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post #1 of 26 Old May 16th, 2009, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Question Recommended oil for the ga16de?

I just did the 1st oil change on my b13 like 2 weeks ago, and did my 2nd oil change earlier today.

I'm a new b13 owner but been in the nissan/Infiniti G20 world for about 4 years. So I know a lot about p11's and sr20de motor. Im not a total newbie to the tuner world, but new to the ga16de motor.

Since my b13 ga16de motor has 194,xxx miles on it. I'm wondering what would be the best oil for it with that high mileage.

2 weeks ago I used Lubro Moly Engine Flush, Castrol syntec blend 10w-30 and Lubro Moly MoS2 Anti-Friction Addtive.

I've been using Lubro moly products for my G20 for about a year now and love the results and protection for my motor, cant beat german products. So im using it now on my b13 GA motor.

Earlier today I decided to go with castrol gtx high mileage 20w-50 (green bottle) and Rislone Ring seal because I was recommended by friends n coworkers to run 20w-50 for that high mileage.

should I stick with this? I've been thinking that 20w-50 for this small motor would make the egine work harder and eventually blow on me. How bout using 15w-40?

Suggestions, opinions, and recommendations are welcomed.

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post #2 of 26 Old May 16th, 2009, 11:04 AM
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The manual specifies 5w30 for new GA16de engines, but sinec your motor is not new by any means, 10w40 may be ok if your engine is in good shape. You can try that, if it burns oil they go with a 20w50.
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dont use royal purple, it doesnt have detergents in it so yeah it runs better in your motor but you get build up over time. i have heard from many race teams that mobil 1 synthetic is the best. it has some detergents and it slick as can be!

another note, if you have high miles and leaks probably best jsut to run a thicker oil cuase i have a oil leak around the top of my water pump and it seems to not leak as much if i run eithe rconventional or a mix compared to complete mobil 1.
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I use Mobil 1 synthetic 5w-30 extended protection. I have 215k on the car and runs smoothly with no oil burning.
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post #5 of 26 Old May 20th, 2009, 04:58 PM
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I use Mobil 1 synthetic 5w-30 extended protection. I have 215k on the car and runs smoothly with no oil burning.
You want to stick to the weight oil recommended by the manufacturer.The Mobil 1 will help it to run smoother.It's more expensive,but not really when you take into consideration that you'll have to change the oil less often.

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I just experimented with quaker state and a bottle of slick 50 and I actually noticed a difference.

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Yah know what too.I checked my MPG computer on the Jeep last night after switching to synthetic.It always got 16MPG,and now it's doing 18.5MPG.So i picked up a little over 2 miles/gallon switching from cheap oil to the good stuff.

It kinda pays for itself in more than one way.
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I use Pennzoil high mileage 5w30 myself and the seems to like it.

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I use Castrol Syntec 5w-40 and the chain noise disappear.

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I have over 220,000 miles on mine and I've been using OW-30 M1 for a year or so and it uses not a drop of oil during the 5,000 mile change interval.

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post #11 of 26 Old Jun 8th, 2009, 05:58 PM
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I had heard from somewhere about issues switching to synthetic on a motor that has had conventional its whole life? An merit in this claim? I want to switch over to Mobil 1 5-30 next oil change and I just went over 100,000 miles.

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Valvoline SynPower's 5W-30 FTMFW!

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Any benefit from the mobil1 high mileage 530 or their fuel economy blend? Seems like just marketing to me, I will probably just stick with their regular old 530.

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Any benefit from the mobil1 high mileage 530 or their fuel economy blend? Seems like just marketing to me, I will probably just stick with their regular old 530.
Typically any oil called out as 'high mileage' is designed for older engines, and therefore has higher levels of ZDDP. In recent year ZDDP (Zinc and phosporous) has been reduced by all oil manufacturers to prevent fouling of catalytic converters, but at the expense of higher engine wear. Not a problem as much with modern roller cam followers, but older flat-tappet camshafts get beat up by reducing the ZDDP.

I run 20W-50 Brad Penn oil in my GA16, as it has the highest levels of ZDDP I've been able to find (although Shell Rotella is very close). Even with 276k+ miles, a timing chain that has rattled for 60k, oil burning and oil leaking, the engine just won't die...

With this oil, I go through a quart every 2500 miles. With 10W-40, it goes through 3 quarts every 2500 miles.

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Thanks for the info.

P.S. Maybe it would be a good idea to take care of that motor?

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