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Front shock absorber oil weight?

Posted by Kurt Breitsprecher 
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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?


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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.

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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