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Old 03-02-2009   #1
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Question Emergency oil for diesel

I'm in a situation that I hope I can get some advice on.

Last Friday I decided to change the oil in my B1550 HST diesel engine. As I was planning to put the new oil in, I realized that I didn't have any of the D10W-30 oil that I usually use. I thought I could buy some today.

However, we had a large snowstorm overnight (large for NC, 7 inches). I have a drive that is almost 1/2 mile long so I use the tractor to plow out the drive, that is if the tractor was working. I can't get the car out to go get more oil since I need to plow first, but I can't plow since I don't have the oil.

Question: Can I use gasoline oil (SAE10W-30) for a day, and then change the oil after I am able to get out and get diesel oil tomorrow?

Any advice and views appreciated.
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Old 03-02-2009   #2
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Default Re: Emergency oil for diesel

Yes. You can also re-use the oil you took out. Pour it back into the tractor using a cheese cloth across the funnel so you can catch any lumps of crap that may have been in your drain pan.
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Old 03-03-2009   #3
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Smile Re: Emergency oil for diesel (update)

Thanks for the information. I put in the SAE gasoline oil, scraped the drive, and was able to get out this morning to get some diesel grade oil. I was surprised to find that one of the synthetics was not only graded for diesel but was cheaper than the petroleum oils! I'm going to try it and keep an eye on it to see if it works OK.

Thanks for the advice.
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Doc, maybe buy a bit extra oil so that you can save yourself this torment in the future?
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Thanks for the suggestion... and I have!
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