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Are you saying you need to add oil or are you changing the oil? If you're adding oil do you know what's in there now? You never want to mix weights of oil.

The owner's manual calls for SAE 5W-30.

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If your engine is a 4.0 it uses 5w-30
If your engine is a 5.0 it uses 10w-30

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