The first decision you must make is whether to use synthetic or conventional oil. Traditional oil is derived from natural mineral oil and frequently contains contaminants. Synthetic oil is a synthetic version of natural oil that is free of contaminants, more consistent, and typically contains additives to improve performance and longevity. The sole disadvantage of synthetic oil is that it is more expensive than natural oil. If you’re looking for the best motor oil for your diesel engine, synthetic is always the greatest option for your engine’s health and safety.
Is 15w40 good for diesel engines?
ADVANTAGE Most manufacturers of diesel and gasoline engines demand 15W-40 HEAVY DUTY DIESEL ENGINE OIL to fulfill or exceed their warranty requirements. It’s made for older engines that run on higher sulfur fuels (500 ppm and above). ADVANTAGE 15W-40 HEAVY DUTY DIESEL ENGINE OIL is backward compatible with prior API Oil Categories and can be used in over-the-road diesel vehicles, off-highway diesel equipment, agricultural tractors, and passenger automobiles and light trucks with diesel, turbo-charged diesel engines, or gasoline engines.
The ACEA standard
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (“Association des Constructeurs Européens Automobile” in French) has set this standard. It’s a letter and number combination that determines the quality of anything (e.g. A1). The letter denotes the engine type:
- C: Catalytic converters or particle filters are required for light engines.
- – Vehicles with a pollution control system are classified into five categories: C1, C2, C3, C4, and C5.
- – For commercial vehicles and trucks, there are four categories: E4, E6, E7, and E9, two of which are for vehicles with pollution control devices: E6 and E9.
The SAE standard
This standard, established by the Society of Automotive Engineers, describes the degree of oil viscosity. The 00w00 index is indicated on the front of the container.
The API standard
The American Petroleum Institute classifies products based on many characteristics, including dispersive power and resistance to wear, oxidation, corrosion, and detergents. The standard is divided into two parts: S for gasoline engines and C for diesel engines. The performance of the oil is indicated by the second letter. The higher the grade of the oil, the “far” the letter is in the alphabet. An SH oil, for example, will perform worse than an SN oil.
Consult your car’s owner’s manual or get professional guidance to determine the appropriate standard for your vehicle. You can also seek assistance at a TOTAL Service Station near you.
Do diesel engines need special oil?
Diesel engines, like gasoline engines, require routine maintenance, which includes changing the lubricating oil that keeps your vehicle’s components functioning properly. This job necessitates the use of diesel engine lubricating oil rather than gasoline engine lubricating oil.
Is Shell Rotella good oil?
Shell Rotella is a brand of coolants and engine oils for heavy-duty vehicles. Heavy-duty diesel engines are well-protected by them. In muddy, dusty, steep, cold, and hot weather, our selection of specialist Rotella oils is certain to give protection. Our new whitepaper, Shell Rotella CK-4 & FA-4 – The Future Of Diesel Engine Oils, explains the next generation of motor oil.
How often should diesel oil be changed?
Oil changes for diesel pickups are usually recommended every 5,000-7,000 miles or every six months on cars that pull moderately. You might be able to go much longer if you don’t tow or don’t tow very often.
Can I use 15w40 instead of 1030?
Don’t risk your safety for the sake of saving money on gas. Because 10W-30 is thinner than 15W-40, it has a lower film strength and is more prone to oxidation. As a result, high-quality additives are required to compensate for those flaws, allowing 10W-30 to protect as well as 15W-40 and last as long.