94 Camry (LE-4cyl-121K miles) - What is the right Engine Oil ??

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Old 29 Nov 2004, 07:05 pm   #1 (permalink)
Ramakrishna Devisetti
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Default 94 Camry (LE-4cyl-121K miles) - What is the right Engine Oil ??

Hi,

I have 1994 Camry LE 4Cyl and121K mileage. I am in California and
Temperature is around 60-70F.
Yesterday I went to NAPA auto store for Engine Oil . One of the
representative suggested to use 20W-50 type as the car has higher mileage
and old. He gave me the oil with NAPA store brand.

Previously I was using Penzoil 10W-40 and working well.

So 20W-50 is a good choice compared to 10W-40 ?? And also any specific
brands are recommended to use ??


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Rama


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Old 29 Nov 2004, 07:44 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 94 Camry (LE-4cyl-121K miles) - What is the right Engine Oil ??

On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 17:05:14 -0800, "Ramakrishna Devisetti"
<ramak@cisco.com> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>I have 1994 Camry LE 4Cyl and121K mileage. I am in California and
>Temperature is around 60-70F.
>Yesterday I went to NAPA auto store for Engine Oil . One of the
>representative suggested to use 20W-50 type as the car has higher mileage
>and old. He gave me the oil with NAPA store brand.
>
>Previously I was using Penzoil 10W-40 and working well.
>
>So 20W-50 is a good choice compared to 10W-40 ?? And also any specific
>brands are recommended to use ??
>


Regarding the weight, what does your owner's manual say? I am betting
it will say 10W30 or 5W30.

As for type of oil, look for the API SL or SM logo on the bottle.

For some good reading, check out http://www.bobistheoilguy.com

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Old 30 Nov 2004, 07:03 am   #3 (permalink)
Daniel M. Dreifus
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Default Re: 94 Camry (LE-4cyl-121K miles) - What is the right Engine Oil ??

"Ramakrishna Devisetti" <ramak@cisco.com> wrote in message news:<1101776553.405285@sj-nntpcache-5>...
> Hi,
>
> I have 1994 Camry LE 4Cyl and121K mileage. I am in California


The oil viscosity is marked on the oil filler cap and in the Owner's
manual:
10W30.

120,000 miles is just getting started for that engine if you've been
taking care of it.
Would not recommend 20W50 - use the proper viscosity.
If you've been changing the oil and filter regularly, and dissasembled
the engine, you'll likely find minimal wear.
If you were at 250,000 miles and buring oil, then you might consider
20W50.
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Old 30 Nov 2004, 10:51 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 94 Camry (LE-4cyl-121K miles) - What is the right Engine Oil ??

20-50 is way too thick, 10w-30 is perfect.
I prefer Pennzoil High mileage oil. It has
additives that help the seals stay in
better shape...Purolator filters are OK
to use. My 97 4 cyl has 190,000 miles
no oil leaks and uses very little oil between
changes.
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