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Engine Oil Recommendations

What are the oil recommendations (type) for my engine?

Oil Chart

For information regarding the oil capacity for your engine, please visit our Oil Capacity FAQ.

Oil Recommendation

  • SAE 30 40° F and higher (5° C and higher) is good for all purpose use above 40° F, use below 40° F will cause hard starting.

  • 10W-30 0 to 100° F (-18 to 38° C) is better for varying temperature conditions. This grade of oil improves cold weather starting, but may increase oil consumption at 80° F(27° C) or higher.

  • Synthetic 5W-30 -20 to 120° F (-30 to 40° C) provides the best protection at all temperatures as well as improved starting with less oil consumption.

  • 5W-30 40° F and below (5° C and below) is recommended for winter use, and works best in cold conditions.

Type of oil to use

  • Use a high quality detergent oil classified "For Service SF, SG, SH, SJ" or higher.

  • Do not use special additives.

  • Choose a viscosity according to the table above.


Synthetic Certification

For your convenience, Do-It-Yourself parts and products, such as Briggs & Stratton Lawnmower Oil, can be purchased through the Maintenance Products & Accessories section of our website.


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To view the most current information on oil type, please view/print your engine Operator's Manual online.

Engine Break-in procedures for both Synthetic and standard oil remain the same.



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