Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Engine Oil / Commercial Vehicles: Shell Rimula R6 & R5 Heavy Duty Engine Oil With New API CK-4 Specification Are Now Available

Shell Malaysia has introduced the newly reformulated Shell Rimula heavy duty engine oils for the Malaysian market. The Shell Rimula R6 LM fully synthetic and R5 LE synthetic technology heavy duty diesel engine oils (HDDEOs) now have the latest American Petroleum Institute (API) CK-4 engine oil specification. These high grade heavy duty engine oils are suitable for use in the highly competitive fleet and transportation sectors where companies are under pressure to achieve high standards of reliability and safety while minimising total operating costs (which include longer duration between oil change).

Shell Malaysia have stated that the fully synthetic Shell Rimula R6 LM and semi-synthetic R5 LE demonstrated excellent oxidation and sludge deposit control to prevent oil thickening and harmful deposits in all areas of the engine, resulting in cleaner pistons. The engine oils are also said to offer superior viscosity and shear stability for better engine wear protection even at high temperatures and pressure. All these lead to extended oil drain intervals, better fuel economy and lower maintenance costs.

The new API CK-4 Shell Rimula R6 LM flagship product ups the level of protection in that its formulation combines a fully synthetic base oil with PurePlus technology and Adaptive Additive Technology.

As for the new API CK-4 standards, Shell had played a leading role in the development of the new engine oil/lubricant standard for heavy-duty diesel engine oils. The company’s Global OEM Technical Manager, Dan Arcy, chaired the New Category Development Team, which was a committee consisting of manufacturers, oil marketers, and additive companies responsible for defining and developing the new specifications and associated tests. Another fact is that Shell was the first to introduce the new range in North America and now, in Malaysia too.

“Diesel engine technology has advanced significantly over the past 40 years, driven by tightening emissions legislation and increased emphasis from customers on efficiency, reliability and reduced total cost of ownership,” said May Tan, Marketing General Manager – Malaysia/Singapore, Shell Lubricants.

“Today’s engines operate at higher temperatures and need a new generation of high-performing diesel engine oils to protect them. New API CK-4 Shell Rimula engine oils are designed to help deliver efficient engine operation and excellent wear protection.” added May.

Shell Rimula’s API CK-4 oils replace CJ-4 oils, and are backwards compatible to all current vehicles (older vehicles have no issues using this engine oil), providing benefits for both newer and older engine technologies. For operators who operate both newer and older vehicles, this helps simplify lubrication procedures.

Shell Lubricants have also stated that they had conducted more than 64 million kilometres (40 million miles) of real-world testing ( ongoing customer and field tests on engine oils since 2012) which is similar to driving over 1,500 times around the world. The heavy testing served to demonstrate the performance of the next-generation heavy-duty diesel engine oils that meet the CK-4 specification without compromising oil life or wear protection as well as future developments in engine oil.

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