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Post by Stanley Neill on Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:48 pm

Hi guys.Just discovered this excellent forum when I bought a 2015 petrol Vitara.I'm really pleased with the car but it went 20,000 miles between services which is a concern.The engine is really quiet when ticking over but after it's well warmed up it's quite a bit more noisy.When driving it's not noticeable but I wonder is that a Vitara thing or am I looking at something more serious.Congratulations on a great forum.

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Post by Admin on Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:58 am

Welcome to the forum and glad you like it cheers

By noisy do you mean general engine noise or a specific ticking noise?
The engines are prone to the correct oil (0w20 on the 1.6 Petrol Vitara) and I like Suzuki (until the last few months) recommend/use Castrol. The noise could be from the oil thinning out when it is warm as the M16A engine is pretty bomb proof and been used for many years in the Swift sport and SX4
An intermittent oil change isn't going to hurt anything and may flush the engine and give you peace of mind over the longer previous oil change

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Post by Stanley Neill on Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:36 am

Thanks Carl.I think it's just general engine noise,i'm due a service next month so i'll maybe try a slightly heavier oil.The car runs really well and isn't using any oil I was just concerned about the 20k miles between oil changes.Stanley

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Post by Stanley Neill on Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:50 pm

Hi Karl.Sorry for not spelling your name correctly.(should've went to specsavers)

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Post by Admin on Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:20 pm

That's no problems Stanley..........you try getting a stick of rock from Blackpool as a child with Karl spelt with a K lol!
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Post by Mcgruja on Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:11 am

Local dealership in Serbia is using 5W-40 Motul full synth

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Post by Admin on Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:20 am

My personal opinion of Motul oils is from using them on motorcycles where many have a sight glass rather than a dipstick
As well as needing frequent top up's I could see in the sight glass that the oil became black in a very short period of time, I now use Castrol 4T on the same engines and very little if any top up's required and non of the blackness I found with Motul

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Post by Mcgruja on Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:26 am

Quick change in color is what I have noticed as well.
I usually change oil before factory recommendation, therefore I am on the safe side
I do a lot of slow and short city driving

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Post by graham04 on Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:21 pm

3000 miles since the third service, used Petronas 0w-20 and its still clear and hard to see on the dipstick. The Suzuki shop sell this stuff at a reasonable price. If its good enough for F1, then it will do for me.

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Post by Mcgruja on Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:11 pm

No doubt it is good oil, just it is too thin for warm climate.in case one wants to experiment, just try 5w-30 or for warmer places 5W-40

All acceptable rules for oils are listed in manual

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