Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 21:52:23 -0000
From: "Huw" <>
Subject: Re: Does anyone use synthetic oils?

"Ron(Fla)" > Can I use synthetic oil in my Toyota? > > Answer > > All Toyota vehicles come from the factory with natural petroleum-based > engine oil. Toyota is currently recommending American Petroleum Institute > (API) grade SJ petroleum-based engine oil. In moderate climates, this oil > should have a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) viscosity rating of > 5W-30. In our high mileage tests with preventative maintenance performed at > the recommended intervals, the recommended natural petroleum-based oil has > provided excellent service. IMHO the oil I use for my fleet meets API CG4/SJ and is further rated to MB228.3 long drain SHPD, is wasted at the Toyota recomendation of 4500 mile drain in a 1HD-FTE engine. The oil will easily last double your recomendation. In the event I am using a synthetic Fuchs Titan Cargo 1040 oil which is a 60,000 mile type oil and to Hell with your warranty. If the engine fails then both oil and filter will be sent for analysis and you will have to prove that the failiure was due to inappropriate servicing. With this oil the regime is to change the filter every 5000 miles and the oil at 10,000. > > If you decide to use synthetic oil for the engine, it is best not to switch > until the first scheduled oil change. I agree Synthetic oil should meet or exceed > the above specifications. Even if synthetic oil is used, we do not recommend > a longer oil change interval. Also, once synthetic oil is used, you should > keep using it and not switch back and forth with natural petroleum-based > oil. > > If the engine oil that you use, whether natural or synthetic, does not meet > the above specifications or is defective, any resulting damage to the engine > will not be covered by the Toyota New Vehicle Limited Warranty. You can > protect yourself against this possibility by having your maintenance > performed by a factory-authorized Toyota dealer. You have to try and keep your dealers shop busy. I wouldn't trust most main dealers to repair a wheelbarrow. Huw

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