Where to find mineral oil required to lub O rings for AC?

MikeThomas1954

New member
Jun 27, 2020
6
3
My factory service manual says use mineral oil of 525 viscosity to lub the O rings only on the AC.. Ive tried 3 car parts stores looking they all have NO mineral oil at all.. Any ideas?? thanks Mike
 

GoodOldsGuy

Member
Oct 20, 2020
37
8
Texas
My factory service manual says use mineral oil of 525 viscosity to lub the O rings only on the AC.. Ive tried 3 car parts stores looking they all have NO mineral oil at all.. Any ideas?? thanks Mike
I don’t know the viscosity, but you can buy mineral oil at just about ANY drug store. (It turns number 2 into a number 1 no problem, but not as good as dissolving 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a glass of water and drinking it-just be in the bathroom when you drink, preferably sitting down already lol). I’ve used off the shelf mineral oil hundreds of times to lubricant orings. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it on A/C orings, but I’m not the expert. Hit your local Chevy dealer parts counter. There is no doubt in my mind that GM has some kind of A/C compressor assembly lube, and the parts guys there will know how and where to steer you.
 

Shortfuse

Member
May 15, 2020
71
18
Any air conditioning oil will work. Do not use drug store mineral oil as it has moisture in it and that is death to ac systems. Are you using r12 or r134a? I ask because it will make a difference in how the system is charged. If you are going with r134 then Pag oil will work for you.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: GoodOldsGuy

GoodOldsGuy

Member
Oct 20, 2020
37
8
Texas
Any air conditioning oil will work. Do not use drug store mineral oil as it has moisture in it and that is death to ac systems. Are you using r12 or r134a? I ask because it will make a difference in how the system is charged.
I knew a pro would step in and set the record straight. :)
 

markclark

New member
May 2, 2021
2
3
Make sure you use mineral oil only with R-12. PAG and other oils do not dissolve with R-12. This is called miscibility - how well the particular oil is dissolved and entrained in a paricular type of refrigerant. You will burn out yor compressor. Mineral oil is still easily obtainable at refrigeration supply houses and on the internet. Also, do not mix oils - or overcharge the system with oil as that will lower system efficiency.
 

Similar threads