Like many things we usually buy, Engine Oils are manufactured to meet certain Manufacturer’s requirements. The Engine Makers design and then release Lubrication Requirement Guidelines which oil companies then meet. In doing so, the oil companies follow the general accepted trend of having levels of performance in their products that reflect an economic strategy of supply: Low – Medium – High and Very High levels of Specification Compliance.
It is then this level of compliance that creates performance levels for engine oils. I have always compared Oil Specifications to Olympic Qualifying times: The Olympic Committee sets Benchmarks for athletes to meet and those in the required level are eligible to go. This doesn’t mean that they are all going to get the Gold Medal, it only means they are there with a chance.
So in offering our customers an Engine Oil Solution we have to think also at what qualityperformance level we supply to satisfy his needs in the best possible way, and act accordingly.
Life for all of us will be too easy if there was only one engine oil for Petrol, another for Diesel, one transmission oil and one diff oil. Where would the Engineer’s world be if all of them would agree to have a single specification. This will be BOOOOOORING !!
Could you imagine a world where all the houses were the same?? All cars the same?? TVs, Computers etc?? NO WAY. We have to be different – it’s human nature!!
SO: WE HAVE DIFFERENT ENGINE OILS – LOTS OF THEM !!! And of course we at Mobil comply: we offer you (and your customers) CHOICE….Lots of Choices.
For this essay, we’ll leave Mobil 1 aside. This baby is on a league of its own!! It is unquestionable, the finest Engine Oil in the market.
Performance Requirements by Manufacturers are always quite unique. They are constantly saying that their engines are better, last longer, produce more power and more efficiently etc, and then we have Fuels : Petrol, Petrol + Ethanol , Diesel, Diesel + Gas, Diesel + Bio Diesel, LPG, CNG just to name a few, and then Emission control add-ons like Particulate Filters, Catalytic Converters, Oxygen Injection, and then power boosters, like Turbochargers and Superchargers, Economy Boosters like: Direct or Indirect Injection, Variable Valve Timing, Cylinder Deactivation and the list goes on. And on top of that we have Old Engines, Little Engines, Constant Speed Engines, High Performance Engines. Should we add more? And at the end of this line are you, the Service Personnel or Maintenance Managers that have to make the decision (the RIGHT DECISION) to Protect these Engines by using the RIGHT STUFF.