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.
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.
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
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
160,000 in ~6 months.