CRV 5w30 VS Pilot 5W20 Help Please

Hi All, I have a 1998 CRV that takes 5w30 engine oil and a 2004 Pilot that takes 5w20 engine oil, The CRV has high milage 160K kms. But runs great. I do my own oil changes now and have bulk oil filters, as both
use the same filter. I would like to buy bulk oil and was wondering if there would be any adverse effects if I put 5w20 in the CRV. I dont want to change the grade for the Pilot. Thanks in advance. Hopeful. :)
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On Sun, 11 Feb 2007 23:00:12 -0500, damn wrote:

Personally, I would rather put the heavier oil in both. The reason they are requesting 5w30 is that the engine may need it. You are not going to hurt the pilot by putting 5w30 in it, so it seems more logical...
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I agree re. oil weight. I put synthetic 5W-30 in all my cars. Personally, I don't use those tea-cup sized Honda oil filters (whose only design criteria is that they can be tightened/loosened by hand). Purolator PurOne filters are larger and readily available on sale.
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ACAR wrote:

cannister size doesn't matter. it's internal filter medium area and quality that matters. there's a bunch of web sites dissecting filters to expose their guts and measure filter medium area, but i don't recall seeing any that test filter media. it's very important and a huge gap in the opinion forming process we so often see.
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size doesn't matter? where have we heard that before?
it's internal filter medium area and

bobistheoilguy.com has some data. area and quality matter but only so much media can fit into a tea cup.
it's very important and a huge gap

please note how no other oil filters have shrunk recently; only Honda. does Honda know something no one else knows or are they simply doing something to make routine service easier (more profitable) for their dealers?
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On 3/13/07 4:08 PM, in article snipped-for-privacy@n76g2000hsh.googlegroups.com, "ACAR"

The other ones just shrunk sooner than Honda, at least Nissan did. My '91 Nissan (240sx) uses a can that the '63 Oldsmobile would have been happy with. My '96 Nissan (i30) uses a filter the same size as the current Honda filters. My '02 Nissan (Pathfinder) uses a filter that is actually smaller than Honda's.
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ACAR wrote:

keep it in context bud.

that site doesn't address media quality, simply media area. if you don't think that media quality is at least as important than media area, or even more so, then you'll never understand the debate.

dude, what part of "it's internal filter medium area and quality that matters" don't you understand? the size of the can doesn't mean a thing.
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damn wrote:

You left out the most important factor. If you're in Northwest Territories or Tahiti?? (160,000 Km isn't 'high mileage'). 5w30 or even 10w 30 might be fine depending on location.
'Curly'
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I am in the Greater Toronto Area.
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Had a 2000 Accord and was told that 5W-20 was the preferred oil from 1998 and on. May be the same for your CRV
Gary

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damn wrote:

If you want one size fits all, then put 5W-30 in both of them.
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If anything I would go the 5W-30 in both. The 5W-20 may be a little thin for the CRV. The only affect I would see on the pilot is a slight loss of mileage.
Just my 2 cents.
G-Man

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