If the World only had 4 Motor Oils....

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After reading the wealth of information posted by all the members of this board over the last several months; I have compiled a list of oils that I believe would fit the bill for all cars and light trucks on the planet. I don't expect you guys to agree with my selection, but let me know what you think of this list: 1. Motorcraft 5W-20 synthetic blend for Ford & Honda. 2. Castrol 5W-30 conventional for breaking in new engines except Ford & Honda. 3. German Castrol 0W-30 for all gasoline engines after break-in except Ford & Honda. 4. Chevron Delo 15W-40 for all diesel trucks and worn out gasoline engines. I have omitted 10W-30 because I think GC could take its place. What do you guys think? Write up your own list, but you can only choose 4 oils. [Smile]
 
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1. Amsoil 0w30 (Racing) 2. German Castrol 0w30 (Most cars on the road) 3. Chevron 5w30 (Those who like dino & breaking in) 4. Chevron Delo 15w40 (Old engines & diesel trucks) Personal preference here... never used 5w20. [Big Grin]
 
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No way, man, the GC 0w-30 is thicker at 0 degF than M1 5w-20, as I saw for myself. Don't forget that winter, cold starts scrape the he** out of metal inside your engine. Thinner gets there quicker. GC 0w-30 should only be used in the summer.
 
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1. Mobil1 0w-20 (winter oil) 2. Mobil1 5w-30 EP (ACEA A5/B5 -- can't beat it) 3. water 4. water Thats all anybody anywhere needs, and if you live south of Arkansas, skip the 0w-20.
 
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1) RL 5w-40 (For racing only) 2) Havoline 5w-20 (For all 5w20 applications running OEM drain intervals) 3) Havoline 5w-30 (For all 5w30 applications running OEM drain intervals) 4) Chevron Delo 400 15w-40 (For all Diesel Pickups running OEM drain intervals)
 
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Michael Wan, Most racers I've seen don't use a 40 weight oil because it slows them done. The engine is trying to push the high viscosity and consumes power doing it. Most I've seen use 20 weight oil to race. I guess there are some that are willing to give up a few horsepower for engine life, though, so you're not totally wrong there.
 

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The reason I started this thread is because I think a lot of these oils are over lapping each other. For example: OriginHacker21: You chose Amsoil 0W-30 and GC 0W-30. Don't you think they could take each others place? ColdCranker: You left out the needs of Ford and Honda as well as diesel engines. Caravan95: Do you really think the world could get by with just two oils; 5W-30 and 10W-30? There is such a huge array oils on the market; but I'm trying to get you guys to narrow it down to survival kit if you will. [Smile]
 
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1)0w-30 German Castrol 2)5w-40 Schaeffers Supreme 9000 3)5&10w-30 Castrol Syntec Blend 4)10w-40 Hondaline ATV 1)GC rules 2)diesel,diesel,diesel 3)my break-in oil before GC use and OEM intervals during warantee period.(OF course I wouldn't use GC in a GF-4 SM spec application) [Roll Eyes] 4)oil bathe clutches, have used rotella 5w-40 before 5w for spring and fall 10w for summer 0w for winter My Fords have Powerstrokes, and I don't have a Honda, at least not an automobile. 20w is NA for me. I think in a pinch GC could be used for any application on the planet!
 

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ABULL4U: Nice post! I found it particularly interesting that you chose 5W-40 over 15W-40 for diesels; why? Shannow: Thanks for having my back. [Smile]
 
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How about two? Chevron 5w30 for winter applications, Chevron Delo 10w30 for summer applications. 15w40 for "worn out" engines? Nah it's works great in just broken in ones too.
 
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1.Amsoil 5w40 - the most universal of oils, with stellar UOA's if you need a 5W 2.Amsoil 15w40 - the MOST universal of oils, thoroughly proven and flows cold better than a dino 5W-10W-XX 3.Amsoil 10w30 ATM 3.(tie) Amsoil 5w30 ASL if you need a 5W-30
 
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Originally posted by ColdCranker: 2. Mobil1 5w-30 EP (ACEA A5/B5 -- can't beat it)
[I dont know] Dunno about that, I personally would rather use an A3 rated oil over an A5 rated oil.
 
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GoldenRod I've been using 5w-40 Heavy Duty Engine Oils during the winter in my 2002 Powerstroke and my farm equipment that sees daily service. Cold start-ups are much much easier on both. My best example is a New Holland 7740SLE tractor which is used daily and has no engine heater. I have started this machine down to -1 degree below Farenheit with absolutely no problem(was with Rotella syn during DEC 2004). Equipment that sees random service during winter months I use 15w-40 year round to save money. ABULL4U
 
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Havoline 5W-30 Chevron 15W-40 (Delo) Havoline 10W-30 Amsoil 10W-30 (for those who want extended drain intervals) BTW I use a mix of Delo 400 and Havoline 10W-30 in the summer. Usually 1 to 1 1/2 quarts Delo and 3 quarts Havoline. Seems to work well and I plan to have a UOA towards the end of summer.
 
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