Unpleasantly surprised on Mobil1 5W-30 on VQ engine

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Originally Posted by hallstevenson
Originally Posted by aquariuscsm
...and the FSM's always said never to use a 5W in anything but below freezing temps (the CAFE po-po haha :P ).
The FSM for my VQ35HR specs 5W-30. To my knowledge, the FSM is not region-specific either. There's NO climate range referenced at all.
I think Nissan knew the VG30DE/TT's would be abused. 5W20 was not allowed, and 5W30 was only allowed under light driving below 60F with 10W30 and 10W40 recommended in temps 60F and above (this verbiage was also on a sticker under the Z32 hoods). There was also an addendum in the 1989-1996 Z32 FSM that said to use 10W40-20W50 for high speed driving and racing. When I started following the Z33 forums, they all were using W40s due to better uoa results.
 
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Originally Posted by Xjumper
Wow, thank you all for your responses. I'll try to cover everything asked and commented above. Keep in mind that I am quite new to this oil ordeal and I don't know much. Only what I found out reading this forum and looking at oil specs. I used to buy OEM oil for my cars but for this one I just cannot get it. Dealer said it's hard to get and it costs more than 30 USD per quart which is insane. Nissan had 3 engines in 350Z's.: 2002-2005 VQ35DE 2006 VQ35DE RevUp 2007+ VQ35HR The one with oil burning issue was the RevUp engine. Oil burning (supposedly) came from improper exhaust gas scavenging. Basicly engine was sucking in ceramic dust from the primary CATs scoring cylinder walls. Let me clear things out with oil pressure. I take a car for a drive for about ten miles of warming up. I stop and check the PSI gauge. It reads 28-29 PSI with my previous oil (Nissan Fanfaro 5W-30) just before the service due. Used for 5.000 miles. When I did the oil change with Mobil1 5W-30, after this warm up drive and some stop and go warm city miles my PSI at idle was more 25-ish. Bear in mind that this is immediately after oil change. So my old oil was holding pressure better. I cannot find exact specs on 100ˇC viscosity on Nissan/Fanfaro, but it goes somewhere from between 11.5 - 12.5, for their Fanfaro ESX, LSX, EDX Full Synthetic oils. While Mobil1 ESP 5W-30 is 11.8. So viscosity is different. @Overkill: The car has 22.000 original miles. It was bought from first owner. The car is in my possesion for 6.000 miles and I did one oil change. Oil consumption was 0.2 Quarts. I don't even drive my car in winter months. From the state of the engine and oil consumption I would exclude loose clearances and worn oil pump. @Loneryder: Exactly, I used C3/C4. I had so many variables in my head I overlooked this part when getting my oil, which was a PITA due to this corona virus lockdown. C3 has lower SAPS and is more "clean" oil for the engine and CATs. I doubt this would make it up for different oil pressure. But oil will get replaced soon with A3/B3. I think @KameleON summed it up good. Regarding SAPS; C3/C4 oil cannot hurt gasoline engine, I suppose. The only issue that might affect the engine in the long run would be higher wear due to low SAPS (lover Phosphorus ans sulfur), if I am getting this right. @Farnsworth: Honestly? Oil pressure is very close to OK. I will explain. So, regarding my oil pressure issue. As VQ35DE RevUp had the oil consumption issue, VQ35HR has Oil Galley Gasket issue. This gaskets are used in an oil passage on the front of the engine block. Made out of paper. And as the car miles go beyond 30.000 more of these gaskets become prone to cracking and failing. When that happens oil pressure starts to drop. Usually it's not in an instance but through miles driven. If you don't get it fixed, pressure will eventually go to zero and you all know what follows. [Linked Image from my350z.com] (not my car) There's an easy math for old V8 engine. They used to say 7PSI of pressure for every 1.000 rpm. I am not really sure if this still stands today for these new engines. Nissan says there should be at least 15 PSI of pressure. That is the minimum. So I am still good. I am mentioning idling PSI because that is the only constant measurement I can get. And knowing, when I push the car and oil heats up, and idling pressure drops, there could potentially be risk with oil film not being sufficent enough at 7.000 RPM to keep bearings from damage. And I hear you all on 0W-40 advice. And will probably go with it. My head just cannot get around the fact, why the Nissan Engineers didn't consider using 40 weight. So 30 should be sufficient? Everyone is going with 5W-30 now. Even BMW M2 uses 5W-30 and it's a turbo engine. Cannot imagine how that oil keeps up with temps. Though BMW's tend to have bigger sumps than 5 quarts like 350Z and many other Japanese cars.
As for my comment, I only am expressing 25-28 psi at idle sounds just fine. My cars don't even have an oil pressure gauge just warning light. Happily, I drive oblivious to little pressure variations.
 
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I have a 2008 VQ de motor with 304,600 miles... I got the car with 39,990 miles in November 2012... I have run 5w30s in the car all the time. No issues. Just thinking a ACEA A5 /B5 would be a "equivalent" or in reality actually better oil then a API SM oil my manual calls for.... HTHS of 2.9-3.5 and the ACEA A5 is supposed to stay in grade has well. The HR version VQ could certainly be a good candidate for a 0w40. I agree with Overkill that something else is causing low oil pressure...
 
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Originally Posted by bbhero
I have a 2008 VQ de motor with 304,600 miles... I got the car with 39,990 miles in November 2012... I have run 5w30s in the car all the time. No issues. Just thinking a ACEA A5 /B5 would be a "equivalent" or in reality actually better oil then a API SM oil my manual calls for.... HTHS of 2.9-3.5 and the ACEA A5 is supposed to stay in grade has well. The HR version VQ could certainly be a good candidate for a 0w40. I agree with Overkill that something else is causing low oil pressure...
I agree. Oil selection is not the issue here.
 
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