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Does anyone know where I can find 10w30 motor oil here in Switzerland? All I can find is 5w30 and 10w40.

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Re: Motor Oil

is it for a motorcycle?

mine needs something similar (don't remember the exact type though but was not available at gas stations). the BMW dealer sells it.
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Re: Motor Oil

Have you read the handbook for the recommended oils?

The first number is the viscosity when cold, so number 5 is good for cold mornings, the thinner oil gets around to the moving parts quickly. The second
number is the viscosity when the engine is hot, 30 or 40 is normal, this is now a thicker oil when hot, and protects the bearings when driven hard.
But very thick oil may not reach some finer parts of the engine. Some Italian engines will make a tapping noise from the valves, if a thicker oil is used than recommended.

It is important to use synthetic oils, they are more expensive, if the engine handbook demands it.

So if you are looking for SAE-10w30 you can use SAE-5w30. It would be best not to use SAE-10W40 unless the handbook allows it.
Just don't race away with a cold engine, which you wouldn't do anyway would you? Just drive gently for the first 2 miles or 3 Km.

You can check on my advice by asking at the main dealership.

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Re: Motor Oil

Thanks, my manual recommends 10w30 but says I can use 5w30 in really cold weather. I guess I'll just use the 5w30 till I can find some 10.
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