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Old October 17th, 2012, 01:27 PM
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If you had to use either one in your 300TDi, would you opt for a 15-40 gas-engine oil, or straight 50 diesel oil? Figure you are in a tropical country, where ambient temp never drops below 72.


And yes, what you surmise is right. 50 weight is the only diesel-formulated engine oil in the market in oil-rich Venezuela as today. So much for socialism.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 01:31 PM
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15w-40 would be my vote.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 02:07 PM
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mine too, similar situation here.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 02:44 PM
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So far, we all agree. A pox on socialism!
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Does this mean that I can run my 200tdi on 15W40?
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Does this mean that I can run my 200tdi on 15W40?
Most people run the tdi on 15w40diesel spec oil or 5w40 synthetic diesel spec oil.

I don't have a rover tdi, but I like rotella 5w40 synthetic for my gas motors.
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oh my bad, I thought the OP was talking about oil as fuel !

stupid me
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Found this..."Diesel engine oil has more additives per volume. The most prevalent are detergent additives. This additive has several jobs, but the main ones are to neutralize acids and clean. Diesel engines create a great deal more soot and combustion byproducts. Through blow-by, these find their way into the crankcase, forcing the oil to deal with them."
So by using a petrol engine oil you may not get enough cleaning and the oil may not be able to handle the extra work. Do you have a Land Rover dealer near to you that you could ask what they use?
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oh my bad, I thought the OP was talking about oil as fuel !

stupid me
40 is a little thick to burn! but you should try sunflower seed oil.... Might turn out cheaper than diesel...
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You could always mix the oils, to get some of the additional additives...
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I run regular 'ol Rotella 15w40 in mine so I think you'd be fine running a standard 15w40 in your Tdi.
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This is what I use here:
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I'd use the 15w40 and change it more frequently.
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"Diesel engine oil has more additives per volume. The most prevalent are detergent additives. This additive has several jobs, but the main ones are to neutralize acids and clean. Diesel engines create a great deal more soot and combustion byproducts. Through blow-by, these find their way into the crankcase, forcing the oil to deal with them."
That's my worry.

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You could always mix the oils, to get some of the additional additives...
Hmm, that's an idea.

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I'd use the 15w40 and change it more frequently.
That's my plan so far.

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