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Author Subject: Buying oil - basic advice from Opie Oils


Location: Redruth

Registered: 06 Sep 2004

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Post #1
This post may seem like going back to basics but we are constantly surprised by the amount of people who do not know or understand what is written on a bottle of oil and therefore have no idea of what they are looking for, buying or using.

This post should help as a basic guide, for more detailed information contact us and we will be happy to help.

So, to be blunt about the subject, if a bottle of oil does not contain the following basic information then DO NOT buy it look for something that does!

1) The purpose for which it is intended (i.e. Motor oil, Gear oil etc)

2) The viscosity (i.e. 10w-40, 5w-30 etc for Motor oils and 80w-90, 75w-90 etc for Gear oils)

3) The specifications that it meets (should contain both API and ACEA ratings)

4) The OEM Approvals that it carries and the codes (i.e. MB229.3, VW504.00, FORD 913a/b, BMW LL04 etc)

Ignore the marketing blurb on the label it is in many cases meaningless and we will explain later what statements you should treat with skepticism.

So, what does the above information mean and why is it important?


All oils are intended for an application and in general are not interchangeable. You would not for example put an Automatic Transmission Oil or a Gear Oil in your engine! It is important to know what the oils intended purpose is.


Most oils on the shelves today are


To contact me: sales@opieoils.co.uk
Tech data: http://www.opieoils.co.uk/lubricants.htm
Posted 15th May 2007 at 19:21
khj100 Forum Admin

Location: York

Registered: 30 Mar 2003

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Post #2
Added to the FAQ

Oilman, that means it'll be permanently available to anyone reading the FAQ or using the search Thumbs up


Trackday, trackday, trackday Hyper
Posted 15th May 2007 at 19:18

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