General Oil oil and oil again!!!

Discussion in '3rd Generation (2006-2012)' started by chunkymonkey, Friday 5th Aug, 2016.

  1. chunkymonkey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Yes its probably been done a zillion times but I am baffeled by ACEA ratings and such. Dealer puts in 5w30 in my 2007 ICTDI he shouldnt and I have brought it up with them. I will get to the point I will be doing an in between oil change in the next week or two so what is the rating I need?
     
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  2. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    It's 2nd choice. Still okay, but 0W-30 is 1st choice.

    5w-30 may be better for very high mileage cars?
     
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  3. chunkymonkey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Have 103k on mine at present not sure if that qualifies as high nels

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  4. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Possible that 0W-30 will get used up faster than 5W-30, but the former will return better MPG.
     
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  5. chunkymonkey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Any recommendations

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  6. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Not worth changing it now, but monitor how much you use in the next 12 months. Next year, insist on 0W-30 and monitor again for both oil and MPG.

    When I had my CU1 (petrol) serviced, 0W-20 was cheaper than 5W-30. Not sure what the 0W-30 price is.
     
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  7. chunkymonkey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Depends what you get and where from I guess. They have put shell professional 5w30 at my dealers

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  9. chunkymonkey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Just seen that on their checker lol.

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  10. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    Why not just call up HH and buy from them directly? Won't have to worry about any ratings whatsoever .. all you need to specify is 0W or 5W... Most of the times they are cheaper than high street
     
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  11. chunkymonkey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Good advice forgot about HH

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  12. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    The only reason for using 5w-30 is that it's cheaper. It offers no other benefit.

    0w-30 is 'thinner' when cold, so allows the oil to get moving quicker on cold starts. This becomes a significant benefit on sub-zero cold starts as it helps to offset cold wear.

    The Honda recommendation for the I-CTDI, for use in Europe, is 0w-30.
     
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  13. chunkymonkey Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Will any 0w30 be ok or does it have to be a specific ACEA rating?
     
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  14. Lisbon Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Using the right ACEA spec is more important than whether oil is 0W or 5W grade. For cars with DPF fitted it must be C2 or C3 spec, refer to the user manual.
     
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  15. dingovirgin Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Hello.
    Do you guys usually use an engine flush when you change oil on the diesel engines.
     
  16. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    No, better to change your oil regularly, every 6k.
    You will not drain all the flushing agent out, so there will be some left in the engine.
     
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  17. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    ^Nels beat me to it!
     
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  18. dingovirgin Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Ok thanks.
    I've read a few past posts about oil. Is the exol oil still recommended or is a better alternative being used now
     
  19. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    You'll need to remind us what car you have! If you add your car to the forum garage then the details will appear on every post you make.

    I don't think there's much better than the Exol stuff, but plenty are equal to it and you don't then need to buy a giant container that doesn't nicely divide by 6 (in the case of the I-CDTI diesel). I last used Total Quartz 9000 which I bought in a sale for about £4.50 a litre, but have previously used EuroCarParts TripleQX (which is often sold really cheaply and with free delivery).

    Assuming you have a diesel then do use 0w-30. The OEM Mahle oil filter is also superior to any other that I've used, including ones from Bosch or Mann!
     
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  20. dingovirgin Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Thanks zebster.
    Yes it's the 2.2i-ctdi.
    Sorry I will get around to adding my car to the garage soon.
    I'll do some oil shopping this weekend.
    Thanks again for the pointers
     
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