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What grade of oil in engine?

What grade of motor oil is suitable for the Rav, I been told 5w.30 is good for Toyota engines......Your thoughts please
 
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Just had the RAV serviced the other day at the dealers (Au$500 lighter for the 200,000 km service) and they put in Shell Havoline synthetic 10W40

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Check your oil cap in your engine. It will tell you. I have a 97 3SFE engine with 60,000+ miles on it. I still use the 5W-30 recommended.
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I have used 10W30 but gas mileage seems to go down, and car feels a little sluggish, may just be the cheap oil i'm using.

Stick with 5W-30, especially if you live in a place where it snows or at least gets close to 32F

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you can use any weight of oil. Your engine is designed for 5w30. If you use a higher weight, you will still get the same protection, but you MPG will probably fall. If it is very cold where you live, you will not want to raise the weight of oil.

Also, if you use 5w20, you will probably lose some protection as the engine heats up.

Synthetic is great, the mobil 1 at wal mart is very good, and most name brand dino oils will do just fine at the factory intervals.

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Thanks for the help guys cheers
 
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you can use any weight of oil. Your engine is designed for 5w30. If you use a higher weight, you will still get the same protection, but you MPG will probably fall. If it is very cold where you live, you will not want to raise the weight of oil.

Also, if you use 5w20, you will probably lose some protection as the engine heats up.

Synthetic is great, the mobil 1 at wal mart is very good, and most name brand dino oils will do just fine at the factory intervals.
how do i read the labels for engine oils ? i`m currently using 10w 40 from Mobil 1....in a tropical climate, the weahter gets very very hot here. Just wondering if the oil is suitable ? My FC seems to be alrite, been using it for the past 3 months. Thanks.
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What don't you understand on the label?

The multi weight system has two numbers -- 5w30 for example. You read this as five - W - thirty. The first number is the viscosity when the engine is cold. The second number is the weight when fully warmed up. For your climate you could probably get 10w30. The price shouldn't be any different from the 5w30. While a 10w40 works, the extra weight isn't needed. Your engine will be slightly hotter due to the moist hot air, but I think you are just fine with 5 or 10 w 30.

Very hot engines such as the aircooled engine in my Porsche require higher viscosities to put up with the punishment. I run Mobil 1 15W50 in that car.

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What don't you understand on the label?

The multi weight system has two numbers -- 5w30 for example. You read this as five - W - thirty. The first number is the viscosity when the engine is cold. The second number is the weight when fully warmed up. For your climate you could probably get 10w30. The price shouldn't be any different from the 5w30. While a 10w40 works, the extra weight isn't needed. Your engine will be slightly hotter due to the moist hot air, but I think you are just fine with 5 or 10 w 30.

Very hot engines such as the aircooled engine in my Porsche require higher viscosities to put up with the punishment. I run Mobil 1 15W50 in that car.
Actually I didn`t understand what the numbers & `w` alphabet means. Thanks for clarifying. The Mobil shops here don`t seem to carry 5 or 10 w 30....the only ones I see here are 10 w 40 or 5 w 50 i think. So In have no choice but to purchase those. The extra weight shouldn`t be a problem rite ?
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With those two choices I would take 10w40. Just make sure it isn't the Delvac diesel stuff.

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