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Q: What viscosity oil should I use in my car?

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What viscosity oil should I use in my car?

A: In general, you should use oil with a visco...

In general, you should use oil with a viscosity of SAE 5W-30. However, if the temperature risks falling below -20F, then you should use SAE 0W-30 in your vehicle.

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