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Old 26-03-2013, 10:53   #1 (permalink)
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According to the manual for my 2.8jtd Ducato I can use either 10w40. or 5w40 in our climate.

The usual oil used is generally 10w40 semi synthetic but In my opinion we would be better with 5w40 fully synthetic if we are using for van all year long in the UK as it gives better protection when cold and at least equal protection when hot. Our vans don't do a lot of stop starting like a delivery van and do more cold starts.

So do we have any oil specialists on here who know more than me?

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Old 26-03-2013, 11:03   #2 (permalink)
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Am a big believer in changing oil more frequently than the recommendations. I use 15/40 in my VW car and change at 6000 miles. Its now done over 160000 trouble free miles. The MH which is Merc based is changed at 5000 miles and that's now done 167000kms. When away on long trips I carry a spare filter and oil and get local garage to do it when due.
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According to the manual for my 2.8jtd Ducato I can use either 10w40. or 5w40 in our climate.

The usual oil used is generally 10w40 semi synthetic but In my opinion we would be better with 5w40 fully synthetic if we are using for van all year long in the UK as it gives better protection when cold and at least equal protection when hot. Our vans don't do a lot of stop starting like a delivery van and do more cold starts.

So do we have any oil specialists on here who know more than me?

Any opinions?
My 'expert' told me I am wasting my money time replacing semi-synthetic with fully synthetic. (which I haven't)
He says there is no mechanical advantage in what you are suggesting?
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My 'expert' told me I am wasting my money time replacing semi-synthetic with fully synthetic. (which I haven't)
He says there is no mechanical advantage in what you are suggesting?
The price difference isn't massive between the 2 oils. I was thinking the 5w40 would cut down on wear when cold.
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On some older engines the oil spec may not be ultra important .. but certainly on newer engines the correct grade of oil should be used if only to keep your warranty valid..
Regular oil changes would be more beneficial id have thought

I have always found opie oils to be a pretty competitive company for oil.

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On some older engines the oil spec may not be ultra important .. but certainly on newer engines the correct grade of oil should be used if only to keep your warranty valid..
Regular oil changes would be more beneficial id have thought

I have always found opie oils to be a pretty competitive company for oil.
this is very true the newer engines particularly Euro 5 need specific oils which will keep the particulate filter "happy". older engines are less fussy. but i am also informed by local garage that on pre euro 4 engines the step up in price to fully synthetic is not justified.

but its your van and your money
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The main thing aire was thinking about was the viscousity I was looking at 5w40 vs 10w40. Which is best to protect the engine when hot and cold. Surely the 5w40 is best in the UK.
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while the grade of oil is important, the actual spec is moreso.

manufacturers stipulate a particular oil formula.

my Chrysler MUST use 5w30 grade low ash oil and the spec MUST be MB229.51 and ACEA C3....ave price = 45 per 4.5ltrs...and i need 6.5ltrs

any other specification WILL cause irreparable damage in a short time.

my RV engine requires 5w30 as well but must be the Ford spec WWS_M2C153_G...cant use the Chrysler oil in it

gone are the days when you chucked in any old 20w50 grade oil

Worth checking your chassis handbook or googling the correct spec oil.
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