SAE 10W-30 vs SAE-30 oil.


Asked by Feb 15, 2017 at 07:26 PM about the 1988 Honda Accord DX Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I will soon change the oil in my '88 Honda Accord manual transaxle. I have a Hanes repair manual that lists the oil for the temperature range in my area as "30", where in colder temps, the oils are 10W-30, 20W-40, etc. I am assuming I should use SAE 30 oil. Any harm in using 10W-30 in the transaxle?

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I would not use 10W30 oil. Use the 30W oil. That is whats recommended.

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Use the SAE30. May be a good idea to download a copy of the owners manual from the net and see the limits listed in it.

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Thanks to both responses. I had a suspected the SAE 30 was the right choice.

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The 10W-30 is a multi-viscosity oil. Meaning that in winter when it's really cold the oil acts as a straight 10 weight oil (thinner). Hence the "W" next to the number 10. It means winter. Then as the oil warms up it acts as a straight 30 weight oil (thicker). This is good when you're putting it in the engine. It makes the engine easier to crank in cold weather and takes less of a toll on the battery and starter. But for a manual transaxle the straight 30 weight is best. Especally if that's what the manual and your climate conditions call for. HTH. -Jim

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