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Old 09-24-2008   #31  
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

my civic should give me 380 miles on a tank but now i'm getting 190 miles to a tank. i did a diagnostic test. everything is working perfect. i have in castrol 10 30. can that be the problem. i also changed my air filter
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

what year civic, thats way too thick an oil. also there are a whole number of reasons for bad gas mileage. driving habits if you press the gas down alot, spark plugs, tire alignment and pressure, shocks, etc. endless parts contribute to mpg.
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its a 06 lx coupe. i have 19's on iti do press at times but i drive average jus to see how the gas goes but it jus go like that. but my cuz has 19's on his 4 door ex and get really good mileage. over 380 miles to a tank.
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

so u think 5w 20 will improve mpg ?
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possibly yeah.
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its a 06 lx coupe. i have 19's on iti do press at times but i drive average jus to see how the gas goes but it jus go like that. but my cuz has 19's on his 4 door ex and get really good mileage. over 380 miles to a tank.
It's the 19's
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

STICK WITH 5W-20 WEIGHT!!! Plain and simple just because you think it looks almost like water doesn't mean it acts like water and our motors have tighter tolerances that with any heavier weight of oil would put more stress and high oil pressure build-up on, that causes leaks in the long run and lowers engine life. The End.
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

it cant be the 19s. my cuz 4door ex gets great mpg on 19s. maybe i'm born to spend on gas. i always have problems wit gas.
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

if it continues, by december i'm doin a k20 swap. i need one from a type r tho. i need complete thing with gearbox computer and the works. let me kno if any available ur side reasonable
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i doubt you would get more than 20 mpg with a K motor.
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

what exactly was this drastic change, in one year, between the d16 and d17, that required the use of such a thinner oil? just curious, cause they are basically identical to me.

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i doubt you would get more than 20 mpg with a K motor.
i know but atleast i'll be getting more power . rite now i think i'm getting about 16mpg
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

yeah im with you. im looking at a swap too in the next few years. in the mountains at 5000ft, civic motor just doesnt cut it.
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what exactly was this drastic change, in one year, between the d16 and d17, that required the use of such a thinner oil? just curious, cause they are basically identical to me.
Gas mileage and engine longevity were in mind. D17's give out less power than D16's.
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

I use 5w-20 Penzoil Platinum and change the oil every 5,000 miles. I used the recommendations from BITOG and switched to PP from M1. No complaints and I also use this in our Mazda 3 in the same fasion.

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yeah im with you. im looking at a swap too in the next few years. in the mountains at 5000ft, civic motor just doesnt cut it.

Haha... Yeah, I hear you there. I was in Denver for many years and the car just had no power. I moved to <1000ft altitude this summer and now the car can make a pass on the freeway.
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

i change oil last thursday and fill up friday and tank is on empty now and only gone 180 miles agen.
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I have a 91 civic hatch back with 150 k what type of motor oil its recommended.
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

This is an old thread, but I happened to find this post in response to the following article. I wonder if it applies here. It's from http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/top-7-urban-legends-about-motor-oil.html :

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"As long as the oil meets the service and viscosity requirements set out in your owner's manual...."
If it was only that easy today. We often run into issues where consumers don't comprehend exactly what "the service" portion of that statement really means. For example a new GM automobile that requires 5W30 actually requires an oil with the dexos1 label to be absolutely certain that it meets GM specifications. You can see more about that here.

http://www.gmdexos.com/

It's really getting to be a problem when it comes to proprietary specifications. Oils that meet a Ford (M2C929A M2C930A) or GM specification are actually thinner than the standard 5W30, or 5W20 that meets the API and ILSAC standards for those viscosities. European vehicles that require 5W30 actually require a thicker oil than what meets the API and ILSAC ratings. (See VW 502/504 and 507 specs, BMW LL-01 Mercedes 229.5 etc.)

There is an eight hour class that I would recommend shops and technicians attend in order to learn why the technology that is in today's cars has caused this drastic change. Again failing to explicitly spell all of this out has the potential to confuse the consumer and lead them to make a mistake when servicing, or having their car serviced.
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Re: 5w 20w Motor Oil

5w - 30 full syn Valvoline here.

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What engine, car, year?
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2003 civic coupe ex , vtec 1.7
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5w 20w Motor Oil

Manual say 5W20 but think that you can use 5W30, special if car have lots of mile on odometer.
Same engine D17A2 in Europe use 0W20, 0W30, 0W40 with minimum API SL or 5W30, 5W40 also with API SL.
Also can use 10W30 or 10W40 but only if temperature don't go below -20°C (about -4F)

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Manual say 5W20 but think that you can use 5W30, special if car have lots of mile on odometer.
Same engine D17A2 in Europe use 0W20, 0W30, 0W40 with minimum API SL or 5W30, 5W40 also with API SL.
Also can use 10W30 or 10W40 but only if temperature don't go below -20°C (about -4F)
Yes You can use 5w30 (5w40 is a Euro spec oil) if your owners manual
calls for it or says you can use it. than your safe to use it however I would
not go any thicker than that. because of the engines tight tolerances you
want to use a thinner oil like a 5w20 or thinner if the outside temp dropes
below cold - minus temps for easier oil flow. I have a 7th gen civic and run

Synthetic Pennzoil Pure Plus 5w20 all year round because its a cleaner oil
compared to others like Mobil 1 or Valvoline here are some facts for View
http://synthetics.pennzoil.com/#complete-protection
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