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#4576717 - 11/17/17 06:30 AM Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified?
Sealbilly Offline


Registered: 07/02/16
Posts: 165
Loc: EasTn
Is it unwise to use 5w or 10w30 in a car that calls for 5w20 if it has high mileage like 225k? Honda element 2003 is starting to use a little oil. I have always used synthetic and changed at 5k. My other vehicles call for 5w30.


Edited by wwillson (11/17/17 07:03 AM)
Edit Reason: subject clarification

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#4576725 - 11/17/17 06:41 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
I doubt your engine would notice much change especially if synthetic.
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#4576727 - 11/17/17 06:41 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
Kira Online   content


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5244
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
I don't know if it's wise but I don't think it'll hurt in your situation.

Listen for clicking upon statrup....Winter is coming to eastern TN.

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#4576728 - 11/17/17 06:42 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
zeng Offline


Registered: 09/01/15
Posts: 2188
Loc: Malaysia
It is wise.
In my ambients, I would've opted for an xW40.

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#4576730 - 11/17/17 06:44 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
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Loc: Michigan
I don't think it will hurt a thing. 5w in your climate is more than adequate. Plus tolerances have loosened up a little over time.
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#4576742 - 11/17/17 07:08 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
pbm Offline


Registered: 04/19/04
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Loc: New York
At 225K and using some oil, I'd use 5w30 in winter and 10w30 in summer. I don't see any problem doing so.
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#4576745 - 11/17/17 07:09 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: ZZman]
Sealbilly Offline


Registered: 07/02/16
Posts: 165
Loc: EasTn
That's what I was thinking but I wasn't sure.

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#4576746 - 11/17/17 07:10 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
Sealbilly Offline


Registered: 07/02/16
Posts: 165
Loc: EasTn
Thank you gentlemen.

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#4576759 - 11/17/17 07:25 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
krismoriah72 Offline


Registered: 02/16/09
Posts: 1518
Loc: wv
My Honda Fit specs 0w20 but that is to hit the mpg ratings.. I have used 0w30, 5w20, 5w30 with no issue.

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#4576760 - 11/17/17 07:26 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
CajunNative Offline


Registered: 11/16/17
Posts: 12
Loc: Russia
Originally Posted By: Sealbilly
Is it unwise to use 5w or 10w30 in a car that calls for 5w20 if it has high mileage like 225k? Honda element 2003 is starting to use a little oil. I have always used synthetic and changed at 5k. My other vehicles call for 5w30.

I currently own a 2007 vehicle that is sped'd 5W20 oil. Back in 1997 when this engine was first produced it was spec'd 5W30. The engine was made from 1997-2008 without EVER changing tolerances or clearances.
In 1999-2000 for CAFE reasons ONLY, the manufacturer started to spec 5W20 for said engine to save gas mileage. The previous years' same engines were also back spec'd.
So, no, you don't HAVE TO use 5W20 in an engine spec'd 5W20.
BTW, I'm currently running 5W30 in my engine and sometimes 10W30.
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#4576763 - 11/17/17 07:29 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: pbm]
Gebo Offline


Registered: 09/18/02
Posts: 2121
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: pbm
At 225K and using some oil, I'd use 5w30 in winter and 10w30 in summer. I don't see any problem doing so.


I'm with him pbm....
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#4576779 - 11/17/17 07:46 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2750
Loc: Wet side WA
I would have had it on 5w-30 when it went off warranty!
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#4576782 - 11/17/17 07:48 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
fenixguy Offline


Registered: 02/08/17
Posts: 307
Loc: NC
I'm currently using a 5-30 in the same engine as your Element. This is the first run of it (used 5-20 previously) and there is absolutely no difference in performance, mpg, or noise at startup. I decided to switch it and the '01 Civic to 5-30 so I only have to buy one grade. The current fill in the CR-V is Valvoline Synthetic with Maxlife Technology.
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#4576797 - 11/17/17 07:59 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Kira]
OldSparks Offline


Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 303
Loc: Ottawa, Upper Kanuckistan
Originally Posted By: Kira

Listen for clicking upon statrup....Winter is coming to eastern TN.


I thought he was in Eastern Tunisia

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#4576810 - 11/17/17 08:14 AM Re: Unwise to use X-30 where 5w-20 is specified? [Re: Sealbilly]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
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Loc: Onondaga County
I'm running 5w-40 in a 220K mile 5.4 ford.

They really don't care all that much.
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