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Just wondering what type of oil should I use for my Ariens Deluxe 24 snowblower. The manual says 5W-30 but does not specify if Synthetic oil is preferred or not. I have some new Gastrol non synthetic 5W-30 oil for my car left over in a 4 liter jug , would this oil be ok to use? I see that MTD has an oil out now that comes in a plastic bag and states that it is for 4 stroke air cooled engines such as snow blowers and such, has anyone used this before or should I just stay with conventional or synthetic car motor oil?
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Everyone has different ideas. Most of us recommend using Synthetic. I run Mobil 0-40 Synthetic in everything except my tillers since they only work in warm weather and usually have a pretty heavy load.
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You would be fine to run the non-synthetic oil. My wife's car uses 4 quarts of oil (5w30) and normally the quart left over gets dumped into an empty single quart either for future use in one of my four stroke engines (power washer, Honda lawnmower or snowblower) Normally use either Mobil 1, or havoline/valvoline in a semi-synthetic. Never have had an engine issue related to oil....I change annually....and any 5w30 oil is better than no oil.


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if it is a brand new snowblower or a brand new engine, run regular oil in it for the first 3-5 break in hours, and then change it out to whatever type of oil you like(i personally like to use penzoil platinum synthetic 5w-30 or 5w-20 or mobil 1, but its your choice). if the engine has been run on regular oil its entire life however, then keep using regular oil
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I'm running Mobil 1 extended performance 5w30 in everything because it's what I use in both of our cars.

As has been said, you'll get tons of opinions on this, even many carrying on very old rumors about synthetic causing leaks etc. It's not true and synthetics these days can be mixed with conventional oils. You can even mix 5w30 and 10w30. 0w30 is fine as well and I would feel is preferred in a snowblower, especially if it's stored where it's cold or chilly.

There's no reason at all not to use synthetic in something, no matter what it used and for how long. My Ariens is a late 90s model and was run enough that it ended up with exhaust valve clearance issues that needed to be addressed. I still switched it over to Mobil 1 and the Tecumseh has no complaints about it.

I personally feel synthetic oils handle moisture better, which our engines have a big problem with due to short run times, being air cooled and where they're stored etc. However overall, all these simple, low power engines want is fairly clean oil and enough of it. Practically any detergent oil out there will keep them happy if you change it from time to time and don't run them low.

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The only thing I would add to this is if it's still under warranty use 5w30 like the manual states. I would hate to give them an accuse to void the warranty. I have always used dino in my old MTD but I decided I was going to use a synthetic blend in my new one.

As mentioned the more important thing is to keep it full and change it annually.

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I use 5-30 full synthetic in all my small engines, mowers and blowers. Here is a passage taken from B&S site:

"We all grew up on conventional oil which at its heart is crude oil which has been refined and then blended with additives. Most synthetic oils also start as crude but go through more complex processing down to the molecular level, resulting in a lubricant which offers a variety of benefits including:
  • Better wear control
  • Better viscosity
  • Better low temperature fluidity
  • Better deposit control
End result? By using a synthetic oil you are putting a better lubricant in your engine which helps reduce the risk of equipment failure and can extend its service life. The only downside is that extra protection comes at a higher price. Depending on the brand, synthetic oil can run almost double the price of conventional oils."
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My local honda dealer uses Honda 10w-30 because the temps do not go below zero very often.

Many years ago a mechanic friend told me the best thing you can do for a motor is to change the oil and filters regularly. Good advice as we have 3 cars still going strong after 330,000 , 297,000 , and 281,000 miles on them. all subarus.

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The manual says 5W-30 but does not specify if Synthetic oil is preferred or not.


Builder, how old is your Ariens?


(My Ariens Owner's Manuals all show synthetic or dino 5W30 are fine.)

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Hi uberT

It is my second season with the blower which I bought new late last fall. I did the 5 hour break in oil change and used conventional oil, but was wondering if I should switch over to synthetic oil.
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