Specification of Marine Gear Oil :
Marine Gear Oil is a motor oil made specifically for transmissions, transfer cases, and differentials in automobiles, trucks, and other machinery. Marine Gear Oil is of a higher viscosity to better protect the gears and usually is associated with a strong sulfur smell.
The high viscosity ensures transfer of lubricant throughout the gear train. This is necessary since the devices needing this heavy marine gear oil do not have pumps for transferring the gear oil with only a portion of the lowermost gears bathed in an oil sump.
This heavy gear oil can create viscous drag leading to inefficiencies in vehicle operation. Some modern automatic transaxles (integrated transmission and differential) do not use a heavy gear oil at all but lubricate with the lower viscosity hydraulic fluid, which is available at pressure within the automatic transmission.
Most lubricants for manual gear boxes and differentials are hypoid gear oil. These contain extreme pressure (EP) additives and anti-wear additives to cope with the sliding action of hypoid bevel gears.