Changes to Modern Car Engines. Motor Oils Standard

This is going to be clear as “mud”. I have been a licensed automotive mechanic since 1976 and still at it and the changes to engines and motor oils is incredible. This could get very long indeed, let’s say there are 2 major standards API and ACEA, the former is the American the later is the European lubricant standards. The Europeans started to create their own standards mainly driven by their car manufacturers as they found the API standards were not to their liking.

Please take a look at them by clicking on the links down below. (Your browser will open and load the page content in a new tab. To return to this page you should close that tab).

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Motor Oil Specifications

https://www.api.org/products-and-services/engine-oil/eolcs-categories-and- classifications/oil-categories

https://www.acea.be/uploads/news_documents/ACEA_European_oil_sequences_2016.pdf

https://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevolisten/229.71_en.html
https://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/d/d/en/Spec_223_2.pdf
https://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/bevolisten/bevo-sheets-sort1.html

https://360.lubrizol.com/Specifications/BMW/BMW-Longlife-17-FE
https://360.lubrizol.com/Specifications/BMW/BMW-Longlife-12-FE
https://360.lubrizol.com/Specifications/BMW/BMW-Longlife-04
https://360.lubrizol.com/Specifications/BMW/BMW-Longlife-01

https://products.liqui-moly.com/top-tec-6200-0w-20-7.html

If money is no object and you want the best keeping the oil specification grade in mind by the respective manufacturers than this is the best money can buy , group 5 ester based synthetic motor oils. Not recommended for diesels with DPF filter equipped vehicles! Take a look at it at here.

I have a small car repair facility in Mississauga, Ontario where we work on 3 brands: BMW, Mercedes and Porsche cars. There is a great push for efficiency from the manufacturers side especially since they pay penalty to the EPA, so they will try any trick in the book to reduce the internal friction and the pumping losses within the ICE as much as possibly can.

BMW

We have variable oil pump on say BMW since 2006 , every part, oil notwithstanding has been crucified to the finest details, hence we have 0-20 W oil for awhile now to reduce pumping losses. There used to be an intensive push from the regulatory side (EPA) to reduce fuel consumption which Europe used to trail behind,  not anymore.

Europe wanted to get more aggressive on regulating emission and fuel consumption ultimately driving forward to electrification.

Most manufacturers have their own “secret” recipe for their own proprietary motor oils which gets more and more complicated by the day.

For instance BMW has LL01 (older cars) then LL04 which is low SAPS which succeeds LL01 and were intended for diesels with DPF in mind but it is not recommended in NA for gas engines due to our Sulphur content in our gasoline per say. Then later we had an LL14+ and even later the LL17+.

Mercedes

Mercedes has 229.31, 229.51, 229.61, 229.71 (Diesel low SAPS) then 229.3,  229.5, 229.52, 229.6, 229.72. Does it look complicated enough?

This whole thing is in my opinion is completely out of hand and everyone will try to toot their own horn to their liking and you as the consumer it’s your responsibility to know what belongs in your lovely high tech state of the art engine.

For instance you get the oil level warning, with this little jewels and you need to top up your oil, most of them will have no dipstick to discourage you to put anything wrong in there. So good luck to you to find the appropriate lubricant at your gas station or department store lately.

Having put the wrong oil for instance 229.5 (the most common) oil into a DPF equipped diesel engine (229.51) will ruin the DPF by contaminating it with zinc which will render it defective and will void the warranty on your emission system in a hurry.

This whole silly stuff is all out on the window in my opinion in particularly in NA as people thumb their nose up on light efficient cars. Instead they want monster SUV  trucks or massive pick up trucks with gigantic gas guzzling engines. There is this huge tug of war between governments, car  manufacturers and the public.

The governments want electric cars, the public wants 800+ horsepower trucks, the car manufacturers are on the hook for making gas guzzlers.

We are also caught in between to provide the appropriate slur(oil) for the application,  you get the picture.

My only question is: Where is the common sense in all of this may I ask?

The problem with all this high tech stuff is, the general public has no idea as we often find wrong oils and filters has been installed elsewhere, in a lot of places they are not aware of this fancy specifications.

I hope this helps.  All the best, cheers.

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Maintenance issues with your car due to COVID.  

Most clients do not realize the amount of damage being created by parking and literally abandoning their cars. Please allow me to explain.

We have seen two major areas being problematic for cars, during COVID. The number one is the amount of brake jobs increased exponentially during the shut down and we have also seen more engine breakdown for the same reason.

The brakes get corroded as the vehicle sits for extended periods of time. The open iron surface will turn into a surface like rough sandpaper which will destroy the brakes in short order. Furthermore the thick rust build up also will cause severe brake vibration as well. The only cure is a complete brake rotor and pad replacement. To prevent this problem the owner must exercise the brakes vigorously on their vehicle at minimum 2 to 3 times a week.

The second issue we have seen: Clients driving their cars ultra short distances to buy groceries and supplies only. Which will not allow the engine to warm up to the point where it can get a proper circulation by boiling off excessive fuel and water being vaporized off from the motor oil.

Random cold start without proper warm up cycle will destroy internal components like bottom end bearings and might damage other vital internal components too. The rule if thumb is, once the engine is started it should run for 30 to 40 minutes and should be also exercised vigorously to elevate internal engine and oil temperature as part of a regular engine maintenance.

On the photo down bellow is a  Mini’s cylinder head and valves with severe carbon build up on .

Using  overly light weight, and / or poor quality oil  will accelerate the carbon build up. Notwithstanding poor fuel quality as oil vapor blow by, will burn onto the hot valves and the cylinder head. Visit our Facebook page for more photo.

Coolant and oil leak problem on Porsche Macan S.  Check out our Facebook for photos and details.

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The right brake components for your BMW, Mercedes Benz or Porsche

The importance of choosing the right brake pads and rotors for your BMW, Mercedes Benz or Porsche. This is one of the most important purchase other than tires you will ever make on your fine car.

The average consumer knows little about brake pad materials or friction coefficient of the brake pads and perhaps even less about the brake rotors, brake discs. The safest bet is original brake components, but are there better choices?

Yes there are in most cases, made by very respected brake component manufacturers whom has decades of know how and engineering expertise in this field.

For instance Brembo is one of them when the big well known luxury or performance car manufacturers need a high end braking system they approach Brembo.

Brembo brake for MiniBrembo is number one they also equip over 90 percent of the F1 cars and cars involved in most Motorsports.

The only other competitor to Brembo is Akebono, whom is the sole braking system supplier to McLaren F1 and McLaren road cars. Naturally we use both respective manufacturers on our clients cars, if they are looking to improve their cars braking performance.

Both braking system manufacturer has a vehicle specific friction coefficient application which has a more ceramic composition and produce 80 percent less brake dust, so you don’t have to clean your pretty alloy wheels so often.

Please be advised! There some inferior braking products sold  over the Internet which has been imported from dubious sources and may cause permanent damage to your and others health by having asbestos in them, which is a well known fact it is a carcinogen.

Asbestos poisoning is a serious issue, which could effect your or your loved ones health, since when you apply the brakes, the brake pad material will wear off the brake pad and will float in the air which could cause lung cancer. Asbestos is a carcinogen and has been banned in the west except in third world countries.

This is a serious matter, please protect your and others health by using reputable friction materials from known accredited manufacturers.

We highly encourage everyone to choose the best available components for their fine automobile, your and others life depends on it.

We wish you all the best and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you and have a safe trip.

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Mercedes-Benz Maintenance Manuals | Mercedes-Benz Specifications for Operating Fluids

Mercedes Benz Maintenance
Mercedes-Benz Maintenance Manuals contain information vital to ensuring your vehicle’s continued operation at peak performance.

The manuals for your model year include detailed maintenance schedules and everything else you need to know to properly care for your Mercedes-Benz — for every single mile of your lease or ownership.

Mercedes-Benz Specifications for Operating Fluids: Engine Oil, Gear Oil, ATF, Coolant, Brake fluid
The Daimler AG, as a traditional pioneer among automotive manufacturers, publishes the operating fluids for your vehicles and major assemblies, checked and approved by Mercedes-Benz, in the Mercedes-Benz Specifications for Operating Fluids (MB BeVo) in the Internet.

FUCHS German Synthetic Motor Oils For German Import Cars

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The above sentence, FUCHS German Synthetic Motor Oils For German Import Cars not really true. Fuchs motor oils not just for German import cars. They would be perfect for any car. However it is fact, all German cars first motor oil fill by the manufacturers is    FUCHS Synthetic Motor Oil.

What is or who is FUCHS? Check their corporate video out here.

FUCHS EUROPE SCHMIERSTOFFE GMBH, founded in 1931 as a family firm in Mannheim, Germany, is a group member of the globally operating FUCHS PETROLUB AG, and the world’s leading supplier of lubricants among the independent companies.

FUCHS is the biggest independent lubricant company, and the 9-th biggest of all lubricant companies.

They produce all kind of lubricants, I do not want to get into that. Instead I will keep talking about FUCHS engine oils.

FUCHS produce  many different kind of premium motor oil with new XTL-technology in path-breaking viscosity class and globally unique Zinc-free Additive Technology, for today’s cars and today’s high performance cars with gasoline and diesel engines.

Those premium oils are specially designed for sportive driving and maximum power output. They are extreme fuel-economy characteristics. One of their characteristic is  the excellent cold starting behavior and excellent hot temperature protection. Just what we need here in Canada…

FUCHS TITAN GT-1 Synthetic motor oils Specially developed for BMW, VW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with exhaust after treatment and turbocharger.

The FUCHS TITAN GT-1 Premium Motor Oil is for modern passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with or without extended service intervals. Good cold starting, lower oil consumption and minimized exhaust emissions.

For more information please view the next video. If you click on the next link, your browser will open a new window. The video will load into that window from FUCHS website View FUCHS Technology’s Video or Continue reeding about FUCHS TITAN GT-1 Premium Motor Oil

The importance of Oil Changes

importance of oil change

The change the oil in your as it recommended in your car user manual is very important. Apparently not all of the car owners believe it…

The above pictures  from a BMW X3 engines. The owner of the car tried to save money on oil changes. I don’t think he made a good deal, because  no he needs engine change, or he can buy an other car. To view bigger photos visit our on-line photo album. You will find there more  European Impart Car Lubrication related photos at next…

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2013 Mercedes Benz Diesel GLK & Porsche Cayenne with Clean Diesel Engine

Diesel engines getting popular here in North America, mainly in Canada, but US catching up too. Why so? Because the new clean diesel engine’s efficiency is greater than a regular gasoline engine. It’s mean better fuel mileages, more power ( more torque), and cleaner exhaust gas.

The new clean diesel technologies has brought harmful diesel emission levels to near zero. The old times’ smelly diesel cars are history…

Clean diesel systems are both fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. When compared with comparable gasoline powered passenger cars, clean diesel engine powered vehicles offer 30 – 40 % better fuel economy, much more better emissions without power and or performance lass.

In fact, the latest clean diesel engines provide 50 percent better torque in some cases.

For example, the 2013 Mercdes GLK Class will be the sixth Mercedes model to offer a diesel option in North America, joining the likes of the E, S, M, R and GL Class models, which all feature a 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine.

The GLK will come with a 2.1-liter four cylinder turbo diesel engine installed. It will produce 204 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque. This  engine is already  emissions certified for the US and for Canada too.

2013 Mercedes Benz  Diesel GLK2013 Mercedes Benz  Diesel GLK

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If you drive a diesel import car visit us. Our diesel service include diesel system clean which mean expert engine interior cleaning especially developed for diesel vehicles.

This will reduced oil consumption and engine wearing, also this will ensure that your diesel will stay frugal and will drive sporty.

Our diesel service based on the latest on the original manufacturer’s literacy for your vehicle. Yes we service clean diesel engines too. Continue reading….

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As I stated above, diesel cars are becoming increasingly popular in Canada and auto makers have begun to take notice.

Here in Canada diesel models from, BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen are well know.

From 2013, the  Porsche Cayenne will be offered in Canada with a turbodiesel 3.0L V6 engine option.

This diesel Porsche  motor is capable of producing 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Because that torque available from a very low 1750 rpm, this diesel performance is impressive. It goes from 0-100 km in 7.6 seconds, and the top speed is electronically limited to 218 km  / hour. And it is just a small 3 liters V6 diesel engine.

Original Mercedes Brake Pads

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If you ever wondered about the source of so called original Mercedes brake pads.

Mercedes brake pads made by PAGID, their brand name in the center of the above photo.

The insulating shims are Made by LUCAS/TRW.

We use the same part, made by the same manufacturer. But our parts comes without the trade mark logo of Mercedes Star.

Our knowledge is power to you and the saving is power you too, because the savings is yours to keep.

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19 Inches Winter Tire – Advanti Alloy Racing Wheel –  Package for Mercedes C63 AMG

Winter Tire package for AMG C63C63 AMG with the 19″ Advanti Racing wheels. Only a limited numbers of wheels will fit the new C63 AMG due to the massive brake calipers.

The winter tires are  Pirelli Sottozero N1 winter sport tires. Call us for more info: (1)905.795.0419

 

New Mercedes Benz coupe is very fast

The Mercedes Benz C250 Coupe blends great fuel economy with enough power to please speed-hungry drivers.

Mercedes-Benz has covered all the bases with the introduction of the all-new C-Class Coupe.

Three models share the same sleek AMG inspired lines but offer three distinct levels of performance and luxury. And after a long absence, the C250 sees the return of a four cylinder engine to the Mercedes-Benz lineup. But this is no ordinary 1.8-litre four-cylinder.

It features direct injection, dual balance shafts and a turbocharger that delivers 201 horsepower to the rear wheels and dashes to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds while sipping just 6.4 L/100 km on the highway. It’s called having your strudel and eating it.

The C350 ups the ante with a 3.5-litre, 302 horsepower V6 while the over the top AMG C63 has somehow found space under the hood to squeeze in the 6.2-litre, 481 horsepower V8.

This will rocket you to 100 km/h in an eye watering 4.4 seconds and has a potential terminal speed of 280 km/h. Not around here, but in Germany on the autobahn….
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