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    Prepping for Winter and Cold Weather - Which Fluids & Oils?

    Ok mates. While most of you in Australia are prepping for the summer season, here in Siberia I'm prepping for our extreme cold and long winter. Part of that means changing all the fluids and oils to a lighter weight and I'm a little confused as to what I need. Hopefully someone can give some input here on what I'm finding. I'm preparing for winter temps of -40C with brief moments dropping lower.

    These are the numbers I'm finding in the manual and several online sources:

    Engine oil - 5W-30 for operation in temperatures of +15C to -30C. Some sources say 5W-40. Any big difference between the two?

    Manual Transmission Gear Oil - 75W-90 per the manual, but other say 75W-85

    Front Diff - 80W-90 gear oil? Couldn't find a cold weather recommendation for this. One source seemed to indicate a 75W-90 would work, but not for temps above +10C

    Rear Diff - LSD gear oil but which kind? Genuine Nissan or another?

    Transfer Case - ATF DexIII fluid, not gear oil


    Can anyone comment on these selections or differences? Is there something I absolutely should not do when trying to go with a lighter weight oil for the winter? Anything would be helpful. Thanks, mates.

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    No cold-weather Patrol owners in here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiberianPatrol View Post
    No cold-weather Patrol owners in here?
    LOL do you mean below +10 deg C? If so we get a few days like that in Western Australia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4bye4 View Post
    LOL do you mean below +10 deg C? If so we get a few days like that in Western Australia.
    +10C is time to turn on the AC

    Not really expecting many to relate to a -40C winter, but wanted to know if anyone swaps out oils for a lighter weight in the colder weather. I don't want things gelling up on me when driving on the ice road.

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    wonder if any of our Canadian, Icelandic, Norwegian members will spot this.


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    I'm hoping so, that's why I posted it up


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    Is it all the fluids you change over or just the motor oil? If it's all of them what a giant PITA every six months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubba View Post
    Is it all the fluids you change over or just the motor oil? If it's all of them what a giant PITA every six months.
    Diffs and engine oil are the most common. I haven't changed all the fluids since I bought it in July so it's overdue since I don't know when it was done last, if ever.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanker View Post
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    This is for the rear LSD diff?


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