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Recommendation for 2012 Grand Caravan? #4605400
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My wife has a 2012 GC with 123K. Iíve been running 5W-30 FS in it. However, I now have an oil hoard due to the AAP clearance. I have full synthetic 0W-20, 5W-20, and 5W-30 all lying around. Iím sure all three would work. Any advice?

Re: Recommendation for 2012 Grand Caravan? [Re: Crispysea] #4605430
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They should all work fine. Technically Dodge wants the Chrysler MS-6395 spec, but other are probably more than fine.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 92k STP Synthetic HM 10w30 & Wix
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 233k Mobil Super HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 148k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Recommendation for 2012 Grand Caravan? [Re: Crispysea] #4605436
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The owners manual is always a good starting point. Better that internet opinion.


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Re: Recommendation for 2012 Grand Caravan? [Re: CT8] #4605497
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Originally Posted By: CT8
The owners manual is always a good starting point. Better that internet opinion.

+1


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Re: Recommendation for 2012 Grand Caravan? [Re: Crispysea] #4605538
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I know it calls for 5W-30. I was just wondering if anyone else had used 0W-20 or 5W-20, and how it worked.

Re: Recommendation for 2012 Grand Caravan? [Re: Crispysea] #4605562
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This is the downside to oil hoarding. Which is more important? Using the proper grade of oil in your vehicle or using up your oil stash you got a good deal on? Is this the only vehicle in the family?


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Re: Recommendation for 2012 Grand Caravan? [Re: Crispysea] #4605577
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I have several other vehicles. Iím only hoarding oil I can use. I have a Ford truck that can use any of the three. I tried 0W-20 in it, and it runs better than ever.

Re: Recommendation for 2012 Grand Caravan? [Re: Crispysea] #4605580
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Originally Posted By: Crispysea
I know it calls for 5W-30. I was just wondering if anyone else had used 0W-20 or 5W-20, and how it worked.


My 2015 Caravan specs 5w-20. I've used that and 5w-30 with no issues. I'm sure 0w-20 would be good too.


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Re: Recommendation for 2012 Grand Caravan? [Re: Crispysea] #4605681
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ON, Canada eh?
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As my dad has this same year of vehicle and same engine, he runs whatever he can find on-sale MS-6395 spec or not and it has over 300K on it. In the PentaStar engine the MS-6395 spec is more so you can run by the OLM system. If you use older spec oil in this engine it will be fine, just don't push the OCI and you will be fine. It's not a sludger and goes relatively easy on the oil. thumbsup


'18 Dodge Grand Caravan GT - 25k KM - AMSOIL SS 0w20

Fear 20wt oils if you want your engine to last. smirk2
Re: Recommendation for 2012 Grand Caravan? [Re: Crispysea] #4605776
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I like the Pentastar engine. This one burns no oil, and gets good power and mileage even on E85. I usually go 5-6K betweeen oil changes.

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