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Can I use valvoline conventional oil 5w-20 on my 2010 toyota highlander v6 awd without towning package? Sears said my car is valvoline synthetic blend required.
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What does your owner's manual say?

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My 2010 takes conventional. I don't believe they switched over during 2010. The 2011+ models yes, 2010 no.


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For 2010 use conventional or synthetic it doesn't matter.

Use 5w-20 if you don't have the tow package, use 5w-30 if you have the tow package.

Simple as that

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Does it ever strike anybody else the oddity that the owner's manual is last place people look for information and when they find it, trust it the least?

However, they'll take as biblical truth the anecdotal advice from any number of total stranger's--accountants by day, automotive engineers by night....

Just sayin'.....

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Does it ever strike anybody else the oddity that the owner's manual is last place people look for information and when they find it, trust it the least?

However, they'll take as biblical truth the anecdotal advice from any number of total stranger's--accountants by day, automotive engineers by night....

Just sayin'.....
Because its harder to open and read a book vs turn on a computer, find a forum via google, sign up for sed forum, find appropriate section, create a thread, wait on the thread, and get an answer

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or if you bought used and it did not come with one....

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or if you bought used and it did not come with one....
...and can't read what's stamped on the oil filler cap.... or...never mind.

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or if you bought used and it did not come with one....
Yep, certainly easier to ask here than log onto Toyota's website and read/download the owner's manual. TN is much faster! Think I'm kidding? Try it. I bet Sweeney can answer a question faster than you can find it there.


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TN is much faster! Think I'm kidding? Try it. I bet Sweeney can answer a question faster than you can find it there.

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LOL I was just sayin' hahahah
Mine has a manual, I was trying to throw a bone to OP

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I know what kind engine oil used in my car. but dealer used 5w-30, ask why manual required 5w-20? Dealer said 5w-30 and 5w-20 are same. After 2 years free engine oil change at dealer, I switch to sears which look at the computer and told me 2010 highlander is synthetic blend oil required, they don't care any engine internal damage if I used conventional oil. they confused me or fool me...
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...and can't read what's stamped on the oil filler cap.... or...never mind.
Mine says 710 on it.
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I know what kind engine oil used in my car. but dealer used 5w-30, ask why manual required 5w-20? Dealer said 5w-30 and 5w-20 are same. After 2 years free engine oil change at dealer, I switch to sears which look at the computer and told me 2010 highlander is synthetic blend oil required, they don't care any engine internal damage if I used conventional oil. they confused me or fool me...
You can use conventional, just make sure you are changing it every 5k, same as with a synthetic blend. Nothing changed between 2008 and 2013 with our engines to changee the oil change interval, the only thing that changed is Toyota paying for the oil changes and magically recommending a longer interval.
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Mine says 710 on it.
.....what? Really? Mine has 5w-20 on it (even though I'm suppose to use 5w-30)

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