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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #4997556 01/31/19 09:22 PM
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In previous winters I was running M1 0w20 in my Civic but this winter I'm running PUP 5w20 and even at -22C this morning it still started up just fine. That's pretty much the coldest we'll ever see up here, so I don't need a 0w20 in this car at all (I still run 0w40 in the BMW but not for the 0w part, it's simply because Castrol 0w40 is a great oil and better than most other 5w40s including their own)


2018 Corvette, 22k, M1 ESP Formula 5w30 & NAPA Gold
2006 Civic EX Coupe, 156k, PUP 5w20 & Fram Ultra
2010 BMW 328i X-Drive,130k, GC 0w40 & Fram Ultra

Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #4997558 01/31/19 09:24 PM
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5w-30 synthetic (Castrol Edge EP) is surprisingly thicker to pour vs 5w-20 synthetic (Formula Shell) in this video at -26F. 5w-20 wasn’t much different than 0w-20.






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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4997562 01/31/19 09:25 PM
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Honestly, I've never run a 0w-30 oil in my Alaska-based Chevy Silverado -- only 5w-30 synthetics or semi-syn in the summer. Only occasionally, does it get -30 in the "Valley" area, 50 miles north of Anchorage. But, I bet the 0w oils would benefit my truck in those frigid conditions up north.

I believe Mobil makes a 0w-30 oil for that need. I wonder what other company does?

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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #4997573 01/31/19 09:33 PM
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No problems starting my cruze in low 20’s with pp 10w30


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19 cruze auto 1.4t amsoil oe 5w20 tuned on 24psi
Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Dylan1303] #4997578 01/31/19 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Dylan1303
No problems starting my cruze in low 20’s with pp 10w30




Wait until next week.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #4997590 01/31/19 09:55 PM
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Chicago suburb, low of -24, high temperature for the day-10. 2013 Camry sitting outside for 26 hours ( MB1 0w20) a little hesitant to start, but it did start.The battery is original, almost six years old.I guess I should be thankful!

Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #4997592 01/31/19 09:56 PM
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Honda started just fine in the heated garage. Castrol 0w20


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: 69Torino] #4997593 01/31/19 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by 69Torino
No problems in my driveway with a 294k mile Ford Freestyle and a 210k mile Hyundai Santa Fe. Both have 5w-20 in them at the moment. Starting 137 diesel school buses this morning however was quite the challenge. We went through CASES of ether.

What kind of diesel engines in the busses? Does the manufacturer say that that ether is OK to us in them?


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: SteveG4] #4997600 01/31/19 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by SteveG4


I believe Mobil makes a 0w-30 oil for that need. I wonder what other company does?




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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #4997616 01/31/19 10:27 PM
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had an oil thirsty 72 nova 307 cu in, running valvoline conventional 20-50 to cut consumption, 0 degrees = no start!!! few years ago in my traded hardly i had Amsoil 20-50 in it in a cold garage prolly hi 30's lo 40's killed battery before starting. back then Amsoil synthetic was advertised as PAO, but i wonder about that!!!

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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #4997633 01/31/19 10:56 PM
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Started once Opel Vectra B 20.16V in Bosnia on -42c having Olma 10W40 oil in it (Slovenian company). Camshafts complaind for 2-3 seconds, but everything was OK.
In Colorado, started various vehicles I had around -37c while sitting overnight, none had issues with 5W oils in them, and Tiguan since it always had 0W40, never complained. None vehicle had rattling noise.
Sienna on other hand ALWYAS has rattling noise regardless of ambient temperature.


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15' Toyota Sienna AWD (Mobil1 5W30 EP+OE filter).
Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #4997662 01/31/19 11:32 PM
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Huh, great coincidence- I have a coworker who might have a oil related issue with engine damage, but its too soon to tell.

https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4997659/cold-temps-blown-engine

Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: PimTac] #4997675 01/31/19 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by PimTac
Originally Posted by Dylan1303
No problems starting my cruze in low 20’s with pp 10w30




Wait until next week.

My zip is 99006 i only see a low of 18 comming up. I think i will be fine. I never had a cold start issue in my life but theres always a first time.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #4997686 02/01/19 12:03 AM
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My 2016 Chevy 2500 started and had a bad power steering whine this morning at -15f. Coworker started his work truck yesterday in about -25f and didn’t get oil pressure till he shut it off and restarted it. He said it started fine this morning but when he went to leave the truck said the outside temp was -35f. Where he lives I belieave it was officially lower than -30f. Don’t know if the truck was accurate or not.

I keept forgetting to take out the calibrated tempature probe in my truck to see how cold it really was. They finally decided they were going to give up on trying to get our pipeline run yesterday. My valve actuators that are supposed to be good for -40 wasn’t wanting to operate. I use arctic grease and synthetic gear oil and it isn’t enough.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: dwcopple] #4997696 02/01/19 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by dwcopple
Nope, thanks to an insulated garage.

Nope, not me either, thanks to living in South Florida. I almost had to put a jacket on the other day. Thank goodness I've got 0w-20 in the Prius... laugh


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07 Avalon XLS, Cassis Pearl, only 70k miles (M1 EP 5w-30).
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