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Rule #5
Don't trust change intervals on the bottle of oil, use your owners manual.

Such as Mobil 1 annual protection.
 

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I think I decided to use rotella in my next change for the Mule.
Here is what the owner manual states for viscosity in this engine.
5W30,10W40,10W50,20W40,20W50.
For my climate area what do y'all think I should use?
I've ran 10W40 all time. Or should I use 15W40.
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What's your climate type and how is the equipment housed in the winter?

If you're in Conroe, Texas I'd run 15w-40 all year long.
 

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Yep, Texas. Mule is kept outside year round and used year round.
Hot as heck in the summer and mild to frigid winters.
Thanks cpurvis.
 

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Let's see what Buddy has to say. He's done a lot more research on oil than me and he may have a different opinion.
 

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new surroundings (here) have created a state of confusion for me. Today was a bad daty so best not try & reply.

You guys hold the fort ? down..
 

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new surroundings (here) have created a state of confusion for me. Today was a bad daty so best not try & reply.

You guys hold the fort ? down..
Don't worry, Bert is here to keep us in line
 

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new surroundings (here) have created a state of confusion for me. Today was a bad daty so best not try & reply.

You guys hold the fort ? down..
Sorry to hear that. Hope things get back to normal soon!
 

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Thanks, it's one of my animals, took to the Vet today, Will know more Monday.

Scrub - I wouldn't be shy using 15w-40, in cooler weather it's only 15 w.
 

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Hope your animal gets well soon,Buddy.
Cool, 15W40 rotella it is.
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Thanks man.

And you use what oil you feel is best for your machines.
 

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Thanks man.

And you use what oil you feel is best for your machines.
I usually do as I please, but when I see people who I know knows more than me and is more experienced I'll take their advice every time.
 

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Lucky me, Tractor supply sells it in 1 quart bottles.
The capacity is 1.5 quarts
 

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While we're on the subject of oil, my avatar is a picture of an Onan 14 hp horizontal shaft with right at 600 hours on it. That was the second time I had it apart for the same reason, which you can see at the bottom of the sreen, is a gasket sucked in in the exact same place that it happened before. The engine now has 1100 hours on it.

My "fix" to keep it from sucking that gasket in was to clean the foam wrapper on the air cleaner every 10 hours as recommended by Cub Cadet, not every 50 hours as recommended by Onan.

This repair is described in a post in the Cub Cadet section a few years back.
 

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Wow, that's interesting! What's the engine used on if you don't mind me asking?
The Kawasaki FE290 engines had that problem of sucking in the gasket, they just remade the gasket wider in The problem area and that fixed it.
 

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Look on any oil you're buying for the API spec in the little circle sunburst deal. If it's SM it has reduced anti wear additives, if it's SN or SN+ (plus) it has almost none of the barrier lube additives the older and air cooled motors need to survive. If it is not listed I'd keep looking for something else.
I went to O'reilly's yesterday and could not find one brand with SM on the bottle.
 

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Wow, that's interesting! What's the engine used on if you don't mind me asking?
The Kawasaki FE290 engines had that problem of sucking in the gasket, they just remade the gasket wider in The problem area and that fixed it.
It's on a Cub Cadet 2140 AGS.
 
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