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bemis

join:2008-07-18
Reading, MA
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reply to DeltaElite

Re: 03 Civic engine clatter on cold days

said by DeltaElite:

I'd change to 5w20 oil and a good quality oil filter....Might even buy the Honda filter and see if it goes away....

I just had the oil changed on Tuesday, I've noticed the noise every start up, and it hasn't been that cold, some days it's even above freezing. It will usually last as long as it takes me to get out of the parking lot of work, which is about a 30 second drive. This morning it's 18*F, I will warm the car up at idle for ~5 mins.

Next oil change (which will be in early Spring) I will swap to 5W-20, I suppose I will have to supply the material to the mechanic to be sure he's using it. My guess is since he's an older-style local shop he just has the one weight in any quantity.


mattmag
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said by bemis:

Next oil change (which will be in early Spring) I will swap to 5W-20, I suppose I will have to supply the material to the mechanic to be sure he's using it. My guess is since he's an older-style local shop he just has the one weight in any quantity.

You're not doing yourself any favors by waiting until spring. The damage occurs when there is noise, even if it is just a small amount. I would have the *proper* oil installed as soon as practical.

And, you're being too easy on your shop. I owned "an older-styled local shop" for 18 years and stocked well over a dozen different oil weights and brands. 5W-20 isn't a new thing, it is very common.

bemis

join:2008-07-18
Reading, MA

I'm going for a recall at the dealer, I'll have them do another oil change.



Juggernaut
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You also may want to consider moving to a full synthetic, as they flow far better in cold.