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Engine Oil

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by metro36, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    I need to change the oil in my 21'' toro w/b mower. I am wondering which oil to use. I don't know whether to use 30 weight or a oil made specially for small engines. I am stuck can someone help he out.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,022

    Any good quality SAE 30 should be just fine.
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    I agree with pugs here, Leave the corner convenience store oils alone.
  4. Jim@MilkyWay

    Jim@MilkyWay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 472

    Oh Brother! Don't get me started.
    Have you read this little 9 page article? Link to other pages near bottom of page 1.
    Some of the best (?) info is about air/oil filters, and _NOT_ oil itself. http://www.autoeducation.com/autoshop101/oil-change-1.htm
  5. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    Looks like I done opened a can of worms posting that link. :hammerhead: :laugh:
  6. Jim@MilkyWay

    Jim@MilkyWay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 472

    Well.....What do you respect?
    It's good stuff IMHO.
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    Synthetic 30 weight is what I would use. Been using sythetics since the 80s and never had an oil related problem on any type of engine
  8. Waterscapes By Design

    Waterscapes By Design LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    Unbelievable stuff......Very easy to read and understand. Me being a complete noob to engine maintenance (tired of paying price for simple stuff to get done) that put into perspective what I have heard a lot of people talk about but never quite got the whole story. Thanks for the link!

    NOW, I have a Chevy 2500, whats a top notch air filter for that bad boy? Any suggestions?
  9. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    Having been in the auto biz for over 12 yrs. I prefer Fram filters on everything, Been using them for over 25 yrs. without any problems.

    BTW, What part of Tampa you in ? I was born and raised down there, It got to be too big so I got out of there back in 1991. Hate to say but I don't miss a thing.
  10. Jim@MilkyWay

    Jim@MilkyWay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 472

    Is that good stuff, or what!
    I'm sure it just can not _all_ be true, there has to be some bs in there somewhere, I simply can't find _ANY_ faults in the sales pitch!

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