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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2010, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Alfa Spider 1987 Oil Type

I am currently using Mobil 1 Synth 5W30 and has been running fine

I was going to change oil and filtert prior to storage and someone locally recommended i use the 15W50 Mobil 1 Synthetic


Can any one provide some recomendations on which type would be better suited for this Alfa 87 spider?

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One of the big controversies about oils to use in our cars is the level of zinc additives. Zinc is required for the type of camshaft/buckets they have (vs more modern cars that are designed for lower zinc levels with roller lifters).

The easiest thing to do is avoid any oil labeled 'energy conserving'. These tend to be the lower weight oils. I'm not sure about Mobil's 15w-50 but it is likely their 5w-30 has the lower zinc levels.

FWIW, I have been using Shell Rotella 15w-40 (non-synthetic). Shell also sells a 5w-40 synthetic. These are oils formulated for diesel engines. My understanding is these oils do have adequate levels of zinc (for now).

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FWIW, I have been using Shell Rotella 15w-40 (non-synthetic)....... My understanding is these oils do have adequate levels of zinc (for now).
that's what I'm using also

Peter

Currently: '65 Giulia TI

Previously:
'76 Alfasud Ti/'75 GT Junior/'87 Alfa 33
'91 Alfa 75/'95 Alfa 164/'79 Alfa Spider '69 Euro 1750 GTV, '67 Duetto, '84 Spider Veloce
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What kind of oil and oil filter (Fram or otherwise) should I use in my 1969 GT Junior 1300. Adrianvan
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It's prolly in your best interest to avoid the Fram oil filters.
A thread search will give you more info regarding that.

Purolator would be a good choice IMO, but there's threads all over with other options too.
Likely they'll come up when you search for the info on Fram.

Better results will likely be had in the forum subsection specific to your car, or the engine rebuilding subsection rather than this subsection as things are geared more toward control systems like SPICA, carbs, aftermarket EFI, etc. rather than general service related stuff.




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