Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Recommendation on how thick oil to use on a 2004 Corolla

asked by on

I have a 2004 Corolla with 115,000 miles and it is due for an oil change. It is supposed to use 5 weight 30 but right now it uses 10 weight 30. People tell me to use thicker oil like 20 weight 50. Should I stick with the 10-30 or change 20 weight 50?

A: It depends on what shape your engine is in....

It depends on what shape your engine is in. If you've been using 10-30W and it runs fine and doesn't burn any oil, then just keep using 10-30W. That's perfectly fine. But on the other hand, if it burns oil, use 20-50W. I have a 1994 Toyota Celica, which has a Corolla engine that has been using the same engine for 10 years. I use Castrol 20-50W and I have been using it for 5 years.

It runs fine and doesn't burn any oil. As it gets to be older, it's a good idea to go to heavier oil if it burns a little oil. I've bought it from a customer and it burned a little oil for her, now it burns no oil for me because I switched to 20-50W Castrol oil. If you'd like to have an oil change taken care of at your home or office, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to service your car with the correct oil.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Oil changed but the crush washer wasn't installed on a 2010 Nissan Altima

If it's not leaking, the odds are that it's not going to start leaking. That's, you know, if it is sealed, and if you got it tightened up and it's not leaking. I've done that many times and they...

Q: What tips should I follow when towing a trailer?

While your car is designed primarily to carry passengers and cargo, it can tow a trailer. If you have the 2.5-liter engine, your towing capacity is 1500 pounds. If you have the 3.5-liter engine without the tow package, your towing...

Q: How do I use the door lock buttons?

Each door has a door lock button, directly next to the interior door handle. These buttons can be used to lock the doors individually. When a button is pushed toward the front of the car, the door is locked. When...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...