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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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10w40 motor oil?

What exactly does that mean? I'm trying to keep my '95 Camry alive and it has a slow oil leak, and I have no idea what the diference between 10w40, 5w30, 20w50, etc are.

Anyone have an easy enough explanation? And I swear, someone points me at google for an answer and you'll sit for a week
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Re: 10w40 motor oil?

The first number is the viscosity. This is basically how "thick" it is and how quick it will flow. So basically, the lower the number, the thinner the oil

the second number is the temperature that the viscosity is measured at (100c) i think. They do this to create products that'll cover a wider range of engine operating temps.

The most important thing is to run what the manufacturer of the car specifies. These guys have arrived at a grade by testing. Too thin and you'll burn it quicker, too thick and it'll take forever to get to temp and yo'll risk faster wear on your mechanicals

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What exactly does that mean? I'm trying to keep my '95 Camry alive and it has a slow oil leak, and I have no idea what the diference between 10w40, 5w30, 20w50, etc are.

Anyone have an easy enough explanation? And I swear, someone points me at google for an answer and you'll sit for a week
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