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What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? #4530439
09/30/17 04:50 PM
09/30/17 04:50 PM
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The Midwest
skyactiv Offline OP
skyactiv  Offline OP

Joined: Mar 2013
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The Midwest
I grew up next to Lake Erie in Ohio and had a 73' VW Beetle during my junior and senior years of high school in the 90's. I ran Castrol 30W year round.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual

Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530442
09/30/17 04:52 PM
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N.Ohio
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Lubener  Offline

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Posts: 2,941
N.Ohio
20w-50 in a 69 Plymouth in Cleveberg, Ohio


The "thinking" man's friend.
Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530446
09/30/17 04:54 PM
09/30/17 04:54 PM
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Ontario Niagara region
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Drosselmier  Offline

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Ontario Niagara region
10w30 would have been my thickest oil.
now it is 5w30 . Not much difference.

Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530448
09/30/17 04:55 PM
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Boston, MA
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Boston, MA
10"W" 40 in a SAAB. Big starter motor, no problem.

Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530449
09/30/17 04:56 PM
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Western Ma.
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Western Ma.
70's and 80' ran quaker state 10w40 ( and they all ran well with it)...


Pete.

97 Ford Expl.Sport 4.0 ohv 4wd 5spddrive187k miles
03 Saturn Ion 2.2 L4 5spddrive238K miles
PPHM 5w30 and Fram Ultra x 2

Currently under the influence of oil shocked2

Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530453
09/30/17 05:05 PM
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Great Lakes
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Great Lakes
Ran some mineral Quaker State 10w-40 in my old '91 Stanza in northern NJ back in the mid 90s.

Fast forward 20 years, and I'm still running 10w-40, although it's synthetic this time. smile


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (PUP 0W-40 SRT)
Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530458
09/30/17 05:11 PM
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Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Cincinnati, OH, USA
Castrol GTX 20W50, in the '80s-and winters were a LITTLE colder back then! crzy


06 Ram 3500 CTD 4X4(FG Venturi), 93 GMC C3500 6.2, 89 F-450 7.3, 98 XJ 4.0(XG8A), 05 xB(XG3600), 18 Transit 3.7, 03 Merc Grand Marquis 4.6 2V(XG2)
Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530459
09/30/17 05:15 PM
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Santa Barbara, CA
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Santa Barbara, CA
5W50 but I don't think winters here really count.


2014 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack
1995 Ford Mustang GT

Ford/Mazda Parts Counter
NRA Benefactor Member
Opinions expressed are my own.
Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: bdcardinal] #4530466
09/30/17 05:29 PM
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
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Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: bdcardinal
5W50 but I don't think winters here really count.


+1, but ran it during Canadian winters in my 98 Sienna. Had no issues.


2015 Grand Caravan SXT Plus 5w-20 Valvoline SynPower/Fram Ultra Filter
1997 Honda Civic CX 5w-30 PPPP/Fram Ultra Filter
Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: bdcardinal] #4530468
09/30/17 05:33 PM
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Herrin, Illinois
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Herrin, Illinois
20 W 50 in a 87 Dodge D 100 318 for 25 years. Sold still running good.


Formally Charlie1935
Du Quoin, Il.
Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530469
09/30/17 05:36 PM
09/30/17 05:36 PM
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Down Under
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Down Under
GTX 20W-50, Edge 10W-60 and Penrite 20W-60
But my Australian winters don't count, they are fairly warm.

The thinnest oil I have ever used in summer is the oil I am using right now, M1 5W30, my very first ILSAC oil. I know !!! .... Just call me Tig2 (meant as a compliment)


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Castrol GTX Ultraclean 15W40 A3/B3 + Wesfil-Cooper Z154
Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530483
09/30/17 05:54 PM
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Kalifornia Kollective
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Kalifornia Kollective
20W-50 year round. SAE 30 year round. SAE 40 year round.

Trop-Artic 50 Racing oil year round back in the day in clearanced motors laugh


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530484
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In the shop
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In the shop
Valvoline Maxlife blend SM 10w40 in the "winter tank" 97' Bonneville of mine few years back when it was -12F for 4 days



Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530499
09/30/17 06:12 PM
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'Stralia
Shannow Offline
Shannow  Offline

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Posts: 42,536
'Stralia
Shell Helix 25W-70.

didn't get below -8C (about 20F)...nothing blew up.

Time to full oil pressure didn't change. On the J Car engine, you could see the cam oil holes, and it "flowed" just fine.

Re: What is the thickest oil you've ran in the winter? [Re: skyactiv] #4530502
09/30/17 06:15 PM
09/30/17 06:15 PM
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Northern Nevada
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Northern Nevada
I used to run GTX 20-50 year round in an early VW bug. More recently M1 0w-40 European Formula in an 08 Jeep Wrangler.


Cliff
USN Ret., FPD Ret.
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