Oil Viscosity

Discussion in 'eXmark' started by ple_1969, May 13, 2004.

  1. ple_1969

    ple_1969 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    Terry,

    What weight oil is put in the 17HP Kawasaki at the factory? I have about 10 hours on my TTHP and I’m going to change the oil. My dealer suggested that I use a straight 30W instead of a multi viscosity 10W- 30. Would you agree?

    Thanks,
    Pete
     
  2. eXmark

    eXmark Manufacturer / Sponsor
    Posts: 4,258

    Pete,

    Kawasaki recommends a straight 30 weight. The Kohlers need a multi-weight oil.

    Thanks,

    Terry
     
  3. ple_1969

    ple_1969 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    Thanks Terry! Would you suggest to change my the filter too? The manual only states an oil change.

    Pete
     
  4. Hawkeye5

    Hawkeye5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    I use Mobil 1 5W/30.
     
  5. eXmark

    eXmark Manufacturer / Sponsor
    Posts: 4,258

    Pete,

    The manual states the service interval for the oil is 100 hours and 200 hours on the filter. I generally recommend 50 hours for both. I’ve seen some guys go 100 hours on the filters with no issues but I have not data that indicates if the 100 hour interval has caused any issues.

    Personally I change my oil at 50 hours and always change the filter at that time as well.

    Thanks,

    Terry
     
  6. eXmark

    eXmark Manufacturer / Sponsor
    Posts: 4,258

    Pete,

    I double checked with Kaw and looked at the manual agian. You can use the multi-weight oils below say 95 or 100 degrees. The multi-weight oils may increase combustion chamber deposits as well as create a slight increase in oil consumption.

    Thanks

    Terry
     

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