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Oil Help

What type of oil should I put into the car now that it is summer ? 5w30?

How about in the winter?

What is the recommended oil that Honda wants for this car regardless of season?

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Re: Oil Help

honda recommends 5w30. try searching next time please. theres like a dozen of these threads
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Re: Oil Help

Try here What's the right oil for my car? or here Halfords
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Re: Oil Help

5w-30. And if you want your car to last, don't cheap out on oil or oil filters either.

Some good oil brands, Pennzoil, Castrol, Mobil 1, Valvoline. Although alot of people swear by AMSoil, and it's supposed to be one of the best.

Do not use fram oil filters for gods sake. Use Mobil 1 or AMSoil filters.

Or if you want, Honda makes oil and filters for your car as well.



For your transmission, only use Honda oil, or some people say AMSoil Synchromesh makes it shift smoother.



Hope that answers your question.




Also, as I'm feeling generous today, DO NOT check your oil when the engine is warm. Only when cold. DO NOT check the engine oil within say 4-6 hours of driving it, because alot of the oil is still up in the passages and whatnot, and if you check it warm, it will read lower than it is. This will make you think you need to add more, then you will overfill it, which makes your crankshaft splash it all around in your crankcase, and puts added pressure on seals and gaskets, especially your rear main seal, and will cause them to prematurely wear out and leak.

So only check it cold, and only put the correct amount in. I THINK it's 4.9 quarts, but you would have to check. Luckily there is the 5th Gen resource guide at the top of this section of the forum, which contains a downloadable manual. Or if you already have a manual, kudos to you. But since you asked the recommended oil to use, you prolly don't.
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Re: Oil Help

Manual=life saver (for me at least)
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Re: Oil Help

yes get honda oil fitlter from dealer. also for summer if its hot like over 80 get 10w30 and 5w30 for any other season
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Re: Oil Help

5w30 synthetic.


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yes get honda oil fitlter from dealer. also for summer if its hot like over 80 get 10w30 and 5w30 for any other season
Why 10w30?
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Re: Oil Help

The Xw rating on motor oils stands for winter. Basically it means the oil is thinner when its cold, which makes for easier startup.

And while it doesn't have much bearing in summer, you gotta remember, when the engine is cold, It Is Cold. Just because its not cold out, doesn't mean the engine is not cold.

Also it will prolly break down a bit quicker. Not nearly as much as 10w-40, but prolly a bit quicker than 5w-30. Also, the manufacturer recommends 5w-30, so that's what I'm gonna use.
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The Xw rating on motor oils stands for winter. Basically it means the oil is thinner when its cold, which makes for easier startup.

And while it doesn't have much bearing in summer, you gotta remember, when the engine is cold, It Is Cold. Just because its not cold out, doesn't mean the engine is not cold.

Also it will prolly break down a bit quicker. Not nearly as much as 10w-40, but prolly a bit quicker than 5w-30. Also, the manufacturer recommends 5w-30, so that's what I'm gonna use.

You're pretty spot on. The only difference between 5w30 and 10w30 is it's viscosity before it reaches operating temp. Thicker oils destroy your engine faster than thinner oils (to a degree). It isn't all about pressure and viscosity, the most important aspect is the FLOW of oil. Pressure does play a large role, as does viscosity. Also, pressure is directly related to flow. Just because you have pressure doesn't mean you have sufficient flow
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Re: Oil Help

Well, viscosity is flow o.O

Viscosity is measured by the pour of the oil, or how fast it flows. And that directly coorelates to how well it flows. Thinner oil flows better. And overhead cam engines like thinner oil.

Plus 5w-30, 10w-40, even 132w-28467 (made that one up) are multi grade oils. They run thinner when cold, and thicker when hot, well...yes and no. Mostly they're the same thick/thinness, they just keep their shiz together when they are hot. But ya, they do get a bit thicker when hot.

Sorry if that sounds all discombobulated.

Anyway they make multi grade by adding together different base compounds. They do this in a ratio. Oils that cover a wider range of temperatures tend to break down faster, and oils that cover a more narrow range tend to not break down as much. Which is why 10w-40 is not recommended by GM. Although to that extend, 10w-30 covers a more narrow temp range than 5w-30, so it actually should break down slower than 5w-30, now that I think about it.
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Well, viscosity is flow o.O

Viscosity is measured by the pour of the oil, or how fast it flows. And that directly coorelates to how well it flows. Thinner oil flows better. And overhead cam engines like thinner oil.

Plus 5w-30, 10w-40, even 132w-28467 (made that one up) are multi grade oils. They run thinner when cold, and thicker when hot, well...yes and no. Mostly they're the same thick/thinness, they just keep their shiz together when they are hot. But ya, they do get a bit thicker when hot.

Sorry if that sounds all discombobulated.

Anyway they make multi grade by adding together different base compounds. They do this in a ratio. Oils that cover a wider range of temperatures tend to break down faster, and oils that cover a more narrow range tend to not break down as much. Which is why 10w-40 is not recommended by GM. Although to that extend, 10w-30 covers a more narrow temp range than 5w-30, so it actually should break down slower than 5w-30, now that I think about it.
Didn't know about the last part of that. You learn something every day, eh?
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