Recent Topics
1971 VW bus. No hose clamps on fuel filter. Fire
by wrcsixeight
04/27/18 01:41 AM
Toyota's Insistence on using ATF in power steering
by alcyon
04/27/18 01:04 AM
200 Mobil Gas Stations coming to Canada
by Snagglefoot
04/26/18 10:13 PM
Brake Pads 2003 Jetta 1.8
by maxdustington
04/26/18 09:56 PM
Any low cal high mag high zinc 5w40's out there?
by Roland1
04/26/18 09:17 PM
straight-weight 20 oil
by OilUzer
04/26/18 08:38 PM
supertech 15W40 5.3 Chevy
by mobilaltima
04/26/18 08:38 PM
Tokyo Roki 15208AA130 - 4708km
by VolkswagenFox21
04/26/18 08:37 PM
Shell Helix Ultra 0W40, 3070Km, Fiat Barchetta
by Popsy
04/26/18 07:39 PM
Marijuana on the left coast
by Snagglefoot
04/26/18 07:24 PM
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and derivatives are out!
by uc50ic4more
04/26/18 07:21 PM
Cooper CS5'
by gabriel9766
04/26/18 07:07 PM
Zero Turn Front Tires
by AirgunSavant
04/26/18 06:50 PM
$1,000 in rewards/cash back from Chase Bank
by 04SE
04/26/18 06:15 PM
My Life with a Nurse:
by MolaKule
04/26/18 04:32 PM
No start string trimmer
by Whimsey
04/26/18 04:08 PM
HOME REMEDIES Zinc Oxide Folk Remedy- funny
by CourierDriver
04/26/18 01:39 PM
Additive Chemistry Components III
by MolaKule
04/26/18 12:33 PM
Explosion at refinery in Superior, WI.
by john_pifer
04/26/18 12:08 PM
F1 - 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
by gofast182
04/26/18 11:56 AM
Newest Members
Rafaelon, kylek162, Budd33, Jekyll, Superfede
64860 Registered Users
Who's Online
23 registered (dishdude, car51, Drosselmier, ctechbob, 4WD, 1080), 833 Guests and 58 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
64860 Members
68 Forums
282418 Topics
4715165 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#4701630 - 03/21/18 09:12 AM One oil for all cars and driving conditions
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 296
Loc: Maryland
I have three vehicles with widely different driving conditions. I want to start using inexpensive Walmart synthetic to simplify my life, save money and because I HATE chasing rebates. The Super Tech 5w 30 full syn is now rated Dexos 1 Gen 2

The vehicles are ..........

2012 Chevy Cruze - 6000 miles per year. Non turbo, mostly used for longer trips of 15 miles or so. Plan to change oil and filter every year. So far, the OLM shows 50% remaining at one year. 35k miles at present.

1998 Toyota Tacoma - Extreme short tripper. 4000 miles per year. Used for 2 mile a day trips to work. Gets a once a month trip of 20 miles to the landfill. Plan to change oil every six months and the filter yearly. 216K miles at present.

2003 Dodge Caravan - 3.3 V6 - 6000 miles per year. This is the most abusive service IMO. Used for short tripping and trailer towing. The van is driven 2 miles to work for months on end then used to haul a trailer down a highway or up a mountain. The 3.3 V6 is a known sludge engine. Plan to change oil every six months and the filter yearly. 135K miles at present.

Oil filters will probably be Fram Ultra. Available at Walmart with the oil.

What do you folks think of my scheme? Thanks in advance for any advice.

Top
#4701638 - 03/21/18 09:16 AM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
RamFan Offline


Registered: 05/09/10
Posts: 1962
Loc: Illinois, U.S.A
5w30 should suit you well. The only tweak I'd make is to not use a FU on the Caravan. Given the OCI and length of service, a TG, EG or the new Super Tech filter will be more than sufficient. This will save you a few pennies.
_________________________
06 Monte Carlo LT
+3.9l V6 - 185k - Defy/Motorcraft 10w30 - EcoGard Synthetic - OLM
16.5 CX-5 Touring
+2.5l I4 - 42k - SynPower 0w20 - PureOne - 8.5k/1yr

Top
#4701642 - 03/21/18 09:18 AM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4672
Loc: MTL, CANADA
Do you plan to re-use the filters? Based on what your plan is, the oil choice seems absolutely fine. You arent running long intervals. I wouldnt spend so much on Fram Ultras unless you plan to use them twice or more. Personally for single use Id go with a Napa Proselect for 3$ each. I have had great results with them. Or see if you can buy OEMs. Just grab enough filters for 2 yrs of changes. Dont think the ultra is worth the cost for low mileage intervals.
_________________________
2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967


Top
#4701663 - 03/21/18 09:32 AM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
Vladiator Offline


Registered: 01/04/16
Posts: 722
Loc: NC
My choice would be Mobil1 0w40 for all vehicles. As far as filters: Fram Ultra for two OCIs on the Cruze and Tacoma, and one OCI on SuperTech oil filter for the Caravan.
_________________________
Privet Slavyanam!

Top
#4701667 - 03/21/18 09:34 AM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 7486
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
I'm a 10W30 fan myself-if you have a farm store that carries it, the Mystik JT-8 in a 5 gallon pail is hard to beat for the price. Although the Cruze would probably like a 5W30 better.
_________________________
06 Ram 3500 CTD 4X4(FG Venturi), 93 GMC C3500 6.2, 89 F-450 7.3, 98 XJ 4.0(XG8A), 05 xB(XG3600), 15 Transit 3.7, 03 Merc Grand Marquis 4.6 2V(XG2)

Top
#4701669 - 03/21/18 09:36 AM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
oil_film_movies Offline


Registered: 06/13/16
Posts: 2277
Loc: MN
Fram Ultra is not available for the Cruze, you can use the cartridge TG10246 Fram, good choice, Walmart.
Good plan, except choose the Supertech High Mileage version for the 2 older vehicles to make sure the seals stay flexible and don't begin leaking.
Also, Castrol Magnatec 5w30 is available for the Cruze for about the same cost as the SupertTech full syn you mentioned; I'd probably use the Magnatec (again, in Walmart for cheep).

Top
#4701675 - 03/21/18 09:44 AM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
JLTD Offline


Registered: 12/15/17
Posts: 402
Loc: US
Sounds like a great plan.
_________________________
2015 4Runner SR5 1GR-FE

Top
#4701681 - 03/21/18 09:47 AM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18272
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Nothing wrong with the oil choice, I can see that working well in all three but for the use the FU is overkill. The Supertech filter should work well enough for this use.
_________________________
ASE L1, Master. Deutsch Meisterbrief.

Top
#4701830 - 03/21/18 11:47 AM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Trav]
JLTD Offline


Registered: 12/15/17
Posts: 402
Loc: US
Originally Posted By: Trav
Nothing wrong with the oil choice, I can see that working well in all three but for the use the FU is overkill. The Supertech filter should work well enough for this use.


I think OP is trying to replace filters less often...[retracted]...after a re-read it seems the plan is annual.


Edited by JLTD (03/21/18 11:48 AM)
_________________________
2015 4Runner SR5 1GR-FE

Top
#4701857 - 03/21/18 12:00 PM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
Oldmoparguy1 Offline


Registered: 01/21/05
Posts: 5597
Loc: Charlotte, NC
Quote:
2003 Dodge Caravan - 3.3 V6 - 6000 miles per year. This is the most abusive service IMO. Used for short tripping and trailer towing. The van is driven 2 miles to work for months on end then used to haul a trailer down a highway or up a mountain. The 3.3 V6 is a known sludge engine. Plan to change oil every six months and the filter yearly. 135K miles at present.

Where did you get that idea?? The 3.3/3.8 is not a sludge engine. I have 3 3.3's and a 3.8, all over 200k miles. Absolutely no sludge in any of them, I know because I have changed the VC gaskets on them. You might be thinking of the ill fated 2.7 engine. Early ones did have a sludge issue, something to do with the water pump.
_________________________
A Randomly Selected Thought For The Day:
If Noah had used Zip, he could have used a smaller boat.

Top
#4701910 - 03/21/18 12:39 PM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
Char Baby Online   content


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 9778
Loc: ROCHESTER, NY
ST Syn 5W30 sounds good to me!
_________________________
"Retired"
'80 Firebird FORMULA V8/4bbl-purchased "NEW"
'06 Mazda 3i 2.0L
'15 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV

Top
#4701967 - 03/21/18 01:32 PM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldmoparguy1]
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 296
Loc: Maryland
oldmoparguy1, thanks for your input. I read this engine is considered a " sludger " on a Dodge Caravan forum. I did try running Mobil 1 EP and a Mobil 1 filter for one year and 6000 miles, short tripping and trailer towing. At the end of the year, the drained oil appeared thick and opaque, looking for all the world like black paint. I know looking at the oil is no substitute for a UOA, but, I have never seen oil look that bad.

My rationale for 6 month oil changes on short trippers is to use a cheaper oil and dump the impurities, water, and maybe fuel contamination earlier.


Edited by Oldtom (03/21/18 01:35 PM)

Top
#4701973 - 03/21/18 01:37 PM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
PeterPolyol Offline


Registered: 03/06/16
Posts: 1179
Loc: toronto
Synthetic 10W30 LOL

Top
#4702099 - 03/21/18 03:28 PM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
Dyusik Offline


Registered: 09/26/14
Posts: 1874
Loc: US-WA
Around here all you need is a 10w30.
If I lived where you do, I'd just use M1 0w40. 0 winter, medium weight, long drain capable, under 5 bucks a qt at Costco several times per year.
_________________________
95 Cherokee 190K DELO 10W30,XG8
07 IS250 96K FB ?w??,FULL
04 YZF-R1 18K DELO 15w40,XG7317
99 HD XL1200S 18K 76 20w50,1515
14 RX450h 30k PP 0w20,NAPAG

Top
#4702102 - 03/21/18 03:29 PM Re: One oil for all cars and driving conditions [Re: Oldtom]
toneydoc Offline


Registered: 12/16/11
Posts: 1677
Loc: War Eagle
I would use your oil choice and SuperTech filters and change the oil and filter once per year on all vehicles. That was easy
_________________________
1994 Jeep 157k Mobil 5000 5w30
2014 Camry 31k QS AD 5w30
2018 Jeep Cherokee 1k factory fill
2014 HD Ultra 34k Mobil1 15w50
2012 Rav4 35k PP 5w20

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >