I have a 2001 Chevy malibu...I put 10W-30 oil in my car by mistake. I just saw where it says use 5W-30. What's going to happen to my car and what can I do??

Asked by Jan 19, 2015 at 09:15 AM about the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

3 Answers

445

You can drain the oil and replace with the proper oil. It won't cost you much to do this and is quite quick. If you use the wrong oil in your car, you could damage the engine and then you will see big expenses.

100,365

It should be fine unless you live where the high temp is freezing. To explane this better check your owners manual, there is a graph showing outside temps and oil weight that will work through the ranges, you will see overlaps in the ranges, the 10w30 you put in overlaps the 5w30 range fairly deeply. Hope this helps.

495

Newer designs on engines use metering passageways and/or orifices to control flow to critical places inside engines. The old design used pressure to flood the bearings with oil. The controlled flow process turns out to be a better idea. So o o o, you vary oil flow via different sized orifices and oil viscosity. Just one viscosity range difference isn't necessarily going to kill your engine, but it's better to use what the engineer thought was best for that engine at a certain temperature range.

Your Answer

Malibu

Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?

CarGurus has 71,688 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $2,499.

ZIP:

Chevrolet Malibu Experts

  • #1
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    2,110
  • #2
    T_S_T
    Reputation
    2,030
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,500
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
521 Great Deals out of 34,218 listings starting at $950
Used Honda Accord
1,134 Great Deals out of 62,430 listings starting at $1,199
Used Toyota Camry
1,077 Great Deals out of 73,745 listings starting at $295
Used Nissan Altima
1,015 Great Deals out of 75,761 listings starting at $1,627
Used Hyundai Sonata
736 Great Deals out of 50,355 listings starting at $500
Used Kia Optima
458 Great Deals out of 29,541 listings starting at $2,450
Used Nissan Maxima
294 Great Deals out of 23,317 listings starting at $899
Used Honda Civic
813 Great Deals out of 73,911 listings starting at $1,400
Used Chevrolet Camaro
427 Great Deals out of 30,918 listings starting at $3,550

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
354 Great Deals out of 26,687 listings starting at $12,475
2016 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
142 Great Deals out of 6,232 listings starting at $9,500
2015 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
194 Great Deals out of 5,690 listings starting at $7,900
2014 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
130 Great Deals out of 3,793 listings starting at $6,991
2013 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
55 Great Deals out of 2,499 listings starting at $6,135

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.