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post #1 of 18 Old 12-15-2016, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question Warming up oil pan

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Does anyone have any experience with heating dipsticks to warm up oil in oil pan? I read conflicting reports on other sites regarding how well they work. I bought one today, it's made for cars, not snowblowers, but was willing to give it a try. Any pros or cons from the forum?

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Would using a synthetic oil be an alternate? Cold flow characteristics are very different compared to petro-based oil.
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Would using a synthetic oil be an alternate? Cold flow characteristics are very different compared to petro-based oil.
I agree with uberT synthetic is the way to go if you are working in very cold temperatures.
I have used it for decades.
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Thanks for the reply...Since I'm not mechanically inclined, please explain your comment about the difference between "regular" oil and synthetic oil.

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Well, the cold flow characteristics of a 5W30 synthetic oil are very different when compared to a traditional (non-synthetic) 5W30. If the oil flows better at low temperatures, there are a multitude of benefits including the pull starter being somewhat easier to pull when you're trying to get the beast fired up.


here's a video showing the differences. Keep in mind -35F is far colder than most of us have to deal with:




The physical measure shown on a product spec sheet is typically referred to as "pour point". Synthetic oil pour points are quite a bit lower than a dino oil.

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Thank you uberT for the very informational video...Much appreciated!

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after purchasing one of my toro 521's I got it all set to blow snow then I realized I had not changed oil. my garage is too small and has too much stuff in it to work on a snowblower so I was out in the yard on a 28 day draining oil. the oil was full of water so I went to the auto parts store and got a quart of 5w30 dino oil and a quart of 5w30 synthetic oil. I used the dino oil to flush the water out of the motor, the stuff poured and drained soo slow that I went in the house and warmed up. once I saw oil coming out without water in it I let the last of the dino oil drain out then refilled with the 5w30 synthetic. even after sitting in the cold for a couple hours the synth oil poured faster than the dino oil. i'll use synthetic oil in the snowblowers, dino oil is ok for the lawn mower

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Never heard of that thing before.

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On the subject of dipsticks... I'd be concerned that being designed to warm a much larger engine, the unit would put out way too much heat for a snowblower engine.

But +1 on the synthetic... I used it in all my engines.

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