VW Beetle Oils & Fluids
The Lowdown on Oil for your Aircooled Vehicle
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine
Using good quality oil will give your engine the best chance for a long and healthy life. However, not all oils are the same, not all high quality oils are right for our beloved air-cooled unit, and there is a lot of myth regarding which is the correct type to use. So we’d like to try and set the record straight.
Mono-grade vs. Multi-grade
In the early days VW originally specified straight mono-grade oil for the Beetle engine. Remember, this was a long time ago, and most manufacturers specified mono-grade oils because multi-grade oils were in their infancy, and frankly they weren’t that good.
The grade of oil was specified as straight SAE 30 for most general driving conditions, with SAE 20 specified for winter or colder climates, and SAE 40 specified for high summer or warmer climates.
The introduction of new oil standards in the 1970s brought the advent of better quality multi-grade oils, with the result that in 1975 VW specified multi-grade oils for all new air-cooled vehicles, and recommended that older vehicles also follow the new specifications. The recommendation was for oils of SAE15W-40 or SAE20W-50 or similar for European climates. All air-cooled engines since this time, up to the latest Brazilian/Mexican engines, specify a multi-grade oil.
We therefore follow VW specifications and recommend a good quality multi-grade mineral oil such as the Quantum SAE15W-40, or similar quality brand. There are those who claim that multi-grade oil breaks down at the high oil temperatures that the air-cooled unit runs at. We disagree – if your engine is operating at temperatures that breaks down the oil, then your engine is running far too hot! You need to reduce the oil temperature, not use lower specification oil.
For the traditionalist who prefers to stay with SAE 30, we stock the high quality ‘76’ brand, one of the best mono-grades about.
Mineral oil vs. Synthetic Oil
Synthetic oils typically have quite different heat transfer characteristics to mineral oils. On modern water-cooled units this is not a problem, but on the air-cooled unit where a significant part of the overall engine cooling comes through oil cooling, the use of synthetic oils can cause problems. As the amount of heat dissipated by the oil is reduced, the engine runs hotter.
Therefore, for every day use, we recommend mineral oils, not synthetics.
Oils, Lubricants & Fluids
Quantum Synta Semi-Synthetic, 10W-40, 5lts
5 litre bottle of Morris Golden Film SAE30 Oil
Morris Servol semi synthetic 10w/40 engine oil (Sold in 1 litre cans) Servol 10W-40 is manufactured from high quality base fluids … [Read more]
Morris Servol semi synthetic 10w/40 engine oil (Sold in 5 litre cans) Servol 10W-40 is manufactured from high quality base fluids … [Read more]
A high quality SAE 30 monograde engine oil for vintage and classic cars. Offers excellent cold temperature starting and improved oil …
Castrol Classic XL 20W-50 is a conventional multigrade engine oil of good all round performance, formulated with high quality … [Read more]
15w40, engine oil. Suitable for aircooled and watercooled engines
Gearbox Oil. 80w/90. GL4 1 Litre
Gearbox Oil, Lodexol 80w/90, sold in 5 litre easy pour containers.
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Dextron 111 ATF Fluid for automatic transmission and power steering systems. Used on vehicles between 1994-2005 Supplied in 1 …
Steering Box Oil
Castrol ST90 Steering Box oil Castrol ST90 is a monograde SAE90 gear oil formulated with high quality mineral oils. Castrol ST90 is … [Read more]
Screen Wash 1 Litre. Concentrated
Grease and Assembly Lube
Castrol High Temperature Grease is a high performance, multipurpose lithium complex grease developed using an optimised combination … [Read more]
10g tube of steering rack grease.
1/4oz of engine assembly lube for coating bearings when assembling engines.
Brake Fluid and Brake Cleaner
VW DOT4 Brake fluid, 250ml
VW DOT 4 brake fluid. 1ltr Bottle
DOT 4 Brake fluid, 500ml bottle
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DOT 4 Brake fluid, 1 Litre bottle
Brake cleaner used to remove all dirt and deposits from brake shoes and to evaporate leaving behind no residues. Also recommended …
Gasgacinch engine gasket sealant. Supplied in a 4oz can.
Degreasers, Cleaners and Penetrating Fluid
Penetrating spray, 400ml aerosol can
Carburettor cleaning spray, 400ml aerosol can
Silicon spray/surface conditioner PRIMA sold in 400ml spay cans.