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ACEA 2018 delayed until 2020

CIS BASE OILS AND LUBRICANTS

ACEA 2018 delayed until 2020

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association’s (ACEA) 2018 engine oil sequences will be delayed until mid-2020, Lubes'n'Greases reports.

As ACEA’s heavy-duty diesel chairman Bengt Otterholm told, “all oils in the market place today are fine and adequate.” According to his words, ACEA would rather wait “and be done with the process as opposed to issuing something that contains nothing new.”

The 2018 sequences were originally due to be adopted before the end of last year.

Commenting on the side of the heavy-duty oil, Otterholm said ACEA will introduce two new developed for the American Petroleum Institute’s API CK-4 and API FA-4 specifications, the Volvo T13 Oxidation test, and the CAT Oil Aeration test. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz OM501LA will be replaced by the OM471LA.

As announced last year, ACEA still intends to introduce a new class for low-viscosity oils, the F Class. Replacements for the E8 plus and E11 plus subcategories, F8 and F11 offer fuel benefits through lower high-temperature/high-sheer viscosities between 3.2 and 2.9 centiPoise, the same viscosity limits as FA-4.

Work also continues on a new wear test for light-duty oils for wear on contacts between piston rings and cylinder liners along with wear on journal bearings. The Coordinating European Council, an organization that develops methods for performance testing, is presently tailoring tests for the mentioned areas of concern.

According to Otterholm, the specifications update has also been delayed by hold-ups on the North American side. ACEA’s 2018 sequences are set to include several engine tests developed by the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee for ILSAC GF-6, the next passenger car motor oil sequences for North America. ILSAC originally meant to introduce GF-6 by 2016, but the first allowable use is now targeted for 2020.