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#2583094 - 03/28/12 10:46 PM Nissan Pathfinder continue 5w30 or go thicker?
90Notch Offline


Registered: 03/31/05
Posts: 101
Loc: California
Hello All,

I have a 1999.5 Nissan Pathfinder with the 3.3L V6 118K Miles. I don't have any oil leaks and as far as I know(owned 2 years) and it doesn't seem to burn any oil. Question is, do I switch to 10W30 or keep using the recommended 5w30 per the manual. Also, if I continue using 5w30 should I switch to high mileage oil?

Currently using castrol GTX 5W30 with wix filter.

Thanks for the input in advance.
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#2583099 - 03/28/12 10:50 PM Re: Nissan Pathfinder continue 5w30 or go thicker? [Re: 90Notch]
Towncivilian Offline


Registered: 01/07/11
Posts: 918
Loc: Florida, USA
Fancy meeting you here LOL

I'd stick with 5W-30 for better flow during cold starts and a better viscosity index. Since high mileage oils generally have a more robust additive package for the same price or not much more and supposedly help condition seals, I see no reason not to start using HM oils. It's probably better to start using HM oil proactively rather than start using it at the first sign of a weep or leak.
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#2583106 - 03/28/12 10:57 PM Re: Nissan Pathfinder continue 5w30 or go thicker? [Re: 90Notch]
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Keep doing what you're doing.
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#2583111 - 03/28/12 11:03 PM Re: Nissan Pathfinder continue 5w30 or go thicker? [Re: dparm]
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Registered: 04/17/06
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Loc: Lake Forest, CA
Originally Posted By: dparm
Keep doing what you're doing.

+1
It didn't break don't fix it. Unless you try to see if you can break it.


Edited by HTSS_TR (03/28/12 11:04 PM)
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#2583117 - 03/28/12 11:08 PM Re: Nissan Pathfinder continue 5w30 or go thicker? [Re: Towncivilian]
90Notch Offline


Registered: 03/31/05
Posts: 101
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Towncivilian
Fancy meeting you here LOL

I'd stick with 5W-30 for better flow during cold starts and a better viscosity index. Since high mileage oils generally have a more robust additive package for the same price or not much more and supposedly help condition seals, I see no reason not to start using HM oils. It's probably better to start using HM oil proactively rather than start using it at the first sign of a weep or leak.


LOL yeah, I'm on the Nico forum too. You're pretty active on there but you're real helpful so it's a plus that you're on both.

So as far as HM oils I could switch or just keep doing what I'm doing as far as the other replies I got.
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#2583121 - 03/28/12 11:11 PM Re: Nissan Pathfinder continue 5w30 or go thicker? [Re: HTSS_TR]
90Notch Offline


Registered: 03/31/05
Posts: 101
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: HTSS_TR
Originally Posted By: dparm
Keep doing what you're doing.

+1
It didn't break don't fix it. Unless you try to see if you can break it.


LOL

Yeah, I could try to run some 15W50 and then put a couple bottles of motor honey/STP blue bottle and see what happens. =)
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#2583123 - 03/28/12 11:12 PM Re: Nissan Pathfinder continue 5w30 or go thicker? [Re: 90Notch]
chubbs1 Offline


Registered: 06/09/10
Posts: 4574
Loc: Merritt Island FL, USA
Most 10w30's are only slightly thicker at operating temp than 5w30. You lose out on the better initial flow as Towncivilian said. If you go thicker the only oil I would use I'd M1 0w40. It is an outstanding oil and has a high VI. It is overkill though and I don't think it would help that much unless you were doing a lot of full vehicle passenger load driving or hauling stuff.

HM oils will work too, use 5w30 though. Whatever is in your budget/on sale.
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#2583133 - 03/28/12 11:22 PM Re: Nissan Pathfinder continue 5w30 or go thicker? [Re: 90Notch]
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Registered: 02/06/10
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Loc: Bend, Oregon
Another.....stay with 5w30..........
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#2583149 - 03/28/12 11:52 PM Re: Nissan Pathfinder continue 5w30 or go thicker? [Re: 90Notch]
90Notch Offline


Registered: 03/31/05
Posts: 101
Loc: California
OK 5W30 it is!
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#2583175 - 03/29/12 01:42 AM Re: Nissan Pathfinder continue 5w30 or go thicker? [Re: 90Notch]
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Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 1627
Loc: Timberline
I run 2 older vehicles, a 97 rodeo and a 96 chrysler t&c minivan; currently running Quaker State HM 5w-30 in both.

Neither vehicle uses, drips or leaks any oil, simply switched to it because the QS HM has more remaining anti-wear additives then the newer oils do.

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