How to read motor oil label?

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You'll find in this section explanations to help you read a lubricant's label. See below an example with an engine oil label:

How to read a product label

  • 0W-30= Viscosity grade. W-30 lubricants are more fluid than W-40 standard grades and thus help to save fuel (they are called Fuel Economy lubricants)
  • Composition: either mineral/semi-synthetic/synthetic based/100% synthetic. Generally speaking, the more synthetic is the oil, the newest is the vehicle

How to read a product label

  • Homologation: it mentions if the product is approved by one or several OEMs. Please refer to your owner's manual to see what is the OEM's homologation recommended.(Example: MERCEDES MB-Approval 226.5)