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agg    Posted 03-30-2004 at 18:53:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just recently bought a Farmall 100.I do not know what type of oil is recommended.Should I use detergent, or non detergent oil? Thanks in advance.

Clipper    Posted 03-31-2004 at 05:10:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
The motor oils of today are far superior to the oil of 50 years 10W30 in the old gal and she'll do fine.

BTW: For the Farmalls I have rebuilt/restored I run Mobil 1 Synthetic 5W30 and they purr right along. :^)

Ludwig    Posted 03-31-2004 at 04:53:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like Bob said theres no reason for the debate. Drop the oil pan and scrape the crud out. If theres no crud it hasn't been run with nondetergent oil recently.
Put the pan back on, fill up with detergent oil, run it gently for a few hours and change the oil and filter.
After maybe 10-15 more relatively gentle hours change the oil again and you should be good.

TB    Posted 03-30-2004 at 19:13:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was tought when in doubt allways use nondetergent oil. None det oil wont het an engen that has had det oil run in it. But det oil can hert an engen that was running none det oil in it. Some may not agree so let the debate begin.

Bob    Posted 03-30-2004 at 20:32:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's really no reason for a debate. The detergent oil is a more modern oil, and will work just fine, and keep the engine cleaner. The oil itself will not "hurt" an engine. The only thing to watch out for is that with an old, dirty, engine switched to detergent oil there may be a lot of crud sloughed off that will clog the oil filter, and perhaps the oil pump pickup screen, in severe cases. Any problems with that can be avoided by running the engine a short time with the new oil, and then changing the oil and filter. Observe what comes out, and repeat a time or two, until the crud is flushed out, and you will be good to go with your new oil, and the engine will be a lot cleaner! Watch the oil (look at the color of it on the dipstick), for the first 100 or 200 hours, to see if it's rapidly getting dirty again, and change if necessary.

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