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Viscosity Question #4477014
08/01/17 09:39 PM
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My Avalon has gone about 250,000 miles on a 1MZ-FE engine, and I live in a very hot climate during the summer. My mechanic says that in hot weather with a motor this old that 5W-30 is best not used, and a 20W-50 oil is better. What are your thoughts?


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Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Cristobal] #4477018
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He is wrong


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Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Cristobal] #4477019
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Nah


1984 Mercedes-Benz 300SD - 100k
1995 F150 XL 4.9 reg cab 5MT - 251k 5w30
2016 Mazda6 Touring 6MT - 57k 10w30
2006 Buick Lucerne CXL 3.8 31k 5w30
Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Cristobal] #4477029
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Thicker viscosity is used to eliminate mechanical noise, not so much for high temps, unless the oil is thinning out so much that it causes noise. Use your ears to tell if you need to go thicker.

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Keep using the manual recommended viscosity.


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Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Cristobal] #4477032
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Are you having a problem with your engine? If not, don't try to fix it. Keep doing what you're doing.


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Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Merkava_4] #4477048
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Thicker viscosity is used to eliminate mechanical noise, not so much for high temps, unless the oil is thinning out so much that it causes noise. Use your ears to tell if you need to go thicker.


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Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Cristobal] #4477070
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250,000 miles and hot weather, go thicker than OEM's ...... yes.
20W50 without SN/A3B4 ....... no.
xW40 with A3B4/SM SN .. yes.

Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Cristobal] #4477072
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He is probably well meaning but unfortunately uneducated in the matter. 20w50s are usually much thicker than necessary for this type of application. The thickest I would go is 10w40, and only if trying to combat a leak or consumption. Maxlife 5w30 would be fine.


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Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Cristobal] #4477079
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Don't trust mechanics in things like motor oil choice, they think they know what they're talking about, even though in many cases they don't, i have heard some lousy advice on motor oil first hand from some mechanics.

If it doesn't burn oil and has good oil pressure, there is no point in using an oil thicker than the manufacturer's spec.

Short answer : NO, it will not protect it better


1975 Ford Capri II Ghia 3000 V6, - Shell Helix HX3 20W-50 w/ 20% Rimula R4X 15W-40 HDEO.

1988 Ford Escort Mk4 Xr3i Cabrio, - Shell Rimula R4X 15W-40, w/ 30% Helix 3 20W-50.

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Re: Viscosity Question [Re: FordCapriDriver] #4477081
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Originally Posted By: FordCapriDriver
Don't trust mechanics in things like motor oil choice,.......

..neither is Bitog.

Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Cristobal] #4477091
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If you're not having any issues with the engine such as oil burning/oil loss, I would stay with what you are using/doing now. No issues?-change nothing!


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Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Cristobal] #4477092
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At 250K the engine is not the same as new, the advice to increase viscosity is sensible, especially in the summer. Probably even the manual recommended 40 anyway for very hot climates.
I would not jump to 50, use a 10W40, they are not that hard to find.

The argument that "if it worked until now, don't change it" is stupid. Based on that there is no wear in the mechanical world, cars should last forever and never-ever break, because "it worked before".

Re: Viscosity Question [Re: zeng] #4477098
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Originally Posted By: zeng
Originally Posted By: FordCapriDriver
Don't trust mechanics in things like motor oil choice,.......

..neither is Bitog.

I would say most BITOG members could give much better oil advice than most mechanics.


1975 Ford Capri II Ghia 3000 V6, - Shell Helix HX3 20W-50 w/ 20% Rimula R4X 15W-40 HDEO.

1988 Ford Escort Mk4 Xr3i Cabrio, - Shell Rimula R4X 15W-40, w/ 30% Helix 3 20W-50.

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Re: Viscosity Question [Re: Cristobal] #4477106
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Originally Posted By: Cristobal
My Avalon has gone about 250,000 miles on a 1MZ-FE engine, and I live in a very hot climate during the summer. My mechanic says that in hot weather with a motor this old that 5W-30 is best not used, and a 20W-50 oil is better. What are your thoughts?


Going up a grade in hot weather with an older engine that has problems isn't a bad idea. No problems no point in changing grades. If I were to bump a grade in warm weather, I'd bump one grade, like move up from a 5w30 to a 5W40 or 10W40. I would not jump from 5W30 to 20W50 in one jump. I wouldn't be asking for or taking oil advise from a mechanic.


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