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Unread 01-12-2011, 04:04 PM   #11
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I would stick with 30 weight oil as its what manufacturer calls for and is much heavier than 10-30 or worse yet 5-30 weight engine oils. Multi grade oils are set up for faster circulation of lubricate when cold and supposed to lub like a 30 weight when hot. Synthetic oils are very good but I cant seem to handle the additional cost? I try and change my oil every year so dont feel its worth the difference? Your use is different than gas engines needs so I would stick with CC recomendations.
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Unread 01-12-2011, 05:32 PM   #12
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my SAE 30 came from the local Kubota dealer. a one qt bottle is enough for the job.

im with OLD MEC on this one... its just gears, no combustion. plain jane oil is plenty sufficient.
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Unread 01-12-2011, 05:58 PM   #13
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I know the plain jane sae 30 oil would be more than sufficient, but I kinda go over board when it comes to maintenance, thats just the way I am.
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Unread 01-13-2011, 09:22 AM   #14
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Just one qt of oil. Difference in cost is 2-3 bucs. No compression in motor correct but the oil in a cart differential is in there for up to 5 years. If top speed is your goal, go synthetic.
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Unread 01-13-2011, 04:54 PM   #15
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5 years? i thought the manual called for once a year?

unless you drive around in the snow, you won't see a difference between the two. even in the snow, any lack of power is likely related to the poor performance of lead acid batteries at low temperature, not your diff lube.

think about it in watts... the additional wattage required to overcome the drag on the 3 gears that transfer power to the axle as a result of the difference between synthetic and regular oil pales in comparison to the total wattage required to move a golf cart. let alone, if its that cold outside, im not going anywhere near my cart!

if it helps you sleep better at night knowing your cart runs only the finest synthetic blends in the transaxle, then i guess its worth the extra $3.
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Unread 01-13-2011, 06:20 PM   #16
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i highly doubt that all cart owners except for enthusiasts like most members in this forum change their diff oil every year. Therefore when changing oil, synthetic will last much longer without breaking down nearly as much. Also, will give you an edge with top end speed. As far as performance, every bit helps, good batteries, hs motor, controller, even the gear oil you choose to put in your cart. For extra $2 why not put the best?

Also, not running synthetic oil will not deprive you of any sleep.
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Unread 01-13-2011, 07:42 PM   #17
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My cart is a 2003 DS IQ. I am the 2nd owner of the cart. I just bought it around 2 months ago. I don't know if the differential lube has ever been changed. When I pulled the drain plug, it had some metal shavings on the magnet. I know synthetic oils in all aspects is better than regular oils, so that is my reason for wanting the best I can buy for my cart.
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Unread 01-13-2011, 08:06 PM   #18
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5 years? i thought the manual called for once a year?

unless you drive around in the snow, you won't see a difference between the two. even in the snow, any lack of power is likely related to the poor performance of lead acid batteries at low temperature, not your diff lube.
WRONG. It all adds up. I have driven in snow plenty of times. Just try rolling that cart on the garage floor when it's -20 out. Plenty of drag from the diff.
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Unread 01-13-2011, 10:46 PM   #19
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My cart is a 2003 DS IQ. I am the 2nd owner of the cart. I just bought it around 2 months ago. I don't know if the differential lube has ever been changed. When I pulled the drain plug, it had some metal shavings on the magnet. I know synthetic oils in all aspects is better than regular oils, so that is my reason for wanting the best I can buy for my cart.
GCS, as long as the shavings are not as large as a grain of rice, I would say thats just normal wear. Of course never changing the lube did not help (previous owner), but now that you got new lube, you are ok. Good luck with that bud.
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Unread 01-14-2011, 07:12 AM   #20
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I didn't see ant big flakes of metal while draining the lube, just a fine dust stuck to the magnet. I guess the magnet was doing its job. I think the guy that had the cart before me never changed the lube, I could be wrong. But if he didn't, I say that the amount of metal on the magnet was from normal ware. Thanks easydoesit, Greg
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