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Re: Dashpot oil

To: "MG-BBS" <>
Subject: Re: Dashpot oil
From: David Councill <>
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 13:31:52 -0600
Is 20 weight oil the best stuff? I believe the recommendation (and list 
concensus) was to use the same weight oil you use in the engine. At one 
time, I thought 10 weight oil was the stuff to use. I used that for a while 
and somewhere along the way I took the literal meaning of "mineral oil" and 
started using the store bought mineral oil in my carbs and shocks (this is 
the same stuff used for baby oil except unscented).

And the mineral oil worked great for ten plus years (71BGT, SU carbs) until 
I bought my 67BGT. In cold weather, I had problems with the dashpot damper 
coming loose or unscrewed on a daily basis. And after a number of 
unsuccessful fixes, I replaced the mineral oil with 10-40w oil, same stuff 
I use in my engine during the winter months. Problem appeared to be fixed. 
So I think its possible to go too thick or too thin with the oil, much 
depending on weather and condition of the carbs.

67 BGT
72 B

At 03:16 PM 9/22/2002 -0400, Mike Janacek wrote:
> > I believe I remember that I should be putting 20 weight oil in the
> > in my carbs on my 69 BGT. When I went to the local auto parts store and
> > asked for "20 weight oil" I got a blank stare and a "I don't know."
> >
> > Should I just get 20 weight regular engine oil? What exactly am I looking
> > for?

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