Do I need to change with high mileage oil for 1999 Avalon with 150k miles?

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Asked by Jul 04, 2014 at 02:17 AM about the 1999 Toyota Avalon 4 Dr XL Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The local firestone guy says I should but it costs more. What should I do?

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107,675

Is it burning any oil? Why do they say you need to change to high mileage oil? If your not having any issues and it's not burning oil I would recommend staying with your current type and weight of oil.

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Nope. It does not seem to be burning oil. However, I have had gasket issues and had it replaced. Unfortunately it still leaks droplets once in a while (in few days... as opposed to daily earlier). I don't think both are related...Am I right?

107,675

A high mileage oil may help with the leaks. But I feel it's always best to fix a leak correctly verses putting a thicker oil in to stop it. Where is the oil dripping from? And if only a few drops or so I would not worry about it so much.

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21,395

Oh, those Firestone guys! Always trying to make an extra buck- just use the same oil you were using, take your car somewhere else than Firestone- find a real garage and have them get up in there and tighten things up so your leaks go away-

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I never use "high mileage" oil. My '03 S-10 Pick Up has 281,000 miles on it. I use regular 5W-30 just like the owner's manual says. Don't have any issues. Older vehicles use fluids. It's just the normal course of aging. But when a seep turns into a leak then it's time to fix it. Correctly. HTH. -Jim

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Ok. The majority of you say "address the leak right... and only if it is few drops". Actually its only a drop or two once in a while. Maybe like 3 - 5 drops in the last couple of weeks. I guess I will stick to the regular oil (u r saying thick oil is "band-aid" fix). Thanks a bunch for all your feedback. Have a happy July 4th!!

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63,315

You're welcome. Glad to help. A happy July 4th to you as well. -Jim

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107,675

Your welcome. Drive safe.

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