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Difference Between Compressor Oil Automotive Oil

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wsmm

01-26-2012 08:19:38
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What is the difference say in 10w compressor oil and 10w non detergent automotive oil? Would it make a difference if the automotive oil is synthetic or not?




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Alont

01-26-2012 18:30:08
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 Re: Difference Between Compressor Oil Automotive Oil in reply to jaydee, 01-26-2012 08:19:38  
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I have been running Mobile1 synthetic 10-30 in mine for two years now, with much easier starting in cold weather.



Alont



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J.Wondergem

01-26-2012 14:29:40
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 Re: Difference Between Compressor Oil Automotive Oil in reply to MarkB_MI, 01-26-2012 08:19:38  
I'm running Mobile1 synthetic 10-30 in mine.



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Stephen Newell

01-26-2012 09:22:10
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 Re: Difference Between Compressor Oil Automotive Oil in reply to wsmm, 01-26-2012 08:19:38  
I agree with Dalex. Air compressor oil is just 10w non detergent oil. Getting a non detergent oil is all that is important because detergent oil will foam in a compressor.



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soundguy

01-26-2012 17:22:05
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 Re: Difference Between Compressor Oil Automotive Oil in reply to Stephen Newell, 01-26-2012 09:22:10  
compressors have no oil filter.. detergent oils suspend debri for filtration.. no filter.. then use non detergent.. etc.



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Chris(WA)

01-26-2012 12:28:47
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 Re: Difference Between Compressor Oil Automotive Oil in reply to Stephen Newell, 01-26-2012 09:22:10  
Why would detergent oil foam in a compressor? Really no different than running in an engine except for no combustion byproducts to contend with.



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Stephen Newell

01-27-2012 04:43:13
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 Re: Difference Between Compressor Oil Automotive Oil in reply to Chris(WA), 01-26-2012 12:28:47  
The crankcase on a compressor is a little different than a engine. They have oil slingers on the rods that pick up more of the oil. They also run at a little higher rpm. Also detergent oils have chemicals that help suspend dirt in the oil so the filter can catch it. This combination introduces more air into the oil causing it to foam. To aleaviate this problem they make compressor oils without the detergent and add a antifoaming agent.

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Dalex

01-26-2012 09:02:08
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 Re: Difference Between Compressor Oil Automotive Oil in reply to wsmm, 01-26-2012 08:19:38  
For my money , they are the same. Some compressor brands are recommending synthetic now, it 's better for cold weather operation ....



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VicS

01-28-2012 19:04:22
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 Re: Difference Between Compressor Oil Automotive Oil in reply to Dalex, 01-26-2012 09:02:08  
I think detergent oil quit foaming back in the 60's. I also don't buy that suspension thing. I have been around the Oil Field all my life, and sold them a lot of oil. A 208 is a single cylinder 208 cubic in engine used all over the world to pull a pump jack 24-7 . They are a dipper oiler, there is a tray the rod cap goes thru. There is one 3/8 hole to let the oil in. If you don't take the crankcase cover off and wipe the dirt out of this tray the hole will stop up. You do this once a month. or 720 hrs. They use 30W series 3 diesel oil to try to stop this. the best thing is to take a hammer and bust the end out of the tray. That dirt will build up in that tray even though the crank is hitting it 400 to 800 times a minute. About the same speed as a air-compressor. My air compressor is WW 2 surplus and I change it once a year with 15X40 (whats in the barrel) Vic

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Jon Hagen

01-28-2012 23:21:04
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 Re: Difference Between Compressor Oil Automotive Oil in reply to VicS, 01-28-2012 19:04:22  
I have used Mobil 1 synthetic engine oil(5-30) in my unheated air compressors for near 20 years with no problems starting at 30 below 0 temps.

Engine oil has water dispersant additives that mix condensation water with the oil and depend on hot pistons to boil off the water. An air compressor may not run hot enough to boil off that water, but has not been a problem in my units. Might be a problem in areas with very high humidity, but I have not seen it. I change the oil once per year, and it comes out looking nearly new.

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