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Unread 06-28-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Default Motor oil in the rear axel?

Can I use synthetic 5w30 motor oil in my rear axel housing? I only ask because I have some laying around that I could use up.
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Unread 06-28-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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Default Re: Motor oil in the rear axel?

30 weight or higher is recommended, the heavier the lube, the quieter the gears, i often use lucas 85w-140 gear oil just so its extremely quiet and it doesn't lead to gear problems. Almost every time i have had to change rear gears in a cart the customer has used motor oil...
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Default Re: Motor oil in the rear axel?

I do have some 80-90 gear oil, but I didnt think you could use it in these rear ends. Would it be OK to use it in my axel?

If so, how much should I use in this type of differential?

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Default Re: Motor oil in the rear axel?

I use it frequently and have never had problems, that appears to be a club car rear end which takes 22 oz (.67 liter) recommended by manufactor SAE30 WT. API Class SE, SF, or SG oil (or higher)...hope that helps!
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Default Re: Motor oil in the rear axel?

Really? must have been swapped in at some point. Ill try the 80-90. Thanks.
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Default Re: Motor oil in the rear axel?

Well, I opened the diff this evening, and not suprising, there was no fluid in it. I ran 10oz of fluid through it to flush out anything that may have been in there, but nothing cam out except fresh fluid. So I plugged it up and added the 22oz of 80-90 gear oil. Runs a little quieter, but it still sounds like George Jetsons car.
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Unread 07-02-2012, 06:47 AM   #7
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Default Re: Motor oil in the rear axel?

I changed the gear oil in mine out to Amsoil syn. Mine was whining and roaring a bit. After the Amsoil, nothing, quite as a mouse.
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