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Caterpillar 3208 Solutions This sub-forum is hosted by Mike Hohnstein who has been at this kind of thing for 50+ years now, guess I'm addicted. The saga has been all about progressively larger shop space since then. Honestly, never wanted to get into the CAT 3208's that were originally considered to be a throwaway engine but that's all that works in a FC in my world. Same thing with my Ford toter, that came with a NA, too much effort to hang in a 6, so been at it with the CAT V-8 for 20 years now. In reality you can get excellent life out of a CAT 3208 if it's built correctly. Post your questions about the CAT 3208 engines here and Mike will try to help you out.

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I agree modern Delo 400 is the wrong oil for our 3208 Cats, but it's the CK-4 rating, not the multi viscosity. I wouldn't use any oil with an API rating higher than CI-4. Actually I would't run any modern oil (by "modern" I'm referring to the latest API ratings) in a flat tappet pushrod engine. The 30w you switch to is probably much better suited to the 3208 as it only has a CF-2 rating. The TBN is a bit lower than I would like.

The Liqui Moly I referred to in the above post appears to be a European only oil, I couldn't find any US dealers that had or would get it. However, I found Lucas 15W-40 Magnum oil with a CI-4 rating. The specs look really good, it's what going in the next oil change.

Long gone are the days where one type of oil worked in almost anything. I have to keep several different oils for our different vehicles. We have 2 different VW TDI (diesels). Both use a very specific oil (VW 507.00). Even though it's a high quality diesel oil I would never consider using it in the Wanderlodge. The Mini gets yet another oil. You can thank the EPA for all this, it's all about keeping the emission equipment working on all the new engines.
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Delo 500 and 15/40 Rotella are backwords compatible. Has anyone called the Cat tech line and asked ehst type of oil they recommend. Today s pils are far superior yo domething that was spec'd in 1980
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I quickly looked up the Cat spec
Nothing special. All non ulsd engines should be using cj4
Thst document was from 2010
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I am using DA Reliant 40w oil in our 3208TA, same as the 8v92 in my grandparents WB40. It is a CF, SM rated oil and works great in both engines. At 170k I have minimal oil consumption, have been happy with it's performance, and will continue to use it.
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With my new engine I decided to go with CAT oil (pricey btw) 15 40. So far so good
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However, I found Lucas 15W-40 Magnum oil with a CI-4 rating. The specs look really good, it's what going in the next oil change.

I've looked at that too and six gallons on Amazon is right under $100 so it's pretty affordable and the CI-4 rating is correct and it's made for older diesel engines so I might use that in the future also...


But the Rotella was 15 per gallon at walmart and the CF, CF2 raring corresponds with the old CD,SF rating in my Cat maintenence manual...
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Delo 500 and 15/40 Rotella are backwords compatible.

That's not true, for instance Rotella T4 and T5 are both 15w40 and different oils...


Delo 400 straight weight 30 and 40 are backwards compatable but not the normal **** on the Walmart shelf...


Quote from the Cat forum that Mike linked to:


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I called chevron - for old motors with flat tapper camshafts, push rods and non roller rockers they suggested to use delo 100 it is a straight weight oil
Full of ash and zddp. Would not recommend useing newer oils in the old engines.
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25 bucks in 30 or 40, good oil pressure @ hot idle, no gold in the filters. There's a reason the additive isle in auto parts stores is loaded with 'come on' chemicals.

If the 3208 Serial # is in high 4's good chance it's a roller cam. Pull a valve cover, follow the push rod down to the lifter, black metal tab next to lifter it's a roller.
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Thanks, I will be pulling the valve covers soon now that I got all of that nasty spray foam insulation out of the engine compartment...


I can now add oil without insulation falling in my funnel...
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MFA Heavy Duty Mono-Grade SAE 30, SAE 40, Or SAE 50; CF-2, 0.8% ash.
Available in quarts, 2.5 gal, 55 gal drum, or in bulk.

https://www.mfaoil.com/portals/0/pro...0-30-40-50.pdf
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