1

enter image description hereI just bought a Lexus ES350 2009 and I am so confused about the oil I should be using, in the owner manual they recommend SL or SM 20W50 oil for temperatures between -7 and 38 and online search shows 5W30, I live in Jordan where temperature is between -2 and 40 degrees, and rarely reaches those extremes.

What is the oil I should be using?

The car has 81K miles.

  • Three answers saying use 5W-30 oil, and all you have just done is edit the question. Why not select an answer? – Solar Mike Jul 24 at 20:05
  • Are those answers considering that the car was manufactured for the middle east? that is my only concern. – QuakeCore Jul 24 at 20:52
0

20w50 is too thick.

Considering the mileage I would stick with 5w30.

  • Why would the manual say 20W50 for temperature between -7 to 38? which is almost exactly the same as Jordan weather – QuakeCore Jul 23 at 21:19
0

SN+ is the most current oil specification. Use 5W-30.

0

I'm not sure where you got your information from. Here's the page from the 2009 350 ES Owners Manual:

enter image description here

It clearly states to use 5W-30. 20w-50 isn't mentioned.

  • The car is made for the middle east, gulf area where the weather gets extremely hot 40+ for like 6 months of the year, it has been imported to Jordan where the weather is way much moderate -2 to 40 and not that often reaches those, attaching a picture of the owner manual. – QuakeCore Jul 24 at 19:24
  • @QuakeCore - Look at the bottom of the page which you provided. The answer is right there where it says: "Recommended Viscosity" ... says exactly what I just showed you, which is to run 5W-30 oil. Should work flawlessly in the lower temperatures you see there in Jordan. I see where it says what you are talking about (the 20W-50), however, as stated, the 5W-30 will run you just fine. And work even better if you run synthetic. Look at this chart for more information as to oil viscosity and heat. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jul 24 at 22:09

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.