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Alton Compressor Oil – Choosing Oil, How Much To Use & Changing Oil

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It can be quite a daunting task trying to figure out how to change your Alton compressor oil, how much to use and what is correct Alton oil to use right? Well, fear no more, I will answer all these questions in relation to Alton compressor oil for you.

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What Kind of Oil Goes in an Alton Compressor?

It is extremely important to refer to your compressor manual before purchasing Alton oil for your Alton compressor. We have numerous Alton compressor manuals available on our brand page so please visit here first!

The manual will tell you what Alton oil is compatible with your air compressor; if you cannot locate your manual, please contact Alton directly or visit their website to download a manual for your compressor.

Alton Compressor Oils Available Online

I couldn’t find any Alton compressor oils sold directly on Amazon or their website; however, if you visit their Contact Us section, you can call or email them to find out what oil is suitable for your compressor.

Alternative Compressor Oils Available on Amazon

A few alternatives to the Alton-advised compressor oils are produced by Mobil. Again, it is very important to ensure the oil is compatible with your air compressor before putting it into the system, so please check first!

The first is the Mobil 101016 Rarus, which is suitable for reciprocating air compressors, whether single or multistage. This oil lubricant boasts excellent water separability, protection against rust and corrosion, long life for extended oil drain, and provides your compressor with very clean air valves.

The second is the Mobil 100870, boasting similar benefits as the previous oil but potential to work with reciprocating, rotary screw and rotary vane compressors.

How Much Alton Oil to Use in an Alton Compressor?

To determine how much Alton oil a specific model of compressor pump requires, you may need the actual manual at hand; otherwise, it can be quite hard.

You should contact Alton directly or search the internet for the specifications of your Alton compressor and its model to find the manual if you do not have it.

I will now provide you with tips on how to check the Alton oil level inside your Alton compressor before presenting you with a step-by-step guide on how to change it.

Alton Oil Sight Glass

The Alton compressor sight glass will allow you to check the oil level inside the pump, which should be approximately halfway up the red dot, as in the image below.

Air Compressor Oil Sight Glass
Air Compressor Oil Sight Glass

Alton Oil Dipstick

The Alton compressor pump may not always have a sight glass. In this case, you will need to check the Alton oil level with the sump dipstick.

To do this, remove the dipstick from the sump and give it a good wipe clean. Then push the dipstick back into the sump and remove it again, check the markings on it when pulling it out to gauge the Alton oil level.

Typical oil fill dipstick
Typical oil fill dipstick

Alternative Method for Checking Alton Oil

If you don’t have a sight glass or dip-stick on your Alton compressor, an alternative method is to drain the Alton oil from the tank into a reservoir.

How to Drain Alton Oil from the Sump

First of all, locate your Alton oil plug and unscrew it. This will allow you to drain the Alton oil out from the sump into a reservoir, and then gauge how much Alton oil was in your pump.

Tip: I recommend laying a dust sheet or something out on the floor below the compressor to avoid any spillages when draining the Alton oil.

How to Change Alton Compressor Oil

Changing the Alton oil on Alton compressors can vary slightly from model to model. Before you do anything, check the Alton compressor model manual or contact Alton directly to ensure your compressor is oil-lubricated.

Changing Alton Compressor Oil Process

Follow the steps described for draining the Alton oil from the compressor into a reservoir and then securely tighten the plug into the bottom of the sump.

Now you can add the replacement Alton oil you have handy into the intake port at the top of the compressor sump. It is very hard to be more specific than this due to the fact that the process can vary depending on your Alton compressor model.

You should aim to add near to the same amount of Alton oil that you’ve removed or gauge it using the sight glass or dipstick if you have either.

Note: when filling the compressor with Alton oil, make sure you do not fill the air intake on the pump or overfill the sump as this can lead to damage.


The above methodology is simplified for ease into the following steps:

  1. Check Alton compressor oil level
  2. Locate sump plug on Alton compressor
  3. Drain Alton oil from the sump
  4. Securely tighten sump plug
  5. Locate Alton compressor oil intake port
  6. Replenish compressor with the same amount of Alton oil as removed or gauge it using the sight glass or dipstick (do not overfill)

Note: Without having access to every Alton compressor model manual and assuming that each manual tells the reader what the Alton oil volume is, there is no way to be anything but vague when providing advice about changing Alton compressor oil and the amount you should add.

If you have any questions about Alton compressor oil, changing it, which to use and how to use it then please leave a comment below with photos if applicable to help others respond to you!

By Aidan Weeks

A passionate Mechanical Engineer with endless enthusiasm for fluid power - building off the back of over 18 years of high quality contribution and discussion stimulated by Bill Wade here at About Air Compressors. With both practical and theoretical experience in pneumatics and hydraulics, I'm putting my knowledge to work - and working my grey-matter through my research, assistance and publishing work here at About Air Compressors. Feel free to reach out any time! P.S. A HUGE shout out to Doug who really offers such great value to all visitors to About Air Compressors - once again, feeling like I'm standing on the shoulders of GIANTS by getting to work alongside such a great community

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