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Which engine oil are you running?
« on: July 06, 2015, 10:42:04 AM »
I saw this pop up in the chat and was wondering what people are running, and why they differ from the 5w-30 recommendation by nissan.

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Re: Which engine oil are you running?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2015, 10:51:38 AM »
I run 5w20. Why do I run it? Cuz it's freeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
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Re: Which engine oil are you running?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2015, 12:33:31 PM »
Just did an oil change for my 2004 4x4 v6 and used 5w-40.
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Re: Which engine oil are you running?
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2015, 01:10:16 PM »
I'm not knowledgeable to know why you would go to a different oil? I always used 5w-30 since that is recommended.

What is teh difference from 5w-20 and all the other grades?

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Re: Which engine oil are you running?
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2015, 03:22:02 PM »
It's all really the weight of the oil that matters. With the heat here you'd want to run a thicker/heavier oil. Nissan recommends 5w30 cuz that's what they think the engine runs best on for generally all climates.
Working for chrysler for almost 10 years now they flip flop from 5w20 and 5w30. The dodge dart is running 0w40.
Old school thinking in AZ is thicker weight in the summer ie 5w40 and thinner in the winter ie 5w20. AZ summer heat is brutal on thinner oil and looses viscosity quicker.
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Re: Which engine oil are you running?
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2015, 03:56:05 PM »
PitSnipe, are you calling me old school?! lol

I've read lots about oils. Nowadays it's all pretty much the same. We aren't in the 30 below weather so anything below 5W really doesn't make sense for the price. I have been using the 5w30 and 10w30 which are the same for the heat.

I decided to go with a higher temp oil 40 because my X has near 210k+ miles and doesn't run as smooth as it used to, so I am sure the 40 will give it more lube. So far it seems to be much quieter. And, the 5w40 is pretty cheap.
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Re: Which engine oil are you running?
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2015, 04:06:34 PM »
PitSnipe, are you calling me old school?! lol

I've read lots about oils. Nowadays it's all pretty much the same. We aren't in the 30 below weather so anything below 5W really doesn't make sense for the price. I have been using the 5w30 and 10w30 which are the same for the heat.

I decided to go with a higher temp oil 40 because my X has near 210k+ miles and doesn't run as smooth as it used to, so I am sure the 40 will give it more lube. So far it seems to be much quieter. And, the 5w40 is pretty cheap.

Not saying your old Rob. Just saying people don't really run summer and winter oil anymore.
In my mustang I run 20w50 in the summer and 10w30 in the winter.
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