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Dear Honda Accord community:

My 1999 Honda Accord LX, 4 doors, 2.3 litre, 4 cylinder, with 58100 miles, need oil change. It use Castrol Synthetic, but we have three (03) types of Castrol Synthetic: 5W-50, 10W-30 and 10W-40.

Which type should I use?

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10w-30.
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What viscosity have you been using? You should stick with 5W-30 unless you live someplace where the temperature is over 40 degrees F all year.

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First Read the manual and follow what Honda recommends.
If you live near the equator, get 10W-40
If you live in N.A., get 5W-30 or 10W-30
If you are racer in N.A., get 5W-50
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Thank you all for the answer. Kind of a bit confuse now, but answering your questions, the car lives in Caracas, Venezuela. The temperature is all year around about between 80F and 77F. nowadays because is December, the temp is tending to descent to around 73F.
It is a city with heavy traffic all day. You could spend easily 2 to 3 hours in traffic, bumper-to-bumper daily.

Your suggestions are more than welcome, and thanks again
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Considering your climate and your limited choices I would recommend the 10W30.
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1st choice: 10W40
2nd choice: 10W30
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Want 2 thx u all for your valuable help. Thank you guys. wishing you the best
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What did you decide on Mendione? Nosotros le perdemos aquí, regresa más a menudo.
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Hey RTexasF, how's everything? Hoping that everything with you are great. Thank you for your words. Answering your question, the technician wants 5W-50. What is your opinion?
and regarding your kind comment, you will never going to loose me from this forum. The people here are kind, generous, willing to help, extraordinary. How can somebody in his/her healthy judgment could get lost from here, from this forum?
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I cannot claim the Spanish, it comes from an online translator but the thought is mine. 5W50 is quite heavy for a Honda engine and I see no reason for it at all. To repeat.........from the choices you have available mine would be 10W30.
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RTexasF:

Sorry to bother you in this issue, but I am quite confuse... again. When you say that an oil is quite heavy like the one we are talking here (5W50) you mean that it is too thin or too thick? Also, I am trying to aim to an oil thin than thick, isn't it? Am I on the right track?

Your spanish sounded very etranslator, but then again, you need to put phrases in order for the translator to work, right? so your thoughts were very kind and I appreciate it. Thank you and if you could help me in this oil issue, thank you and more than welcome
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The oil that the mechanic is recommending is far too thick for a VTEC Honda engine. 50 weight oil has no reason to be in any four cylinder engine unless it is making 500 horsepower and is used for racing.

Where I live is also high temperature and high humidity. You could not PAY me to put 50 weight oil in my car! I use 0W20 Mobil 1 synthetic. You can not obtain that oil there so 10W30 would be the closest choice. If you have been running a 50 weight oil you will notice slightly better miles per gallon and better engine response with the 10W30.

Con mucho gusto mi amigo, hasta. (my limited Español )
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Dear Friend RTexasF.
Thank you for your advise. I was laughing with your last sentence (the one in spanish) because you are stating that you have a limited spanish, but you are doing sooo, so well.

Ok, back to our business, what I am understanding here is that the lower the last number is, the thinner the oil is. Right? One question, what about the first digit? what this digit means? (the one that is beside to the left of the W).

BTW, the milage of my beloved Accord is so poor that just because the gasoline here is a gift (now is not even "cheaper") I can afford it, but I had been noticing that the milage performance is decreasing. Test the tires and are ok.

So, According to your kindly comments, I have to aim or I have to look for the thinner oil available in my marketplace and the 10W-30 is it. At least 10W30 is thinner than 5W-50 and thinner than 10W-40. Right?

Waiting for your suggestions, orientations and comments. Thank you
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Another question will be, I saw a product from MOTUL, named engine cleaner. Do you recommend the use of this product between oil changes?
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