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Type of oil?

I have recently purchase a 2007 Ridgeline RTL - it had 46,000 miles. It's in mint condition. I am curious what kind of oil everyone has been using? It appears the dealership used Honda 5-20w oil when they changed it. Should i just stay with that?
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Why would you change it?

Are you talking about going to Synthetic???

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Re: Type of oil?

I don't plan to change it till it says to. However; for this point forward wondered what oil seems to work well in these trucks. It's my first Honda product. Should i stay using the factory Honda oil? I believe it is a synthetic, is it not?
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Re: Type of oil?

You can, most use Mobil 1 synthetic. It seems to be a great oil (as good as most anyway) and readily available wherever you go. Some Amsoil, Castrol, etc.

If you plan to take it to the dealer everytime, and not DIY, make sure they dealer gives you a discount to bring in your own oil and filter. If you use Honda filters use the A01 model ONLY. That's why it's best to bring your own or DIY, because you don't know what the dealer uses.

Most dealers now offer synthetic, Honda oil is not made by Honda.
Use only Honda fluid for the transmission, rear differential (VTM4) ( many only use Honda power steeering/brake and coolant. ) But the transmission and diff. is critical.

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I am leaning towards changing it myself. Depends on how much of a pain it is to get to the oil filter honestly. I was Leaning towards either Valvoline Syntec - or - Mobil 1. I have had great luck with Valvoline in the past. However; i used it in a dodge magnum. I prefer WIX filters, i defiantly don't want to use "the orange can of death".
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I am leaning towards changing it myself. Depends on how much of a pain it is to get to the oil filter honestly. I was Leaning towards either Valvoline Syntec - or - Mobil 1. I have had great luck with Valvoline in the past. However; i used it in a dodge magnum. I prefer WIX filters, i defiantly don't want to use "the orange can of death".
Sounds like you are definitely on the right track!



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Re: Type of oil?

I don't know why but I feel that my RL runs better with conventional oil than synthetic (Castrol Edge synthetic 5W-20 Vs Castrol GTX conventional 5w-20)
what do you think about this?
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I used Amsoil OE 5W20 with a Wix filter. Using synthetic oil seemed to erase a valve noise that I got after 150k miles. I traded it at 200k and it was running perfect. I used Castrol Syntec up until 150k.
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My previous vehicle was a 2008 and i used Castrol GTX to be exact. I have used Castrol GTX in alot of my vehicles. What kind of gas mileage did you see out of it? Any differences? Thanks for all the info guys.
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Re: Type of oil?

I've used Castrol GTX 5W-20 in my 2006 since I got it. I don't think the oil brand is important as long as you change it regularly (per the maintenance minder).
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