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Old 12-08-2009, 09:08 PM
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Febi Hydro Oil

I have an 87 300TDT, Anyone ever used or know if it can be used some other hydro oil for the suspension other than MB stuff? What about Amsoil hydro oil? There must be alternatives to the Febi stuff somewhere.

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I have an 87 300TDT, Anyone ever used or know if it can be used some other hydro oil for the suspension other than MB stuff? What about Amsoil hydro oil? There must be alternatives to the Febi stuff somewhere.
search function here works great- try "sls fluid" or tractor fluid. Plenty of threads if you look enough.
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search function here works great- try "sls fluid" or tractor fluid. Plenty of threads if you look enough.
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There are indeed threads on this in the archives somewhere. I asked a few years ago, and someone posted a list of acceptable fluids to use. As I recall there is a variety of Shell Aero Hydro fluid that will work. It cross-references to a a Mil-Spec oil that my Guard unit happened to have an "expired" surplus of, so I had a nice stock of the stuff in the garage just in case. I gave it to the buyer of my Euro 300D, though... otherwise I'd send a few cans along.

Anyway, search the forums... it's bound to turn up some relevant threads.

EDIT: here's the thread I was thinking of; apparently the link I provide in it is dead, but the MilSpec version of Shell Aero 4 is what I wound up using, and it performed well. Someone, somewhere, had posted a list of 4 (or so) fluids, other than Febi, that were approved for use in the MB SLS system, and Aero 4 was among them. As I recall it was a MB technical .pdf of some sort, so I felt comfortable using the alternative fluids. I guess in the end, the safest bet is to just stick with the Febi stuff, as expensive as it might be. That pump is spendy to replace!

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Here's another thread to look at:

THF (Tractor Hydraulic Fluid) in SLS?
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People run all sorts of oils in them without problems including generic "tractor hydraulic fluid" but the consensus is that it's probably best to use what the manufacturer recommends.

Before you complain too much about the cost I can tell you that Rolls Royce also specifies that their cars use a special mineral based hydraulic oil in their systems and that stuff costs $25 a liter, which is at least double what the febi stuff costs. Jaguar also uses special stuff which costs $20 a liter. It's just the cost of owning some "special" cars
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I have an 87 300TDT, Anyone ever used or know if it can be used some other hydro oil for the suspension other than MB stuff? What about Amsoil hydro oil? There must be alternatives to the Febi stuff somewhere.
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People run all sorts of oils in them without problems including generic "tractor hydraulic fluid" but the consensus is that it's probably best to use what the manufacturer recommends.

Before you complain too much about the cost I can tell you that Rolls Royce also specifies that their cars use a special mineral based hydraulic oil in their systems and that stuff costs $25 a liter, which is at least double what the febi stuff costs. Jaguar also uses special stuff which costs $20 a liter. It's just the cost of owning some "special" cars
The early RR uses Castrol RR 363, and later ones uses Mineral oel, nothing is going to be cheap as long as it has the RR stamp on it.

We used hydraulic on our Bobcat then, as there're some leak, it will come out as fast as we put in, no need the real good stuff, she wouldn't have appreciated it anyways.
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Shell Tellus 22

Is Shell Tellus 22 suitable for self leveling SLS system?

Was told that Tellus 22 replaces Tellus 15 and 17.

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People run all sorts of oils in them without problems including generic "tractor hydraulic fluid" but the consensus is that it's probably best to use what the manufacturer recommends.

Before you complain too much about the cost I can tell you that Rolls Royce also specifies that their cars use a special mineral based hydraulic oil in their systems and that stuff costs $25 a liter, which is at least double what the febi stuff costs. Jaguar also uses special stuff which costs $20 a liter. It's just the cost of owning some "special" cars
The RR stuff is LHM ++ and it is replaceable by Hyken Glacial Blue. I have it in two cars for maybe 10 years. No problems, no leaks
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The early RR uses Castrol RR 363, and later ones uses Mineral oel, nothing is going to be cheap as long as it has the RR stamp on it.

We used hydraulic on our Bobcat then, as there're some leak, it will come out as fast as we put in, no need the real good stuff, she wouldn't have appreciated it anyways.


Castrol 363 is replaceable by DOT4 brake fluid

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