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#4802412 - 07/01/18 02:29 PM OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18?
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6350
Loc: USA
It calls for 5w20 or 0w20, and that is what I've been using on the car. Usually a house brand synthetic or a name-brand syn when on sale.

But since I got the T6 for free, and the car takes exactly 4 quarts which is the size of the gallons of T6 I got, I thought I'd consider using it on the Civic. However, the T6 is a thicker 5w30, almost a 40, on a car that specs 0/5w20

If using the thick 5w30 is not a good idea in the R18, I can get the Napa Synthetic (Synpower) 0w20 for 2.99/qt this week. Or perhaps the SMitty's 5w20 at Kmart for 1.99/qt

I used Purolators in the past, but I don't anymore for obvious reasons. The next oil change it gets will be the new silicone PH7317, which is what the A02 is.

The OCI is the one suggested by the MM, usually around 6k, give or take.

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#4802416 - 07/01/18 02:33 PM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
bbhero Offline


Registered: 03/20/15
Posts: 4724
Loc: Virginia
I'd run it. HTHS 3.5 or slightly above is no huge change. Free oil= run that and keep on trucking in my book smile
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#4802419 - 07/01/18 02:38 PM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 12897
Loc: Northern Kentucky
Yes you can use whatever you want within reason.
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#4802428 - 07/01/18 02:48 PM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1907
Loc: SE British Columbia, Canada
Yes, it's SN rated and I honestly think 5W30 is fine in a car specifying 5-W20. I run 5W30 in a Ford specifying 5W20. The anti-CAFE Bitoggers convinced me. smile


Edited by Snagglefoot (07/01/18 02:58 PM)

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#4802503 - 07/01/18 04:51 PM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
KCJeep Offline


Registered: 06/30/11
Posts: 7018
Loc: Mahzurrah!
Engines in general are tolerant or even thrive on a lot more oils than most are spec'd for these days. No worries especially if you are going thicker IMO.

I have a host of 20 grade vehicles (supposedly) but they all get 30's or right now the KIA is on 0w40. Never a problem. The best UOA I ever had on my Jeep was on an oil a grade higher than specified (10w40).

JMO.
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00 Chevy Lumina 196k - Supertech FS HM 5w30
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#4802577 - 07/01/18 06:49 PM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
The Critic Online   crying


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 19881
Loc: CA
Yes, 5W-30 will work fine but it is not necessary either.

Also, can you do me a favor and not replace every functional wear component on the Honda with aftermarket parts? wink
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#4802605 - 07/01/18 07:18 PM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
umungus1122 Offline


Registered: 02/12/08
Posts: 1090
Loc: PA
Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
It calls for 5w20 or 0w20, and that is what I've been using on the car. Usually a house brand synthetic or a name-brand syn when on sale.

But since I got the T6 for free, and the car takes exactly 4 quarts which is the size of the gallons of T6 I got, I thought I'd consider using it on the Civic. However, the T6 is a thicker 5w30, almost a 40, on a car that specs 0/5w20

If using the thick 5w30 is not a good idea in the R18, I can get the Napa Synthetic (Synpower) 0w20 for 2.99/qt this week. Or perhaps the SMitty's 5w20 at Kmart for 1.99/qt

I used Purolators in the past, but I don't anymore for obvious reasons. The next oil change it gets will be the new silicone PH7317, which is what the A02 is.

The OCI is the one suggested by the MM, usually around 6k, give or take.
How'd you get it free? Yep, SN, run with no worries.
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#4803043 - 07/02/18 10:21 AM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6350
Loc: USA
Sounds good thumbsup

I will try the T6 in the Civic

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#4803649 - 07/03/18 12:37 AM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
Bullwinkle007 Online   content


Registered: 02/12/18
Posts: 172
Loc: California
Castrol 0 40. Is what I would run

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#4803659 - 07/03/18 01:21 AM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
FordCapriDriver Offline


Registered: 10/22/15
Posts: 2446
Loc: Balearic Islands , Spain
I would, would be really interesting to see a UOA of that aswell.
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#4803733 - 07/03/18 07:48 AM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: KCJeep]
dubber09 Offline


Registered: 02/09/17
Posts: 155
Loc: Vancouver, Canada
Originally Posted By: KCJeep
Engines in general are tolerant or even thrive on a lot more oils than most are spec'd for these days. No worries especially if you are going thicker IMO.

I have a host of 20 grade vehicles (supposedly) but they all get 30's or right now the KIA is on 0w40. Never a problem. The best UOA I ever had on my Jeep was on an oil a grade higher than specified (10w40).

JMO.


LOL, I'm running 2 Kias on GC 0w-40 now, smoother and gave me better gas mileage too compared to PP 5w-30.


Edited by dubber09 (07/03/18 07:48 AM)

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#4803762 - 07/03/18 08:23 AM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
Vladiator Offline


Registered: 01/04/16
Posts: 737
Loc: NC
I had a 2010 Honda Civic with that R18. Ran 0w20, 5w20, 5w30, 5w40, 0w40 in it without an issue. When I ran 5w50 once - it felt a little sluggish and slight hit on fuel economy (35mpg instead of usual 37mpg Hwy). Run your 5w30 T6 and keep your trans fluid fresh red.
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#4803815 - 07/03/18 09:30 AM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: Vladiator]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6350
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Vladiator
I had a 2010 Honda Civic with that R18. Ran 0w20, 5w20, 5w30, 5w40, 0w40 in it without an issue. When I ran 5w50 once - it felt a little sluggish and slight hit on fuel economy (35mpg instead of usual 37mpg Hwy). Run your 5w30 T6 and keep your trans fluid fresh red.


ATF is also changed according to the MM. I typically use Castrol Full Synthetic ATF. It is still nice and red thumbsup

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#4806328 - 07/05/18 10:14 PM Re: OK to use Rotella T6 5w30 in a 2008 Civic R18? [Re: slacktide_bitog]
Garak Offline


Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 24712
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
I'd run it, too, in that application.
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2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515

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