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    Hey guys i have an 07 silverado with a little over 70 000 miles. ive been putting 5w 30 oil in it but this time i bought 10w 30. is 10w 30 better or does it matter.

    also my friend has a tahoe with 200 000 miles and wants to start changing his own oil. is there really something better about the high mileage oil or should he just use normal 10 30 oil.

    any input would be appreciated. thanks
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    Barnett, you are going to get soooo many variation on this, but I will give you mine. The 5w-30 is better in the winter, and in the summer if your truck is not burning any oil. The lighter weight oil gets to the rotating masses in the engine quicker on start-up, especially in winter, which means less wear. If the vehicle sits several days, virtually all the oil is drained into the pan, which results in a dry start-up. The quicker you get the oil up into the motor, the less wear, in theory. As for the high-mileage oils, there is zero benefit from them. It is a marketing idea to sell more oil. Oil makers still tout changing every 3K, or 90 days, even though that old wives tale was put to rest years ago. Use a good oil, in the weight the owners manual recommends, and change at the intervals they recommend.

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    I dont think it matters too much but I would just stick with what the manufacturer calls for. The engine was "design" for a certain type of oil in mind so why not just stick with that.

    The high mileage oil is not necessary but it will not hurt either. But this link gives some benefits of high mileage.

    http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/...ge_10W-30.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChromeSilver02 View Post
    ...I would just stick with what the manufacturer calls for.
    +1. Find the correct weight and pick your favorite brand in that weight...

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    Everytime someone asks about oil, all kinds of answers come up. Citing a sales presentation by Mobiloil as evidence that the product might be worth something, well, I guess we might as well all be using STP, wearing Aqua Velva after shave, and taking Carter's Little Liver Pills. No independent lab has found a single component in "high mileage" oil that is both beneficial, and absent in other quality oils. I even find it offensive that Mobiloil would consider 75,000 miles to be "high mileage"...what are they all driving, Yugo's???? Of course, that is just my opinion....

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    thanks for the tips. my truck is actually burning a little oil thats why i decided on the 10 30 this time just to try it out.

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    I have an 05 2500HD with the 6.0, and I switched to 10w30 a long time ago. Main reason is the piston slap sound was driving me nuts, 10-30 quieted it right down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRPLXL2 View Post
    I have an 05 2500HD with the 6.0, and I switched to 10w30 a long time ago. Main reason is the piston slap sound was driving me nuts, 10-30 quieted it right down.

    A 10w30 is the same viscosity as a 5w30 at operating temperature...a 30 weight is a 30 weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckmeister2 View Post
    No independent lab has found a single component in "high mileage" oil that is both beneficial, and absent in other quality oils.

    That's because labs are looking at common compounds. There is nothing saying oil blends can't have additional things like proprietary seal conditioners, antiwear additives, etc.. The typical lab is not set up to analyze for everything under the sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnettamb View Post
    thanks for the tips. my truck is actually burning a little oil thats why i decided on the 10 30 this time just to try it out.

    Unfortunately oil type typically won't stop oil burning. The only thing that will slow oil burning sometimes is a thicker viscosity...I would actually consider a stout 5w40 or 15w40 diesel oil like Rotella if you felt like experimenting. But that's just a thought, and not a sure thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckmeister2 View Post
    Everytime someone asks about oil, all kinds of answers come up. Citing a sales presentation by Mobiloil as evidence that the product might be worth something, well, I guess we might as well all be using STP, wearing Aqua Velva after shave, and taking Carter's Little Liver Pills. No independent lab has found a single component in "high mileage" oil that is both beneficial, and absent in other quality oils. I even find it offensive that Mobiloil would consider 75,000 miles to be "high mileage"...what are they all driving, Yugo's???? Of course, that is just my opinion....
    I guess you think that every ad that is out there has no truth to it at all? Yes I don't think that 75,000 is considered high mileage for newer vehicles but I wasn't promoting an oil product, I was showing quick example of what it has to offer.

    If you really want to have independent opinions and thoughts on high mileage oil "Bob Is The Oil Guy" forum has tons of information for one to look through. That is where I got the link.

    http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...Number=1719553

    http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...Number=2846996

    http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...t&Number=49758
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    No, I don't think no ads have truth, and certainly did not intend to rile you up. My apologies for that. My point was that using a marketing campaign from a vendor as a source for why people might consider that vendor is a bit like asking a Ford dealer what vehicle they prefer, and why. As a matter of fact, I use Mobil synthetic in my 168K truck, but I would not even consider using their "high mileage" oil, simply because there is zero benefit to it, yet Mobil markets it as having some kind of voodoo ingredient that will help your engine last longer.

    As for independent information, there is no shortage of test info on oils of all kinds and applications. I study them from time to time. I have visited "Bob's" site before, and found it informative.

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