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Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please #4589916
11/30/17 02:52 PM
11/30/17 02:52 PM
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GA, USA
AnonOIl Offline OP
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Hey y'all, I have decided to start changing my own oil in my car I just got gifted from a family member. Previously has all just been taken to Jiffy Lube or something I believe. Car is a 2004 Toyota Highlander 4 Cylinder with 181k miles. Still appears to be in pretty good condition. The place near me with the cheapest prices appears to be Walmart and I am just looking for advice on what to get to do this. Watched some youtube videos and I think I can do the actual job without a hitch, just want to make sure I get the right stuff. Most of my trips are really short, under 10min to and from school or work, and I merge directly onto a highway coming out of my apartment. What would be a good oil and filter combo for my car? Walmart has seemingly every oil, conventional, blend, synthetic, high mileage etc. and they have Supertech, Fram, and Mobil 1 oil filters. Trying to save some money by doing this so lower prices where possible would be nice but I do want to get good products to help my car last. Appreciate the help, thank y'all.

Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: AnonOIl] #4589933
11/30/17 03:06 PM
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High mileage on that, so I'd go with walmart's Valvoline Maxlife full synthetic 5w30. Keeps those older seals flexible and not brittle.
Fram Ultra oil filter at walmart is the best. It filters the best, has great construction, lasts up to 20,000 miles which is exceptional. Not too high priced either.

Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: AnonOIl] #4589941
11/30/17 03:14 PM
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181k miles?

I'd just run Supertrech High Mileage 5W-30


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Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: AnonOIl] #4589942
11/30/17 03:16 PM
11/30/17 03:16 PM
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I presume it's seen dino oil all of it's life, so @181k I'd be hesitant to switch over to a syn. Why? Because the added detergency and uniform molecular shape could slip past worn areas and expose leaks.

I'd personally try MaxLife blend and an extended drain filter, like Fram Ultra or Mobil 1. What OCI does the manual recommend?


2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 4K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 56K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 211K

Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: mclasser] #4589950
11/30/17 03:18 PM
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Maxlife Red bottle 5w30 would be my first pick. One of the best HM oils out there. Stick to 5k intervals. Is the vehicle all wheel drive or front wheel drive only? Hopefully just FWD. A drain and fill for the trans would be nice.

Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: mclasser] #4589951
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AnonOIl Offline OP
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Thank you for that explanation! Makes sense. Manual has it at 5000 miles between oil changes.

Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: oil_film_movies] #4589952
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AnonOIl Offline OP
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Great, thank you!

Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: SatinSilver] #4589954
11/30/17 03:20 PM
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GA, USA
AnonOIl Offline OP
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Just FWD and perfect, thank you! A lot of people are recommending the Maxlife Blend.

Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: AnonOIl] #4589999
11/30/17 04:04 PM
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I recommend the FRAM XG4386 for the filter. They have it at Walmart.

Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: oil_film_movies] #4590000
11/30/17 04:04 PM
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Upstate NY
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Originally Posted By: oil_film_movies
High mileage on that, so I'd go with walmart's Valvoline Maxlife full synthetic 5w30. Keeps those older seals flexible and not brittle.
Fram Ultra oil filter at walmart is the best. It filters the best, has great construction, lasts up to 20,000 miles which is exceptional. Not too high priced either.


No need for a HM oil to keep seals conditioned. All oils have a conditioner, synthetic oil has more.

What you may be confused about is HM oil has additives for swelling seals. No need for them unless you have a leak. Fix all leaks


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Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: mclasser] #4590031
11/30/17 04:32 PM
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Upper Midwest
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Originally Posted By: mclasser
I presume it's seen dino oil all of it's life, so @181k I'd be hesitant to switch over to a syn. Why? Because the added detergency and uniform molecular shape could slip past worn areas and expose leaks.

The fact that they may be more uniform really has nothing to do with it, considering the average size of a typical oil molecule.


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1996 Honda Accord, 263K
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2000 Toyota ECHO, 272K
Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: AnonOIl] #4590085
11/30/17 05:25 PM
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Wet side WA
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Fram Tough Guard should be about $6.64 and it filters 99% at twenty microns.
This oil currently has a $9 rebate on it I believe.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pennzoil-Platinum-High-Mileage-5W-30-Motor-Oil-5-qt/135786509


2004 Corolla 124900
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74277
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18
Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: AnonOIl] #4590165
11/30/17 06:30 PM
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With that many miles I would opt for a high mileage oil like Valvoline Maxlife or M1 and use a quality filter.


'18 Highlander - AMSOIL SS 0w20 / ATF / Severe Gear
'06 Santa Fe - 535,000km AMSOIL SS 0w30 / ATF (R.I.P)
Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: AnonOIl] #4590189
11/30/17 06:55 PM
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VA
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What oil has been used for the last 181k? I don't see how you can go wrong keeping the "same" oil. I wouldn't use a HM oil if the Highlander has been maintained and it isn't leaking any oil.

I'd keep it simple and buy some Toyota Oil Filters. They are cheap. Hard to beat IMHO grin


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 58K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials

Re: Oil and Oil Filter Recommendation Please [Re: AnonOIl] #4590206
11/30/17 07:13 PM
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M1 0W-40 and M1 filter.

I'd do 10k/1yr.


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