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Old 14 Jun 2010, 08:31 am
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Default Best synthetic oil for my TL?

Hey guys, just got a 2008 Acura TL, love it. Anyway I was at walmart and was looking at motor oils, and liked the MOBIL 1 oil? Would Mobil 1 be a good choice for my Acura? I drive it mormal, not fast at all, conditions 80F to 90F.

Also would it be hard to do it myself?
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 10:46 am
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what does your CAR MANUAL it...
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 11:31 am
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i use valvoline, but really you are changing the oil again three months down the road so just be sure to use the right weight and type
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 11:46 am
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Mobil 1 is a good choice, but synthetic oils nowadays do not differ from each other. They use almost the same chemical formula, so you don't feel the difference that much as far as it complies with what the manual recommends. All honda/acura cars are aluminuim engines so if the oil label says it is good for alimunium engines you are good to go. If you going to use synthetic oil then make sure you change it strictly on schedule 3,000 - 4500 miles

As to how change oil, especially honda's (i owe one acura rl) it's pretty straightforward. Have 5 qt of oil, new filter (K&N is good one) and correct size of wrench for oil drain plug (honda's oil plug are usually 17 mm) and oil filter wrench. Then follow these steps:

1. Warm up the engine until it's on normal driving temperature, shut off the engine, put the car in parking

2. Jack up the driver side of the car with your acura provided jacking tool

3. Open the hood and remove the oil plug (it's a yellow cap on top of the engine, driver side)

4. Before you get under the car have all tools beside you and have a container for the old oil to be drained into (wide flatty bucket is good)

5. Get under the car, find the oil drain plug (you see a label and arrow "Engine ->") then remove that plug (be careful it is hot, make sure your container is in the right place)

6. Once you have drained oil, find the oil filter (it's a bit in front and deeper) remove it with you tool (be careful it's also hot, place the container right under the filter)

7. Once you have drained oil from both places, place the new filter DO NOT USE WRENCH FOR TIGHTING IT, TIGHT IT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN WITH YOU HAND that's it

8. Wash the drain plug and put it in the place (TIGHT IT WITH THE WRENCH)

9. Pour the new oil into the engine from top

10. Turn on the engine and check the level of oil.

If it is in the max level you are good to go. If it is not pour some more and check it again.
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 12:01 pm
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If u take it to the dealer they will use Moblie 1 5W20. Why? 5W20 because thats wut it says on ur oil cap, Moblile 1, because they have a contract with Moblile 1 & it satisfies warrenty.
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Old 14 Jun 2010, 12:16 pm
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AMSOIL 100% Full Synthetic Oil far exceeds the performance of any other synthetic oil. When used in conjunction with AMSOIL Absolute Efficiency Oil Filters, your vehicle can operate for up to 35,000 miles or one year between drain intervals.

In a recent API Comparative Motor Oil Test, no other brand could outperform AMSOIL Full Synthetic Oil in any of 6 criteria (Thin Film Oxygen Uptake Test, NOACK Volatility Test, Pour Point Test, Total Base Number, Cold Crank Simulator Test, Four-Ball Wear Test).

You can view the performance test at this link:

Synthetic oil is the best choice for any vehicle in the long run. While they will cost more at the time of your oil change, they will save you more money over the service life of your vehicle.

For example, over the course of 25,000 miles, the cost of regular dinosaur oil with a drain interval of 3000 miles will require at least 5 quarts and a filter per oil change, for 25,000 miles you will need 40 quarts and 8 filters, this comes to a total of about $168.00 (40 quarts @ $3.00, 8 filters @ $6.00).

For the same vehicle using top-of-the-line AMSOIL 100% Synthetic Oil with a drain interval of 25,000 miles in conjunction with an AMSOIL Absolute Efficiency oil filter, you will need 5 quarts and 1 filter, this comes to a total of about $59.75 (5 quarts @ $8.75, 1 filter @ $16.00).

You would save $108.25 over conventional oil by using AMSOIL premium synthetic oil. This, along with the benefits of better wear protection, lower engine temperatures, improved fuel efficiency and easier cold-weather starts. All of these benefits add up to reduced operating costs and longer engine life.

Your 2008 Acura TL calls for 4.6 quarts of 5W-20. AMSOIL full synthetic is available in both 5W-20 and 0W-20 (perfect for all climates and temperature extremes), either of which is perfectly compatible with your vehicle.

More info is available at our website's FAQ section:

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Old 14 Jun 2010, 12:46 pm
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AMSOIL is the best, but getting Mobil One EP (extended performance) is nearly the best you can buy. Its a base4 synthetic (like castrol EDGE). You can probably go 15,000 miles if you wanteds to with that oil, the guy saying you HAVE to go 3-4,000 doesnt know what hes talking about. Even though it looks like an ad, the dude quoting Amsoil has great info. But for cost (if you're changing it often) and convenience (get at walmart) mobil one EP is your best bet. I would also go with OEM HONDA oil filters. Get them online at places like they also sell floor mats and stuff.
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