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What makes Shell leaders in oil?

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Stacy Francis (left) and Karoline Smith of Sol Petroleum (Shell lubricants macro distributor) promoting Shell's high-quality range of lubricants.

What makes Shell leaders in oil?

Designed to give you a cleaner car engine, a more reliable truck and more responsive equipment, Shell has put its extensive oil-development knowledge into every aspect of the Shell formula - from the base-oil technology through to additive selection and blending.

Shell is a global leader in oils because:

n Our pioneering research centres invest in the latest technology

n We help to deliver excellent engine protection

n We're constantly innovating with support from our technical partners

Shell's leading research centres across the globe combine knowledge, expertise and innovation to create solutions that add real value for you. Investing in the latest technology means we are often the first to market products and services that provide superior protection and efficiency.

By cleaning, protecting and lubricating, Sol Petroleum's range of Shell oils is designed for the challenges of today's vehicles. We test our oils beyond industry standards because you never know when your vehicle may be pushed to its limit. And to ensure we stay ahead when it comes to technology and performance, we have developed strong technical partnerships with some of the most prominent names in motorsport since the 1920s.

Shell's technical partnerships with motorsport champions Scuderia Ferrari, Ducati and NASCAR bring constant learning from the racetrack. These then influence the products that we produce for your vehicle.


Why the right



motor oil matters


Whether you're looking for better performance from your car or improved reliability in your truck or other equipment, it is essential that you get your oil right.

Using the correct oil keeps your engine running smoothly. Primarily, oil stops the metal surfaces in your engine from grinding together and wearing by creating a separating oil film between them. The oil also disperses heat and reduces wear, protecting the engine.

On top of this, good oil prevents dirt build-up and deposits by keeping them in suspension. Motor oil even protects against sludge and fights oxidation, keeping the oil fresh and minimising acids, which can cause corrosion. In short, oil matters.

Below are some of the most common questions about motor oil.


What is oil viscosity?


Viscosity is an important criterion of any lubricating oil. It is a measure of a fluid's thickness or resistance to flow. For example, honey is thick and water is thin, so honey has a higher viscosity than water. Oil viscosity needs to suit the right ambient temperatures. If it's too thick when the engine is cold, it won't move around the engine. And if it becomes too thin when the engine is hot, it won't give the right protection to the engine parts.

Optimising an oil's viscosity, or thickness, helps maximise energy efficiency while avoiding component wear. This also means that you get enhanced fuel economy.

To find the right oil viscosity for your engine, check your Original Equipment Manufacturer's (OEM) guidelines and bear in mind the weather conditions you live and drive in.


What do the oil



numbers mean?


Multi-grade oils are those oils that have two numbers on the grade, indicating that the oil is able to maintain engine performance in high and low temperatures. A multi-grade lubricant minimises viscosity differences under temperature variations, for example, 20W 50, 5W 30.

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