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#4726343 - 04/13/18 11:26 PM add my maxlife 5 30
Hybrid Offline


Registered: 10/31/15
Posts: 52
Loc: California
hi all !
i have a few jugs of Valvoline maxlife 5 30 and was wondering if its ok
to add it to my 2 other vehicles requiring 0w 20?. and how much to add.

thx

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#4726347 - 04/13/18 11:30 PM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid]
rollinpete Offline


Registered: 03/20/17
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#4726349 - 04/13/18 11:33 PM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid]
Dave9 Offline


Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 188
Loc: Cincinnati, USA
I would avoid that unless they're burning oil, at least not put more than a quart in at each oil change if that. Maxlife contains seal swellers which if you don't have worn out seals, will cause them to wear faster.

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#4726350 - 04/13/18 11:35 PM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: rollinpete]
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Registered: 10/31/15
Posts: 52
Loc: California
thx
i was thinking 25% or 3:1 ??

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#4726351 - 04/13/18 11:36 PM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Dave9]
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Registered: 10/31/15
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Loc: California
... even in summer in cali ??

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#4726358 - 04/13/18 11:47 PM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid]
Dave9 Offline


Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 188
Loc: Cincinnati, USA
You have some reason to believe that seal swellers in Cali go on vacation during the summer? Adding a little 5W30 of regular oil (not maxlife) would be fine but there's a reason that those seal swellers aren't put in ALL oil, only for worn engines. Once you start using it you'll want to keep using it.


Edited by Dave9 (04/13/18 11:47 PM)

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#4726476 - 04/14/18 07:40 AM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid]
Carbon12 Offline


Registered: 03/10/15
Posts: 199
Loc: MO
No oil company or auto manufacturer that I am aware of makes any kind of claim that once a high mileage oil is used it must continue to be used. Maxlife full synthetic carries Dexos (GM) approval so it's suitable even in a new car. The maxlife syn blend carried in the past as well. All oils, regular or HM are said to contain seal conditioners but they are a little higher in HM oils. It's very doubtful you will have any problems adding some HM oil to regular even in a lower mileage vehicle and then switch back to all non HM

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#4726487 - 04/14/18 07:58 AM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid]
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Registered: 11/29/08
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What are the two cars you want to use it in and what's the mileage of each car?

I would agree that using a 3:1 ratio should be fine.
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#4726542 - 04/14/18 09:22 AM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid]
mjk Offline


Registered: 02/15/11
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I thought that one of the conditions of API SN oil, was seal conditioners were included in ALL oils that met this spec.

At least, I thought I read about that years ago, when we moved to SN.

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#4726569 - 04/14/18 09:52 AM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41883
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: Hybrid
thx
i was thinking 25% or 3:1 ??


That would be my approach. And I'd only blend it with valvoline, preferably maxlife oil.

Would result in a viscous 20wt a very thin 30. Either should be just fine. Since we're not in the winter, startup viscosity is less of an issue.

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#4726605 - 04/14/18 10:21 AM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2876
Loc: Wet side WA
I always have left over top off oil buying 5 Qt. Jugs. I'm not brand loyal. I use whatever oil I have left over for top off. Then what I don't use gets put in the mower at the beginning and middle of mowing season.
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#4726656 - 04/14/18 11:20 AM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid]
csandste Offline


Registered: 05/31/02
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Haven't been to a Valvoline Instant Oil Change place for over a year, but at least before losing Dexos 1.2 status, Maxlife was the only semi syn they carried. As referred above, it's good to go in any car, even new and seal softeners are no big deal.
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#4727259 - 04/14/18 11:21 PM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: JC1]
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Registered: 10/31/15
Posts: 52
Loc: California
2013 CRV 55k mi. and 2016 highlander 30k mi.


Edited by Hybrid (04/14/18 11:23 PM)

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#4727277 - 04/15/18 12:30 AM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid]
oldhp Offline


Registered: 06/28/12
Posts: 1651
Loc: USA
I thought it has seal conditioners, to keep them soft and pliable, not seal swellers. No?
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#4727283 - 04/15/18 12:52 AM Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: oldhp]
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Registered: 10/31/15
Posts: 52
Loc: California
well maybe, according to him, seal conditioners become seal swellers if not
used properly. not ??

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