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#3286561 - 02/18/14 07:04 PM Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine?
Volv04Life Offline


Registered: 01/17/14
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I just got a new lawn tractor at lowes. Can I run 15w-40 in it? I have a huge supply. If not what is the best oil?
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#3286565 - 02/18/14 07:07 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Registered: 11/05/13
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Originally Posted By: Volv04Life
Can I run 15w-40 in it?


Yes.

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#3286569 - 02/18/14 07:08 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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More then likely yes what brand engine
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#3286571 - 02/18/14 07:09 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: kyxtremetuber]
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Briggs
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#3286575 - 02/18/14 07:10 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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you could probably use it as long as its warmer weather I use 5w30 defy in my Kohler.

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#3286576 - 02/18/14 07:11 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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I would run 10w30 which is what kohler recommends. Briggs recommends 5w30 synthetic. I have a kohler and ran rotella 10w30 for 20 hours.....came out black and thick.
I now run Amsoil Small Engine Oil which is designed for small engines. Comes out looking a lot better than the rotella I was using.

If I was using rotella again I'd use the 5w40 full synthetic
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#3286580 - 02/18/14 07:13 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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15-40 will work on a mower that won't see true cold starts I've been running 5w-40 in all my ope with great results
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#3286581 - 02/18/14 07:13 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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What does the OM indicate?
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#3286582 - 02/18/14 07:13 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: lubedude13]
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Thanks guys. Ill probly run T5
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#3286587 - 02/18/14 07:14 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: simple_gifts]
Volv04Life Offline


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OM doesnt say
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#3286590 - 02/18/14 07:16 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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#3286591 - 02/18/14 07:16 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Briggs recommends 5w30 full synthetic which is available at tractor supply or lowes
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#3286593 - 02/18/14 07:18 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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You have to know what the proper viscosity is if you want to care for the engine correctly. Somewhere in the OM it says what the proper viscosity is. Did it come with a separate engine manual? Call the place you bought it from and ask them. Then talk what brand.

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#3286596 - 02/18/14 07:19 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Doesn't matter
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#3286602 - 02/18/14 07:20 PM Re: Best oil for new 17.5 HP engine? [Re: Volv04Life]
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Registered: 08/08/04
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Yes. 15w-40 will work great for summer use. i have used it many times. i prefer 5/10w-xx oil for cold weather starts.

Ken

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