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Engine Oil Recommendations

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

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.

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.

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

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

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