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Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 #4715859
04/04/18 08:34 AM
04/04/18 08:34 AM
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Chester County/Pa.
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Hello everybody,

Came to the conclusion that the Shell Rotella T6 Multi Vehicle 5W30 is not compatible with the Acura in signature. Have ran this oil for 400 plus miles now -- engine is very sluggish and my MPGs took a significant hit also. I drained the oil this morning and will run it in my Baja that is speced for 5W30. The Acura states on the filler cap & manual to use 5W20. Replaced the Rotella T6 with Quaker State High Mileage 5W20 paired with a Fram Ultra.


Dale


2017 VW Jetta SE TSI 1.4L Turbo (hers)
M1 Euro 0W40 & FU (19K)
2008 Acura TL 3.2L PPPP 0W20 & FU (108K)
2005 Subaru Baja AWD 2.5L N/A 5spd.
QSHM 5W30 & FU (100K)
2000 Ram 4X4 5.9L (93K) PYB 10W30 & FU
Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: BAJA_05] #4715864
04/04/18 08:37 AM
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Of course it too thick. Too high HTHS too.

Slow those pistons way down.

Thickest you should ever need is QSUD 10w30.

Unless your running AC motor or giant turbo nitrous combo

May be too much for BAJA too. Most I ever ran was 1/2 sump 10w30 rotella triple in an EJ253 the rest was 5w30 shell GF3 SL.

Last edited by ARCOgraphite; 04/04/18 08:40 AM.

2019 VW Jetta S,6M OCI#0 1136mi-Castrol Edge Prof? VW508+OE Filter; '17 Subaru Crosstrek CVT OC#6 43467mi-Valvoline Adv 0w20 + SOA Filter
Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: BAJA_05] #4715905
04/04/18 09:07 AM
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Wading through mud vs water. harder for smaller engines.


06 Escalade 6.0L LQ9 AWD 165k M1 0w40
03 Maxima 3.5L POS 162k ST HM 10w30
05 Malibu Classic 108k Unk
Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: BAJA_05] #4715933
04/04/18 09:19 AM
04/04/18 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted By: BAJA_05
Came to the conclusion that the Shell Rotella T6 Multi Vehicle 5W30 is not compatible with the Acura in signature. Have ran this oil for 400 plus miles now -- engine is very sluggish and my MPGs took a significant hit also.


Do whatever you like, but it sounds like pretty doubtful "science". You've concluded that your MPGs took a significant hit after, essentially, one tankful of fuel? OK.

Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: khittner] #4715938
04/04/18 09:22 AM
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BAJA_05 Offline OP
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Believe me, my car/my engine -- I KNOW WHATS UP!!! wink


Dale


2017 VW Jetta SE TSI 1.4L Turbo (hers)
M1 Euro 0W40 & FU (19K)
2008 Acura TL 3.2L PPPP 0W20 & FU (108K)
2005 Subaru Baja AWD 2.5L N/A 5spd.
QSHM 5W30 & FU (100K)
2000 Ram 4X4 5.9L (93K) PYB 10W30 & FU
Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: BAJA_05] #4715945
04/04/18 09:25 AM
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I think it's very close to being a 40wt oil. One of the thickest 30 wt oils out there.

Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: BAJA_05] #4715953
04/04/18 09:29 AM
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Send it to me my truck doesn't mind.
grin


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Chevron Delo SAE 30 CF/SL Fram XG8A

1978 Chevy Nova 250 I6 Borg Warner T5
Rotella 10W40 Fram XG5

Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: BAJA_05] #4715961
04/04/18 09:31 AM
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Acura used 5W30 in their 2.4L until 2009. They changed the 2.4L to 5W20 on my 2010 Model. I have mostly ran 5W30/10W30 synthetic and the car doesn't know the difference. I am highly skeptical that 5W30 bogs your engine down. Did you put 30 quarts of oil in it?


17 Chrysler Pacifica Edge Syn 5W30
13 Yamaha XT250 Valv MC 10W40
10 Acura TSX 2.4 SuperTech Syn 5W20
06 GMC Sierra SuperTech 10W30


Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: BAJA_05] #4715990
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Doesn’t matter what we think, if 5w20 works for you, then cool.


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05 Toyota Camry (daughter)
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Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: khittner] #4716018
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Originally Posted By: khittner

Do whatever you like, but it sounds like pretty doubtful "science". You've concluded that your MPGs took a significant hit after, essentially, one tankful of fuel? OK.

Agreed.


1997 Maxima 197k, Castrol GTX Synblend 5W-30, FL400S
2004 Corolla 197k, VWB + SSS + Rislone cocktail, MGL51516
Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: zorobabel] #4716028
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Originally Posted By: zorobabel
Originally Posted By: khittner

Do whatever you like, but it sounds like pretty doubtful "science". You've concluded that your MPGs took a significant hit after, essentially, one tankful of fuel? OK.

Agreed.


+1


God Bless Our Troops

Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: BAJA_05] #4716058
04/04/18 10:53 AM
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Cold snap probably had more to do with the MPG?


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Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: BAJA_05] #4716131
04/04/18 12:17 PM
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Just got back from a 40 mile round trip after I changed the oil this morning. The PEP is BACK -- another observation I discovered; when I had the Rotella T6 5W30 oil in it -- the cock pit would get hotter than normal after about 15 minutes of driving. Just seemed like the motor was putting out excessive heat?? Now, reset my fuel mileage and the up and back trip to the Honda/Acura dealer to get some aluminum crush washers & Acura auto tranny fluid. Fuel mileage up and back is at 27 mpg. Same trip last week to pick sandwiches up in that area -- 23 mpg up and back.


2017 VW Jetta SE TSI 1.4L Turbo (hers)
M1 Euro 0W40 & FU (19K)
2008 Acura TL 3.2L PPPP 0W20 & FU (108K)
2005 Subaru Baja AWD 2.5L N/A 5spd.
QSHM 5W30 & FU (100K)
2000 Ram 4X4 5.9L (93K) PYB 10W30 & FU
Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: bubbatime] #4716136
04/04/18 12:20 PM
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First of all -- my engine is the 3.2L not your smaller 2.4L engine. Secondly, I put 4.5 quarts of oil in it like I always do when I used the Rotella T6 5W30.


2017 VW Jetta SE TSI 1.4L Turbo (hers)
M1 Euro 0W40 & FU (19K)
2008 Acura TL 3.2L PPPP 0W20 & FU (108K)
2005 Subaru Baja AWD 2.5L N/A 5spd.
QSHM 5W30 & FU (100K)
2000 Ram 4X4 5.9L (93K) PYB 10W30 & FU
Re: Pulling the plug on Rotella T6 5W30 [Re: jakewells] #4716141
04/04/18 12:24 PM
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Sorry, cant do that -- I am purchasing my neighbors 2000 Dodge Ram 4WD 5.2L that im sure will luv the Rotella T6 5W30 here in the next week or two. His truck sits parked with 92,xxx miles on it. He just got a brand new Jeep Cherokee and now needs the space in his driveway he says. I offered him $2300.00 and it comes with two brand new doors to replace the doors on there now. I climbed under it and the frame and body are solid. smile


2017 VW Jetta SE TSI 1.4L Turbo (hers)
M1 Euro 0W40 & FU (19K)
2008 Acura TL 3.2L PPPP 0W20 & FU (108K)
2005 Subaru Baja AWD 2.5L N/A 5spd.
QSHM 5W30 & FU (100K)
2000 Ram 4X4 5.9L (93K) PYB 10W30 & FU
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