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#4588207 - 11/28/17 10:15 PM Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes?
lukejo Offline


Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 404
Loc: IL
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?

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#4588210 - 11/28/17 10:17 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2737
Loc: Wet side WA
No I just do all my OCI's in Oct and May.

Oct 5w-30 May 10w-30


Edited by JohnnyJohnson (11/28/17 10:22 PM)
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#4588212 - 11/28/17 10:19 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
Falcon_LS Offline


Registered: 10/03/08
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Loc: Kuwait
Poop, I freaked out thinking this thread was about using differential oil to avoid winter oil changes. crazy
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#4588221 - 11/28/17 10:28 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: Falcon_LS]
lukejo Offline


Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 404
Loc: IL
Haha! Sorry about that...There wasn't enough space to spell out "different".

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#4588226 - 11/28/17 10:30 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
lukejo Offline


Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 404
Loc: IL
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.

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#4588234 - 11/28/17 10:39 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
jakewells Offline


Registered: 12/28/12
Posts: 468
Loc: Cave City KY
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.
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#4588236 - 11/28/17 10:41 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: jakewells]
lukejo Offline


Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 404
Loc: IL
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.

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#4588237 - 11/28/17 10:42 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 24574
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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.
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#4588240 - 11/28/17 10:45 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
lukejo Offline


Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 404
Loc: IL
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

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#4588244 - 11/28/17 10:52 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
jakewells Offline


Registered: 12/28/12
Posts: 468
Loc: Cave City KY
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.
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#4588245 - 11/28/17 10:57 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4734
Loc: MTL, CANADA
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..
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#4588255 - 11/28/17 11:14 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
jakewells Offline


Registered: 12/28/12
Posts: 468
Loc: Cave City KY
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


Edited by jakewells (11/28/17 11:14 PM)
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#4588270 - 11/28/17 11:32 PM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
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Registered: 05/17/06
Posts: 3968
Loc: Central Wisconsin
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.
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#4588296 - 11/29/17 12:21 AM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
Superflop Offline


Registered: 07/01/09
Posts: 420
Loc: Seattle
I run 5/40 year round summer and snow, in the saab atleast and the minivan gets 5/20.
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#4588300 - 11/29/17 12:32 AM Re: Anyone use diff oil to avoid winter oil changes? [Re: lukejo]
209paulc Offline


Registered: 07/09/11
Posts: 118
Loc: CA
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.


Edited by 209paulc (11/29/17 12:43 AM)
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