Spec Changes for PCMO on the Horizon: GF-6

Posted by Rich Ahern on Dec 19, 2019 2:24:20 PM

The next generation of passenger car motor oil (PCMO) is on the horizon. The new ILSAC (International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee) is GF-6A and will be backwards compatible with ILSAC GF-5 and prior. The new spec will begin licensing as of May 1,2020. 

 EPA regulations that mandate enhanced efficiency and lower emissions have resulted in OEMs making changes to engine designs and that means the oil keeping that engine going smoothly needs to be adjusted as well. This new spec will offer better protection for new engine designs that have come online (or will soon).

The API spec that correlates with the new ILSAC standard will be SP and API certified products will still display the "donut" logo. There is also a GF-6B portion of the new spec and that introduces a new viscosity - 0w16 that will also have API certification. The API certification seals you'll see on the new spec look like this:

API Spec SP

From now through the spec hitting market, suppliers will be going through licensing processes for their products to be tested & re-certified. As always, remember to check for API certification on the items your fleet or shop runs on - it really is the simplest way you can ensure the highest product integrity, no matter what the change in spec. 

 

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Topics: API Certification, ILSAC, PCMO

ICYMI: API Licensed Fleetline DEF is here!

Posted by John Presti on Oct 20, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Bottle of Fleetline DEF

In case you missed it - this July we received our first shipment of our FleetlineDEF cases! This is a fully API licensed product. The cases contain two 2.5g jugs each, and are an economical choice for an ultra high spec product, like the rest of our Fleetline offerings. 

For pricing and quantity options, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at lubesales@burkeoil.com 

 

 

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Topics: DEF, API, API Certification, Fleetline

Understanding API Certification

Posted by John Presti on Jul 27, 2012 8:43:00 AM

If you buy motor oil, you probably get frustrated sometimes with all the specifications and constant updates to product info... "Do I need a CI-4 a CJ-4 -whats the difference anyways? I know I need 15w40, but why? What is that anyways?"

API stands for American Petroleum Institute, a "national trade group representing all aspects of the oil and gas industries" according to their website .(As an aside their website www.api.org is a great resource for learning about current issues in energy and their impact). Anyway, API certifies that oils meet the requirements set forth by vehicle manufacturers through testing and sampling, etc.

You should ALWAYS DEMAND API Certified product!

The specific symbols and letters on API specs can be a little confusing, so I thought I'd link up a pretty good guide that gives an overview of what info you need to look for and what it means. You can get the guide online By Clicking Here

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Topics: Lubricants, API Certification