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John Deere Gator XUV550 recommended oil and oil filter
« on: October 01, 2013, 10:05:47 PM »
The John Deere XUV550 operator manual recommends using a multi viscosity oil in the XUV550. The XUV550 is equipped with a Briggs & Stratton 16HP V-Twin OHV engine. The operator manual recommends using either 10W-30, 10W-40 or 5W-30, and which one depends on the outside temperature range the vehicle will be operating. If you look in the Briggs & Stratton V-Twin OHV repair manual, Briggs recommends using 30 weight oil above 40 degrees F, and recommends only using a multi viscosity oil if the outside temperature drops below 40F. The reason Briggs & Stratton recommends using 30 weight and not a multi viscosity oil above 40F is because the higher air cooled engine operating temperatures can cause a multi viscosity oil to break down, and the higher operating temperatures can cause increased oil consumption when using a multi viscosity oil. Both can cause engine damage. Below 40F 30 weight oil becomes so thick it can cause hard starting and inadequate lubrication, so Briggs & Stratton recommends a multi viscosity oil when the outside temperature is below 40F.

I thought it was funny that John Deere and Briggs & Stratton recommend different oils for operating the same engine when the outside temperature is above 40F. I personally agree with Briggs & Stratton, because a multi viscosity oil is more likely to break down when used in a hotter running air cooled engine. Its easy enough to check the oil every time you use the vehicle, so oil consumption isn't something I would be concerned about for me personally. The only problem with using 30 weight oil is to remember to change to a multi viscosity oil when the outside temperature drops below 40F.

Just for reference the Briggs & Stratton 16HP OHV V-Twin engine used in the XUV550 uses the following oil filters:

John Deere part #AM125424
Briggs & Stratton part #492932
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John Deere Gator XUV550 recommended oil and oil filter
« on: October 01, 2013, 10:05:47 PM »