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      01-13-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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Wrong engine oil

My oil light came on today, so I stopped at a petrol station and topped up 1 liter of 15w-40 oil.

I now realized that the recommended oil is 10w-60!

Should I be concerned about this mistake?
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      01-13-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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probably not. how much oil did you add?
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      01-13-2013, 04:30 PM   #3
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Just 1litre as specified by the warning light
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      01-13-2013, 04:31 PM   #4
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probably not. how much oil did you add?
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My oil light came on today, so I stopped at a petrol station and topped up 1 liter of 15w-40 oil.

I now realized that the recommended oil is 10w-60! Should I be concerned about this mistake?
OP you should be fine. This isn't going to do anything as the oil capacity on this engine is quite large at over 9 liters
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You'll be fine. Just be more conscious next time.
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      01-13-2013, 04:35 PM   #6
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Thanks. When I realized the mistake I wanted to kick myself!

I thought I would need to drain the oil, which would be costly.
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I hope the oil you used was at least fully synthetic.
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Just checked, it was mineral oil
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Here is a link to the spec:
http://www.engen.co.za/downloads/products_and_services/lubricants/engen_lubricants/automotive/crankcase/ENGEN%20%20XTREME%20%2015W-40.pdf
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Just checked, it was mineral oil
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Just checked, it was mineral oil
I hope you're kidding.
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No guys, I am ignorant when it comes to this stuff. What should I do?
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Just checked, it was mineral oil
Wat>?
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I may be mistaken, but isn't most non-synthetic motor oil considered to be Group I or II mineral oil?
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I went back to the petrol station and checked. I used a multigrade oil. Is that bad? If so, how do I rectify?
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You can also use extra virgin olive oil in a pinch so long as you keep it under a liter.
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You can also use extra virgin olive oil in a pinch so long as you keep it under a liter.


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I went back to the petrol station and checked. I used a multigrade oil. Is that bad? If so, how do I rectify?
OP the oil you listed doesn't appear to be fully sythetic. Nothing you can do now. Just change the oil sooner rather than later
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      01-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #18
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No guys, I am ignorant when it comes to this stuff. What should I do?
Sounds like you put it lawn mower oil. Its ok, you just need to put in double what the screen says.



Do you know how to read?
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Yeah I know I f..ked up!!! Should I drain the oil and refill?
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You guys need to cut the OP some slack for asking a reasonable question in what is supposed to be the premier M3 forum, especially considering that terms differ worldwide (and the OP is posting from South Africa).

Non synthetic motor oil IS considered to be mineral oil (the process of refining a barrel of oil is to separate it into base - or mineral - oils). And is called that in other parts of the world. Chill a bit.

And OP you are ok if you only added a liter or less of non-synthetic/mineral oil in a pinch.
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