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Old 08-26-2010, 02:49 PM   #1
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Recommended oil

While my 2008 Ridgeline was under warranty I took it to the Honda Service Department in San Juan, Puerto Rico to perform the maintenance, but it was not until now that I noticed that they were using 10W-30 instead of the recommended in the manual 5W-20. I want to know if it is right and/or safe of the a Service Department to do that. NOT FOLLOWING THE MANUAL. I called my Service Dept. and they told me that they are using the recommended by Honda but when I call Honda of America they told me to follow the owner's manual. Which one is lying? Or are there other authorized recommended oil in Puerto Rico? Right now I'm at 40K miles on my unit (just passed warranty coverage) and I want to know who is going to held responsible if there is a problem associated to that? What am I going to do, follow the recommendations of Honda and the manual or the local Service Dept? It is safe to switch back to 5W-20? I understand it is supposed to be safe due to the mileage of the unit. What do you guys think?
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:26 PM   #2
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Re: Recommended oil

Most of us use Mobil One 5w20 - any 5w20 is the right oil. 10w20 or 10w30 will work but give you poor gas mileage - the engine was designed for 5w20. I would switch to it as soon as possible.

If you look at the oil filler cap it clearly states 5w20.
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:05 PM   #3
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That is what I think I'm going to do. TNX
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:00 AM   #4
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Re: Recommended oil

5w20 is what you should use. I used 10w30 in a ford suv with 100k miles, I could hear and feel the difference in the engine, when I put the correct weight (5w30) it ran way smoother and the engine was quieter.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:08 AM   #5
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That is what I think I'm going to do. TNX
Bring your own, you can even buy filters in bulk, and bring those too. They should be willing to give you a discount on the service each time you do.
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:38 PM   #6
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Bring your own, you can even buy filters in bulk, and bring those too. They should be willing to give you a discount on the service each time you do.
That is what I have done with our Honda Ody. I like knowing my car has always had mobil 1.

Now - what about the 0w20 oil? My dealer has it for sale...

AND what about the $7 a quart synthetic oil for extended use?

does using any of the above void warranty?
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:33 PM   #7
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Most of us use Mobil One 5w20 - any 5w20 is the right oil. 10w20 or 10w30 will work but give you poor gas mileage - the engine was designed for 5w20. I would switch to it as soon as possible.

If you look at the oil filler cap it clearly states 5w20.
This information is correct. The engine was built to use 5w20 engine oil, but using a 5w30, 10w30 etc. will not harm your engine, but give you less performance, fuel economy etc. I have been using Royal Mfg brand for the past 3 years and have excellent results with the product. I have been using their full synthetic 5w20 (Monarch Synlube 5w20) in my 2010 Honda Ridge line. Check them out on their website at www.royalmfg.com
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:13 PM   #8
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Re: Recommended oil

The site says, " Meets requirements of API Services SH/CD, which replaces SG/CD, SF/CC and MIL-L-2104B"

But is it API certified?
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:41 PM   #9
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The site says, " Meets requirements of API Services SH/CD, which replaces SG/CD, SF/CC and MIL-L-2104B"

But is it API certified?
I think you mean API Liscensed. API Liscensed simply means the brand has the same additive package and base stock as any other garden variety API Liscensed oils. It's an industry gimic to get you to think the oil has some magical properties, but is only so as to get mfrs to list that as a requirement and oil companies do not have to test their oils to be able to label as API Liscensed oils (it cheapens up the cost of producing an oil)
The better oils use their own additive package because they don't want to stoop that low. But they have to spend cash on expensive API tests to apply the API classification for the oil.

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Old 12-31-2013, 08:36 PM   #10
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I think you mean API Liscensed. API Liscensed simply means the brand has the same additive package and base stock as any other garden variety API Liscensed oils. It's an industry gimic to get you to think the oil has some magical properties, but is only so as to get mfrs to list that as a requirement and oil companies do not have to test their oils to be able to label as API Liscensed oils (it cheapens up the cost of producing an oil)
The better oils use their own additive package because they don't want to stoop that low. But they have to spend cash on expensive API tests to apply the API classification for the oil.
The correct term is "API Certified" and Honda requires owners to use API Certified oil as a condition of the warranty.

I don't know of anyone that has said API Certified oil has any "magical properties", but I sure know that some snake oil non-API Certified oil manufactures absolutely make wild claims and imply magical properties.

Using an API Certified oil means that the product is certified to meet the minimum requirements for your engine health. The certification doesn't prevent an engine oil from exceeding the specifications... in other words a super premium synthetic oil would not be disqualified from being API Certified.

There are some oil companies that would have you believe they know more about what an engine requires than the people that actually designed and engineered the engine. As long as there are enough people out there to foolishly believe such outlandish claims they'll keep making the stuff.
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