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#4638117 - 01/17/18 07:26 PM 5W30
mobilaltima Offline

Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1148
Loc: Golden Meadow, LA
I saw a post started a few days ago about cleaning oils, it got me thinking. Of the following oils which would be considered the best cleaning oil?

Castrol Edge 5W30
Pennzoil Platinum 5W30
Valvoline Syn Maxlife 5W30
M1 EP 5W30

It would be run in a 4.8 Vortec Chevy 1500 with a Fram TG10060 for 6k oci.
Also which is the thickest at operating temp?
2006 2500 Dodge 5.9 Cummins Mobil Delvac 15W40, Fleetguard Stratapore 90k miles
Early '99 F250 ECLB 7.3 Stroker, 223k miles

#4638136 - 01/17/18 07:41 PM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
CT8 Offline

Registered: 10/09/14
Posts: 10967
Loc: Idaho
They all have the same ratings.
"Don't let your preconceived notions get in the way of facts."
Geoff Metcalf

#4638142 - 01/17/18 07:44 PM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
SilverFusion2010 Offline

Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1657
Loc: Crawfordville FL
Iíd run the valvoline MaxLife or the penzoil for cleaning.
2010 Ford Fusion SE 3.0L V6, 178k miles M1 HM 10w-30

#4638144 - 01/17/18 07:44 PM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
147_Grain Offline

Registered: 03/11/13
Posts: 1952
Loc: USA
Use a standard oil with more frequent oil changes to get the engine clean.

#4638145 - 01/17/18 07:45 PM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
gathermewool Offline

Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 5987
You need to work on your thread titling skill.

1. What makes you think anything needs cleaning?

2. Lookup the viscosity spec online - you've been a member since 2011...

#4638161 - 01/17/18 07:56 PM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
spasm3 Offline

Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8651
Loc: North Carolina
Mobil 1 hm claims specifically to be a cleaning oil. 12.1 cst at 100c

Edited by spasm3 (01/17/18 07:57 PM)
13 elantra 68k 5w30 QSUD
03 chevy avalanche76k synpwr 10w30
01 saturnsc1 185k synpwr rebuilt
17 mazda cx-5 3900 miles m1 0w20/0w40 mix

#4638193 - 01/17/18 08:24 PM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
barkingspider Offline

Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2046
Loc: socal
All are good oils. I would use whatever is cheapest and perhaps change the oil more often like 4-5k miles vs 6k. Donít which is the thickest at operating temp. If u want thicker, use 10w30
06 Cadillac Escalade Ext
17 Cadillac ATS (wife)
05 Toyota Camry (daughter)
11 GMC Canyon off-road (daily)

#4638271 - 01/17/18 10:06 PM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
das_peikko Offline

Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 505
Loc: San Antonio, TX
If the oil is any good at cleaning it'll get dark within 2000 miles. That's been my experience with VML.

#4638289 - 01/17/18 10:19 PM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
FermeLaPorte Offline

Registered: 07/25/17
Posts: 469
Loc: Texas (south)
Any HDEO would do a better job than normal synthetics in my opinion.

Edited by FermeLaPorte (01/17/18 10:20 PM)
Always Mobil 1
2014 1.6L Nissan Versa Sedan, 5 spd, 5k OCI.
2011 3.5L Chevrolet Impala, Automatic, 5k OCI.

#4638415 - 01/18/18 05:36 AM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
dnewton3 Offline

Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 7389
Loc: Indianapolis, IN
There is absolutely no evidence that anyone can point to that would indicate what a "best" oil is ...
Not the "best" cleaning oil.
Not the "best" cold weather oil.
Not the "best" wearing oil.

Yada yada yada.

There are plenty of good oils. But no one here I know of has a shred of credible data to prove what is the "best" of anything.
The act of preventative maintenance, in and of itself, is FAR MORE important than brand/grade/base choices among lubes and filters.
- under maintaining something is akin to abuse/neglect; that can kill equipment by shortening the lifespan
- over maintaining something has never been proven to be anything but a waste of time and money

#4638420 - 01/18/18 05:46 AM Re: 5W30 [Re: dnewton3]
das_peikko Offline

Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 505
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Originally Posted By: dnewton3
There are plenty of good oils. But no one here I know of has a shred of credible data to prove what is the "best" of anything.

I totally agree. If people present an opinion without a shred of evidence to back it up, ban them for life!

#4638492 - 01/18/18 08:00 AM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
46Harry Offline

Registered: 01/08/12
Posts: 408
Loc: hawthorne, Ca.
I don't believe there is much difference in the 5W-30 oils produced by the major oil suppliers. They all have an SN rating and will give good service in engines requiring a 5W-30 oil. Change the oil at the recommended intervals and you will never know the difference between the oils.

#4638500 - 01/18/18 08:08 AM Re: 5W30 [Re: mobilaltima]
Snagglefoot Offline

Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1719
Loc: Alberta
I pretty much agree with that 46Harry, but you'll be upsetting the wanna-be chemists at this forum. LOL.


#4638516 - 01/18/18 08:16 AM Re: 5W30 [Re: dnewton3]
bbhero Offline

Registered: 03/20/15
Posts: 4625
Loc: Virginia
Dnewton3 you know full well this idea comes from.. Pennzoil advertising, Castrol advertising etc etc... Look at what some of these oil claim to do. That's where people get stuck on the "cleaning" or prevention aspects of oils. Now I am not saying Pennzoil or Castrol is bad for doing that. It's their job to promote their products to the market. For the record I like Castrol Ultraclean myself. But that's just a personal preference. Nothing more to it.

Edited by bbhero (01/18/18 08:17 AM)
Nissan Altima 3.5 Coupe Valvoline Advanced Full Synthetic 5w30 Federated Auto 4612ex
"Treat your family like your friends and treat your friends like your family."

#4638530 - 01/18/18 08:27 AM Re: 5W30 [Re: 46Harry]
BJD78 Offline

Registered: 08/05/17
Posts: 493
Loc: Nebraska
Exactly, the way I figure is, the used vehicles I can afford to buy always have over 80K on them and some well over 100K and I tend to keep my vehicles for a long time and look for another once they get above 300K. Since I have had several vehicles go to 300K and beyond with regular oil, that is good enough for me. I would be looking to get rid of the vehicle at 300K no matter what type of oil is in the pan.
2010 Forester:122K
2009 Sonata :189K
2010 Tucson:55K

OCI 5K using the cheapest dino oil I can buy,usually NAPA or TSC Travelers oil.