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Unread 04-05-2014, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default Rear axle lube

Ok I would like to change the lube (oil) in my rear axle of my 2003 CC DS 48v. I would like to use a synthetic oil. Any recommendations? What is the stock oil?

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Unread 04-05-2014, 10:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Rear axle lube

30w or higher is what Manual calls for
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Unread 04-05-2014, 10:10 PM   #3
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I used 75w gear oil

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Default Re: Rear axle lube

Yep it calls for 22 oz. (0.67 liters) SAE 30 WT. API Class SE, SF, or SG Oil (or higher). I am curious if anyone ever used Synthetic in the case? Several folks have mentioned it is a way to pick up a little top speed.

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Default Re: Rear axle lube

I've used synthetic in my gasser transaxle since I bought my cart.
and if I had a sparky, I'd use it on that also!
I'm not sure if there would be a noticeable speed increase,
but, I'm sure that it would be protected better then conventional oil!

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Default Re: Rear axle lube

Thanks for the reply, I would like to use it in my "Sparky". Just not sure which to use that is SAE 30 WT. API Class SE, SF, or SG Oil.

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Yep... (straight weight) SAE 30 motor oil is difficult to find in synthetic! but, it is out there!

Here's an oil/gear lube viscosity chart that may help you.

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I ordered Royal Purple 30 SAE Synthetic Oil.



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Motor oil only in an engine. (which you don't have)
SAE 30 straight weight motor oil, (OEM suggested) OR... gear lube in an electric transaxle is fine!

To be honest... oil viscosity has always confused me... Be patient, hopefully someone else will chime in when they wake up!
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Default Re: Rear axle lube

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Motor oil only in an engine. (which you don't have)
SAE 30 straight weight motor oil, (OEM suggested) OR... gear lube in an electric transaxle is fine!

To be honest... oil viscosity has always confused me... Be patient, hopefully someone else will chime in when they wake up!
For what it is worth, a transfer case made and used in the 70's & 80's by MOPAR & GM, NP 203, required 30 wt oil. Putting regular t-case "grease" in there would ruin the chain. Ford probably used it some too.

Be sure to use your OEM recommendations.
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