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Rear Axle/Differential Gear Oil

JDPisano

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Good Evening!

I need some assistance from the wizards on this forum with regards to the proper type of Rear Axle/Differential Gear Oil.

The manuals for my car list the oil type/specification as Hypoid gear oil, viscosity SAE 90EP (Duckhams Hypoid 90S). My problem is I cannot find SAE 90EP anywhere. It seems nobody carries straight 90 weight.

Can anyone tell me where I can find this oil type/specification or what is the equivalent type being sold today?

Thank you,
John
 

bthompson

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I use Castrol Hypoy-C 80W-90. Works fine, and available everywhere. I remember hearing Castrol specifically works for older cars with bronzy bits, but don't have the details on hand.
 

jlaird

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Any good brand 90 wt will work fine.
 
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JDPisano

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Thank you all for the reponses. It seems none of my local stores carry Castrol Hypoy-C 80W-90. I did find Valvoline durablen Synthetic gear oil at 80W90. Specs are listed below. Does anyone have any thought on this brand/type? I read somewhere that GL-5 types containing sulfur can damage our older internal parts. Is this accurate information? I noticed the Castrol Hypoy-C 80W-90 also lists GL-5 in the specifications.

Thanks,
John


Part Number: 280
Weight: 2.1 lbs
Weight: Oil Viscosity 80W-90

Flash Point (Deg): 430
Oil Composition: Semi-Synthetic
Oil Type: Gearbox
Pour Point (Deg): -32.8
SAE Oil Weight: 80W90
Standards: API Services GL-5, GL-4, MT-1
Type: Plastic quart bottle
 

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From memory, there have been mixed results with synthetic - some say it attacks the bronze, others have no issues. I just went with plain old 90W gear oil - works fine.
 

RickB

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It eats up the yellow metal.
Synthetic doesn't and neither does GL-4.
Synthetic can be a problem if your seals are old, so be careful.
 

RickB

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JP, really? I haven't heard that before about synthetic.
 

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RickB said:
JP, really? I haven't heard that before about synthetic.

Like I said Rick - vague recollection. :crazyeyes:
 

RickB

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Maybe it was just the negative about the old seals leaking with synthetic then.
 

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RickB said:
Maybe it was just the negative about the old seals leaking with synthetic then.

OK, found one of the threads - and it was you who said it :whistle: But it was transmissions and synchros - not rear ends

https://tinyurl.com/2uzhqso
 
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Have you tried Tractor Supply. The have the "odd" oils for older farm equipment. Thats where i got mine.
 
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JDPisano

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Thank you all again. I did call several local Tractor supply stores. Unfortunately, none of them had straight 90W. However, after calling all over the local area I did manage to find the Castrol Hypoy-C 80W-90 and bought a few bottles to keep in the inventory. :smile:
 

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Grats, now you have a life time supply.
 
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