What is the Recommended Acura TL Oil Type?

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The Acura TL is an older model, but one that’s still reliably running on the Clovis roads. To keep your TL on the go, it’s best to know what kind of oil the engine needs and when it needs service. So, what is the recommended Acura TL oil type? Well, it depends on the year of your Acura TL model and the engine it has. Learn more about the Acura TL oil types, the difference between synthetic and conventional oil, and when to get your Acura TL oil changed in this guide from Fresno Acura’s service center.

Recommended Acura TL Oil Type by Model Year

The type of oil recommended for your Acura TL depends on the year. If you own a TL between model years 2004-2014, your engine’s recommended oil is 5W-20, a fully synthetic oil; if your Acura TL model is even older, from model years 1999-2003, the most versatile and safe oil to use in your engine is 5W-30 synthetic oil. There are a few other options based on your exact engine, but these are the recommended Acura TL oil types that will give you the best chance of keeping your engine clean and running. 

Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil: What’s the Difference?

All the Acura TL oil type recommendations are synthetic oil, but is it safe to switch it out with conventional oil or a blend? The answer is, you can, but it may not be the best choice for your aging Acura TL. While synthetic and conventional oil are both refined from crude oil, synthetic oil uses a number of additives to distill the oil further, making it last longer. Synthetic oil also makes it easier to achieve optimum performance and engine efficiency. 

A synthetic blend will combine conventional and synthetic oil to give you some of the benefits of synthetic oil while being slightly cheaper than full synthetic oil. The problem is, as your car ages, keeping the engine running efficiently and at optimum levels becomes more and more important. Using conventional oil or a synthetic blend in your Acura TL can harm engine performance. Always stick with the recommended oil your manufacturer recommends. If you’d like a more in-depth look at oil types, read our blog on synthetic oil vs. conventional oil!

When to Get an Acura TL Oil Change in Fresno

As the recommended Acura TL oil type is synthetic no matter what model year, you can likely drive your TL for 5,000 to 10,000 miles before needing an oil change. That said, your oil change intervals can change depending on the health of your engine and how much you drive around Madera. Check your oil at least once a month for color or texture changes to keep on top of your Acura TL oil condition. If you see changes, feel free to schedule a service appointment with our qualified technicians to keep the oil in your engine road-worthy.

Keep Your Acura TL Serviced With Fresno Acura

Now that you know all about the Acura TL oil types and change intervals, you can keep your Acura TL sedan in tip-top shape. Have more questions about maintaining your Acura? Check out our service tips and tricks to help with all your DIY maintenance! If you ever have any questions, feel free to call Fresno Acura at (559) 364-9616, and our qualified service team will be ready to help.


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