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Using 'truck' engine oil - Terrano 2.7TDi

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 9:31 am    Post subject: Using 'truck' engine oil - Terrano 2.7TDi Reply with quote

Hi Guys - first post, so "be gentle with me" Smile

My other half has decided to buy a horse trailer, so I've bought an X-reg Terrano II (with the TD27Ti engine) to tug it with. It will only be used for fairly infrequent towing of said trailer - and maybe some snowy stuff in the winter.

Service history is 'unknown', but it all seems quite 'tight' for its age and mileage (82k). Anyway, I'm going to give it a 'spring clean service' before using it in anger.

I've been looking at engine oils and notice that quite a few 4x4-ers use oils normally destined for fleet HGVs - e.g. the Shell Rimula range.

The 'book' spec for the TD27Ti would appear to be 15W40 'CE' grade, which is a pretty ancient spec. Shell Rimula Super 15W40 seems very reasonably-priced, and is grade CI.

Would this be suitable for the Terrano engine, even though it is nominally a 'truck' oil?

Sorry for the rambling, but in 30 years of car ownership I have not owned a single diesel - yet alone a 4x4 - so it's uncharted territory for me!!
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the madhouse ....

I would stick to the manufacturer's recommendations especially as it is not a regular use vehicle. 'Truck' oils are longer lasting so the truck operator has more time between oil changes as a cost saving measure (if it is off the road being serviced it isn't earning money).

The cost difference for a 'spare' care is insignificant and if the car is a good one why risk it.

Just a wee note on towing horse boxes: Check your towing limits for the box and horse you are moving and make sure it can cope with it. I towed a horse and box once and it scared the living daylights out of me when the horse shifted around to get comfy!

Poking the Grim Reaper with a stick then running away. The devil made me do it but God said it was okay with him.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Youve opened up a whole can of worms with this one.
The Terrano 2.7 has the same engine as the Ford Maverick 2.7 and also the same engine as the Carbodies Fairway (AKA london taxi).
Nissan recommend 5/30 for cold climates 10/40 or 10/30 moderate climates and 20/40 hot climates, Ford reccommend 5/30 cold climates 10/40 moderate climates and 15/40 hot climates, Carbodies recommend 5/30 for cold climates 10/40 moderate and 20/50 hot.

If thats not confusing enough, the API/ACEA spec for Nissan is CE B2-96,
Ford say CF B3-96 and carbodies CD B2-96. To be honest i think most oils now are up to CJ spec anyway

The 2.7 td Nissan engine is a good old fashioned push rod job, it dosnt have hydraulic lifters or hydraulic operated variable valve timing so its not finnicky about what grade of oil it runs on, However it does have an oil fed turbo so the oil needs to be good quality
Take a mean average and go for 10/40, ive been running my Maverick on it without any problems. Just make sure its a good quality oil and not supermarket ***** with a hint of lemmon.
DO NOT use fully synthetic, it glaze's the bores, use Semi synthetic.
My last oil change consisted of 3 ltrs of Shell Helix 2 ltrs of Castrol GTD and 2 ltrs Comma diesel lite (all 10/40 semi)

Then i spotted the date of this post Laughing

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