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#2478231 - 12/31/11 10:47 AM Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord
CB7Accord Offline


Registered: 12/30/11
Posts: 18
Loc: Florida
1991 Honda Accord Ex
2.2L SOHC Four Cylinder
Car has 140,000 miles
I'm the second owner. The first kept it immaculate for twenty years and obviously didn't drive it much.
Florida weather
Suburban/Rural Driving
I prefer to accelerate quicker than most but am not a racer by any means.
The car does have a tick that quiets somewhat after warm up.
I'd like help selecting oil from both ends of the spectrum. Something I can get cheaper and change every 3000 and something synthetic that I could get 10,000 miles out of.
I have to replace the valve cover gasket soon so I will post pictures when I do.
What do you guys think of using 15w-40 for this vehicle?
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2010 Nissan Versa
1995 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L
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#2478252 - 12/31/11 11:02 AM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
Oregoonian Offline


Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 2083
Loc: Bend, Oregon
What weight oil does Honda recommend for a 91' Accord ?

IMO....15-40 is way to heavy and would hurt MPG, and cold start-ups (even in Florida).

My guess... and choice would be a 5w30.....PYB...with 5000+/- OCI.
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#2478254 - 12/31/11 11:03 AM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
45ACP Offline


Registered: 04/03/11
Posts: 1271
Loc: Dallas Texas
Originally Posted By: CB7Accord
1991 Honda Accord Ex
2.2L SOHC Four Cylinder
Car has 140,000 miles
I'm the second owner. The first kept it immaculate for twenty years and obviously didn't drive it much.
Florida weather
Suburban/Rural Driving
I prefer to accelerate quicker than most but am not a racer by any means.
The car does have a tick that quiets somewhat after warm up.
I'd like help selecting oil from both ends of the spectrum. Something I can get cheaper and change every 3000 and something synthetic that I could get 10,000 miles out of.
I have to replace the valve cover gasket soon so I will post pictures when I do.
What do you guys think of using 15w-40 for this vehicle?




1. If you were thinking of using 15W-40, try 10W-40 (conventional) OR 0W-40 synthetic. 5W-40s "tend to be thick" just look at Valvoline Synpower. Its "almost a 50," their SN 5W-40. Thick, viscous oil. In an engine like that it may not be ideal and may in fact be TOO thick. I understand its Florida. But..

2. You could even use 5W-20 Supertech. The reason is due to the cooling system. This is my new understanding.

If you go synthetic, yes run it to 10k even if its Mobil 1. If you get Supertech conventional you can run it to 5000, easy. 3000 is a criminal waste of money in 95% of apps, more useful when cleaning out a messed up or dirty engine (?)

Out of the two.. idk i may like the ST 5W-20 recommendation more. Its lighter oil and your car will "rev more freely" a la Ferrari. smile

That said, father once had same car. 1991 Accord EX. The first year without the pop-up lights, IIRC. 5-speed, EX. Sweet ride! basic, but i liked it. It was a tight, fun car, and he showed me on the turns smile That car used.. we had either 5W-30, 10W-30, or 10W-40. Seeing as how it was a Honda 4-cyl, i think we may in fact have been using 10W-30 when a 5W-30 is on the oil cap for that car, IIRC.

Honda 4-cylinders loove 20 or 30 weight oil, irrespective the "W" number.

And FTR: Thats low miles. Row the shifter up/down turns keeping the revs high a la Ferrari and laugh 160,000 in ~6 months.

Opinions?

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#2478256 - 12/31/11 11:07 AM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
CB7Accord Offline


Registered: 12/30/11
Posts: 18
Loc: Florida
I haven't the foggiest idea what they recommend and being twenty years old I would think a newer different weight oil would be fine.

I have no idea where the noise is coming from which is why I was curious to try something "heavier" than may be recommended just to see if it quiets at all.


Edited by CB7Accord (12/31/11 11:15 AM)
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#2478266 - 12/31/11 11:16 AM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
yesthatsteve Offline


Registered: 06/27/11
Posts: 520
Loc: Kansas City, MO
3k oil - 5W30 QSGB or PYB, but you could probably run them to 5k+ with typical suburban/rural driving. If you're set on a 3k interval, then any conventional 5W30 rated API SL, SM, or SN will be fine, so buy what's on sale.

10k oil - M1EP or M1HM, provided UOAs support that interval.
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#2478269 - 12/31/11 11:22 AM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
stro_cruiser Offline


Registered: 02/26/11
Posts: 474
Loc: Coconut Creek, South Florida
Im pretty sure it will be spec'd for 5W30, same as ours.

Im running Amsoil 10W30. this got rid of a noisy top end, similar to your ticking noise possibly?

I personally would not go over a 30 weight, especially with the low miles.

Very nice car.

My advice for you: try a 5K run of Pennzoil yellow bottle conv and get a UOA done. decided from there with the information at hand..make sure the air filter box closes tightly and seals...new filter...off you go...sweet ride!
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#2478280 - 12/31/11 11:36 AM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
45ACP Offline


Registered: 04/03/11
Posts: 1271
Loc: Dallas Texas
Originally Posted By: CB7Accord
I haven't the foggiest idea what they recommend and being twenty years old I would think a newer different weight oil would be fine.


Honda recommends 5W-30. Edit: THEY MIGHT EVEN RECOMMEND 5W-20 NOW. They do for the Civics. There was a time any 2001 and earlier Civic was 5W-30 spec. Now its 5W-20 "all Civics." Its called back-specing. Knowing what i know now.. should be ok, either one for that engine. Flip a coin...

Quote:

I have no idea where the noise is coming from which is why I was curious to try something "heavier" than may be recommended just to see if it quiets at all.


Some noise normally goes away when engine is warmed up but if you are using a 15W then maybe, just maybe, the tick is due to that. Some cars a tick is completely normal, then goes away with spec'd oil "weight."

HTH.

(btw: When i was 20, i had a BMW 5-speed with an Inline 6.) thumbsup

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#2478295 - 12/31/11 11:54 AM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: stro_cruiser]
CB7Accord Offline


Registered: 12/30/11
Posts: 18
Loc: Florida
I know, this car gets me compliments all the time. 20 years old and it's still got it! It really is a great machine.
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2010 Nissan Versa
1995 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L
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#2478298 - 12/31/11 11:57 AM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
Artem Offline


Registered: 10/30/10
Posts: 4331
Loc: Florida
I see no reason to use a thick oil in that application. During the summer, I'd use 10w30. For the winter months, 5w30. It will run forever.
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#2478310 - 12/31/11 12:11 PM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
CB7Accord Offline


Registered: 12/30/11
Posts: 18
Loc: Florida
I know these types of threads can be rather redundant so thanks for the opinions and feedback. Still love to hear from any other 90-93 accord owners regarding their experiences with oil and this vehicle. I couldn't find any Oil analyses for this car frown
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#2478330 - 12/31/11 12:32 PM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
bigdawg74 Offline


Registered: 04/08/10
Posts: 308
Loc: WA state
I run 5w30 in mine. No need to go any thicker than that, IMHO. Currently using Mobil Super high mileage due to a small leak and changing every 6 months due to low annual mileage. If you are looking to change every 3k, then buy whatever is cheap. But you could do a 5k OCI with no problems at all I bet. PYB, QSGB, MS5k are all good, and fairly cheap at Wal-Mart. And both of my Hondas have the tick...nothing to worry about if you ask me, unless it gets worse/fails to go away. Post pics of that top end...I'm curious to see what it looks like.
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#2478338 - 12/31/11 12:42 PM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 33210
Loc: New Jersey
Pyb or m1 if you want syn. Use the viscosity that the manual tells you to.

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#2478340 - 12/31/11 12:43 PM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
bigdawg74 Offline


Registered: 04/08/10
Posts: 308
Loc: WA state
Here is the UOA I had done on the QSHM I had in it before I switched to Valvoline Maxlife HM and then Mobil Super HM.
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#2478367 - 12/31/11 01:13 PM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: bigdawg74]
CB7Accord Offline


Registered: 12/30/11
Posts: 18
Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: bigdawg74
Here is the UOA I had done on the QSHM I had in it before I switched to Valvoline Maxlife HM and then Mobil Super HM.
Thanks for that...It didn't come up in a search..
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2010 Nissan Versa
1995 Jeep Wrangler 2.5L
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#2478396 - 12/31/11 01:45 PM Re: Oil Recommendation For a 91 Honda Accord [Re: CB7Accord]
Chris Meutsch Offline


Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 1942
Loc: Cincinnati
5w30 dino for 4-5k runs would be my choice.
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