what type of oil should i use with my car overheating?

febc775September 8, 2007

Hi, I have a 1988 Ford Escort with 121000 miles and it overheats really bad in stop and go traffic. I use Pennzoil 10w30 in it. I was wondering if there would be any benefit of using full synthetic oil in my car, with the problem it has. Does synthetic help cool the engine down? Is there any other oil i should use? I appreciate any feedback. Thank you, Bob

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febc synthetic oil is less prone to breakdown under high heat conditions. It sounds as though you have a airflow thru the radiator problem. Have you cleaned the radiator fins and checked your cooling fan for proper operation? I would probably concentrate on that area instead of changing to a synthetic oil, the stuff is expensive and really not much better than regular oil, the key to a high mileage engine is proper maintenance, when you have a overheating problem you best repair it immediately, your engine will not last very long if overheats no matter what oil you run in it.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2007 at 12:00PM
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Ditto. Forget the oil, fix the problem. My money is on the electric fan. Changing to synthetic won't cool your engine. It will lighten your wallet.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2007 at 2:45PM
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