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Front shock absorber oil weight?

Posted by Kurt Breitsprecher 
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada   can
1971 MG MGB

I have looked through many books, and am haveing trouble finding what type of oil to put in the front shocks, and the best way to do it. I called a mechanic friend of mine who knows more about these things than anyone else i know and he said that these used a special type oil called "Shock Absober Oil". He said that you could use power steering fluid or Automatic Transmission fluid as well. My question is if this is too stiff/not stiff enough, what do i put in it to change the weight?

Kurt
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Carl W. French
alfred, Maine, USA   usa

You can just go get hydraulic jack oil or you can go to a motorcycle shop and get front shock oil in 10 or 20 weight. Before I replaced my leaky shocks I was refilling them every now and then with 20w but it was hard to find. It is also quite a fiddle to actually get the oil in there but I cobbled together some medical products and made a neat set up I still have.





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Chris Roop
Pendleton, OR, USA   usa

The book calls for mineral oil. Get it at a drugstore.



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Michael D. Abild
San Marcos, TX, USA   usa

I used hydraulic jack oil to top mine off, and it seems to work fine. Nearly all auto parts stores or farm supply (TSC) stores have it.
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Alabama, USA   usa

use mineral oil its great





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Cape Girardeau, MO, USA   usa

The Solder Seal/Gunk Company has a very convienient jack oil for getting it into small holes. It's in a pressurized aerosol can with a tiny straw much like brake or carb cleaner. No muss, no fuss, no need to cuss, just stick the straw in and fill 'er up. Gunk P/N M33-12.





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Chris Roop
Pendleton, OR, USA   usa

I use an old horse syringe with tubing from the windshield washer line. Suck it up, shoot it in.



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