Air filter question

Farmall Cub Forum -- Questions and answers to all of your Cub related issues.

Moderator: Team Cub

Forum rules
Notice: For sale and wanted posts are not allowed in this forum. Please use our free classifieds or one of our site sponsors for your tractor and parts needs.
User avatar
Lorisfarmer
Cub Star
Cub Star
Posts: 137
Joined: Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:16 am
Zip Code: 29569
Tractors Owned: 1951 Farmall Cub
1969 IH Cub Cadet 106
McCormick 193 Plow
Cub 22 Sickle Mower
Oliver disc harrow
A homemade bedder/hiller
1971 Bolens 1253-01
1999 John Deere LT155
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Loris, South Carolina

Air filter question

Postby Lorisfarmer » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:31 pm

Pretty decent weather the last few days, so I decided to change the oi in the Cub this morning. Got that done and thought about changing the oil in the oil bath filter as well. It's been a while since that was done. Before I do that, I have a question for everyone: is there any reason why I couldn't use some new, never used automobile automatic transmission fluid in the filter instead of motor oil? I have a quart of high mileage ATF fluid that I will never use and I hate just throwing it away at the recycle place. I'd rather use it, but don't have the old truck I originally bought it for.

Since the air filter on the cub is not a mechanical device, I was wondering if I could use the ATF fluid there?

Comments?
"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." Sir Winston Churchill / George Orwell.
1951 Farmall Cub
1969 IH Cub Cadet 106
1971 Bolens 1253-01
1998 John Deere LT 155

User avatar
Shane Nelson
501 Club
501 Club
Posts: 1796
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:24 am
Zip Code: 27284
Tractors Owned: .
1947 Cub #1447 (Arnold)
1949 Cub (Walt)
1949 John Deere A
1972 Schramm Pneumatractor
1993 Ford 4630
1965 John Deere 110
1961 Cub Cadet Original
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Oak Ridge, N.C.

Re: Air filter question

Postby Shane Nelson » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:34 pm

It’s too thin. I wouldn’t want to use it if it were mine.
God is good, all the time!
Circle of Safety

Waif
Cub Star!!
Cub Star!!
Posts: 280
Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:29 pm
Zip Code: 49343
Tractors Owned: 48 Farmall Cub "Seen Yore Dobbin"
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Michigan

Re: Air filter question

Postby Waif » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:02 pm

ATF can be used to loosen rusted fasteners.
Used it on a decades old trucks brakeline fittings with great results.
Applied fluid for multiple days before trying them.

User avatar
Bill V in Md
10+ Years
10+ Years
Posts: 683
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 6:51 pm
Zip Code: 21228
Tractors Owned: 1948 Farmall Cub
LT1045 Cub Cadet
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: MD, Catonsville

Re: Air filter question

Postby Bill V in Md » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:32 pm

Below link to an article in Yesterday's Tractor is a good read. It explains that the weight of the oil recommended for the air filter has been engineered by the manufacturer to work based on that particular engine's vacuum, canister size and metal mesh configuration. So I would be skeptical about using the ATF.
http://www.yesterdaystractors.com/articles/artint6.htm
Bill VanHooser
Circle of Safety

jsfarmall
Cub Star
Cub Star
Posts: 189
Joined: Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:04 pm
Zip Code: 72454

Re: Air filter question

Postby jsfarmall » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:44 pm

In theory, you probably could. I would not though. If that was the absolute only option in an emergency situation and will empty it out after very short running time it's alot better than nothing.

Now for the use of the old ATF fluid, when you need penetrating oil mix a little atf and acetone in a squirt bottle. That is about the best break lose oil you can find. The mixture is nothing scientific, just thin enough to spray easily.

Eugene
Team Cub Mentor
Team Cub Mentor
Posts: 16393
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:52 pm
Zip Code: 65051
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Mo. Linn

Re: Air filter question

Postby Eugene » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:45 pm

30 weight, non detergent oil, cheap, generic brand. I keep a quart or two on hand. No use wasting money on expensive oil, when cheap will do.

Use the ATF as other have suggested.
I have an excuse. CRS.

jsfarmall
Cub Star
Cub Star
Posts: 189
Joined: Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:04 pm
Zip Code: 72454

Re: Air filter question

Postby jsfarmall » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:59 pm

Eugene wrote:30 weight, non detergent oil, cheap, generic brand. I keep a quart or two on hand. No use wasting money on expensive oil, when cheap will do.

Use the ATF as other have suggested.


That is the most cost effective. I typically buy my oil by the gallon so when I change my cubs oil, I put what's left in the air cleaner. Cost effective? Probably not quite as much.

User avatar
Lorisfarmer
Cub Star
Cub Star
Posts: 137
Joined: Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:16 am
Zip Code: 29569
Tractors Owned: 1951 Farmall Cub
1969 IH Cub Cadet 106
McCormick 193 Plow
Cub 22 Sickle Mower
Oliver disc harrow
A homemade bedder/hiller
1971 Bolens 1253-01
1999 John Deere LT155
Circle of Safety: Y
Location: Loris, South Carolina

Re: Air filter question

Postby Lorisfarmer » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:42 pm

Thanks eveyone. Putting the ATF to the rear of the shelf and getting out the 30 wt oil...

It was just a thought.

I did get the Cub out and got in some dirt plowing today after I changed the crankcase oil, so all was not lost.
"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." Sir Winston Churchill / George Orwell.
1951 Farmall Cub
1969 IH Cub Cadet 106
1971 Bolens 1253-01
1998 John Deere LT 155


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Farmall Cub”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Ike, Lee_Petrie, Mike in Louisiana, Peter Person and 4 guests