The New ACEA 2016 Standards

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

The impending standards update from ACEA marks the first update for 4 years from the organisation. Rock Oil has worked hard to ensure that all our products will be fully compliant with these exacting new standards. Most sectors will be impacted, from passenger cars through to heavy-duty diesel.

New engine technologies such as Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) demand more than ever from the modern lubricant. These standards are necessary to keep pace with this ever increasing workload being placed on modern lubricants.

The ACEA 2016 standards bring with it two new tests for lubricant resistance to sludge, and resistance to turbo charging and piston deposits. Modern light-duty diesel engines also receive a new test to assess resistance to soot thickening and deposits. However, it is not just new engine technology that is being addressed; the new standards will also cover developments in seal materials. The standards will bring the tests up to scratch with European REACH regulation affecting modern light-duty diesel engines. The increase of biofuels across Europe brings a host of problems. Oil oxidation, degradation and thickening are all familiar to the Heavy Duty market incorporating biofuels. Two new tests are aimed at assessing lubricants effectiveness in preventing these issues.

ACEA 2016 introduces the new C5 category, which raises the bar for fuel economy testing. This affects both SAE 0W-20 and SAE 5W-20 viscosities. The revision also sees the removal of the A1/B1 category of classification.

All relevant Rock Oil products produced from the 1st of December 2018 will be fully compliant and exceed all performance requirements for the new standards.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018