperatures, for the period in which the engine sees these temperatures, there will be a measurable effect on fuel economy. HOWEVER, once the engine is warmed up the difference is likely indiscernible. So unless your driving habits reflect constantly running the oil at warm-up temps, the effect on fuel economy is not going to be what you think it is.

Regarding power output, even using your figures, which are likely optimistic, on a 200HP engine we are talking 2-4HP. You can't feel 2-4HP. If you wanted to test the power difference, one could take the car to the drag strip and run 1/4 mile passes with both oils in the sump. The MPH difference between multiple runs on the same oil compared to runs made on the other oil will tell you if you've lost or gained power.

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Secondly, friction creates heat, its a physical reality. More hydrodynamic friction, more heat, and the around 1% power/MPG benefit is a direct reflection of the joules lost in the form of heating the oil up to higher levels.

OverK, I think you know dparm is right and just enjoy disagreeing.


Shannow did the calculations on that one quite some time back and the loss of power here was minescule. And yes, friction creates heat, and oils get thinner as they get hot. Do you know what the viscosity difference between M1 0w-40 at 190F is and a 5w-30 at 185F is? about 1cSt. Oil temperature plays a far greater role than most realize.

And yes, I enjoy disagreeing, these conversations are a lot of fun smile I find it funny that we are fretting over the differences between a high VI 0w-40 and your plain-Jane GF-5 5w-30 PCMO when the difference between the spec oil in dparm's car (TWS 10w-60) and either oil is MASSIVELY greater. It is all about perspective. Just the difference between seasons, driving in January vs April is going to affect actual operating viscosity far more than the number on the bottle with the two oils we are discussing. I observed this first-hand with the M5, which has a thermostatically controlled oil cooler.

Then think about the viscosity of the oil in your transmission and differential during the winter grin

So while I certainly appreciate the fuel economy testing that is performed, I think we also need to remember that this is an engine dyno test in a controlled environment with no powertrain attached to it and the test is designed to replicate the fuel economy gains during warm-up (hence the oil temperatures used). Context is key here. If you do mostly highway, the benefits, which you stated as being 1-2%, become significantly less than that once out of that protocol. See what I'm getting at? The difference between the two oils is 15cSt at 40C and a solid 20cSt at the testing temperature of 35C. But once we are at temp, the difference is only 2.5cSt. And this is also why VI is relevant to fuel economy testing too. A heavier, low-VI 5w-40 would be even thicker at the lower testing temperatures, even a Euro 0w-30 would cede a solid visc difference in this scenario.

I think we get a little too dramatic about some of this stuff sometimes. There are so many factors and variables, we cannot just rely on one test as our benchmark.
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#3447770 - 08/06/14 11:00 AM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: OneEyeJack]
Trinh Offline


Registered: 07/13/10
Posts: 47
Loc: nj, usa
Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
The only real way to prove which oil would be better other than bench racing would cost as much as the car itself. It appears that he's squeaking by okay (lol) using the wrong oil. I would define wrong oil as one not specified by the manufacturer. I'd give them the nod when it comes to the choice of oil spec's.

A question. Does this engine have a cam timing device that uses engine oil under pressure?

i believe it does, you're talking about VTC (Variable Timing Control)?
appreciate the education, dparm and overkill, people like you make this forum so invaluable.

i might try pennzoil ultra 5w30 next. i'm using mobil 1 0w40 because i've read the additive package is pretty decent, and it's one of the lighter 40-weights, and tends to shear down to a 30-weight anyway.

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#3447773 - 08/06/14 11:03 AM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: Trinh]
Greasymechtech Offline


Registered: 07/11/14
Posts: 390
Loc: Paradise of Florida
Perfect UOA. I wouldn't change a thing.
If your driving pattern doesn't change, top of as needed and run it to 10k.

No point in arguing visc here. Start your own thread.
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#3447784 - 08/06/14 11:14 AM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: Trinh]
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Funny you experienced guys still think UOA evidence and equate engine wear rates. I though we moved pass this.
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#3447893 - 08/06/14 01:28 PM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: Trinh]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1362
Loc: California
Okay, but does viscosity effect the cam timing in this engine?

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#3447986 - 08/06/14 02:55 PM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: OVERKILL]
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Originally Posted By: OVERKILL
So while I certainly appreciate the fuel economy testing that is performed, I think we also need to remember that this is an engine dyno test in a controlled environment with no powertrain attached to it and the test is designed to replicate the fuel economy gains during warm-up (hence the oil temperatures used).

Exactly. None of us is ever going to be able to measure the difference in fuel economy between the two oils with any statistical rigour. It's certainly there, but we won't be able to accurately measure it.
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#3448039 - 08/06/14 03:50 PM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: ARCOgraphite]
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Registered: 10/10/08
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Originally Posted By: ARCOgraphite
Funny you experienced guys still think UOA evidence and equate engine wear rates. I though we moved pass this.


Same here. Many times it has been noted that folks here put way too much importance on a single UOA...
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#3448153 - 08/06/14 05:40 PM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: SteveSRT8]
Trinh Offline


Registered: 07/13/10
Posts: 47
Loc: nj, usa
Originally Posted By: SteveSRT8
Originally Posted By: ARCOgraphite
Funny you experienced guys still think UOA evidence and equate engine wear rates. I though we moved pass this.


Same here. Many times it has been noted that folks here put way too much importance on a single UOA...

understood, i have several samples from Blackstone, for trend analysis, and to see if there is either fuel dilution or coolant, or both.

i just wan't smart enough to post them.

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#3448179 - 08/06/14 06:09 PM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: Trinh]
nighamreuki Offline


Registered: 08/31/13
Posts: 25
Loc: Chicago
do you drive hard at all? redline it ever?
i have my 7K report with Schaeffer 9000 in 900 miles LOL

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#3448296 - 08/06/14 08:06 PM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: Trinh]
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I'd stay with the 0w40.
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#3448424 - 08/06/14 09:54 PM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: 1999nick]
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Registered: 12/06/10
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Originally Posted By: 1999nick
Originally Posted By: abycat
I didn't catch the 40 wt. Nissan is pretty picky about running the reccomended weights in their vehicles. I'd like to see a uoa with the 5w30. Might be even better.


Nissan is not too picky in the owner's manual of my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with the 4.0 V-6. It states that 5W30, 10W30, and 10W40 are OK, with a preference for 5W30. I have used M1 0W40 for several years with no oil usage in a one year, average 9,000 mile OCI.



my versa manual says nothing but 5w30.
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#3448480 - 08/06/14 11:40 PM Re: Infiniti G35 VQ35DE Mobil 1 0W40 7,000 miles [Re: Trinh]
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This is one engine i would stay with the M1 0w40.
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