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

Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid] #4726347
04/13/18 11:30 PM
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50 50


Pete.
97 Ford Expl.Sport 4.0 ohv 4wd 5spddrive184k miles
Last Change;
Penn. Plat. HM. 5w30
Fram xg8a, Fram CA8141

I like my oil (slippery).

Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid] #4726349
04/13/18 11:33 PM
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Cincinnati, USA
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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.

Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: rollinpete] #4726350
04/13/18 11:35 PM
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thx
i was thinking 25% or 3:1 ??

Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Dave9] #4726351
04/13/18 11:36 PM
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... even in summer in cali ??

Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid] #4726358
04/13/18 11:47 PM
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Cincinnati, USA
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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.

Last edited by Dave9; 04/13/18 11:47 PM.
Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid] #4726476
04/14/18 07:40 AM
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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

Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid] #4726487
04/14/18 07:58 AM
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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.


2015 Grand Caravan SXT Plus 5w-20 PPPP/Fram Ultra Filter
1997 Honda Civic CX 5w-30 Shell Conventional/Fram Ultra Filter
Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid] #4726542
04/14/18 09:22 AM
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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.

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

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


2004 Corolla 124831
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74277
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18
Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid] #4726656
04/14/18 11:20 AM
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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.


2017 Kia Soul Plus-- Valvoline MaxLife Blend 5-20, 48,000 miles.
Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: JC1] #4727259
04/14/18 11:21 PM
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2013 CRV 55k mi. and 2016 highlander 30k mi.

Last edited by Hybrid; 04/14/18 11:23 PM.
Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: Hybrid] #4727277
04/15/18 12:30 AM
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I thought it has seal conditioners, to keep them soft and pliable, not seal swellers. No?



Re: add my maxlife 5 30 [Re: oldhp] #4727283
04/15/18 12:52 AM
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California
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well maybe, according to him, seal conditioners become seal swellers if not
used properly. not ??

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