Many European import car engines are damaged when North American engine oil is used instead of the European Engine Oil recommended by the manufacturers. European car makers insist on very specific types of motor oils to be used, motor oils that follow European specifications which are different from the specifications in North America.
European automobile manufacturers design vehicles to use specific high quality lubricants with specific properties and additives. Well over 90% of API-Licensed motor oils offered on America's retail shelves do not meet the demanding ACEA specifications and the European lubricants are not readily available. Those that are available are typically hard to find, and quite expensive. As a result, vehicle owners, quick-lube shops and even dealerships use standard American-market petroleum oils. This lets problems such as premature engine wear and engine sludge develop, which can cause complete failure in some engines as early as 40,000 to 50,000 miles.
Using the wrong oil could be detrimental to the longevity of the engine, for protecting against sludge and deposits, or against the heat. The incompatibility of the chemistry could result in high-temperature volatility or burn-offs that will consume oil, for example. And if that vehicle is under warranty, not following the recommendations could void that warranty. Another problem with using the wrong oil is viscosity. If the viscosity is not matched properly, the high shearing in some engines will reduce that viscosity to the point where metal will hit metal, causing engine problems which can be severe.
To find out more about what type of oil to use for your vehicle, take a look at your owner's manual, which will specify what kind of oil should be used or you can look at the manufacture's web site. At DJ Foreign Auto Care, we follow the manufacturers' specifications for the acceptable type of European Engine Oil for your vehicle and we use high quality synthetic German engine oil. DJ Foreign Auto Care
is located at: 2626 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. Call today to get on the schedule: 612-588-3305!