Can't find oil specified in O manual

Asked by Oct 15, 2008 at 02:44 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Question type: General

My owner's manual states specifically "use only an oil that meets GM standard, GM4718"-- but no one carries it.  The dealership suggested I show my owner's manual to the auto parts store and they would hook me up.  The guy read every label of oil they carry, made a phone call, then sold me two quarts of SAE 5w30.  The label says it meets GM standards for some other number and I don't know if I should use it.  Can someone give me some guidance with finding the right oil?  Thanks for the help!

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Mobil 1 Synthetic

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Mobil 1 Synthetic 5W30

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OE is Mobil 1 Full Synthetic 5w30, although any full synthetic will work just fine.

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No...no...noooo... Pour some nitrogenous bases into your crankcase (corrosive ash), because that's what you just told him to do. Break in oil requires more zinc not non-synthetic... I know that is contrary to what many think but it's a myth. Granted Mobil 1, and almost every other oil, recently decreased the amount of ZDDP due to a change in SAE standard, which makes them less effective at during break in and can lead to increased CAM wear. Mobil 1 is probably the best easily available oil out there, but is expensive at a quick lube location. If your doing it yourself get it at walmart, it isn't that expensive. If you want an oil with a higher ZDDP count, Brad Penn is what I'd recommend but can be tricky to get. Mobil 1 and Royal Purple motorcylce oils have higher ZDDP, but have irregular centerline flow rates and can lead to bearing wear. Google zinc and oil if you want to find out a little more... As for the Vette, it uses 5W30 like almost every other GM vehicle.

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...I don't understand, he's not breaking in his car... Although yes, buy your oil at Walmart, even if you're having a shop do the change.

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The break in comments were directed at the guy I responded to, who spewed some crap about using conventional since a synthetic won't let the engine break in or some bull crap along those lines... He seems to have removed his post though. I probably should have spent a little more time on topic, but I posted mostly to rant on the other guy.... Which now that his post is gone leaves mine looking foolish, but o well... maybe someone will learn from it.

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yep id use Mobil 1 5W30 for sure... its got a blue lable says 5W30 and do the oil change yourself and save yourself 70 bux... basically 5w30 for everything GM does... hell i use it in my mustang (dont rant at me ... i could use 5W20 but last time i switched i lost my lower intake and it cost me 3000 bux... related or not im stickin to the more expensive 5w30) hell at least im not paying for 15w50 haha...

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Not many people know about this, but it's especially true if you've re-built an old engine. We just had a 1963 Ford FE390 re-built and were told only to Brad Penn in it from now on! You can find the Brad Penn stuff at a wholesale lubricant distributor, and they usually make you buy it by the case.

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There are a number of GM standard oils besides Mobil 1. I use Pennzoil Platinum.

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