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Synthetic oil for 1st gen?

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by brigas, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Jul 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    brigas

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    What is the difference between synthetic oil and regular oil and which one would be the best for 2.7 l4 2001?

    I looked around but i couldn't find much information. thanks
     
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    Synthetic oil has a higher film strength, greater film retention (more oil remains where it needs to be for cold starts in the morning), better cold-flow performance, higher resistance to coking (cause of sludge).

    There are no disadvantages to using a quality synthetic.
    Use the same weight that would be used with "regular" oil, most likely 5w30.
     
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    are there any steps i should take before moving to synthetic oil? and is it possible to move between synthetic and regular?
     
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    Ya...

    Get a drain pain, 5 or 6 quarts of oil, and a new filter, maybe a filter wrench.

    Crawl underneath and drain the old oil and replace the filter.
    Put the drain plug back in, and put the synthetic oil in. ;)
     
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    ive been looking online and synthetics cost $10 per quart. it will cost like 60 in total. is that normal or do you guys usually buy it during sales
     
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    Ditto.

    Where are you? Costco frequently puts Mobil-1 5w30 on sale for $26 for 6 quarts.

    Amsoil is good, but once you add shipping, it's not economical, and it's no better than Mobil-1.
     
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    i paid 40$ for 6qts and a filter. with a napa discount. i feel like i got a bad deal now :(
     
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    $40 for 6 quarts and a filter isn't bad.

    Costco's normal price is $36 for 6 quarts, and the normal per-quart price is close to $7.

    Figure a Pure-One filter is around $6, or a basic Wix (still a good filter) is $4 or so and you're right in the ballpark.

    Honestly, the OEM Toyota filter is a great filter, and they are cheap from the online sellers, and some local dealers sell them cheap.... $4 or so.
     
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    its premium filter, not the cheapo one. i wish i had the receipt.
     
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    Correct me if I'm Wrong but once you use synthetic oil, you can't go back. But go synthetic, worth it :)
     
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    I use toyotas thailand v6 oil filters and run mobil 1 or penzoil.
     
  14. Jul 31, 2012 at 4:44 AM
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    Like Whip said, this is not true. You can switch back and forth, even mix synthetic and conventional, no problem.
     
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