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Hey all,

I got a quick question. What type of oil am I supposed to use in my '06 Kia Rio LX. I just purchased the car and haven't done an oil change on it yet but just wanted to know. Is it 5w20?

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Per the oil cap and owners manual yes 5w20 for the U.S. 5w30 is also just fine if you like. Brand you like the most will be just fine.

I am running amsoil 0w20 myself, but I have run most brands in my rio.
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Per viscosity 5W-20 is generally preferred.

Per type you have many options.

More info is here. http://www.kia-forums.com/do-yoursel...e-manuals.html
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Thanks guys!

I am looking to use synthetic oil...better on mpg. Should I stick to 5w20 or will 0w20 be ok? I heard it should be fine using the lighter weight oil because it's synthetic.

RDNK 4RE, how long do you go between oil changes?

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I use either Mobile 1 or Pennz Plantium 10/30--5/30 is fine also. For al kinds of info on oil and lubes and general auto stuff google bobistheoilguy.com. Good Luck
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Thank you! I'll go check it out.
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Thanks guys!

I am looking to use synthetic oil...better on mpg. Should I stick to 5w20 or will 0w20 be ok? I heard it should be fine using the lighter weight oil because it's synthetic.

RDNK 4RE, how long do you go between oil changes?

Conventional is good for 4-5k, pennzoil platinum/amsoil xl good for 7-8k and amsoil ASM 0w-20 I am running now. I need a few more miles before I pull a sample and test it, I'm waiting for 10k miles to pull the 1st sample. I have several UOA's on bob already I don't know if I posted the Pennzoil platinum. My bob I.D. is "taterandnoodles"

2006 Kia Rio Pennzoil 5W-20 5175 miles - Bob Is The Oil Guy

Use either 5 or 0 that only applies to cold pumping performance in the 0 -10 -20F range is where the difference between the 2 really appears. I ran several conventionals that are posted on bob now I am using amsoil for longer drains. PP had the same wear with more miles and more reserve TBN. TBN was shot on all of the dino's in my Rio at 4-5k. My car is now all amsoil I am using the atf in the PS and trans.

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I wanted to add a blurb about what I expect the amsoil to last. Should be in the 15k range from pervious calculations. Check the link:

Oil Change Intervals

Don't get caught up in the whole study though. Good info and testing but incomplete. Theory 5 has always been spot on, I know Ted he's a very knowledgeable Amsoil dealer.
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I use to run my cars on amsoil
now I run on mobil1 for cost/quality .....
I would go for 5w30 and change at 5000 miles /8000kilos
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Have a question on this oil change discussion. With the price of gas going up so high I drive alot less, being retired I have no need to drive to work ect. Now then I use Mobil 1 10/30 or Penz Platium 10/30. My last change was in March and here it is July and I only have 2,000 miles on the oil. Should I still change the oil at 5/6 months with this low a milage on it? BTW virtually no short trips, have to travel 30 miles rd. trip to get anywhere. No heavy traffic either, live in the country.
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