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Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? #4588207
11/28/17 10:15 PM
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On two of our vehicles, I use good syns that I pick up at the best prices (sales/rebates combo). Most recent OCI was Valvoline FSwML in one and older PUP in the other. However, I've chosen to pay full Walmart price (minus the rebate) for M1EP for this month's change...because I have to change oil outdoors...and both vehicles see very high mileage...both will definitely exceed 10k by early to mid-March. I enjoy changing the oil, but not outdoors in the middle of winter. Anyone else choose a different formula for this reason?

Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588210
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No I just do all my OCI's in Oct and May.

Oct 5w-30 May 10w-30

Last edited by JohnnyJohnson; 11/28/17 10:22 PM.

2004 Corolla 126884
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74478
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73705 4-22-18
Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588212
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Poop, I freaked out thinking this thread was about using differential oil to avoid winter oil changes. crazy


Petro-Canada Duron HP 15W-40 CK-4/SN
99 Explorer: H17W02
00 Pajero: XG9688
01 Grand Marquis: XG2
03 Expedition SSV: XG2
05 Envoy: XG9837
06 XJ8L: C2C41611
07 SRX: XG8765
Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: Falcon_LS] #4588221
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Haha! Sorry about that...There wasn't enough space to spell out "different".

Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4588226
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lukejo Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
No I just do all my OCI's in Oct and May.

Oct 5w-30 May 10w-30

That would be nice, but our mileage would be too high for twice a year. It is what I do on my truck though. Although I stick with the same viscosity year-round.

Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588234
11/28/17 10:39 PM
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no i run the same weight year round but all my cars have a magnetic block heater installed. i can use sae 40 if i want to.


1994 Ford F150 302 4R70
Chevron Delo SAE 30 CF/SL Fram XG8A

1978 Chevy Nova 250 I6 Borg Warner T5
Rotella 10W40 Fram XG5

Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: jakewells] #4588236
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Originally Posted By: jakewells
no i run the same weight year round but all my cars have a magnetic block heater installed. i can use sae 40 if i want to.

Yeah, I meant different as in extended drain formula, not different viscosity.

Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588237
11/28/17 10:42 PM
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I choose viscosity to avoid seasonal changes, but, having a heated garage, I don't take any particular measures to avoid changing oil in a cold month.


Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515
Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588240
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Jakewells--we were in Cave City area last month. The alpine slide area didn't look like it had changed much since we lived down that way 17 years ago smirk

Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588244
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Originally Posted By: lukejo
Jakewells--we were in Cave City area last month. The alpine slide area didn't look like it had changed much since we lived down that way 17 years ago smirk

the only thing that changes here is the weather and the people. but a water park is getting built at the yogi bear / alpine slide area.


1994 Ford F150 302 4R70
Chevron Delo SAE 30 CF/SL Fram XG8A

1978 Chevy Nova 250 I6 Borg Warner T5
Rotella 10W40 Fram XG5

Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588245
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Your logic makes perfect sense. I did the same 2 years back but never put on as much mileage as I thought I would so last year I did a change in November to PP 0w20 and this year Im 5k miles in so far on Castrol Edge 5w20 Gold bottle with a Napa Gold filter since Spring. Im debating changing it before winter, but other part of me wants to leave it and run it til Spring. Im undecided, if we get a mild saturday or sunday, i might swap it out. I only have a driveway, no garage..


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588255
11/28/17 11:14 PM
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same here on the no garage situation got a shed though. i run 5w40 year round in my aspire it can get warm here in the summer and winters can either be mild or bitter cold. just hoping we don't have a winter like 2014-2015

Last edited by jakewells; 11/28/17 11:14 PM.

1994 Ford F150 302 4R70
Chevron Delo SAE 30 CF/SL Fram XG8A

1978 Chevy Nova 250 I6 Borg Warner T5
Rotella 10W40 Fram XG5

Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588270
11/28/17 11:32 PM
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I have done this on occasion.
My OCI come in about 8 months or so following
the OLM. So every third oil change is due in Dec-March
window. Either change in late fall early or I take it in
someplace for those winter changes.
Been on Val. syn. for several years now and M1 is going in
next month. Still early according to OLM.


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: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588296
11/29/17 12:21 AM
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I run 5/40 year round summer and snow, in the saab atleast and the minivan gets 5/20.


2002 saab 9-5 2.3t wagon
2014 dodge grand caravan
Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo] #4588300
11/29/17 12:32 AM
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California winter's suck, I'd dread having to wear pants and shoes in the winter to change my oil. Flip flops and shorts aren't feasible at times.

Last edited by 209paulc; 11/29/17 12:43 AM.

2016 Ford F150 2.7L Ecoboost 50k Miles
Mobil 1 0W-40 & Archoil 9100 10k OCI

2016 Ford Fusion 1.5L Ecoboost 37k Miles
Mobil 1 0W-40 10K OCI
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