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#2328547 - 07/26/11 03:53 PM 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil?
callbay Offline


Registered: 05/29/05
Posts: 638
Loc: Ozark Mountains
We use 5-40 Rotella in almost everything my family has. Trucks, heavy equipment, cars, boats, even small air cooled gas engines. We recently went 700 hours on an OCI for a Cat backhoe by mistake with no apparent problems. It only has an 8 quart capacity too.

The only thing we don't use it in is for cars calling for for 5-20.

Do you guys think there would be any problems using 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for for 5-20 other than a tad less mpg.(as long as they were out of warranty)?

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#2328550 - 07/26/11 03:56 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
mongo161 Offline


Registered: 07/11/10
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Loc: Coney Island, NY
Good question.....
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#2328554 - 07/26/11 03:58 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
addyguy Offline


Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 13590
Loc: Canada
Certain cars will tolerate this better than others - what vehicle are we talking about?
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#2328561 - 07/26/11 04:03 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
zyxelenator Offline


Registered: 01/24/11
Posts: 1340
Loc: Louisville,KY
In modern cars and their engines, gaps and passages are much smaller between parts than they used to be.
If engine is old, and worn out,gaps should increase, and 40 weight oil should flow as 20 when it was new. In case of new, or good maintained engine, 40 weight oil might flow worse in tiny gaps and delay lubrication, which will lead to excessive wear and drop in mpg.
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#2328562 - 07/26/11 04:04 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 28256
Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: callbay
Do you guys think there would be any problems using 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for for 5-20 other than a tad less mpg.(as long as they were out of warranty)?

I wouldn't expect any problems. T6 is API SM-rated after all.
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#2328576 - 07/26/11 04:20 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
callbay Offline


Registered: 05/29/05
Posts: 638
Loc: Ozark Mountains
The vehiles I am talking about are a 2007 Mazda MX5 (Miata) and a 2011 Ford Fusion 2.5 Liter 4 cyl when the warranty is up.

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#2328628 - 07/26/11 05:20 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
ET16 Offline


Registered: 10/28/08
Posts: 780
Loc: MD
Why do it? You would lose horsepower and mileage.

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#2328630 - 07/26/11 05:21 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
Radman Offline


Registered: 11/24/10
Posts: 485
Loc: Detroit, Michigan
Originally Posted By: callbay
The vehiles I am talking about are a 2007 Mazda MX5 (Miata) and a 2011 Ford Fusion 2.5 Liter 4 cyl when the warranty is up.

I seriously doubt there will be any problem with your choice of oil. I personally would be using Castrol GTX 5W30 instead because it is cheaper both at purchase & at the pump.
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#2328637 - 07/26/11 05:23 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
Rob_Roy Offline


Registered: 10/26/08
Posts: 853
Loc: Northern, NY
Neither vehicle will blow up b/c of 5w40. If you give it a try, please post back with the results.
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#2328649 - 07/26/11 05:31 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
OldCowboy Offline


Registered: 05/28/11
Posts: 734
Loc: SW Missouri
I personally wouldn't use a 40 weight oil in a car calling for a 20 weight oil.

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#2328650 - 07/26/11 05:32 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: ET16]
Radman Offline


Registered: 11/24/10
Posts: 485
Loc: Detroit, Michigan
Originally Posted By: ET16
Why do it? You would lose horsepower and mileage.

What do you think will be the result?
A Loss of 3HP at top end, and 1/2MPG in the city. Neither will be a devastating loss.
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#2328699 - 07/26/11 06:31 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 10823
Loc: OH
I doubt you'd have any problems, and might not even notice the difference, except for quieter operation.
Try it and see how it goes.
I'd bet you'd be fine.
How cold do you see over the winter in the Ozarks?
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#2328758 - 07/26/11 07:24 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
friendly_jacek Offline


Registered: 05/04/03
Posts: 6123
Loc: southeast US
If you drive hwy and especially tow, go for it. If you drive city and especially short trips, too huge MPG penalty.

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#2328799 - 07/26/11 08:09 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: callbay]
glum Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 820
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Does the owner's manual say "Use 5W-20, unless the BITOG folks say 5W-40 is OK"?
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#2328843 - 07/26/11 08:52 PM Re: 5-40 Rotella in vehicles calling for 5-20 oil? [Re: ET16]
JRed Offline


Registered: 06/01/09
Posts: 1645
Loc: Virginia
Just do it. You will in all honesty probably never know the difference.

Then again, 5w-20 dino juice can be had even cheaper than Rotella, so unless you want to pour Rotella T6 in everything just because it's on hand you can probably save a few bucks by buying PYB 5w-20 or Mobil Super 5000 5w-20 in 5qt jugs.
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