Recently took my 2011 honda civic to the dealership for an oil change and they used 0w20 oil. I usually use 5w20, as that is what the engine oil cap calls for. I believe all civics made after 2011…

goshua

Recently took my 2011 honda civic to the dealership for an oil change and they used 0w20 oil. I usually use 5w20, as that is what the engine oil cap calls for. I believe all civics made after 2011 call for 0w20. Do you think they made a mistake or used that grade oil on purpose, and should I start using 0w20 like the dealership does when I change the oil in the future?

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goshua
goshua

Like I said in my original post, I do change the oil in my car using the grade oil specified in owners manual. I could not do my own oil change this last time for circumstantial reasons and I don't trust the quick oil change places nearby, so I took it to the honda dealership I bought the car from. I figured they know what they're doing and may have a reason for using a different grade oil. I believe the 2012 civic has same engine as 2011 but specifies 0w20 oil instead of 5w20. This maybe because honda decided to recommend synthetic oil to be used in their newer cars, whereas because the civic is an economy car they were previously not recommending 0w20 because they didn't wan't to specify that an economy car needs more costly synthetic oil(0w20 is only synthetic). I also think that my car might be starting better in the winter with the 0w20 oil. But for all I know they just used 0w20 because thats what the new hondas specify so that's what they had on hand. I would like to hear what a professional mechanic thinks; I should have asked while I was getting the oil change, but I only realized once I looked at the invoice details later on.

Techsus
Techsus

They didn't make a mistake. You did. If you're able bodied, the #1 way to protect your vehicle is DIY your own oil changes. If you let any other Eedjits anywhere NEAR your oil, you can't whinge about the Bazillion things they can eedjiotically or deliberately do (or not do) while it's in the Shop. Ignore Scotty at your own peril: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CTvsM9LTbw