There is no such thing as a ‘universal 5W30’

We are sorry to bring it to you, but contrary to what some would claim, there is no such thing as a universal 5W30 for all vehicles. Car manufacturers are continuously looking for smaller, cleaner and more durable engines, equipped with after treatment systems (DPF, EGR, SCR). These innovative engines need innovative lubricants to optimize and protect them. Because every manufacturer has its own engines with its own specifications (e.g. VW 504.00/507.00 or Ford WSS-M2C934-B), every engine needs its own specific package of additives. The result is a large variety of 5W30 oils, each with a different composition.


Wolf Product Update Q1/14

As a leading international lubricant expert, we pride ourselves in keeping our extensive product range in sync with the market developments. It’s by adopting this approach that Wolf keeps up to date with the market drivers towards less CO2, more fuel economy and improved durability.

The result is a set of new, upgraded and updated products.


Discover them by downloading the Wolf Product Range Update presentation below:










Wolf continues strong development in the CIS region

Automechanika Moscow, Russia’s leading International Trade Fair for the Automotive Industry, and Wolf lubes have something special together. Last year, the visitors at this international trade fair for Russia and the CIS countries were amongst the first to discover the renewed Wolf brand. An important milestone in the history of our lubricant brand, and at the same time a vital step in our further approach as an industry leading lubricant brand. We took a good start in bringing Wolf to the CIS countries and Automechanika Moscow was a vital element in expanding our presence in the region.

This year’s edition of Automechanika Moscow was no different. We took up where we left off last year and welcomed over 500 participants from Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Moldova and of course Russia on our stand during the four days of the trade fair. Overall, we can conclude Automechanika Moscow was again an important opportunity to meet our partners and potential partners in the region.

The pictures below give you an impression of what this year’s booth was like.

However, the best possible way to experience the Wolf brand is to visit us yourself. You can do this at Equip Auto, taking place at Paris Nord Villepinte, Parc des Expositions,  from the 16th to 20th of October. For more information, check our website



The vital rebranding

A little over a year ago, we launched the renewed Wolf brand. A vital step in the further development and positioning of Wolf as an industry leading lubricant brand. This rebranding allows us to highlight just how vital lubricants are to our civilization, now and in the future.

We presented and launched Wolf’s rebranded range of innovative and technology-enhanced lubricants at last year’s Automechanika Frankfurt, and it has been a fascinating journey ever since. With its new positioning and look & feel, Wolf definitely brings a change to the lubricant market. Already present in 47 countries and continuing its expanding global presence, Wolf is on track to become the most valuable and attractive alternative to the established brands.

In a world of increasingly sophisticated engineering, we see a future where practically every machine or engine will be enhanced by a lubricant that has been tailor-made to meet its precise requirements. It’s by cutting-edge innovation and meeting the latest quality and technology standards, that we enhance engine performance and longevity, reduce emissions and provide advanced fuel economy. Our well-established expertise behind the Wolf brand quite literally brings engines to life.

That is why now, more than ever, Wolf is truly the vital lubricant.


The challenge of extending drain intervals with low viscosity oils

During the past 10 years we have witnessed a tremendous increase in the oil drain intervals for passenger cars and trucks. At the same time the viscosity of most modern lubricants for cars is shifting from 10W-40 to 5W-30 and for cars even lower.

How was this achieved and is it safe for the engine?

The trend towards very low viscosity oils is mainly driven by the need for better Fuel Economy. With the engine running, a significant part of the energy is lost in friction. The low viscosity, high fluidity oils play a role in reducing this friction and contribute to energy saving.

To guarantee complete engine protection and exclude any possibility of premature wear, modern lubricants are formulated on the basis of the highest quality synthetic base oils (API group III and IV) and are enhanced by state of the art additive chemistry. As a result, the engine benefits from continuous lubrication and perfect protection, while at the same time delivering fuel saving.

We offer a complete range of low viscosity WOLF OFFICIALTECH and ECOTECH lubricants delivering the highest level of fuel economy without any compromise on engine protection.


What is a LongLife Service lubricant?

The notion LongLife was introduced by car manufacturers as VW and BMW at the end of the ‘90s to define prolonged service intervals. These car manufacturers combined their innovative ideas concerning engine design with the development of the newest generation, full synthetic oils. These high-tech lubricants are formulated with superior, highest quality, synthetic base oils and very innovative additive packages. By combining these advanced components, a drain interval till 30 000km can be achieved. Consider, however, that in this technological progress also the quality of the oil filter is of extreme importance. The lubricant manufacturer, the engine technology industry and the car parts developers work together to guarantee the perfect functioning of the engine during longer periods.

To comply with these technologically innovative and highly advanced techniques, we introduced  WOLF OFFICIALTECH 5W30 LL III in our range of products. This full synthetic high-performance lubricant meets the most demanding VW 504.00 and 507.00, BMW LONGLIGE-04 and MB 229.51 specifications.


Preparing for the future – the TGDI engines

New vehicles now often have a Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (TGDI) engine: today, TGDI represent 15 – 20% of new engine production. It is expected that half of the passenger cars sold by 2020 will be with GDI or TGDI, as mentioned in the article by Keith Howard ‘Turbocharged direct injection is engine oil’s next big hurdle’, Lubes’n’greases, January 2013 (

The benefits of TGDI are clear:

  • They provide +/-25% reduction in fuel consumption and improvement in CO2 emissions.
  • TGDI helps European Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to meet the CO2 limits and avoid penalties.

It is vital to choose the best engine oil: as direct injection is more severe, motor oils for TGDI will have to be highly resistant to oxidation, thickening, sludge, deposits, etc.

As TGDI engines are relatively new, ACEA and individual OEMs are currently developing tests and specifications to evaluate oil performance in these engines. Wolf Lubricants follows the topic closely in order to be ready to offer a suitable motor oil. For example, our WOLF ECOTECH 5W20 FE is especially adapted to the Ford 1.6 16V Ti-VCT and 1.6 EcoBoost/ECOnetic turbocharged, direct injection gasoline engines. This full synthetic engine oil is developed to meet the requirements of the Ford WSS-M2C-925-B specification and provides a superior level of fuel economy and CO2 reduction.


L’huile moteur adaptée aux différentes marques de voiture

Contrairement à ce que pensent beaucoup de mécaniciens, ils sont libres de choisir la marque de lubrifiant qu’ils veulent utiliser dans leur garage.

Dans l’article “Comment réagir aux recommandations des fabricants de voitures concernant la marque de lubrifiant”, nous expliquons la législation européenne: les mécaniciens ne sont pas obligés de suivre les recommandations des fabricants de voitures en matière de marque de lubrifiant.

Cependant, si vous êtes libre de choisir la marque de lubrifiants, vous devez suivre les recommandations relatives au type d’huile.

Wolf Lubes propose une gamme d’huiles moteur, WOLF OFFICIALTECH, qui correspondent au type d’huile exigé pour telle ou telle marque de voiture et sont approuvées par les fabricants.

Comment savoir quelle huile utiliser pour telle ou telle marque de voiture?

1. Utilisez l’outil de recommandation sur notre site internet. Allez sur et complétez le formulaire ‘Trouver le lubrifiant adapté à votre véhicule’. Vous obtenez immédiatement l’huile moteur que nous recommandons pour cette voiture spécifique.

2. Pour aider les mécaniciens dans leur atelier, Wolf Lubes a développé un poster où figure un tableau clair des huiles moteur à utiliser pour des marques de voiture connues telles que Volkswagen, Renault et Citroën.



The right engine oil for different car brands

Contrary to what a lot of car mechanics think they are free to choose the lubricant brand they use in their car repair shop.

In the article “How to deal with lubricant brand recommendations from vehicle manufacturers” we explain European legislation: car mechanics are not obliged to follow lubricant brand recommendations from car manufacturers.

But while you are free to choose the brand of lubricants, recommendations concerning type of oil are to be followed.

Wolf Lubes has a range of engine oils, WOLF OFFICIALTECH, that correspond with the oil type needed for a specific car brand, and approved by manufacturers.

So, how to know what oil to use for which car brand?

1. Use the recommendation tool on our website. Go to and fill in the form ‘Find the right lubricant for your vehicle’. You immediately get our recommendation for the right engine oil for that specific car.

2. To help car mechanics in their workplace, Wolf Lubes has developed a poster giving a clear view on the right engine oil for popular car brands such as Volkswagen, Renault and Citroen.



6 facteurs influençant la consommation d’huile

Une des questions fréquemment posées par tous les professionnels concernés par l’huile moteur, des garagistes aux vendeurs, est la suivante:

“Pourquoi l’huile s’use-t-elle? Qu’est-ce qui explique la consommation d’huile d’un moteur?”

Comme le rajout d’huile moteur est généralement considéré comme une nuisance et constitue un point d’attention non négligeable, nous avons résumé les principales causes de ce phénomène.

  1. La consommation d’huile varie d’un moteur à l’autre, en raison de différences de conception. Même nouveaux, certains moteurs consomment plus d’huile que d’autres. Dans les voitures de tourisme, une consommation d’huile de 0.1-0.3% de la consommation de carburant est considérée comme normale. Même au sein de la même série de moteurs, on observe des variations; à peu près 20% des moteurs ont une consommation supérieure ou inférieure à la moyenne.
  2. Une longue liste de problèmes mécaniques peut entraîner une consommation d’huile, tels que l’usure et la détérioration de joints d’étanchéité et du joint de culasse, des paliers, cylindres, rainures de segments, bielles, etc.
  3. Le style de conduite a un énorme impact sur la consommation d’huile. Des accélérations fréquentes et une conduite à grande vitesse augmenteront inévitablement à la fois la consommation d’huile et la consommation de carburant.
  4. Le non-respect des intervalles de vidange entraîne une consommation d’huile plus rapide. L’huile sale bloque les passages étroits et un peu d’huile va rester coincée, au lieu de s’écouler vers le carter.  
  5. Un taux de viscosité inapproprié: des huiles trop fines, avec un taux de viscosité inférieur à celui recommandé auront tendance à entrer plus facilement dans la chambre de combustion et à brûler en même temps que le carburant.
  6. Pareillement à une viscosité inférieure à la normale, une température du moteur trop élevée résultera aussi en une huile plus fine et une consommation accrue due au brûlage.

En conclusion: si vous comparez la quantité d’huile à rajouter pour différents lubrifiants, tenez compte du fait qu’il s’agit d’une question très subjective. Le style de conduite était-il le même avec les deux lubrifiants? Les pièces de la voiture étaient-elles dans le même état? Comment a-t-on mesuré la consommation d’huile – en mesurant exactement le volume ou en lisant simplement le niveau sur la jauge?

Pour réaliser une comparaison correcte, tous les facteurs décrits ci-dessus devraient être équivalents, ce qui est rarement le cas. Une comparaison pure et simple prête à controverse.