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5w-30 or 10w-40 on Altima 2009 oil change?

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One mechanic told me to use 10w-40 vs. 5w-30 for oil on 78000 mile Altima 2.5L 2009. The manual suggests 5w-30. What should I use?

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Hi,

One mechanic told me to use 10w-40 vs. 5w-30 for oil on 78000 mile Altima 2.5L 2009. The manual suggests 5w-30. What should I use?

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if you have oil burning issues then step up. If not then stick with 5-30.

10w is fine as long as your in an area that does not see sub freezing temps
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Ditto to both above responses.

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I live in New York City and I think it gets to sub freezing here. Should I get another oil change and just get 5w-30? Thanks.

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if you have oil burning issues then step up. If not then stick with 5-30.

10w is fine as long as your in an area that does not see sub freezing temps
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Please heed Nissan's advice. 5w-30. And I KNOW it get sub-freezing in NY!

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Sub freezing temps, consider 0w30. That car will be warmed up in no time.

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you only need the 40w if your either buring oil or are a super aggressive driver. If either apply then 0w-40 or 5w-40. If your just worried about a normal oil change cause your higher mileage.....just stick to 5w-30
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The manual suggests 5w-30. What should I use?
Frankly, I'm still puzzled as to WHY the owner's manual is even being questioned. lol
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Frankly, I'm still puzzled as to WHY the owner's manual is even being questioned. lol
Because natural selection failed.

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I would go with 0w30 or 5w30. I've been using full synthetic 0w30 for a couple years and I haven't had any issues. It flows a little easier when the engine's cold, so hopefully that results in less engine wear (the theory is that most of the engine wear occurs at startup, so the lower viscosity oil lubricates the engine quicker, which causes less wear and tear).
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What is "sub freezing"? Colder then freezing? We could use temperatures (sort of an "out there" type of an idea I know) to describe what we are talking about, like let's say, -20C for instance. Forum is made up of people living in a range of climate; using temperature would be more helpful.

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if the temps in ur area get down to freezing period u need to have nothing higher than 5w. 0w would be actually better. now this is if u run dino oil. a synthetic 5w would flow alot better than a 5w dino would regardless of the temp outside. so this is especially beneficial in the freezing temps. get a good brand of synthetic 5w-30 and you can run it all year long no problem

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might sound like a new question but since pjny already start a thread similar to my curiosity, so i'll just post it here:

i noticed many newer cars nowaday uses 0w20, such as 2013 2.5 altima for example.
my bro had 2011 lexus rx hybrid, traded in for 2013 gs f sport, both uses 0w20 (according from manual).
he recently traded in his 2010-11 nissan quest (uses 5w30) to a 2012-13 honda odyssey, and it use 0w20.

im currently using mobile1 synthetic 5w30 on 08 2.5sl, but since many japanese automakers are starting to use 0w20 (probably for the slightly increased fuel economy, but correct me if i'm wrong though), should i use 0w20 for 4th gen altima as well? anyone here had experience driving the same vehicle with different oil weight and finds difference in any way? i live in north jersey about 5-10 miles west of manhattan.
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might sound like a new question but since pjny already start a thread similar to my curiosity, so i'll just post it here:

i noticed many newer cars nowaday uses 0w20, such as 2013 2.5 altima for example.
my bro had 2011 lexus rx hybrid, traded in for 2013 gs f sport, both uses 0w20 (according from manual).
he recently traded in his 2010-11 nissan quest (uses 5w30) to a 2012-13 honda odyssey, and it use 0w20.

im currently using mobile1 synthetic 5w30 on 08 2.5sl, but since many japanese automakers are starting to use 0w20 (probably for the slightly increased fuel economy, but correct me if i'm wrong though), should i use 0w20 for 4th gen altima as well? anyone here had experience driving the same vehicle with different oil weight and finds difference in any way? i live in north jersey about 5-10 miles west of manhattan.

It is a new and revised engine to use the 0W-20. I use to work at Toyota and I noticed the Scion TC's 1st gen used 5w-30, and then the revision came out, Gen 1.5 or whatever 0W-20. New dimensions in the engine as well. Oil filter went from the front of the engine to the right side near passenger.

Just stick with what the manual states. I'm sure the engineers didn't spend thousands and thousands of hours just to put down "5W-30 sounds good! let's use that!" and then all of a sudden "0W-20 sounds even better!". Notice the different viscosity? from 30 to 20.

0W-20 moves more freely in the engine because the viscosity is thinner. However does that mean your engine can handle the lower viscosity? Does it pump fast enough through the engine?

The lower viscosity = lesser friction = More MPG. BUT that does not mean it lubricates properly if you put in 0W-20 instead of 5W-30. Motor oil usually leaves a thin film over the parts, EVEN AFTER THE ENGINE IS STOPPED. That means upon cold start up, there is ALREADY A THIN FILM OF OIL LEFT OVER. The question is will 0W-20 leave the same protection of 5W-30? Possibly not.

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