225B AND 229 TRACK-TYPE EXCAVATORS Coolant, Fuel and Lubricant Specifications Caterpillar

Coolant, Fuel and Lubricant Specifications
1.1. Coolant Specifications
2.2. Water
3.2. Antifreeze
4.2. Conditioner
5.1. Fuel Specifications and Information
6.2. Types of Fuel
7.2. Fuel Sulfur Content
8.2. Fuel Cetane Requirement
9.2. Fuel Cloud Point
10.1. Lubricant Specifications
11.2. Engine Oils (CD/SE or CD/SF)
12.2. Hydraulic Oils (HYDO)
13.2. Swing or Final Drive (CC, CD or CD/TO-2)
14.2. Lubricating Grease (MPGM)

Coolant Specifications


Use a mixture of water, ethylene glycol (antifreeze) and cooling system conditioner. Pure, undiluted antifreeze will freeze at -23°C (-10°F).

Do not use AVSpare liquid cooling system conditioner or coolant conditioner elements with Dowtherm 209 Full-Fill coolant. Follow the instructions provided with the Dowtherm 209 Full-Fill coolant.

Refer to "Know Your Cooling System," Form SEBD0518, for more detailed specifications.


Acceptable water for use in the ethylene glycol and water mixture is shown in the chart below:


Use the correct amount of ethylene glycol mixed with water, to provide freeze protection to the lowest expected outside temperature.



Always add liquid cooling system conditioner to water or install a coolant conditioner element (if equipped). Never use water only.

Never use both liquid cooling system conditioner and a coolant conditioner element (if equipped) at the same time.

Use AVSpare liquid cooling system conditioner or a coolant conditioner element (if equipped). This will provide a 3% to 6% concentration of conditioner in the cooling system to help prevent corrosion.

Conditioner can be purchased from your AVSpare dealer.

Fuel Specifications and Information

Types of Fuel

AVSpare diesel engines have the ability to burn a wide variety of fuels. These fuels are divided into two general groups, preferred and permissible.

The preferred fuels provide maximum engine service life and performance. They are distillate fuels. They are commonly called diesel fuel, furnace oil, gas oil or kerosene.

The permissible fuels are crude oils or blended fuels. Use of these fuels can result in higher maintenance costs and reduced engine service life.

Refer to "Fuels for AVSpare Diesel Engines," Form SEHS7067, for a detailed summary of preferred and permissible fuels and their specifications.

Refer to S.A.E. J313 Diesel Fuels for information about better quality fuels, such as ignition quality, gravity/density, viscosity, cloud point, sulfur content, etc.

Fuel Sulfur Content

The percentage of sulfur in the fuel will affect the engine oil recommendations (see "Engine Oils" under "Lubricant Specifications).

Fuel sulfur is chemically changed during combustion to form sulfuric acid. The acid chemically attacks metal surfaces and causes corrosive wear. Higher engine oil TBN (total base number) values are essential to minimize corrosive wear.

Periodically request fuel sulfur content information from your fuel supplier. Fuel sulfur content can change with each bulk delivery.

Fuel Cetane Requirement

The minimum fuel cetane number recommended for the direct injection engine is 40.

Fuel Cloud Point

Fuel waxing can plug the fuel filters in cold weather. The fuel cloud point must be below the temperature of the surrounding air to prevent filter waxing and power loss. Fuel heating attachments are available from your AVSpare dealer to minimize fuel filter waxing.

Lubricant Specifications

The abbreviations listed below follow S.A.E. J754 nomenclature. The classifications follow S.A.E. J183 classifications. The MIL specifications are U.S.A. Military Specifications. These definitions will be of assistance in purchasing lubricants. The recommended oil viscosities are found on the "Lubricant Viscosity Recommendations" chart.

The prefix "SPC" is a general abbreviation used by AVSpare to identify special oils such as synthetic or semi-synthetic oils.

Engine Oils (CD/SE or CD/SF)

Use oils that meet the Engine Service Classification CD/SE or CD/SF (MIL-L-2104D).

Consult the "EMA Lubricating Oils Data Book," Form SEBU5939, for a listing of oil brands.

The percentage of sulfur in the fuel will affect the engine oil recommendations. If the fuel has over 0.5% sulfur content, the engine oil must have a TBN of 20 times the percentage of fuel sulfur (TBN as measured by the ASTM D-2896 method). If the sulfur content is greater than 1.5% by weight, use an oil with a TBN of 30 and reduce the oil change interval by one half. Consult your AVSpare dealer for correct engine oil recommendations.

Higher TBN values are essential to retard the corrosive damage to metal engine parts.

Your oil supplier should be able to furnish the correct oils.

Hydraulic Oils (HYDO)

Use Engine Service Classification CC (MIL-L-2104B), CC/SF (MIL-L-46152B), CD (MIL-L-2104D) or industrial-type hydraulic oils that are certified by the oil supplier to have antiwear, antifoam, antirust, and antioxidation additive properties for heavy duty use.

Swing or Final Drive (CC, CD or CD/TO-2)

Use Engine Service Classification CC (MIL-L-2104B) or CD (MIL-L-2104D) or oils that have satisfactory performance in the AVSpare Oil Test Number TO-2. These oils are referred to as Service Classification CD/TO-2.

Lubricating Grease (MPGM)

Use Multipurpose-type Grease (MPGM) which contains 3% to 5% molybdenum disulfide. NLGI No. 2 Grade is suitable for most temperatures. Use NLGI No. 1 or No. 0 Grade for extremely low temperatures.