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Multi-purpose grease that is quite capable for general use may not be up to the task on your snowmobile chassis and suspension grease points.  Snowmobiles dish out severe operating conditions that may humble a grease that works fine in dry-land summer use.

Snowmobiles are exposed to snow, ice, water, freezing temps and extreme pounding. Here are the attributes of a competent snowmobile chassis grease:

  • ability to remain in place during long-term exposure to water, ice and snow
  • contain extreme pressure additives to resist wear and prevent “metal to metal” contact
  • cold weather “pumpabilty” and smooth, low friction performance in extreme cold

AMSOIL Synthetic Water Resistant Grease - New FormulaWe offer a tenacious grease the delivers all of these qualities and more. It is AMSOIL Synthetic Water Resistant Grease. It offers exceptional film strength, adhesion and shear resistance even while immersed in water. This grease is reasonably priced and can be used for chassis lubrication and wheel bearing service on any equipment in your shop on a year-round basis.

Here are some other ideal applications for this waterproof grease:

  • marine use and boat trailer wheel bearings
  • ATV’s and motorcycles
  • automotive chassis lube and wheel bearings
  • commercial and industrial use

This product is quite suitable for applications that aren’t exposed to water.

Check out our snowmobile product page for our complete line of high quality synthetic oils and fuel system additives.

We have a handy new online application guide that can help you find the correct AMSOIL synthetic oil and related product information for your snowmobile. It covers Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo, Polaris and Yamaha models from today and back to the 1990’s.

Test out the AMSOIL Snowmobile Product Application Guide

Simply enter the year, make and model into the guide and it offers back the following information, specific to your model.

  • AMSOIL synthetic two- or four-stroke engine oil
  • AMSOIL chaincase fluid
  • Engine coolant
  • The service life of the fluids for your application
  • Oil filter part # (for four-stroke engines)
  • NGK spark plug or wire-set part numbers
  • Fuel capacity

Here is a sample of the information returned:

2011 BRP/SKI-DOO Renegade Adrenaline Rotax E-TEC 800R 799

Lubricants & Fluids

Engine Oil
Interceptor Synthetic 2-Cycle Oil (AITQT) [1]

Chaincase Transmission Drivetrain Oil
Synthetic Chaincase & Gear Oil (TCCCN) [2]
SEVERE GEAR 75W-140 Synthetic EP Lubricant (SVOQT) [2]

Coolant
Antifreeze and Engine Coolant (ANT1G) [3]

[1] Service Life 3000 mi
[2] Service Life 12 mo
[3] Service Life 60 mo

Filters
No recommendations found

Plugs & Wiresets
No recommendations found

Gasoline – 10.6 US Gallons

We also have extensive  application guides  and cross reference tools for automotive, motorcycle, ATV, marine and more.

See Oildepot Online Application Tools

 

Using motor oil designed for gasoline or diesel engines in air compressors seems harmless enough. After all, isn’t an air compressor sort of like an engine, just without combustion? That is true, but the duties of a compressor lubricant require more than meets the eye. Dedicated engine oils and compressor lubricants have design features that aren’t necessarily cross-compatible.

As motor oils are designed to withstand the rigors of combustion, they must have “detergent additives”. Detergents prevent deposit formation and hold combustion by-products (like soot) in suspension. All modern gasoline and diesel engine oils contain detergent additives in various forms. Compressor oils do not contain detergents as they are not required for this application and can actually have negative effects over time.

Why are detergents an issue for air compressor use?

Over time, the detergents in motor oil that perform such vital tasks in internal combustion engines can actually degrade, break down and leave deposits in air compressors. These deposits can create partial obstructions in valves and also lead to ring sticking. This can hinder performance and shorten component life.

Another engine oil downside: moisture resistance

Moisture can make its way into the lubrication system of air compressors and motor oil is not designed for long term exposure to this type of environment. Engine oils can actually absorb some moisture which can lead to foaming, deposit formation and limited service life.

What features do compressor oils offer?

  • the ability to reject moisture.
  • formulated to combat deposit and sludge formation.
  • deliver clean, low-wear performance over a long service life.

Can motor oil be used in small “home use” air compressors?

Motor oil is likely not the end of the world for small compressors that are used infrequently. This is likely happening more often than not. A few years ago we refurbished an old air compressor and needed compressor lubricant to put it into service. We went down to the local hardware store and purchased a litre of inexpensive compressor fluid labelled by a common “consumer-type” air compressor manufacturer. The bottle label really didn’t offer much information. We attended a trade-show later that year and this company happened to have a display there. We asked the company representative for more information on the product and he told us outright that this oil that was labelled as a compressor fluid was really only conventional 10W-30 motor oil. We doubt that is the case for the vast majority of compressor fluids out there, but if your compressor is used frequently, perhaps cheaper isn’t better. By the way, this “10W-30” fluid is still in service. This old compressor is used less than 20 times per year, so we aren’t losing much sleep over engine oil handling the chore in this case.

Conclusion

If your air compressor is used on a frequent basis or for commercial duty, motor oil is not your best option as a replacement lubricant. Use the correct fluid type and your compressor should run like a top for many years.

Check out our line of synthetic compressor fluids. We offer 3 different products in several different viscosities to cover a multitude of applications.