Section 5.3 Lubricating Oil for the Series 60G Engine

Section 5.3
Lubricating Oil for the Series 60G Engine

Lubricants formulated for use in natural gas fueled engines must provide adequate engine lubrication, minimal thermal degradation, and good deposit control. Currently there is not an API category for natural gas engine oils. Therefore, selection of the proper engine oil is limited to the two lubricants listed in Table "Series 60G Engine Lubricating Oil Specifications" . These oils have demonstrated adequate performance in these engines. ‪

Viscosity Grade, SAE‪


Sulfated Ash Content, % max.‪


Phosphorous, ppm max.‪

800 ppm max.‪

Table 1. Series 60G Engine Lubricating Oil Specifications

While Detroit Diesel does not maintain an approved list for these lubricants, other lubricants may be selected by the customer provided the oil supplier can demonstrate equivalent performance with the two oils identified. Detroit Diesel will not determine this equivalency. ‪

Section 5.3.1
Oil Change Intervals for Series 60 Natural Gas Engine

During engine operation, lubricating oil deteriorates due to combustion by-products and contamination. Oil change intervals may vary depending on engine operation, fuel quality, and lubricant quality. The oil drain intervals are listed in Table "Maximum Recommended Oil Drain Intervals (Normal Operation) for Series 60 Diesel Engine" .‪


Oil Drain Interval

City Transit Coach‪

9,600 km (6,000 miles) or 3 months*‪

Pick-up and Delivery Stop and Go‪

9,600 km (6,000 miles) or 3 months*‪

Table 2. Maximum Recommended Oil Drain Intervals (Normal Operation) for Series 60 Diesel Engine

* Whichever comes first.

Note: Operation with fuels having total sulfur greater than 32 ppm, on a mass basis, may result in engine damage, and is not recommended by Detroit Diesel Corporation.

Section 5.3.2
Used Lubricating Oil Analysis for the Series 60G Engine

A used lubricating oil analysis, such as Detroit Diesel's "Power Trac," is recommended for monitoring crankcase oil in all engines. The application of used engine oil analysis to natural gas fueled engines can help to identify contamination from excessive wear metals and foreign substances and monitor oil degradation through oxidation. If any abnormal conditions are identified, the oil should be changed immediately. Warning limits are listed in Table "Used Oil Analysis Warning Limits for Series 60G Engine" .‪

Viscosity Increase, % from new, max. (ASTM D 445) Kinematic @ 100_C‪


Total Base Number decrease, max. (ASTD D 4739)‪


Total Acid Number increase, max. (ASTM D 664)‪


Iron Content, ppm‪

150 max.‪

Oxidation/Nitration, Infrared Spectroscopy‪

25 absorbance units‪

Table 3. Used Oil Analysis Warning Limits for Series 60G Engine

Series 60 Service Manual - 6SE483
Generated on 10-13-2008

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