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Old 08-13-2011, 02:13 PM
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i just got a new predator 212cc and it recommends sae 10w 30 oil so i picked up some today but it doesnt say small engine oil or anything i was wondering if it will be ok to use? ty
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...it recommends sae 10w 30 oil...i was wondering if it will be ok to use?
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alright ty russ. just didnt want to ruin it yet even though thats why i got the warranty
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i trust. i just wasnt sure if there was a car type of 10w 30 and a small engine 10w 30
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i just wasnt sure if there was a car type of 10w 30 and a small engine 10w 30
It makes no difference, they usually charge more for lawnmower oil. I use cheap regular sae30 motor oil in all my engines.
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in engines that i really care about i use some pennzoil or whatever name brand i can get.

everything else i just use filtered recycled oil. but not for long term.
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I use mobile1 15w50 in my 212 predator. With lucas oil stabilizer too.
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I use mobile1 15w50 in my 212 predator.
Why so heavy?
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I use mobile1 15w50 in my 212 predator. With lucas oil stabilizer too.
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Unless you're running without a fan (to try to save weight) 15w-50 is just a tad bit excessive. Follow the factory recommendations; unless you've cut off a great deal of the air flow around the engine factory spec's should be just fine.

For those of you who think that high viscosity racing oil will make you faster, think again. If the factory doesn't call out for any thing heavier than 30w, then you most likely don't need anything heavier; all its' most likely going to do is cost you power. Another concern- if you don't like to let things warm up- is that you could actually starve parts of your engine for oil. 50w in an engine calling out for 30w, when started on a cold morning (if it will start) won't be able to flow into all the tight clearances where it needs to go. To heavy is just as bad as to light.

I've seen some posts on the new predator engines here with their plastic gears inside. Another good reason to follow the manual is to prevent damage to same; to light an oil and you risk damage to the cam gear, to heavy an oil and you could strip the teeth out completely.

The #1 reason the factory is using plastic gears is cost. It covers a couple of sins at once. It's cheaper to make than a steel gear; and it can help cover the fact that its steel mate was made cheaply by helping to cover the noise that would have been made by 2 cheap steel gears running together. There could be a couple of more reasons; those are the ones I can come up with off the top of my head. :biggrin5:
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I did not think this oil would make it faster? It runs for long periods of time in 70-95 degree weather.
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I did not think this oil would make it faster? It runs for long periods of time in 70-95 degree weather.
That makes no difference. 10w30 oil behaves like sae10 in cold weather and sae30 in warm weather. No reason to use thicker oil.
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I guess I could change it.
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