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Old 05-28-2004, 12:18 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Commander FAT
I've done a little research myself and I"ve come up with that Mobil 1 5W-30 should be fine. The manual says to use API SH or higher. The back of the oil container says that the oil exceeds API SL and SJ.

This PDF I came across says SL and SJ is more current than SH.
So you're saying we still shouldn't be using Mobil 1 5W-30? I'm confused, heh.

I've been using Mobil 1 5W-30 since my first oil change and that was about five oil changes ago.
API standards are for lack of a better term, junk. They are bear minimums, just like Tires have to be DOT approved, but that approval doesn't mean they are any good. If your confused about the weight, go back and read my original post explaining the thickness or lack there of, of Mobil 1 5w-30.

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