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Perkins 30hp oil question

I have a new to me Perkins 30hp diesel with a ZF 10m transmission - ( in a Liberty 28 - 1988) a little vague as to the best oil to use - boat is in Florida - also best to us for transmission? - unfortunately no owners manual for either
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Re: Perkins 30hp oil question

If it's a perkins perama m30 , it was recommended by the staff at tad diesel ( trans Atlantic diesel) to use rotella 15-40. They'd also deal with zf/hurth transmissions, worth a call to get their recommendations,
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If it's a perkins perama m30 , it was recommended by the staff at tad diesel ( trans Atlantic diesel) to use rotella 15-40. They'd also deal with zf/hurth transmissions, worth a call to get their recommendations,
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This is what Iíve settled on: Rotella 15-40. The Perkins manual I have recommends straight 30, but I think it was written a long time ago. Iíve had many diesel mechanics recommend this oil.

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Re: Perkins 30hp oil question

You will have to do a bit of research about the transmission oil. Some use engine oil and some use ATF.

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Re: Perkins 30hp oil question

https://www.catalinadirect.com/zf-tr...-and-warranty/


The ZF-10m Should use ATF
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Re: Perkins 30hp oil question

Perkins is still around, isn't it? Why not reach out and ask them?

I find all sorts of rumor, witchcraft, snake oil, etc, etc, that folks really believe about oil. Even some pros, who have done no science, they've just convinced themselves somehow.

I'd trust the OEM first, then any pro who could adequately explain how they scientifically reached a different conclusion second.
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Perkins is still around, isn't it? Why not reach out and ask them?

I find all sorts of rumor, witchcraft, snake oil, etc, etc, that folks really believe about oil. Even some pros, who have done no science, they've just convinced themselves somehow.

I'd trust the OEM first, then any pro who could adequately explain how they scientifically reached a different conclusion second.
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