oil replacement

Asked by GuruSBH19 May 25, 2019 at 09:11 AM about the 1973 Cadillac DeVille

Question type: General

Is it a good idea to change a 1973 cad. from havoline 30 wt. oil to a full synthetic oil.  I bought this car new.  It has 66,000 original miles.  Driven less than 300 miles/year.  Stored inside.

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The main advantage with synthetic oi is longer distance between oil changes. You only drive a few miles per year, and extending oil changes is a bad idea. Oil, even synthetic, takes on moisture from the air each time it cools down after driving, and allowing a car to sit unrun for a long time allows the moisture to affect the engine. At less than 500 miles per year, you should change the oil/filter at least every three years; more often if you're in a humid climate. Synthetic will have no advantage for you.

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Stick with the 30wt. oil unless there are other problems you are trying to solve like difficult starting in cold weather. Then you may want to go with a multi viscosity oil like 10W-30 but stay with the regular oil rather than a full synthetic.

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