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Old 10-19-2015, 12:57 PM   #21
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Tarp around the engine, and stuff a Herman Nelson under there. That bus will start without a issue in almost any temp.

Herman Nelson AEROTECH -- Heat Everywhere

This is what we do here in the north when you must do repairs without a shop in winter.

In our fleet of 400 buses, we run 15/40 in summer, and 0/40 synthetic in winter. The synthetic has no trouble pouring in winter.

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Old 10-19-2015, 01:44 PM   #22
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Tarp around the engine, and stuff a Herman Nelson under there. That bus will start without a issue in almost any temp.

Herman Nelson AEROTECH -- Heat Everywhere

This is what we do here in the north when you must do repairs without a shop in winter.

In our fleet of 400 buses, we run 15/40 in summer, and 0/40 synthetic in winter. The synthetic has no trouble pouring in winter.

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Thats what we do here as well. Dont misunderstand Nat though, you should be running 15/40 or synthetic in your engine.
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:16 PM   #23
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Thank you guys! This is super helpful. Now to make the proper purchases and get the bus running properly.
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:23 PM   #24
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you could also you a magnetic oil pan heater. they are like a block heater, but not, they stick to the oil pan as the name implies. Around here they are peaty common along with battery blankets.
I know a couple of drivers that use a block heater, oil pan heater and battery blankets.
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Old 10-19-2015, 08:42 PM   #25
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Those oil pan heaters would work good too. The ones I've seen weren't magnetic but were stuck on with some sort of adhesive.
I'd stick with the 40 weight oil. As low of an ash content as you can get. Anything API CF-2 certified should be good but verify to be sure.

Delo 100 40w
Delvac 1240 40w
Rotella 40T 40w

Are all good oils for you.
If the bearings are worn, you can use a 50w to boost the pressure
If operated below freezing without any starting aids(heaters) you can use 15w40 or 30w. But make sure it has high shear ratings and are low ash. Then switch back when it warms up.
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:26 AM   #26
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Thank you Booyah, that's incredibly helpful.
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:47 PM   #27
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Topped off the fluid in the batteries tonight. She was nearly empty. Started up like a charm. They were really low. Hopefully it holds through winter
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:27 PM   #28
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Thats what we do here as well. Dont misunderstand Nat though, you should be running 15/40 or synthetic in your engine.

I thought 2 strokes used straight weight oil.
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:30 PM   #29
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Same thought here. My old DD6V53 2-stroke was straight weight only (?). Anybody know for sure?
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I thought 2 strokes used straight weight oil.
Oh golly, these typos are going to be the end of me!

He should NOT be using multi-weight or synthetic in a 2 stroke.

I'll see you get a raise for noticing my typo.
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