Whats the "thickest" Synth 5w-20?

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Hi, Been using Castrol GTX 5w-20 in our 08 Honda Cr-v and it seems to be working pretty well. But the onboard MM has me doing oil changes at around 9k-10k. So I'd like to use a synthetic 5w-20 that's widely available, and not too expensive. I just did on oil change last night to PP 5w-20 and the lifters seem to be ticking at idle. The sound is barely there but I notice it....my wife doesnt . The filter is a M1. So whats the thickest synthetic 5w-20?
 
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 Originally Posted By: sven98
Hi, Been using Castrol GTX 5w-20 in our 08 Honda Cr-v and it seems to be working pretty well. But the onboard MM has me doing oil changes at around 9k-10k. So I'd like to use a synthetic 5w-20 that's widely available, and not too expensive. I just did on oil change last night to PP 5w-20 and the lifters seem to be ticking at idle. The sound is barely there but I notice it....my wife doesnt . The filter is a M1. So whats the thickest synthetic 5w-20?
Give it some time... When I first switched to PP I had lifter tick and then it went away after 1K miles. Nothing to worry about. Besides lifter ticking and/or piston slap is not necessarily and indication of excess wear. It's just annoying and gives the impression that damage is being done. ;\)
 
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very simple, just mix 5w20 with 5w30. usually the cst ends up around 9.3 or so. or just run PP 5w30, because it has the same cold properties as a conventional 5w20, but a higher cst.
 
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 Originally Posted By: StevieC
Besides lifter ticking and/or piston slap is not necessarily and indication of excess wear. It's just annoying and gives the impression that damage is being done. ;\)
It does give that impression. You're right.
 
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I'd guess for reasonably priced synthetics, Maxlife 5w20 will about as thick as is possible for a 5w20.
 
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I heard that Amsoil SSO 0w30 is really like a thick 20wt and not a true 30wt once put into service. Can one of the Amsoil dealers confirm? Pablo/Gary are busy duking it out in another thread and may be delayed in answering my post. Go have some lunch or whatever meal time it is in your timezone.
 
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I will neither confirm nor deny .. (oops ...wrong forum) Nope. SSO is a solid 30 grade and stays there over the long haul. It falls into the non-atypical 10.3 Cst 100C spec. All of Amsoil's 30 grades, with the exception of HDD (11.3 Cst) fall pretty much between 10.3-10.8
 

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You could always use Royal Purple 10w40 because after about 500 miles it shears to a 5w20..... I made myself laugh......
 
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 Originally Posted By: StevieC
I heard that Amsoil SSO 0w30 is really like a thick 20wt and not a true 30wt once put into service. Can one of the Amsoil dealers confirm?
I would think Amsoil 0W-30 is closer to a European formula 0W-30, such as German Castrol 0W-30 which are ACEA A3/B3, and not like Mobil 1 0W-30 (which is only A1,B1). For a "thick" 20W oil, I would just blend my own using mostly 20W and a 20-40% 30W.
 
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