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Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? #5115997
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Through various threads here an "HTHS 3.0 minimum reference" is stated as the base line minimum for engine protection . That would then seem to render HTHS readings below 3.0 (i.e. 2.7) to be inferior or at least less than desirable in engine protection . Perhaps stated another way : "What makes an HTHS of 2.7 less desirable than an HTHS of 3.0 and above ? ... Are their tests of HTHS 2.7 and HTHS 3.0 run side by side in the same temp , load , RPM , etc. conditions that show a clear difference in protection ?


'17 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L GDI 5W30 Valvoline Advanced Syn / Fram Ultra
'10 Hyundai Elantra 2.0L 5W30 PP / Fram Ultra
'07 Kia Sedona 3.8L 5W30 M1 EP HM / Fram Ultra
Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ChrisD46] #5116000
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I suppose that oil that evaporates and shears less under load is desirable but unless coupled with other attributes may be meaningless. For example: an oil that has a high HTHS but say a cold pour point of 40 degrees F probably would be harmful to engines anyplace except the tropics. Many modern oils have given up some HTHS for a lower viscosity and improved economy. With the right add pack and other attributes the HTHS seems less relevant than your hard and fast rule would seem to dictate. Most of these new 16 weight motor oils have relatively low HTHS numbers.

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Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ChrisD46] #5116004
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Originally Posted by ChrisD46
Through various threads here an "HTHS 3.0 minimum reference" is stated as the base line minimum for engine protection . That would then seem to render HTHS readings below 3.0 (i.e. 2.7) to be inferior or at least less than desirable in engine protection . Perhaps stated another way : "What makes an HTHS of 2.7 less desirable than an HTHS of 3.0 and above ? ... Are their tests of HTHS 2.7 and HTHS 3.0 run side by side in the same temp , load , RPM , etc. conditions that show a clear difference in protection ?

Your Korean engines-designs desire more frequent oil changes. Buy a brand name that you like - in the viscosity range of your owners manual and keep rollin'.


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04 Colorado 3.5 Castrol Edge 0W40 Euro & K&N filter
03 Malibu 3.1 QS / Valv Syn 5w30 mix Fram EG filter
Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ChrisD46] #5116033
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I use the overseas manual to choose my oil viscosity.

Using AMSOIL

Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 149k, SS5w30/Amsoil

His: 2015 4Runner 55k, OE5w30/Wix

Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ChrisD46] #5116038
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I don't think there would be a difference in wear or protection for the average driver. For me it's an insurance policy. I keep my vehicles until I die. If the vehicles die I fix them. I like to stay in the 3.0 to 3.5 range.


2005 Ranger 3.0 - SuperTech Syn 5w-30/Motorcraft
2000 4Runner 3.4 - SuperTech Syn 5w-30/Toyota
1997 B2500 Van 3.9 - M1 HM 10w-30/Mopar
1993 F150 4.9 - SuperTech Syn 5w-30/Motorcraft
Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ka9mnx] #5116051
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Originally Posted by ka9mnx
For me it's an insurance policy. I keep my vehicles until I die. If the vehicles die I fix them.


Hope your insurance policy has great life insurance coverage. Do not die on us ka9mnx.


19 Hyundai SantaFe 2.4GDI Castrol Edge 5w30 / NAPA Mann-Hummel filter / 6oz Liqui-Moly Treatment
04 Colorado 3.5 Castrol Edge 0W40 Euro & K&N filter
03 Malibu 3.1 QS / Valv Syn 5w30 mix Fram EG filter
Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ChrisD46] #5116063
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My opinion has been-use what the manufacturer suggests, as long as the mfr. seems to know what they're doing, and the engine doesn't wear enough that oil pressure starts dropping. Unfortunately, with CAFE going a little wild, I'm not too sure some of the manufacturers really know what they're doing (I'm looking at you, Hyundai/Kia & FCA [Ecodiesel]}!


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Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ChrisD46] #5116069
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Originally Posted by ChrisD46
Through various threads here an "HTHS 3.0 minimum reference" is stated as the base line minimum for engine protection . That would then seem to render HTHS readings below 3.0 (i.e. 2.7) to be inferior or at least less than desirable in engine protection . Perhaps stated another way : "What makes an HTHS of 2.7 less desirable than an HTHS of 3.0 and above ? ... Are their tests of HTHS 2.7 and HTHS 3.0 run side by side in the same temp , load , RPM , etc. conditions that show a clear difference in protection ?


Well, as you know, HTHS is pretty much the true measure of how much oil is actually flowing through where it is supposed to go at temperature and when it is hotter than blazes outside etc. The synthetics don't shear down. This site is cool and all, but it is still comprised of humans, sometimes, experts! Source: Them - that have their own individual attitudes and other things towards brand, how to measure oil, how to prop up their own oil, how to tear other oils down, ..in some threads, good base stocks make the oil. In other threads, they then don't matter.

If the HTHS is consistent with the SAE grade it says on the engine cap for your car then you should be great, and the rest is just healthy discussion in a good spirit and not nasty bickering about what might not even be applicable law.. the HTHS of an oil that meets the grade supposed to be in the car more than likely specified in something such as 5W-20 is not a disqualifier of that oil.

In conclusion, the minimum HTHS of a 5W-30 is 2.9, so having an oil with an HTHS 3.0 is probably indicating some kind of sweet spot of a Thick 20 if you wanted to say, I was not aware of the statement people prefer an HTHS of 3.0 although I can see why that would be attractive. Would have to indicate that it is all relative, as to your post.

Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ChrisD46] #5116071
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I lost trust in what the manufacturer suggests when Ford back-specd my 1960's designed 300ci inline six to 5w-20. I tried it and it wasn't pretty.


2005 Ranger 3.0 - SuperTech Syn 5w-30/Motorcraft
2000 4Runner 3.4 - SuperTech Syn 5w-30/Toyota
1997 B2500 Van 3.9 - M1 HM 10w-30/Mopar
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Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ka9mnx] #5116073
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Originally Posted by ka9mnx
I lost trust in what the manufacturer suggests when Ford back-specd my 1960's designed 300ci inline six to 5w-20. I tried it and it wasn't pretty.


Yeah, the back-spec has also had spectacular badness on Volkswagen etc. What happened to your Ford?

Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ChrisD46] #5116080
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It became EXTREMELY noisy. Like a thrashing machine (if you know what that is).


2005 Ranger 3.0 - SuperTech Syn 5w-30/Motorcraft
2000 4Runner 3.4 - SuperTech Syn 5w-30/Toyota
1997 B2500 Van 3.9 - M1 HM 10w-30/Mopar
1993 F150 4.9 - SuperTech Syn 5w-30/Motorcraft
Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ChrisD46] #5116108
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I also tried the back spec'd 5W-30 once in my old 1992 Escort which was originally spec'd for 10W-40 or 15W-40, never again.
The engine and specially the hydraulic lifters hated it with passion, it sounded horrible, put 15W-40 HDEO back in it and guess what i had a smooth running quiet engine again, expensive Mobil 1 too, proverbially down the drain with just 250 miles.

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Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: ChrisD46] #5116125
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Compare oils spec by spec. viscosity by viscosity SN ,A3/ B4 etc.


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2018 F350 6.2
Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: talest] #5116127
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Originally Posted by talest
[quote=ka9mnx]I lost trust in what the manufacturer suggests when Ford back-specd my 1960's designed 300ci inline six to 5w-20. I tried it and it wasn't pretty.

Why would you want to do that?


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Re: Why HTHS 3.0 Minimum Is Preferred By Many ? [Re: talest] #5116135
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Originally Posted by talest
Well, as you know, HTHS is pretty much the true measure of how much oil is actually flowing through where it is supposed to go at temperature and when it is hotter than blazes outside etc.


What? No, HTHS is the measure of VISCOSITY (not oil volume) under high temperature (150C) high sheer conditions. Think of it is as the viscosity the bearings see.

Originally Posted by talest
The synthetics don't shear down.


Yes they do. There are VERY few monograde synthetics out there sold as multigrades. They may have LESS VII polymer in them, on average, than your typical "conventional" oils, but they certainly still contain it.

Originally Posted by talest
If the HTHS is consistent with the SAE grade it says on the engine cap for your car then you should be great,

And this is why we check the owner's manual. Typical HTHS for a GF-5 ILSAC 5w-30 for example will be somewhere between 3.0cP and 3.2cP. Typical HTHS for a Euro 5w-30 (same SAE grade) will be 3.5cP +. Like kinematic viscosity varies inside a grade, so too does HTHS, with ILSAC oils being on the low-end typically and many Euro examples on the high end.


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