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#2657780 - 06/18/12 04:55 PM Do I need high mileage oil?
joebobjr Offline


Registered: 06/18/12
Posts: 2
Loc: Tennessee
1st post to the forum, I have been reading and this looks like a great place for knowledge.


I just got a 2000 Toyota 4runner 3.4 V6 with 141k and I always change my own oil. I've had it for a few months and it hasn't burned any oil and has no leaks. Its time for an oil change.

Question,

Would i be better off switching it over to the high mileage oil or should I stay with the standard?

I usually run Pennzoil, is there a better choice? If I do go to high mileage oil, which is highly regarded?

Thanks in advance


Edited by joebobjr (06/18/12 04:56 PM)

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#2657783 - 06/18/12 05:00 PM Re: Do I need high mileage oil? [Re: joebobjr]
HTSS_TR Offline


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Just use Pennzoil conventional oil for few changes, if oil consumption is more than a quart every 3-4k miles then change to high mileage oil. You may also want to change other fluids such as PSF, ATF, differential fluid, brake fluid, coolant ...
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#2657785 - 06/18/12 05:01 PM Re: Do I need high mileage oil? [Re: joebobjr]
Ken2 Offline


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No.

High mileage oil is mainly a marketing triumph. It has some good attributes for cars that leak or burn oil, but otherwise, buy good conventional oil (including Pennz).
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#2657806 - 06/18/12 05:21 PM Re: Do I need high mileage oil? [Re: HTSS_TR]
Turk Offline


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Originally Posted By: HTSS_TR
Just use Pennzoil conventional oil for few changes, if oil consumption is more than a quart every 3-4k miles then change to high mileage oil. You may also want to change other fluids such as PSF, ATF, differential fluid, brake fluid, coolant ...


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#2657807 - 06/18/12 05:21 PM Re: Do I need high mileage oil? [Re: joebobjr]
danthaman1980 Offline


Registered: 03/12/10
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If you aren't burning or leaking any oil, there is really no need for high mileage oil.

Stay with what works. Pennzoil is a great oil, stick with it until you have a reason to do otherwise.
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#2657821 - 06/18/12 05:36 PM Re: Do I need high mileage oil? [Re: joebobjr]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
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Loc: OH
You've answered your own question.
If the thing doesn't burn or leak oil, why would you think that you should use an HM oil?
Use any 5W- or 10W-30 you want, and your Toy should be just fine.
If you start noticing leaks or consumption, try an HM oil.
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#2658185 - 06/19/12 12:08 AM Re: Do I need high mileage oil? [Re: joebobjr]
Zako2 Offline


Registered: 04/09/12
Posts: 827
Loc: Texas
One nice thing about HM oils is that most that I have heard of are synthetic blends, and their add package is more robust. So they're a better oil than the conventional oil of the same vendor. They usually cost only about $3 more than the conventional version.

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#2658188 - 06/19/12 12:20 AM Re: Do I need high mileage oil? [Re: joebobjr]
dave1251 Offline


Registered: 07/15/05
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Loc: Maricopa, AZ
If your engine is not consuming oil and you are following a sensible maintenance routine I do not recommend a HM oil. I prefer to fix what is mechanically wrong with a machine rather than mask symptoms, if they develop.
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#2658498 - 06/19/12 10:52 AM Re: Do I need high mileage oil? [Re: joebobjr]
joebobjr Offline


Registered: 06/18/12
Posts: 2
Loc: Tennessee
Thanks for the replies, I'm going to stick with conventional oil and monitor it for a few changes.

And i do plan on changes all the other fluids as well.

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#2658501 - 06/19/12 10:54 AM Re: Do I need high mileage oil? [Re: joebobjr]
accent2012 Offline


Registered: 02/08/12
Posts: 441
Loc: Orlando, FL
If you know what type of oil it had, try and keep using it. But you can't go wrong with pennzoil.
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#2658846 - 06/19/12 04:14 PM Re: Do I need high mileage oil? [Re: joebobjr]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
HM oils are a bit thicker in whatever designation/viscosity .
They have seal conditioners [soften and swell].
They have more AW and other additives.
There is much more than marketing - it is the other way around.

Sure, I'd go ahead and use it in your vehicle without a second thought.
But, you don't have to if you are in presently good shape.

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