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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted February 12, 2016 - 11:02 AM

I was just informed that DG in New Jersey is being sued.

They sell a generic motor oil that has fine print on the back of the bottle that says" Not to be used in cars manufactured after 1988." Apparently some folks don't read the fine print.

They have another grade of oil that reads, "Not to be used in cars made after 1935".

 

I am assuming that the first oil is high in zinc and other additives that we wish we had for our small engines, so you all might want to check this out.

 

The other oil is probably non-detergent. I wonder who shops for antique engine oil in Dollar General???


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 11:25 AM

Multiple lawsuits are underway, one opinion is that they meet the letter of the aw, but not te spirit, and that by hiding it in fine print on the back, they are being deceptive.
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Posted February 12, 2016 - 12:01 PM

Zinc additive in the oil is very critical in older engines, especially cars and our vintage equipment.

Over the last year or so I have switched my inventory and equipment to all Kohler oil which has the special zinc additive included in it.


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 12:25 PM

How much is a quart of no-name dollar store oil?   For $9.99 i get a gallon or maybe 5 quarts of Napa oil on sale.  That is $2.50 a qt or less.  Bottle says made in Ashland KY which i believe is Valvoline, good enough for my old hoopties.

 

I don't buy no-name oil, where it comes from?  China?  Recycled from ships' bilges?  who knows...

 

So people didn't read the labels and dumped no name oil in their cars.  There is something in the law "ignorance is no excuse" i hope that applies here, otherwise the dollar General will have to pass the legal costs on to the customers.  


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 01:11 PM

I'll have to check that out.

Wal-Mart used to carry a pre-1989 oil that meets the specifications for motorcycles, and was WAY cheaper than "motorcycle" oil.  I haven't been able to find it there in over a year.

 

As stated - that oil has all kinds of good additives that will ruin a catalytic converter.


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 01:27 PM

Being as I live next door to a dollar general I will have to check this out.


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 01:40 PM

I thought I heard that Shell Rotella oil still had some of the zinc additives in them...  Some of my collector car friends use it..


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 02:05 PM

I never noticed, but there is supposed to be a star burst symbol on the label of any oil that meets current codes. Also, there is a letter code. I just think it's cool for our purposes that high zinc oil is available.


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 02:11 PM

I thought I heard that Shell Rotella oil still had some of the zinc additives in them...  Some of my collector car friends use it..

Those oils are labeled "Diesel oil", I have used them in old engines for years, some of the guys at Advance Auto Parts just stare in disbelief when I tell them what it's for.



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Posted February 12, 2016 - 03:21 PM

Most of that generic DG Dollar store oil and the cheap Hi Tech oil from Wallmart is recycled Oil.Read the back of the Hi Tech SAE30wt jug it's near the bottom in fine print.


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 04:42 PM

Yeah, I run 15W40 Diesel oil in my personal motorcycles.  It's got that good catalytic converter wrecking stuff in it that the motorcycles like.

 

Motorcycle doesn't get used in temps below 40deg. though.  Not sure how the tractor would like it on a 0deg day..........



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Posted February 12, 2016 - 07:41 PM

Thought I would try and cut down on different weights of oils I had on hand and just just use 10-40w diesel oil in everything. Big mistake.

First thing I tried it in was the Ford 850 tractor with loader and Backhoe. At first everything seemed hunky-dory. Started using the backhoe one day and I noticed a lot of vapor coming out of the breather. Never had that happen before. Almost seemed like an oil mist as everything on the breather side of the engine had an oil film on it. Switched back to regular 10-40w and no more fog coming from the breather. Other than a mess it didn't seem to hurt the engine. Still don't know what was going on. 



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Posted February 12, 2016 - 08:38 PM

I have used 10W40 in everything for several years.  My truck is serviced at Walmart with Castrol Hi Mileage10W30.  I think I will go to a diesel oil when I get the Kubota cleaned out good and start using it.



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Posted February 12, 2016 - 10:10 PM

I am another 10W40 IN everything fan. No problems yet in many years of doing this. Though I have yet to own anything diesel.

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Posted February 13, 2016 - 12:18 AM

The stores near me just started carrying the Rotella 10W-40, I use their SAE30 in everything except the snow blowers which get Penzoil 10W-30, as a side note we have always used SAE30 from the IH dealer in our diesel farm tractors (Farmall706 & International606) with no problems.






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