Best Oil question - Fuelly Forums

Android Users - Coming Soon! - Migrating from aCar 4.8 to 5.0

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-14-2011, 11:47 PM   #1
Registered Member
 
VX_Arky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 327
Country: United States
Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Best Oil question

About to change my oil and wondered what would you all recommend for a '92 Honda Civic VX? What will be best for my engine long-term, and what will allow the engine to work the least, still protect it, and maximize my fuel efficiency? Synthetic? Standard? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
__________________

VX_Arky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2011, 05:20 AM   #2
Site Team / Moderator
 
Jay2TheRescue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 4,657
Country: United States
Location: Northern Virginia
Re: Best Oil question

I'd say use whatever has been used in the car for the past 20 years. 20 years is a bit too old to try and switch now. If you go to synthetic this late in the game, the oil can loosen up a bunch of gunk in the engine all at once and cause problems.
__________________

__________________






Jay2TheRescue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2011, 09:17 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 33
Country: United States
Location: New Jersey
Re: Best Oil question

I've used regular and synthetic in many different cars. And used to keep fuel records for years. One thing that stood out was that synthetic oil gave better gas mileage. Don't recall the numbers but it showed up on average.
N2UAD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2011, 10:34 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 111
Country: United States
Re: Best Oil question

There is no difference between regular and synthetic really. Synthetic has more stable formulation because of more even length hydrocarbon chains, therefore it is able to hold additives in suspension longer and will be more stable through heat cycles and extreme temperatures. Outside of that, there is ABSOLUTELY NO difference between synthetic and regular. You can change between the two of them any time you want. If you were to use a high quality conventional oil, it would have the same effect as a good quality synthetic on your engine, aside from the fact that the synthetic will perform more consistently throughout the range of operating temperatures.

Visit bobistheoilguy.com for more oil information and discussions. They myth that you cannot switch between synthetic and conventional is just that, a myth. I always switch my cars to full synthetic oil when I get them because synthetic has a longer service life, and therefore will cost me less time in maintenance. I have NEVER experienced a problem with switching a vehicle over to synthetic, and most of the vehicles I buy are pre-OBDII vehicles.

Heck, I put full synthetic in a 52 pontiac chieftan the other day that hadn't had its engine rebuilt since some time in the early 80s. Works just fine. Your engine can't tell the difference, and without an electron microscope, neither can you.
madnessspirit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2011, 12:37 PM   #5
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,462
Country: United States
Location: north east PA
Re: Best Oil question

Since cold weather is around the corner, a 0w-x will give less resistance to the engine during warm up.
trollbait is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 07:06 PM   #6
Registered Member
 
theclencher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 542
Country: United States
Re: Best Oil question

Why would you trust online yahoos more than the guys that BUILT YOUR CAR? Crack open the Owner's Manual.
__________________
Tempo/Topaz:
Old EPA 23/33/27
New EPA 21/30/24

F150:
New EPA12/14/17

theclencher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 08:34 PM   #7
Registered Member
 
VX_Arky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 327
Country: United States
Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Re: Best Oil question

I don't have the owner's manual.
VX_Arky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 09:04 PM   #8
Registered Member
 
benfrogg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 450
Country: United States
Re: Best Oil question

I use mobil 1 5w30 in winter. I used 0w20 this summer but will go with 0w30 if I can find it this summer.

I use it because it is available locally at advance (unlike amsoil or honda genuine). It's a middle of the road product, perhaps not as good as ams but at least as good as stock. It's synthetic, so you get all the benefits that FIND pointed out.

I change it every 10k. That works out to about twice a year for me. That's the real reason I use synthetic. Long change intervals. The oil looks about like conventional oil looks at 4500 miles. Not really dirty even at 10k. The manufacturer says it will go that long, so, why not? I do keep an eye on how it looks periodically when I put some on a clean rag from the dipstick.
With my underbelly paneling, anything to reduce the frequency of removing the panels is worth it to me.

Castrol makes what I feel is a close quality product, in fact, it's often on sale. I'd go with that if the oil and filter deal was cheaper than mobil one's.

B
__________________
Check out my music!
Website:
http://simplydrumming.com
Youtube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/benfroggg?feature=mheehttp://simplydrumming.com
benfrogg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 06:09 AM   #9
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,462
Country: United States
Location: north east PA
Re: Best Oil question

I've tried tried 0w-20 in the Prius, and did see an improvement in mileage, but you can't get the mobil 1 in the big jugs. Under the factory warranty, I was sticking to the 5000 mile change interval which left buying individual quarts too pricey. I think 0w-30 mobil 1 can be had at wal-mart in those jugs now. If you are switching between 0w- and 5w-, use the 0 during the winter.
trollbait is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 08:11 AM   #10
Registered Member
 
benfrogg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 450
Country: United States
Re: Best Oil question

Whoops, that's what I was thinking. 0w 20 in winter, not summer!

Yes, not getting it in the big jug is a problem. Advance would let me buy 5 quarts and their filter for $32 at one point. Castrol's "fully synthetic" product with the bosh filter is more like $27. Of course if I buy the 5 quart set I have to throw 5 jugs in the trash instead of one, which makes me sad.

B
__________________

__________________
Check out my music!
Website:
http://simplydrumming.com
Youtube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/benfroggg?feature=mheehttp://simplydrumming.com
benfrogg is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help! AlfieGT Fuelly Web Support and Community News 1 05-23-2011 12:35 AM
WTB: VX Cluster limerence Wanted to Buy 1 05-28-2008 08:45 PM
Are these wheels worth it? Improbcat General Fuel Topics 17 05-24-2008 05:01 AM
Second odometer for WVO tank? Jetta90GL Vegetable Oil and BioDiesel 2 03-24-2008 01:17 PM
How far do you drive daily? OdieTurbo General Fuel Topics 56 03-31-2007 02:49 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:24 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.