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1966 Ford 3000 Hydraulic oil in winter

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Bart Ca

01-13-2015 07:40:06

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When I start the engine @ 0°F I have to run the engine for 30 ~ 45 minutes warmup to have the hydraulic working. Im do'nt know which oil in the rear end I bough this tractor few month ago from an estate.

Is it correct to use 10W30 engine oil to have tinner oil ? Some Massey-Ferguson owners use 10W30 in diff/trans/hyd sump.

Thanks in advance.


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01-21-2015 14:53:27

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 Re: 1966 Ford 3000 Hydraulic oil in winter in reply to Bart Ca, 01-13-2015 07:40:06  
your ford is designed for a TRACTOR rated hydraulic fluid.. and not plain hydraulic fluid. Most folks sell a UNIVERSAL TRACTOR HYDRAULIC fluid that meets Ford, New Holland, John Deere, International.. etc etc hence the name ""Universal"" Tractor Hydraulic fluid. UTHF is usually cheaper than a brand name tractor fluid like New Holland, International, 303, Hytrans, John Deere, Kuboto or others. You can buy it a Walmart, Sams, most all autoparts and all hydraulic shops. Sams was less than 50 bucks for 5 gallons last time I checked, Bobcat was $90 bucks for 5 gals of synthetic, so your prices can vary. Bobcats are designed for anti wear (anti friction) additives so your getting a different product. labeled with the AW designation.

Many motor oils can have low friction additives that will cause the wet brakes and pto clutches to slip so a really GOOD motor oil is NOT recommended for wet brakes and wet clutches. Sorry to ruin that thought but back to anti friction additives. A mediocre motor oil would work but does not have the anti foam additives and oring conditioners in it. So again, its NOT recommended.. Please use a Universal Tractor Hydraulic fluid in your transmission, your rearend/hydraulic, and in your power steering reservoir. You will see it meets the ford MC134 spec on the container and that is the fluid Ford/New Holland recommends.

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01-21-2015 13:32:48

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 Re: 1966 Ford 3000 Hydraulic oil in winter in reply to Bart Ca, 01-13-2015 07:40:06  
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Hi Bart CA,

The correct hydraulic fluid for your 1966 Ford 3000 Tractor would be our “Shell Spirax S4 TMX,” which is a premium SAE 10W-30 multi-functional tractor transmission and hydraulic oil.

-The Shell Rotella Team

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01-14-2015 17:00:52

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 Re: 1966 Ford 3000 Hydraulic oil in winter in reply to Bart Ca, 01-13-2015 07:40:06  
Use transmission/hydraulic universal fluid. The F spec is 134A as I recall. Common sump hyd and diff. Tranny uses same oil. I have the '65 year model. On engine oil use C (compression) rated if diesel. Wally world house brand 15w 40 is a fine dino oil competitively priced. That's what I use in my Fords. In my new tractor of another brand I use Rotella T 5w-40 full syn.


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01-13-2015 09:32:22

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 Re: 1966 Ford 3000 Hydraulic oil in winter in reply to Bart Ca, 01-13-2015 07:40:06  
My 2000 had been failing to lift or chattered and lifted slow at anything below 40 deg. I rebuilt the pump last year. Now it lifts right away at zero.

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01-13-2015 07:46:01

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 Re: 1966 Ford 3000 Hydraulic oil in winter in reply to Bart Ca, 01-13-2015 07:40:06  
IMHO, using 10w30 engine oil in a shared common sump as you say some MF users do is a bad idea. 10w30 engine oil is not rated for gear use.

Your common hyds and gear rear sump in your 3000 should use a utf fluid. You can get cold weather utf or even synthetic UTF from many suppliers.

you can also put a mag block heater or 2 on her to help speed things up.

if parked in a shed or garage ( even better ), then even an old trouble lamp with a 120w bulb burnig under the sump can help.

couple all that with a battery trickle charger, a coolant lower hose heater, and an oil pan block heater and she will be much easier to start and bring up to temps and use in arctic weather.

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