I have a motorcycle that calls for 10w30 oil, but all i can find at different stores around my house is 10w40 or 5w40 would either of those ruin anything if i use them instead?

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The best practice is to follow your vehicle's factory specifications, those specifications are tested to bring out the best performance of the vehicle. This principle applies to both motorcycle and automobile industries.

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  • It's a motorcycle. It's not going to be running or ridden at -25C. Even if it were, 5w40 oil will behave as 5 weight at those low temperatures. The info posted by Solar Mike below is correct. Downvoted. Jul 7, 2020 at 2:08
  • Thank you! I did more study and a good review of my learned information that I thought I understood. Now I do think my understanding was partially incorrect. I will edit my answer and leave the part that was a good practice. Thanks again :)
    – Winnie Law
    Jul 7, 2020 at 17:52
  • You're welcome! And thanks for being willing to learn and amending your answer. I cancelled my downvote. Jul 7, 2020 at 18:47
  • I love learning and don't mind being corrected. Correct information is hand in hand with truth and wrong information should be down-voted :)
    – Winnie Law
    Jul 7, 2020 at 20:18

Neither of those will cause a problem, the 10W40 has a wider specification at the hotter end and the 5W40 exceeds the specification on both the hotter and colder performance.

The 5 in the 5W40 means that the oil keeps its viscosity rating at lower temperatures and will flow as it should when cold starting etc.

The 40 in 5W40 means that the oil keeps its viscosity rating at higher temperatures.

I had a Nissan TD23 in a Volvo 240 estate and the oil was specified as 15W40, but since we had added a turbo and changed the injector delivery I put a Mobil 5W50 oil in it and it was fine on that. expensive oil so I changed it at 20k but changed the oil filter every 5k - filters were dirt cheap... So, as long as the detailed specifications meet the manufacturer requirements, such as aceab1 or aceab3 or low ash c1 then you should be good to go. Don't take those ratings as relevant for your engine - they are for my engine and just as examples of more detailed ratings.

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