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Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? #5391413 04/01/20 10:43 PM
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Help guys. My new Kona has 17k on it and will need an oil change soon. I've run PUP 5w-30 and over the winter PUP 5w-20. I didn't really notice a difference in fuel economy. The weather's warming up and I don't know what to use now. The owners manual recommends 5w-20 and it also says something or other that you can use 5w-30 "If u want to" or whatever.
So what do you guys think? The car really doesn't seem to care. Is the 30 going to protect the engine better or will the 20 be able to squeeze into tight clearances better and reduce wear?
Another question I was wondering about... Would it be a good idea to go straight to a "high mileage" oil? I mean, the way I understand it, the high mileage oils have more of the "good" anti-wear additives because they feel like the catalytic converter is about out of warranty so it doesn't matter... but to whom?
Also I've been running PUP but its hard to find and PP is readily available. Is there really a difference?
So 5w-30 or 20... PUP or PP... regular or "high mileage?"
...anybody know how long Amazon is taking to deliver a jug of oil right now?

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Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: j_mac] #5391419 04/01/20 10:57 PM
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I see no reason to run 5w30 unless you are repeatedly subjecting it to stressful situations (such as towing) and are seeing negative effects like oil pressure loss. Thicker is not always better. I would get whichever of those two Pennzoil varieties is on sale as they're both pretty good. Not sure which motor yours has, but it looks like that car is available with their popular engines which I can't imagine are going to be very hard on oil. Someone else can correct me if I'm wrong here.

Best way to tell your ship date for oil is to put it in the cart and see what it shows you. Stuff that's being delayed as non-essential will usually show 2-3 weeks out despite being in stock.


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Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: j_mac] #5391434 04/01/20 11:30 PM
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Thanks dparm. The Kona has the 2.0L Atkinson Cylcle engine. Its non turbo. The car isn't stressed in any way. Basic transportation with regular longer range, highway speed usage.
Although It will probably start seeing some moderate idling with the A/C on to keep the interior comfortable. Moderate as in no longer than 5 minutes at a time idling with the A/C on.

Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: j_mac] #5391445 04/01/20 11:59 PM
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Hyundai GDI engines are known for fuel dilution, generally best to stick with Xw30.

Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: blufeb95] #5391448 04/02/20 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by blufeb95
Hyundai GDI engines are known for fuel dilution, generally best to stick with Xw30.

I've used both without problems, but prefer 5w30 for that reason. Also a 5000 mile oci.


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Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: j_mac] #5391457 04/02/20 12:28 AM
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5w20 will be fine in that car.....


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Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: daves87rs] #5391469 04/02/20 12:45 AM
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This Kona has the Atkinson 2.0L "Nu" engine... no GDI. Only old school port injectors...
My 200k mile 2012 Accent w/ GDI never had any issues with dilution. 7500+ mile oil changes. And get this... it has 22k+ mile German Castrol oil in the sump right now that's a year old. Now it did see 6 qts. of make up GC but I'm not too worried about it. Wouldn't you guys like to see an analysis of that ???

Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: j_mac] #5391536 04/02/20 05:39 AM
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We had a loaner Kona. Nice little car ...
If you are not driving nice & easy (i.e. driving fast and revving high), move up.
I've never used HM oil in any car and I've had or still have cars well over 200, 300 and 400K miles ...

Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: j_mac] #5391542 04/02/20 06:13 AM
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I've run both 5W-20 and 5W-30 in my 2.0L Nu, but 95% of the time I run 5W-30. I've never had any issues with it, I get great UOAs with it, so I see no reason to change.

Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: j_mac] #5391562 04/02/20 06:47 AM
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Split the difference : 5W30 D1 / Gen 2 rated synthetic oil April to Oct. and same in 5W20 from Oct. to April (with 5K mile OCI's) .


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Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: j_mac] #5391568 04/02/20 06:53 AM
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Normal two day shipping on my shop supplies/oil this week. You'll see the delivery date when you put the item in your cart on Amazon.

They're stretched, and some products are delayed, but it appears that oil is not one of those. Your area may vary from mine. Depends on local demand/situation.

I, too, like the PUP 5W30. Right now, it's $23.72 for a 5qt jug.

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Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: j_mac] #5391589 04/02/20 07:17 AM
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I would use any Dexos 1 Gen 2 5w30 oil.

How you like the Kona so far? Seriously considering it to replace my aging Honda Fit.


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Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: j_mac] #5391605 04/02/20 07:47 AM
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5-30 in the cold + 10-30 in warmer weather for better protection as heavier oils have a thicker oil film + protection

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5W30 would be what I'd use.


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Re: Low mileage Hundai Kona 5w-20 or 5w-30? [Re: benjy] #5391641 04/02/20 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by benjy
5-30 in the cold + 10-30 in warmer weather for better protection as heavier oils have a thicker oil film + protection

How is 10w-30 thicker than 5w-30 at operating temperatures. I've used 0w-20 and 0w-30 in SC Summer heat. Guess I really messed up?


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