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Wrong oil in blower.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by casey, May 22, 2001.

  1. casey

    casey Banned
    Messages: 180

    I just realized we used sae30 in our snowblowers instead of 5w30 this winter. Any chance of engine damage? It was a good quality 30 at least.
    Probably about 10 to 15 hours at max -20 C. 8 hp tecumseh's.
  2. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    I doubt you damaged anything. Those engines can run for about a 1/2 hour straight with no oil in them at all. Those engines are splash oiled. The oil just splashes onto the internals in the crank case. As long as they had oil in them, at the proper level, I see no harm done. That sae 30 is the same as the 5w-30 when the engines are at operating temperature.

  3. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    But at very low temperatures the oil will be much thicker, and will "splash" less. And the engine operating temperature is lower in cold weather than at warm temperatures.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2001
  4. casey

    casey Banned
    Messages: 180

    Dave, you must have had to dig for this thread.
    Would there be any point switching to Mobil 5W30 ?
    Or not worth the expense?
  5. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Well the cost would be minimal. So why not change to the reccomended oil. If you mean Mobil 1 (the synthetic oil) it will cost a few bucks more, but synthetic oil is much better.