garelli question

what kind of engine oil does the garelli engine use? i opened up an engine that i have and plan on using, and red liquid came out. i know puchs use red transmission fluid. but minarelli uses non-detergent SAE 20 (or 30) weight oil. any ideas? thanks.

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Miguel,

I'm also running a Minarelli. A buddy of mine running a Puch told me to put automatic transmission fluid in (wine colored). That stuff is thin as water, so i was skeptical. I went to the motorcycle shop, and they recommended "motorcycle oil", which i did put in. It's much thicker, like engine oil. So far I have had not complaints; however if you hear better, please post. Thankyou.

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whatever you put in the minarelli, it has to be NON-DETERGENT oil. the manual calls for SAE 20, but that's very rare. we use SAE 30 non-detergent oil. valvoline makes one which is pretty good. even if you're not having problems ... if it's not nondetergent, i'd drain the oil and put the right stuff in.

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Miguel,

SAE-20 and automatic transmission fluid still seem awfully thin for the transmission. I will probably drain down to SAE-30 as you suggest. No offense,

but I'd rather hear the sound of churning butter, than grinding gears. However, I'll

stay on the lookout for SAE-20 and post if I find some. By the way, does your

manual have any suggestions about spark plug gap for a Minarelli? Thanks.

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sae 30 for a minarelli engine should be ok. that's what i've been told ... since quality of oils changes after 20-odd years. but be sure it's non-detergent.

as for spark plug .... the manual calls for:

bosch w 145 t1 gap: 0.024 inches

i use a bosch platinum 4214 (same as champion L86c). use bosch platinum. it's the best.

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Hi! Guys(and gals),I've got a MOTOMARINA SEBRING with a Minarelli engine and it has over 8500 mi. on it.I don't buy into the SAE 30 argument. Since I could hear some gear clash and the moped is so old I don't want any major gear repairs, I filled it with 5W-50 FULLY SYNTHETIC EXXON and I've noticed a big imrovement in the reduction of gear noise with no ill effects.The clutch grabs just as well as with the less protective oil.You see,the synthetic behaves just like a straight 50 weight oil when it's hot,and like a 5 weight in cold weather.That's what the `W' stands for:Winter.NOW, I'm not recommending it for any other type of tranny because I don't know enough about them. But it is GREAT in Minarellis. I routinely drive this SEBRING on 50 to 80 mi. trips,so I'm not talking thru my hat!

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Use only non detergent oil in tranny. The reason being that detergent oil softens the clutch rubbers and they start dragging.

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