- Engine oil viscosity (thickness) has an effect on fuel economy and cold weather operating (engine start and engine oil flowability). Lower viscosity engine oils can provide better fuel economy and cold weather performance, however, higher viscosity engine oils are required for satisfactory lubrication in hot weather. Using oils of any viscosity other than those recommended could result in engine damage.
- Always be sure to clean the area around any filler plug, drain plug, or dipstick before checking or draining any lubricant. This is especially important in dusty or sandy areas and when the vehicle is used on unpaved roads. Cleaning the plug and dipstick areas will prevent dirt and grit from entering the engine and other mechanisms that could be damaged.
- Remember to recycle the oil and filter properly. Your local auto parts store will take your used oil. Your City's recycling facility will also accept your old motor oil.
Tightening Torque (Typical)
- Drain plug tightening torque: 22 to 29 ft-lb (29 to 39 N·m)
- Oil filter tightening torque: 11 to 15 ft-lb (14.7 to 20.5 N·m)