5/20 in suzuki

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i have a 97 sidekick i was thinking of putting 5/20 oil in it, it has 98544 miles on it. All the driving that i do is in town and some wheeling in 100deg. [Eek!] days.  - i have 1030 high milage oil in it. i drive 1 mile to work [Big Grin]  - [ May 26, 2004, 02:20 AM: Message edited by: safarikick ]
 

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No...that is way too thin. The only reason any engine uses it is for CAFE reasons, and even those designed for it would probably be better off with thicker oil...
 
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I have '98 1.6L Sidekick. It calls for 5W-30 on the manual. It has slightly over 100,000 miles. I use Valvoline Max-life in it. I think I might switch to Castrol GTX HM though, but still keep to the 5W-30 it calls for. The FRAM oil filter on it is the last one for sure!
 
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Yes, and 15W40 oils have the better additive package. Might help with your frequent short trips. Among the mass-market brands, I'd go with Pennzoil due to the high moly content. --- Bror Jace
 
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Would a 5W-40 CH-4/ CI-4 Group III semi syn like Shell Rotella 5W-40 be worth running? What is it at Wal Mart, around $12.50 a gallon? That would give the addive pack and the temperature range. If I was driving 1 mile to work, I'd want: -the thinnest oil for start up, -most robust addive pack, -higher viscosity for since it is a 100K engine -and a fairly low price since I'd drain it every 3 months ..OR LESS. Other oils I'd consider would be a 'high mileage' oil like Max-Life or better in a 10W-40, or Delo 400 in a 15W-40.
 
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You should consider trying SuperTech High Mileage synthetic blend 10w30. This oil is made by Warren Dist and has a pretty robust add pack (that's why it's rated CF in addition to SL). It's less than $8.00 for a 5 qt jug at Wal-Mart.
 
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Dude, for one mile, get a bicycle. Engine water temperature guage probably doesn't even move by the time you get to work. I would surely not jump into a 5W-20. 5W-30 would get my vote.
 

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I bought my step daughter a new '96 X-90 with the 1.6L engine. It now has about 42K on the clock, and I put 15/40 in it in the summer, and 10/30 in the winter. I put 5/30 in it one winter and the little engine sounded so noisy, I took it out a week later. I don't think I would put 5/20 in it if you have this same 1.6L engine.
 
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With your Cal. climate, 5w30 is thin enough for your short trips. I would not go thinner than 5w30 in your application. [Welcome!] [ May 26, 2004, 10:53 AM: Message edited by: mikemc ]
 
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Originally posted by Schmoe: Dude, for one mile, get a bicycle. Engine water temperature guage probably doesn't even move by the time you get to work. I would surely not jump into a 5W-20. 5W-30 would get my vote.
I agree, if I lived that close to work, I'd be riding a bike almost everyday. Even in Minnesota, it'd be quicker than scraping off the car. [Wink] Unfortunately I live 40 miles from work, so it's ain't happening. -T
 
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Originally posted by safarikick: i have a 97 sidekick i was thinking of putting 5/20 oil in it, it has 98544 miles on it.
No, don't do it!!!!!! Sidekicks have been proven to give great UOA with thick oils. I have a 1998 4-door Sidekick, 1.8 L 16-valve engine. The UOA is there for you to see if you click on "UOA" section. I also had a 1.6 L 2-door back in 1990; I used Castrol GTX 20w-50 in that one. These days, with better 40-weights available, I use Castrol GTX 10w-40, Chevron Delo 15w-40, Schaeffer Supreme 7000 Series 15w-40. Make sure you use the OEM Suzuki oil filter, always.
 
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