Hi Joe, there's quite a lot of info here in this forum on this subject. Try to search for them using the search button above.joe vt said:I am considering using Synthetic oil. I am looking for opinions and recommendations.
I heard it may increase MPG.
I heard I should let the engine break in with ~12K miles before switching.
thanks, joe vt
shortspark, do you have any info on the havoline..........at walmart that oil is less than 1.60 qt. is this a blend or traditional dino?shortspark said:I believe you can switch to synthetic oil whenever you want to although I too have heard it is best to go one or two oil changes before using synthetic. I really do not think it makes any difference in today's modern engines.
I will change my factory fill per the OLM and use Havoline 5w20 dino oil which, according to used oil analysis reports, is one of the very best. I am also using LC20 (LubeControl) which is a highly regarded oil additive that enhances the lubrication qualities of any oil. It also allows for extended drains of up to 10,000 miles if that is what you want to do.
Today's modern oils are very robust and using a good, name brand dino and chaning oil by the OLM (which assumes dino, not synthetic oil) will serve you very well. If you drive in mostly "severe" conditions or really want to try for extended drains then synthetics may be the way to go but that aside, regular oil is all that is required in our Ridgeline.