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Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? #5138789
06/19/19 08:50 PM
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Or is it bad for a 7.3? Reason I ask is that my local parts store is getting rid of alot of SAE 30 SAE40 oil, and if I can use it on my truck I would buy it in a heart beat. Just FYI $2.50 a gal and ambient temps rarely dip to the low 30°.

Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Newman88] #5138831
06/19/19 10:05 PM
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Apple Valley, California
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I have not found any that meets cj,cj4 etc specs. I would love to run straight weight in my 6.9.


02 Wrangler traveler sae30
87 F250 Valvoline 15w40
07 fjcruiser Chevron 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor Chevron sae30
Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Newman88] #5138847
06/19/19 10:36 PM
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Most of it seems to be geared toward old 2 stroke diesels. Is it at least a CI oil?


07 Lincoln Navigator M1 0w-40/FU
68 Charger R/T / Supercharged 440 VR1/DBL7349
07 Ram 3500 4x4 / Cummins 6.7 /DBL7349
17 Maserati GranTurismo Cabrio
Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Newman88] #5138958
06/20/19 06:04 AM
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Indianapolis, IN
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Depending on your location in NM, a straight grade may or may not be a good choice.
You can buy a bottle, send it off for VOA info, and then decide if it's a good choice or not, but personally I'd stay clear and just use a decent inexpensive 15w-40 or 10w-30.

The old 6.9IDI was spec'd for 10w-30 or straight 30, but that does not apply to the PSD.


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: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Newman88] #5139008
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Originally Posted by Newman88
Just FYI $2.50 a gal


At 63 cents a quart I'd buy it just to use as a flushing oil, but then, I buy 2 or 3 cars a month. For regular use, not so sure.

Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Chris142] #5139195
06/20/19 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris142
I have not found any that meets cj,cj4 etc specs. I would love to run straight weight in my 6.9.


???????

The International 6.9 and early IDI 7.3 run just fine on "modern API rated" straight 30W !!

In the 80's & 90's if it was diesel and "living on a farm" - - - it got the same oil as everything else. Usually all fed from one drum of 30W

There's no reason to fear straight 30W in warm weather.


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Linctex] #5139265
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Originally Posted by Linctex


There's no reason to fear straight 30W in warm weather.

One with a diesel rating sure. I'm not putting "SN" oil in it.


02 Wrangler traveler sae30
87 F250 Valvoline 15w40
07 fjcruiser Chevron 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor Chevron sae30
Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Chris142] #5139424
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Originally Posted by Chris142
I have not found any that meets cj,cj4 etc specs. I would love to run straight weight in my 6.9.

Wal-Mart should have 'HD' SAE 30 that meets diesel specs...even older CI specs would work for yours.


2010 Kia Soul 2U - 2.0L I-4, auto; 144k miles.
Castrol GTX HM 5W-30, STP blue bottle; Fram TG 9688.

2009 Pontiac G5 - 2.2 I-4, auto, 121k miles.
Oil/filter TBD
Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Newman88] #5142126
06/23/19 07:21 PM
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Its the STP brand. Ill post the info on the bottle tomorrow, and aee what you oil gurus think.

Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Newman88] #5143498
06/25/19 08:27 AM
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What you guys think?

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Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Newman88] #5144492
06/26/19 10:16 AM
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Nope, thats not a HDEO, and its SN rated. No good for your diesel.


Just say NO to thin oils and M1!
05 F350 Powerstroke
05 Hyundai Tucson
08 Legacy GT
Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: Newman88] #5144529
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Sometimes it is just mystifying why there is the confusion over oil specifications and approvals. Granted it is exacerbated by unscrupulous companies trying to fool consumers with weasel wording, but in this case the specs are flat out missing from that oil. I guess it is easier to focus on grade rather than specs since those are sometimes not printed on the front in large letters.

The truck in question requires what, CJ-4? What does the owner's manual say? Once you know that, find an oil that has the required spec.


1994 BMW 530i, 242K
1996 Honda Accord, 277K
1999 Toyota Sienna, 418K
2000 Toyota ECHO, 281K
Re: Anybody running SAE 30/SAE 40 in a 7.3 Powerstroke? [Re: kschachn] #5144898
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Yes CJ-4 is the spec. I'm not using it on the 7.3 I did buy 24 qts of SAE 30 for my kids go karts and my ATV. Thanks again guys.

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