by Jay Schamens
(Lynnwood, WA)

I have an old Ingersoll-Rand compressor and I need to change the oil in it. What oil type do I use? in an Ingersoll Rand compressor?

Ingersoll Rand IR 5e6va

Ingersoll Rand IR 5e6va air compressor

I drained it and the oil I got from home depot seemed to be thinner than what was in it. The model I have is model ir5e6va. Please help. Thank you

Jan 13, 2017
Red oil
by: Doug in

Sounds like ATF – some people use it instead of compressor / air tool oil.

Take a look-see here:

Or ISO 100 / SAE 30 non-detergent.

You should probably check with a diesel shop on the engine oil.

Jan 13, 2017
P175DWD Ingersoll Rand portable
by: Ken

Hi, picked up used one, Engine is Deutz F4L 1011E 44kw

Is 15w-40 oil ok? If not what do you recommend .

Also what compressor oil to put in?
The site gauge shows a red oil.


Jun 29, 2016
by: Doug in

Being as it is not likely in warranty (G), and is a conventional piston, big-box “compressor oil” or 30 weight non-detergent synthetic should be fine.

(Thanks Doug. This visitor could also see the page about compressor oils on this site which also responds to their question. – Moderator)

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