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#1090959 - 02/22/08 07:51 AM 20W50 Motor Oil
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 9477
Loc: ROCHESTER, NY
When I hear that an auto parts store(AAP, AZ, PB's) is removing a particular line of motor oil(Cheap!) as to make room for another line of oil or an oil that will supercede the oil that is being removed from the shelves, all that I can find lately is 20W50 and sometimes 15W40. I only have cars that require the normal 5/10W30 and a lawnmower and snowblower(both are MTD with Tecumseh 5 & 10 hp). Is there any reason to purchace the 20W50? Maybe use a qt here or a qt there? Otherwise I just pass on the oil. Sometimes I'll get a couple of qts of 15W40 for the lawnmower.
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#1090961 - 02/22/08 07:55 AM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Char Baby]
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Registered: 05/27/02
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Not unless you need a paperweight.

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#1090966 - 02/22/08 08:15 AM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Johnny]
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Not sure why 20w50 even exists.
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#1091088 - 02/22/08 11:50 AM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Turk]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 20504
Loc: Orlando, FL
I buy any closeout 15w40 or 20w50 just to mix it with 5w20 oil. No loss in gas mileage when I use 1 quart of 20w50 with 3 quarts 5w20.

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#1091309 - 02/22/08 06:12 PM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Mr Nice]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 9477
Loc: ROCHESTER, NY
Maybe next time I get a good score on some light weight oil(5W20/5W30) I grap some 20W50 or definatly 15W40 and blend them together and try it.
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#1091312 - 02/22/08 06:17 PM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Turk]
azsynthetic Offline


Registered: 06/01/07
Posts: 1237
Loc: Phoenix AZ
 Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Not sure why 20w50 even exists.


For older engines and those that live in hot climate area. Check your owner manual and you might see 20W50 as a recommendation for hot weather.

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#1091468 - 02/22/08 10:14 PM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: azsynthetic]
JMJNet Offline


Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 863
Loc: TX, USA
 Originally Posted By: azsynthetic
 Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Not sure why 20w50 even exists.


For older engines and those that live in hot climate area. Check your owner manual and you might see 20W50 as a recommendation for hot weather.


X2, for Rochester NY, 20W50 or 15W40 are not advisable even to thicken the 5W20. For FL or AZ or TX, it is probably ok. 15W40 is mostly for Diesel but if you own a Diesel in colder climate, the 5W40 synthetic is suggested. Just my 0.02.
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#1091599 - 02/23/08 06:33 AM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Turk]
gary6768 Offline


Registered: 06/24/07
Posts: 106
Loc: California
 Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Not sure why 20w50 even exists.


It exists so guys with nothing to do can ponder the question of why 20w50 exists.

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#1091601 - 02/23/08 06:42 AM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: gary6768]
salesrep Offline


Registered: 08/22/03
Posts: 3573
Loc: lllinois
For racers.
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#1091604 - 02/23/08 06:45 AM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: salesrep]
Dagwood Offline


Registered: 11/17/04
Posts: 190
Loc: Cincinnati, OH
Marine engines.

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#1091684 - 02/23/08 10:17 AM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Dagwood]
LargeCarManX2 Offline


Registered: 09/23/06
Posts: 2279
Loc: Up here in the NorthWest
Synthetic 20w50 is da-kine for Big Block screaming engines...Oh-ya!
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#1091760 - 02/23/08 12:22 PM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: LargeCarManX2]
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Registered: 05/17/06
Posts: 3879
Loc: Central Wisconsin
Motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, high performance engines, older worn engines. The list goes on.
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#1092321 - 02/24/08 08:02 AM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Dagwood]
Luis_A Offline


Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 12
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
I have 3 cars that take 20W-50. They all are Citroen cars with the flat 2-cylinder 602cc air cooled engine and date from 1964 to 1986. That engine was manufactured as late as 1990 in the Citroen 2CV. That's why I need it... :-)
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#1093437 - 02/25/08 08:46 PM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Turk]
Studebaker Offline


Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 231
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
 Originally Posted By: tpitcher
Not sure why 20w50 even exists.


Hey,
I use 20w-50 excluseively. And I drive a 2006.


Edited by Studebaker (02/25/08 08:46 PM)

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#1093733 - 02/26/08 10:19 AM Re: 20W50 Motor Oil [Re: Studebaker]
CBDFrontier06 Offline


Registered: 04/26/06
Posts: 1979
Loc: Dallas, TX
I used it in my 74 Beetle and it's in my lawn mower right now.

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