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Top off oil ? #4726711
04/14/18 12:32 PM
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Do you think it really matters much if you use a different brand of top off oil other then what is in the sump? Let's say you are 4,000 miles into a 7,500 OCI and running QSUD 5w30 and add 1 quart of Motorcraft simi synthetic 5w30 Are you messing up the chemistry of the QSUD or after 4,000 miles does the chemistry of the QSUD even matter all that much?

Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4726717
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I like to buy and extra quart of the oil that's already in my vehicles but it likely doesn't matter as long as it's quality oil. I think there was a similar post not to long ago.


'99 Cavalier 5w 30 SuperTech conventional
'11 Impala 5w 30 Magnatec full synthetic
'12 Colorado 5w 30 Magnatec full synthetic
*regular Wix oil filters for all
Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4726736
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The only time it really matters is in the winter when you're trying to maintain a zero winter weight. In your situation it would be good since you're replenishing the additive pack. Plus the oil is less dirty in the sump.

Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4726740
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Nope everything is ok...just try to top off with similar oil base (mineral/semisyn/syn) and weight


2011 Hyundai i30 1.4 CVVT Shell Helix Ultra 5w40
1997 Toyota Landcruiser KZJ95 3.0 TD Shell Rimula R6M 10w40
Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Kamele0N] #4726761
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Originally Posted By: Kamele0N
Nope everything is ok...just try to top off with similar oil base (mineral/semisyn/syn) and weight


If you threw some syn on top of mineral wouldn't you get semisyn? Why would that be bad?


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Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4726764
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Think of it this way, when you make the switch (couldn't help myself, sorry), you have about a top off's worth of oil in the engine. Now that is quantity, the quality of the remaining oil is the opposite of what you are about to do.
Still worried?
None of mine need topping off, the IS is finally fixed thanks to TSB, except for the HD. When I do top off, it's never the same, usually up a grade or two. With this manner, the more I top off, the less I need to. Your experiences may vary of course.
This is the perfect moment when the saying "oil is oil" applies.


95 Cherokee 190K DELO 10W30, XG8
07 IS250 100K Napa 10w30, FULL
04 YZF-R1 19K DELO 15w40, XG7317
99 HD XL1200S 20K VR1 20w50, NG1515
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Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4726787
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It's gonna blow up.


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Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4726792
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In my Peugeot i have 5 different oils, of 2 different viscosities mixed in, and nothing has blown up smile


1975 Ford Capri II Ghia 3000 V6, - Shell Helix HX3 20W-50 w/ 20% Rimula R4X 15W-40 HDEO.

1988 Ford Escort Mk4 Xr3i Cabrio, - Shell Rimula R4X 15W-40, w/ 30% Helix 3 20W-50.
Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4726795
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The most I do is top off a synthetic with another synthetic. I try to use the same weight but whatever I have on hand gets tossed in. Some oil is better than low oil, IMO.


2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 4K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 56K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 211K

Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4726817
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Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4726889
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For me, if your top off oil is the same API certification, I'll go thicker, not lighter, and use what I have handy or already opened. Everclear never.


2017 Honda Odyssey SE, 15K
2013 Honda Accord LX, 58K
2007 Honda Ridgeline RTS, 87K
2007 Infiniti M35, 106K
Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4726924
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Oil is oil there all use the same additives. What chemistry is there to mess up.


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2018 Ford F350 6.2
Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4727008
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It does not matter. One of the primary functions of oil is to transfer heat. So more is better. Volume counts. Prolly more than trying to figure out if partially used chemistry will be negatively impacted ...


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4727039
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I have some old sm Napa syn From a broken case I carry around for top up. Lasting forever..


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2018 Tacoma off-road Castrol 5w30 Magnatec
Re: Top off oil ? [Re: Camprunner] #4727044
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I have a big jug with the label torn off and "EURO MIX" sharpied on the side.

It's a mix of Pennzoil, Mobil, and Castrol 0W-40 oils with a bit of HDEO. All my leftovers go in there and I use it to top off anything and everything.


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