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    Posted: 10 Aug 2011 at 5:24pm
Now, don't think I'm being a cheapskate, but....

I have a need for SAE90 oil. I've run out. I do have SAE30 and SAE140, all old fashioned oil from Morris. If I mix equal quantities of 30 and 140, do I end up with SAE85? I could of course buy some 90, but all my machines will now only come out to play very occasionally, and the oils I have a surplus of will just sit in the containers ageing.

The "mixed" oil is to go in the gearbox of the 352, which is likely to see even less work than the rest, but will just be started up and run occasionally to keep her in condition.

Anyone tried this before or know if it could cause damage?
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Quote ppplant Replybullet Posted: 10 Aug 2011 at 6:59pm
Try talking to Morrises. Ive always found the specialist oil companies very helpful.
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Quote Dieselhead Replybullet Posted: 10 Aug 2011 at 8:12pm
I would not waste time mixing oil to be honest.
Thiner oils may escape past seals etc
 
I would use the correct grade
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Quote WrigleyOC Replybullet Posted: 10 Aug 2011 at 8:44pm
It is not worth the hassle that mixing oils will cause. SAE 90 oil is much cheaper than having to rebuild a gearbox.
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Quote Hillsider Replybullet Posted: 10 Aug 2011 at 9:54pm
I would not consider mixing oil for the gearbox if the machine was to be put to work at any time, but I can understand the temptation to use the oils already in stock to prevent the insides of the gearbox from corroding while in storage.
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Quote daviddale Replybullet Posted: 10 Aug 2011 at 11:39pm
Ha Ha! I don't think so! Oil is intricate technology not mathematical equations! Stick to the book is my advice, that's the very good reason manufacturers say guarantee is invalid if correct oils are not used. there's generally a reason!
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Quote roatavator Replybullet Posted: 11 Aug 2011 at 7:28am
Thanks chaps.
I'm not sure I was really going to do it, but you know how it is, you get these random thoughts when you're still awake at either end of the day, when all the family are in bed.

(Blame the rescue Greyhound we acquired on Monday. "House trained, no problem overnight, should be OK with cats" they said. Don't think so, I now know more about cleaning floors than I ever thought possible).

(Sorry, wandered off topic, must be lack of sleep).
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 11 Aug 2011 at 6:05pm
You'll struggle to do anything as expensive as use the wrong oils. someone i know found that out the hard way when he drained oil out of his diesel major to put in to his turbo subaru, even though he needed a new engine he stil put some chainsaw oil in it the next time the oil light came on!
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Quote Jimmy C Replybullet Posted: 11 Aug 2011 at 9:30pm
You would be wise to stick to the manufactures recommendations even if the oil is used for winter lay-up, As for the Greyhound, New owners and unfamiliar surroundings could have knocked him/her off par, Give it time to adjust to a new regime.
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Quote roatavator Replybullet Posted: 12 Aug 2011 at 7:03am
If you Google the subject, there's a lot of conflicting half opinions out there. But, there's websites from oil experts who work in the industry who say its OK. So, whilst this started out as a random thought, seems to me its difficult to be sort out fact from opinion/myth.

As for Greyhound, we've had dogs for 35 years and always seem to be rescuing some loopy pet. We have learnt to be patient (had to considering some of the canine/feline dipsticks that have passed over our threshold). Only on here this early due to howling and me being the only member of family who can do without sleep.
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Quote pete0250 Replybullet Posted: 13 Aug 2011 at 8:44am
Is it worth thinking about buying oils as a group and then dividing it out ?
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Quote enginear Replybullet Posted: 13 Aug 2011 at 5:54pm
I would not have thought it worthwhile it would mean someone storing it and then with courier cost's, if you buy 20-25lit drums that would last most people a long time,even if we all purchased from one company the cost of getting it would still be above what we could save.
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