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Old 04-26-2019, 11:14 AM
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Hi Forum

I have a Corvette ZR1 1992

which oil should I use for the engine ??
What oil should I use for the manual gearbox ??
What oil shoud I use for the rear axle ??

I live in Denmark and there are not many Corvette C4 ZR1.

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Hi Forum

I have a Corvette ZR1 1992

which oil should I use for the engine ??
What oil should I use for the manual gearbox ??
What oil shoud I use for the rear axle ??

I live in Denmark and there are not many Corvette C4 ZR1.

Sincerely
Kim
For oil I use Mobil 1 10-30 synthetic high mileage.......A lot will say use Amsoil...I'm not cheap, but I'm not paying 9-10 dollars a quart....
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Originally Posted by 555corvette View Post
Hi Forum

I have a Corvette ZR1 1992

which oil should I use for the engine ??
What oil should I use for the manual gearbox ??
What oil shoud I use for the rear axle ??

I live in Denmark and there are not many Corvette C4 ZR1.

Sincerely
Kim
Kim you can have (for free:- ) some used classic olie I have, it's fine for that car :- ))

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Kim you can have (for free:- ) som used classic olie I have, it's fine for that car :- ))
Some good old Denmark humor!!!
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Kim you can have (for free:- ) some used classic olie I have, it's fine for that car :- ))
thank you john you are a real friend, we are seen on sunday, you should not have a rusty oil filter in the backyard.
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thank you john you are a real friend, we are seen on sunday, you should not have a rusty oil filter in the backyard.
YES sure I'II see what I can find, maybe I have one from a old Fiat or something, but we will make it work :- )
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Some good old Denmark humor!!!
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For oil I use Mobil 1 10-30 synthetic high mileage.......A lot will say use Amsoil...I'm not cheap, but I'm not paying 9-10 dollars a quart....
Oil related failures are insidious. Often by the time you have issues, it is waaay to late to correct a decision on something so critical as oil.

With that in mind, the Mobil 1 oil that has the ZDDP levels recommended when the LT5 was built is their Mobil 1 15W-50 (having1200 and 1300 ppm phosphorous/zinc.

Recently, according to their published spec sheet, Mobil 1 has reduced the concentrations of phosphorous/zinc in their HIGH MILEAGE formula to a fraction of the ZDDP concentrations recommended in 1990 for the FLAT TAPPET LT5.

A better compromise might be their Mobil 1 "FS X2" 5W-50 at 1000/1100 ZDDP levels.

The point is, just about any oil in the 10W-30 or so may work...for the short term; especially if the car is not raced or seldom sees RPM near the 7000+ range. Once you have a lifter "explode" (and I've seen a couple that did) - where the cam lobe burns through the thin metal top of the lifter(s) and the lifter shatters, scattering bits of metal among cams, bearings, and other lifters, you're looking at pulling the motor and cam(s) to inspect it and then reassemble...working on a DOHC motor is just a leeeetle bit more complicated than OHV SBC!

Yeah, Amsoil IS expensive. But, it is durable and for normal driving good for 7+10k miles (at least). So, changing oil every other year (5-6k miles) is no bigh deal, and the peace of mind that having the right stuff in the crank case is comforting.

Your mileage may vary!
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Someone on Bobistheoilguy performed a new oil analysis on Royal Purple HPS and got really good results on it for zinc and phosphorus levels, which combined with being readily available from Amazon is why I started using it.
All samples were taken from brand new, thoroughly shaken bottles of oil. And all tests were performed at ALS Tribology, formerly Staveley Labs, in Sparks, Nevada.

Royal Purple 10W30 HPS (High Performance Street)
Silicon = 7 ppm (anti-foaming agent in new oil, but in used oil, certain gasket materials and dirt can also add to this number)
Boron = <5 ppm (detergent/dispersant)
Magnesium = 46 ppm (detergent/dispersant)
Calcium = 3626 ppm (detergent/dispersant)
Barium = <1 ppm (detergent/dispersant)
Total detergent/dispersant = 3676 ppm
Zinc = 1774 ppm (anti-wear)
Phos = 1347 ppm (anti-wear)
Moly = 189 ppm (anti-wear)
Total anti-wear = 3310 ppm
Potassium = 11 ppm (anti-freeze inhibitor)
Sodium = 2 ppm (anti-freeze inhibitor)
TBN = 10.2 (Total Base Number is an acid neutralizer to prevent corrosion. Most gasoline engine motor oils start with TBN around 8 or 9. And in use, this becomes depleted over time as mileage accumulates)
Viscosity (cSt at 100*C) = 11.3 (cSt range for SAE 30 is 9.3 to 12.4) And cSt (centistokes) in general terms, represents an oil’s thickness.
Haibeck used to recommend Mobil1 High Mileage as one of the options due to it's high ZDDP (zinc & phosphorus), but since their reformulation, I'd avoid it. The LT5 really needs high level ZDDP oil, and I would definitely pay attention in what you select. Haibeck has a good article on why here.
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Hi,

We are in Europe, so some of the oil you recommend, are hard to get here.
Is this oil ok for the engine?

Also, the transmission oil, is a engine oil, is that correct


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I only use Amsoil and the Bosch filter for the motor and Castrol for the trans.
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