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.

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  1. Bradley Irwin at 05:59

    With many cars using 20 weight oils and the rest of the majority 5w-30 , it is easier to use a 5w-30 as a “universal fill”. I’ve heard though that that so called ‘universal 5W30’ is a myth. I want to dig deeper about this :)

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