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Old 03-29-2014, 03:04 AM
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Type of oil for kawasakis air cooled mowers

I just did an oil change for a scag mower i just purchased this year. Dont know whats previously been in it. Im trying out Castrol edge 10w40 in it with a wix filter.

Went to parts store to get an air filter, and they are telling me that its not good to run anything other than whats specified for air cooled engines and are trying to sell me the Kawasaki ktech synthetic oil. Says it has all the additives i need.

I hate to have wasted $20 just to drain the Castrol back out. Just not sure how concerned I should be. I know some of the kholers have been known to eat their lifters from the wrong oil.
I usually use Johndeere "brand" oil for my jd mower.
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Old 03-29-2014, 09:29 AM
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I've been using the JD oil SAE30 that Lowes carries at $5.00 a quart. I recently made the switch to the Kawasaki oil, which states it's specifically for Kawasaki commercial engines. Reason for the switch? Both oils seem quite similar, besides it states it's designed for my mower. It meets the required specs, and the dealership has the Kawi oil for $3.50 a quart.
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:46 AM
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Sounds like you wish to do this right, so:
Obtain a Kawasaki owner's manual from your dealer. Then you'll have it straight from the source as to what is recommended as far as oil viscosity, spark plug type & gap, maintenance/servicing intervals, etc...
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:33 PM
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Yup, read the owner's manual !
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:43 PM
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The Kawasaki 30 wt. It's a hybrid synthetic. Great oil and highly recommended. Decent price too.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:45 PM
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Well for starters you failed at even getting the correct weight oil. 10W40 is not 30W...

You dont really need Kawasaki oil. Its a good oil. But for starters the correct weight would be a good thing to use.
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:20 AM
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Years ago I learned, when it comes to oil everybody's an expert.
So much so you never know who is right but the worst part is none of these so-called experts can seem to agree on much, the plethora of information is confusing on a good day but in the end, it won't be them accepting responsibility for what happens to your engine.

That is how I learned if I wanted it straight, I had better start educating myself.

So, read the owner's manual from cover to cover.
That way maybe you too will know a thing or two, even if it isn't about oil.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:37 AM
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Get the correct weight from the manual - then get AMSOIL. We run it in everything that has oil.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:51 AM
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Whatever 30wt oil is on sale gets dumped in the mower. Doesn't typically use any oil but check it daily anyways. Change it between 50 to 100hrs (not too picky). Use a 1394 filter (nothing special). I have over 2500 hrs on a kawi fd750. 800hrs on a kawi fx641. 1500hrs on 35hp vandguard.

I could go on but I think you can get the jist of it. If you check it, change it, and use the right weight the engine will last a long time.

Fyi for late fall clean ups and temps are below 32 degrees in the morning we dump 10w30 for the cold starting.

Lastly, keeping the air filter clean is more important then the brand of oil used.
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:24 PM
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If you are just guessing on what you think is right, without checking the owners manual, you might be heading for trouble. Use what Kawasaki recommends. They pit it in the manual for a reason.
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