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Husky Compressor Oil – Changing It, Which To Use & How Much To Use

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

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What Kind of Oil Goes in a Husky Compressor?

It is extremely important to refer to your compressor manual before purchasing Husky oil for your Husky Compressor. We have a number of Husky compressor manuals on our brand page so please check here first!

The manual will tell you what Husky oil is compatible with your air compressor, if you cannot locate your manual, or we do not have it on our website, please contact Husky directly or visit their website to download a manual for your compressor.

Husky Compressor Oils on Amazon

Husky offer high-quality compressor oil that can help keep your Husky compressor running smoothly. I have picked out a few Husky oils readily available on Amazon that could match your requirements.

The first is the Husky synthetic blend non-detergent oil which is suitable for all oil-lubricated Husky compressors.

The second is the Husky 16 oz. 100% fully synthetic oil. The full synthetic Husky oil protects the compressor pump 25% better than synthetic blend oils, which means longer life for your compressor.

Alternative to Husky Compressor Oils

A few alternatives to Husky’s own 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 they’re 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 the potential to work with reciprocating, rotary screw, and rotary vane compressors.

Another option is produced by Powermate. It is the PX P018-0084SP 100% full synthetic air compressor oil which boasts all-season performance for use in reciprocating air compressors.

How Much Husky Oil to Use in a Husky Compressor?

It’s can be difficult to establish how much Husky oil a specific model compressor pump requires without having the manual handy.

If you cannot locate your manual then I will recommend that you contact Husky directly or even search the internet for the specifications of your Husky compressor and its model!

You should be able to obtain the manual for your model online, we have some available for download on our Husky Air Compressors page so check here first. This will provide you with the exact amount of oil lubricant you should put into your Husky compressor.

I cannot as easily give you an exact number on how much you need inside your Husky compressor, but I can give you tips on how to check the Husky oil amount inside your compressor and then describe how to go about changing it.

Husky Oil Sight Glass

A sight glass is a way of gauging how much Husky oil is inside your air compressor. When checking your compressor sight glass you should look for a similar level of Husky oil as in the image below, where the Husky oil is roughly halfway up the red circle. This indicates that the compressor is suitably full!

Sight Glass
Typical Air Compressor Oil Sight Glass

Husky Oil Dipstick

Like in the majority of engines, air compressor pumps sometimes do not have sight glasses, so instead, look to use the dipstick. These dipsticks can typically be found as part of the Husky oil fill tube cap and extend down into the sump and Husky oil.

The dip stick has markings on it which allow you to gauge the Husky oils level. To gauge whether you need to add more Husky oil, take the dipstick out, give it a wipe and then “dip” it back into the sump and check the dipstick for what level the Husky oil is.

Typical oil fill dipstick
Typical oil fill dipstick

Alternative Method for Checking Husky Oil

It’s very common for compressors not to have a sight glass and maybe not even a dipstick. An alternative method is draining the Husky oil from the tank.

How to Drain Husky Oil From the Sump

Locate a plug at the bottom of the compressor pump housing to thread out, this in your Husky oil drain. You need to be careful so that dirty Husky oil does not spill over everything. Layout something underneath the drain to catch the mess and that won’t be damaged by Husky oil leaking onto it.

Next, you need to drain the Husky oil into a reservoir that will allow you to estimate how much Husky oil was in your sump already so that you can put an equal amount back in.

How to Change Husky Compressor Oil

Of course, changing Husky oil on every model of compressor will be slightly different. Almost all reciprocating type compressors that are Husky oil lubed have similarities when it comes to changing their Husky oil.

First of all ask yourself, is your compressor definitely Husky oil-lubricated? If you aren’t sure please check with the manual for your model or contact Husky directly!

Changing Husky Compressor Oil Process

All lubricated compressors have a Husky oil sump located under the compressor pump housing. They should also have a sight glass too which will allows you to see how much Husky oil is inside the sump.

Follow the previously described steps to drain the Husky oil from the compressor and then screw the plug at the bottom of the sump back in, ensuring it is tightened securely.

Near the top of the Husky oil sump, there should be a port where you can add the new Husky oil. It’s hard to be any more specific than that as there are so many varying models of compressors, and many have quite different Husky oil-adding ports.

Please be careful when filling the compressor with Husky oil. DO NOT put Husky oil into the air intake at the top of the pump housing port.

After you have replaced the plug at the bottom of the sump, add the replacement Husky compressor oil into the fill port until you’ve added the same amount you’ve removed. A little more than that amount should be OK, but avoid overfilling the sump.


The above methodology is simplified into the following steps:

  1. Check the Husky oil level
  2. Locate the plug beneath the sump
  3. Drain the Husky oil into a reservoir
  4. Tighten the plug back into the sump
  5. Locate the Husky oil port
  6. Refill the compressor with the same amount of Husky oil as was removed and remember to not overfill

Without access to every air compressor model’s manual, and assuming that the manual actually tells the reader what the Husky oil volume is, there is no way to be anything other than vague when providing advice about changing Husky compressor oil.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What Oil Does Husky Air Compressor Use

Old Mill Nurseries

What type of oil does a small husky compressor use? The compressor just stopped working while using it. Any suggestions.


John, your idea of small and mine may differ. Would be good to know the model.

However, the issue of what oil to use pops up pretty often, so there’s a page about it on this site.

pop over here: Compressor has an oil issue Full info there about compressor oil.

The troubleshooting page offers links to a bunch of pages about what to check when an air compressor will not run. It’s all there, and perhaps you might have a look and then, post a comment here with details about what you found and we’ll press on if need be.


Vent hole in cap?
by: John

Bill I do not see a vent hole in this cap? Its just a solid plastic cap? Can you tell me the part number for this cap?
Typically the inside of the cap has a foam insert, and there is a small hole through the plastic under this foam.

While it is possible your oil fill cap is not vented, if it were not, in time, your oil level in the sump would drop and the sump area would pull a vacuum or pull air down past the piston seals to stabilize the pressure in the sump. So there must be some way for air to get into and out of your sump.

I cannot locate any information on your Husky 10228 compressor, however.

Another visitor posted this info: “Turns out Campbell Hausfeld is the original mfr of the Husky line for Home Depot. Their website is chpower.com Their toll-free number is 1-800-543-6400 ” so you might try them, but you will need both the model number and serial number of the compressor to try and get assistance from them.

By Bill Wade

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