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what type of oil to use #5186999 08/14/19 12:24 PM
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with a high mileage car 85k 2015 hyundai accent. some oil consumption. 5w20 oil..(monitoring it right now) so far 12 oz per 1200 miles. so in theory 30oz per 3000 miles is that a lot?
folks have suggested using 5w30 or 5w20 high mileage or go full synthetic....i am not leaking oil, pcv valve looks good ...no smoke ...could be rings..
have not done a compression test yet.. any thoughts?

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Re: what type of oil to use [Re: john_chicago] #5187007 08/14/19 12:32 PM
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Valvoline Maxlife (red bottle) 5w30. Followed by 5w30 Valvoline conventional, PYB 5w30, Chevron Supreme or Formual Shell from Home Depot. Prob stick to 5k oil changes with an oem filter.

What oil is being used now?

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Re: what type of oil to use [Re: SatinSilver] #5187011 08/14/19 12:36 PM
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my mechanic uses carquest ......let me back up and tell the story ...i usually have my mechanic do oil changes. but i was in a hurry and went to one of the chain change places
and at about 2400 miles the oil light flickered...i got to work and checked the dipstick and it was pretty low ...i immediately added a quart and went to my mechanics that evening
they could see any leaks or smoking...didn't do a compression test (yet) we changed the oil and started a new keeping a log checking the level weekly ...hence where i am at now.....not blaming anyone but he thinks they either put the wrong oil in or not enough or both......

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Re: what type of oil to use [Re: john_chicago] #5187027 08/14/19 12:56 PM
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First try a 5w-30. If that doesn't work, try a HM 5w-30. SuperTech from WM.

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Re: what type of oil to use [Re: john_chicago] #5187035 08/14/19 01:05 PM
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Go back 2 Oil changes. Was it using oil between changes? Look for drips and check for a while. Be glad you caught it. Let your mechanic change oil. Couple weeks long on the interval isn't a deal. or go to a Valvoline franchise. Don't trust anybody check your oil every so often grin2


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Re: what type of oil to use [Re: andyd] #5187037 08/14/19 01:12 PM
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you know i was not checking the levels...too much going on for me too remember to do so....but i am now!
but i always check under car for drips..never seen any...mechanic checked engine and pan for leaks ...nothing...

Re: what type of oil to use [Re: john_chicago] #5187046 08/14/19 01:17 PM
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If your car has a splash shield underneath you might not see any drips. Pull the shield to double check.


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Re: what type of oil to use [Re: john_chicago] #5187049 08/14/19 01:26 PM
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I think he would notice 12 ounces every 1200 miles it if was dripping, it would be a dang oil slick, lol. Have you changed pcv? Probably past due if not.

Re: what type of oil to use [Re: burla] #5187065 08/14/19 01:44 PM
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the pcv valve i know i have not changed it since i bought the car in in early 2017....i best change it

Re: what type of oil to use [Re: john_chicago] #5187084 08/14/19 02:16 PM
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would it be worth my time to get a compression test done?

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Welcome back by the way.


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Re: what type of oil to use [Re: john_chicago] #5187118 08/14/19 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by john_chicago
would it be worth my time to get a compression test done?


No. Don't worry about a quart consumption over 3,000 miles.


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Re: what type of oil to use [Re: john_chicago] #5187119 08/14/19 02:56 PM
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Id change the pcv valve for sure and ive had great luck with Maxlife 5w30 Redbottle.


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Re: what type of oil to use [Re: john_chicago] #5187138 08/14/19 03:21 PM
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Your engine is very suseptable to damage from low oil. Don't let it get low.


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Re: what type of oil to use [Re: john_chicago] #5187143 08/14/19 03:27 PM
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That isn't a lot of oil when considering burning, unless it is a new thing, then it's a sign. Have you changed plugs as well? I might start using a ucl as well, it isn't fact based but I have always been concerned with the new ethonal gas mixes long term. I like redline s-1 or amsoil pi, good pea numbers plus upper cyliner lube, cleans and protects, but many guys here run TC-W3 as a budget ucl. I'f I wasn't going to get all mechanical on it, I'd start using a ucl, 5w30, and at least clean pcv, and then monitor it.

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