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20W50 Motor Oil #1090959
02/22/08 07:51 AM
02/22/08 07:51 AM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 10,739
ROCHESTER, NY
Char Baby Offline OP
Char Baby  Offline OP
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Posts: 10,739
ROCHESTER, NY
When I hear that an auto parts store(AAP, AZ, PB's) is removing a particular line of motor oil(Cheap!) as to make room for another line of oil or an oil that will supercede the oil that is being removed from the shelves, all that I can find lately is 20W50 and sometimes 15W40. I only have cars that require the normal 5/10W30 and a lawnmower and snowblower(both are MTD with Tecumseh 5 & 10 hp). Is there any reason to purchace the 20W50? Maybe use a qt here or a qt there? Otherwise I just pass on the oil. Sometimes I'll get a couple of qts of 15W40 for the lawnmower.


"Retired"
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'80 Firebird FORMULA V8/4bbl-purchased "NEW"
'15 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
'15 Honda Civic LX
Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Char Baby] #1090961
02/22/08 07:55 AM
02/22/08 07:55 AM
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 14,013
Retired | Wausau, WI
Johnny Offline
Johnny  Offline
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Posts: 14,013
Retired | Wausau, WI
Not unless you need a paperweight.

Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Johnny] #1090966
02/22/08 08:15 AM
02/22/08 08:15 AM
Joined: Feb 2006
Posts: 9,103
MN
Turk Offline
Turk  Offline
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Posts: 9,103
MN
Not sure why 20w50 even exists.


03 GMC Sierra 4x4 200k M1 0-40+PU
00 Saturn SL2 89 YO Lady Car 92k, Edge Ext
98 Saturn SC2 Rare "Red Hot" 165k, Edge Ext
97 Camry 245k, Maxlife

Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Turk] #1091088
02/22/08 11:50 AM
02/22/08 11:50 AM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 22,109
Orlando, FL
Mr Nice Offline
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Orlando, FL
I buy any closeout 15w40 or 20w50 just to mix it with 5w20 oil. No loss in gas mileage when I use 1 quart of 20w50 with 3 quarts 5w20.

Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Mr Nice] #1091309
02/22/08 06:12 PM
02/22/08 06:12 PM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 10,739
ROCHESTER, NY
Char Baby Offline OP
Char Baby  Offline OP
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 10,739
ROCHESTER, NY
Maybe next time I get a good score on some light weight oil(5W20/5W30) I grap some 20W50 or definatly 15W40 and blend them together and try it.


"Retired"
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'80 Firebird FORMULA V8/4bbl-purchased "NEW"
'15 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
'15 Honda Civic LX
Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Turk] #1091312
02/22/08 06:17 PM
02/22/08 06:17 PM
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,237
Phoenix AZ
azsynthetic Offline
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Posts: 1,237
Phoenix AZ
 Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Not sure why 20w50 even exists.


For older engines and those that live in hot climate area. Check your owner manual and you might see 20W50 as a recommendation for hot weather.

Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: azsynthetic] #1091468
02/22/08 10:14 PM
02/22/08 10:14 PM
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,063
TX, USA
JMJNet Offline
JMJNet  Offline
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Posts: 1,063
TX, USA
 Originally Posted By: azsynthetic
 Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Not sure why 20w50 even exists.


For older engines and those that live in hot climate area. Check your owner manual and you might see 20W50 as a recommendation for hot weather.


X2, for Rochester NY, 20W50 or 15W40 are not advisable even to thicken the 5W20. For FL or AZ or TX, it is probably ok. 15W40 is mostly for Diesel but if you own a Diesel in colder climate, the 5W40 synthetic is suggested. Just my 0.02.


  • 2017 Toyota Sienna
  • 1995 GMC Suburban 6.5L Turbo Diesel


Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Turk] #1091599
02/23/08 06:33 AM
02/23/08 06:33 AM
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 106
California
gary6768 Offline
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Posts: 106
California
 Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Not sure why 20w50 even exists.


It exists so guys with nothing to do can ponder the question of why 20w50 exists.

Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: gary6768] #1091601
02/23/08 06:42 AM
02/23/08 06:42 AM
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 3,613
lllinois
salesrep Offline
salesrep  Offline
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Posts: 3,613
lllinois
For racers.


High quality Specialized Lubricants pay for themselves!
Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: salesrep] #1091604
02/23/08 06:45 AM
02/23/08 06:45 AM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 190
Cincinnati, OH
Dagwood Offline
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Posts: 190
Cincinnati, OH
Marine engines.

Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Dagwood] #1091684
02/23/08 10:17 AM
02/23/08 10:17 AM
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 2,279
Up here in the NorthWest
LargeCarManX2 Offline
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Posts: 2,279
Up here in the NorthWest
Synthetic 20w50 is da-kine for Big Block screaming engines...Oh-ya!


"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
Sir Winston Churchill
Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: LargeCarManX2] #1091760
02/23/08 12:22 PM
02/23/08 12:22 PM
Joined: May 2006
Posts: 4,055
Central Wisconsin
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Posts: 4,055
Central Wisconsin
Motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, high performance engines, older worn engines. The list goes on.


There's no such thing as:
Too big of a battery,
Too large of a gas tank,
or too loud of a horn,
or too bright headlights.
Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Dagwood] #1092321
02/24/08 08:02 AM
02/24/08 08:02 AM
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 12
Milwaukee, WI
Luis_A Offline
Luis_A  Offline
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Posts: 12
Milwaukee, WI
I have 3 cars that take 20W-50. They all are Citroen cars with the flat 2-cylinder 602cc air cooled engine and date from 1964 to 1986. That engine was manufactured as late as 1990 in the Citroen 2CV. That's why I need it... :-)


Luis
Milwaukee, WI
Stable: Audi, BMW, Porsche, Citroen, Fiat, Honda
Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Turk] #1093437
02/25/08 08:46 PM
02/25/08 08:46 PM
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 234
Outer Banks, NC
Studebaker Offline
Studebaker  Offline
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Posts: 234
Outer Banks, NC
 Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Not sure why 20w50 even exists.


Hey,
I use 20w-50 excluseively. And I drive a 2006.

Last edited by Studebaker; 02/25/08 08:46 PM.
Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Studebaker] #1093733
02/26/08 10:19 AM
02/26/08 10:19 AM
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,979
Dallas, TX
CBDFrontier06 Offline
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Posts: 1,979
Dallas, TX
I used it in my 74 Beetle and it's in my lawn mower right now.

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