AOAP Meeting Summary – September 12, 2013

Published September 12, 2013

The auto-oil advisory panel (AOAP) met on September 12, 2013, to discuss progress on the new ILSAC GF-6 passenger car engine oil specification. Some members of the AOAP asked if two marks, ILSAC GF-6A and GF-6B are needed. ILSAC GF-6B is proposed by ILSAC for the SAE 0W-16 viscosity grade to avoid misapplication of this ultra-low viscosity grade where higher viscosity grades are recommended. Some members thought that all oils meeting the new specification should be marked ILSAC GF-6 plus the SAE viscosity grade. It was felt that most consumers are aware of the viscosity grade needed for their vehicle so misapplication would be avoided. The issue will be discussed further at the next meeting on October 10, 2013.

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