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Old April 8th, 2013, 12:11 PM
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Hi every one,

i have a question regarding the type of engine oil to use for a defender td5, i'm living in Suriname with a temperature 22 to 30degrees Celsius. Is shell rimula 15w40 oil best suited for these temperatures?
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Old April 8th, 2013, 12:39 PM
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Any quality diesel engine oil should be good. The Rimula should work well.
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Old April 8th, 2013, 01:07 PM
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i just asked the question because I read on the internet that LR recommmended 5w30, thus thinking if i'm not overdoing something
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The larger weight range would be a good idea if it is cold started. With 22 C as the minimum, it won't do much. An xW40 will be better for the engine, IMO, than an xW30.
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Your bigger concern will be making sure it is fed quality fuel. I'm not sure if that is a problem where you live.
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It all depends on who you ask... This topic has been beaten extensively.

Here is a good l ink that talks about the subject.

http://www.upmpg.com/tech_articles/motoroil_viscosity/
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i just asked the question because I read on the internet that LR recommmended 5w30, thus thinking if i'm not overdoing something
All of the TD5 manuals I have say "5W30, 5W40 or 5W50". LR uses these number to force a synthetic oil which makes things safer especially when maintenance intervals are not quite waht they should be. For your climate a 15W40 will provide as good a wear protection as a 5W40 with suitable change intervals. If you really want to know for sure, get oil analysis done and you will know for sure.

If you want to get the "best", then choose one of the full synthetic 5W-40 diesel oils (Shell Rotella T6, Mobil Delvac 1, etc...) but I doubt you would see any significant change in wear numbers living near the equator.
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Old April 8th, 2013, 01:58 PM
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thanks for the replies, I might just go with full synthetic eventually, might be better for the engine. have this defender for just an year so still figuring things out, leaks for instance
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