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15w40 ok for my tractor? #4491508
08/17/17 10:16 PM
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I bought a 1957 case 312 high crop tractor. Has a 148 cubic inch case 4 cyl gas engine. It does not have a full flow oil filter but it does have a bypass filter.

Any reason not to use 15w40?


02 Wrangler carlube 5w30
87 F250 traveler 15w40
07 fjcruiser Chevron 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: Chris142] #4491585
08/18/17 04:48 AM
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As long as that engine is OK with a detergent oil, it would be OK.
Some of the older units were not made for detergent lubes.
Not sure about your engine; don't know enough about it.


The act of preventative maintenance, in and of itself, is FAR MORE important than brand/grade/base choices among lubes and filters.
- under maintaining something is akin to abuse/neglect; that can kill equipment by shortening the lifespan
- over maintaining something has never been proven to be anything but a waste of time and money
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: Chris142] #4491621
08/18/17 05:57 AM
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That engine brings back memories. I worked as the engine assembly line leader in 1956 through 1058. I was responsible make sure all those engines (my shift), were properly assembled. We then ran each one on a water brake dyno to test water temp, oil pressure and finally HP. Detergent oil in 15-40 viscosity is good. Ed

Last edited by Eddie; 08/18/17 05:59 AM. Reason: change

CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: dnewton3] #4491623
08/18/17 06:03 AM
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Originally Posted By: dnewton3
As long as that engine is OK with a detergent oil, it would be OK.
Some of the older units were not made for detergent lubes.
Not sure about your engine; don't know enough about it.

Interesting, how do you not make an engine for detergent oil? I always thought the reason they specified a non-detergent oil was becuse that's all there was at the time, not because of engine design.


1994 BMW 530i, 238K
1996 Honda Accord, 266K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 407K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 280K
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: Chris142] #4491647
08/18/17 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
Any reason not to use 15w40?

.... only if this engine is currently on non-detergent oils prior todate, otherwise no problem.

Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: Eddie] #4491655
08/18/17 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted By: Eddie
That engine brings back memories. I worked as the engine assembly line leader in 1956 through 1058. I was responsible make sure all those engines (my shift), were properly assembled. We then ran each one on a water brake dyno to test water temp, oil pressure and finally HP. Detergent oil in 15-40 viscosity is good. Ed
they must have put this one together ok. Its still running 60 yrs later.


02 Wrangler carlube 5w30
87 F250 traveler 15w40
07 fjcruiser Chevron 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: zeng] #4491664
08/18/17 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted By: zeng
.... only if this engine is currently on non-detergent oils prior todate, otherwise no problem.

Why is that?


1994 BMW 530i, 238K
1996 Honda Accord, 266K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 407K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 280K
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: kschachn] #4491755
08/18/17 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted By: kschachn
Originally Posted By: zeng
.... only if this engine is currently on non-detergent oils prior todate, otherwise no problem.

Why is that?

Starting to remove 60 years of deposits may create some problems I guess? I'd think that its probably had detergent oil in it for many years just out of convenience.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 218km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 15km 0W20
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: IndyIan] #4491762
08/18/17 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted By: IndyIan
Starting to remove 60 years of deposits may create some problems I guess? I'd think that its probably had detergent oil in it for many years just out of convenience.

Could be I guess. I just see people on here saying to use a good high-detergent motor oil when trying to clean out a sludged engine, saying that it will be "slow" and "gentle" compared to a flush or some cleaning additive. Maybe if it truly would cause problems then such advice about those other engines isn't good advice either.


1994 BMW 530i, 238K
1996 Honda Accord, 266K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 407K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 280K
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: kschachn] #4491795
08/18/17 09:04 AM
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Sometimes the sludge is "sealing" the engine too I guess, but it probably is self rust proofing quite well already!
My buddy has a 40's gas tractor running pretty good, but it leaks a bit of oil from everywhere, just enough to keep it around for a few more decades.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 218km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 15km 0W20
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: Chris142] #4491931
08/18/17 12:17 PM
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Do you use this thing when it's snowing or cold out? If not, I'd prefer a premium SAE 30 w/o and VII's at all and zero shear potential ...

Go read through the "Best SAE 30" thread and you will see evidence that straight 30's protect upper cylinder walls better than multi's. So, if you don't need a multi, don't ...

Last edited by BrocLuno; 08/18/17 12:19 PM.

Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: BrocLuno] #4491935
08/18/17 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted By: BrocLuno
Do you use this thing when it's snowing or cold out? If not, I'd prefer a premium SAE 30 w/o and VII's at all and zero shear potential ...

Go read through the "Best SAE 30" thread and you will see evidence that straight 30's protect upper cylinder walls better than multi's. So, if you don't need a multi, don't ...

Is there something about this tractor engine that makes the upper cylinder walls susceptible to wear?


1994 BMW 530i, 238K
1996 Honda Accord, 266K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 407K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 280K
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: Chris142] #4492002
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15W oils have decent cold starting ability down to 20 Fahrenheit. If you are going to be starting it at temperatures below 20 Fahrenheit use a oil with a lower first number.


Boy will I be happy when ALL vehicles on public roads are autonomous.


JimPghPa

Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: kschachn] #4492090
08/18/17 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted By: kschachn
Originally Posted By: BrocLuno
Do you use this thing when it's snowing or cold out? If not, I'd prefer a premium SAE 30 w/o and VII's at all and zero shear potential ...

Go read through the "Best SAE 30" thread and you will see evidence that straight 30's protect upper cylinder walls better than multi's. So, if you don't need a multi, don't ...

Is there something about this tractor engine that makes the upper cylinder walls susceptible to wear?


No, but it's many decades old. No point in not getting to 100 years old if possible. Just looking for best lubrication possible ...

That seems to be mono grades from what I have been able to find/read. So, if you don't need a winter grade multi (?), why use one.

I'll bet the original owners manual will spec SAE 30 HD, which is OK down to freezing.

Anything below that should be a multi ...


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: 15w40 ok for my tractor? [Re: JimPghPA] #4493702
08/20/17 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted By: JimPghPA
15W oils have decent cold starting ability down to 20 Fahrenheit. If you are going to be starting it at temperatures below 20 Fahrenheit use a oil with a lower first number.
not me. I live in the desert and 65f is cold to us.


02 Wrangler carlube 5w30
87 F250 traveler 15w40
07 fjcruiser Chevron 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
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