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Old 11-24-2008, 09:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2009 I4 5W20 or 5W30

Hello,

It's time for my 09 camry oil change. it's 4 cylinder car.
I have others vehicles Sienna (140,000), 2002 Camry(80,000)
and ES300 with 337,200. in all my car i do oil change at 5,000 or six month
with Castrol synthetic blend 5W30.

I don't like to keep so many types of oil.
Can i use 5W30 syn.blend for 2009 camry?

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Old 11-24-2008, 09:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello,

It's time for my 09 camry oil change. it's 4 cylinder car.
I have others vehicles Sienna (140,000), 2002 Camry(80,000)
and ES300 with 337,200. in all my car i do oil change at 5,000 or six month
with Castrol synthetic blend 5W30.

I don't like to keep so many types of oil.
Can i use 5W30 syn.blend for 2009 camry?

Thanks in advance.
You can use anything you want.

Toyota calls for 0w20 or 5w20..........according to your Owners Manual.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You can use anything you want.

Toyota calls for 0w20 or 5w20..........according to your Owners Manual.
So in other words you might void your warranty for not using the recommended oil viscosity. If it was me at least for the warranty period I would stick to what the manual calls for and also make sure that you keep all the receipts.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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According to the manual, "an oil with a higher viscosity may be better suited if the vehicle is operated at high speeds, or under extreme load conditions". This can be found under your lubrication specs in your manual. This would indicate that you CAN run a 5W-30 oil in your engine.

Should you do so? If you are towing or do high speed runs, maybe... In normal driving however I would stick to the recommended viscosities. The engine clearances and oil pump are designed to use this oil.

I understand your problem though as I had 2 types of oil at my house. When that happened, I just used a different brand of oil for the cars. The "yellow" bottle (Pennzoil Platinum) went into the truck and the “silver” bottle (Mobil 1) went into everything else.
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Our dealer uses 5W-30 on my parent's V6 camry. not sure if that applies to the I4 as well.
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Jazs,

The I4 is recommended to use 0w-20 or 5w-20. The specs on the V6 are different.
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The I4 is recommended to use 0w-20 or 5w-20. The specs on the V6 are different.
Yep for V6 its 5w-30 and for i4 (0)5w-20.
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Yep for V6 its 5w-30 and for i4 (0)5w-20.
That may be incomplete answer.

The V6 has 5w20 specified for it, if it meets ILSAC GF-4 specs......beginning with the '06 models according to the TSB.

The TSB does say as a contradiction, that the recommended grade on your engine cap or in your Owners Manual should be used.

I'm sure of my grade with an I4.

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I thought 5W for cold viscosity and 20/30 for additive to keep viscosity at higher temp.
Texas is known for heat. As long as you use 5W cold starting viscosity you will be fine.
Correct me if i am wrong....
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I thought 5W for cold viscosity and 20/30 for additive to keep viscosity at higher temp.
Texas is known for heat. As long as you use 5W cold starting viscosity you will be fine.
Correct me if i am wrong....
The first number (0,5,10, 15, etc) is an empirical number that tells you how well the lubricant will flow at low temperatures. The numbers are assigned based on standards listed on the SAE J300 chart.

The second number, W, means that the oil is suitable for winter use.

The third number (20, 30, 40, etc) refers to the lubricant's kinematic viscosity at 100C according to the SAE J300 chart once again.

You should use the OEM recommended viscosity. Unless you are using your vehicle for operating conditions that the vehicle was not originally intended for (constant racing, auto-x, etc), then the OEM recommended oil grade will do a great job of protecting your vehicle.
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That may be incomplete answer.

The V6 has 5w20 specified for it, if it meets ILSAC GF-4 specs......beginning with the '06 models according to the TSB.

The TSB does say as a contradiction, that the recommended grade on your engine cap or in your Owners Manual shoild be used.

I'm sure of my grade with an I4.
Even better answer to OPs question
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6th gen i4 camry suggests 5W-20. As stated on your oil cap. And I use Castrol Synthetic all the time.
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Old 11-26-2008, 04:18 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thank you for inputs.
I bought Castrol Synthetic Blend 5W20. with toyota filter.
After 36,000 may be 5W30...........
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OP, you are in Houston. Right now I'd say that 5w20 or 5w30 would be just fine. If it gets to be late June, early July and you drive across town or worse every day, then I'd say that 10w30 would be just fine and keep you through September. 0w20 might reduce splash resistance inside the engine but I can't imagine it is going to improve the longevity of the engine in hotter climates. Use 0w20 in Reno or Omaha in January.
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To cover by warrenty i decided to go with 5W20 till 36,000

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