Ever wondered how those engine oil categories from the American Petroleum Institute (API) are decided upon? Here’s a bit of behind-the-scenes info. “It’s important to note that once a standard or an API category has set those specifications, they remain untouched,” says Jeff Harmening, API manager of the Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System (EOLCS).
The mission of the American Petroleum Institute (API) is: “To promote safety across the industry globally and to influence public policy in support of a strong, viable U.S. oil and natural gas industry.” What does that mean to you? According to Jeff Harmening, API manager of the Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System (EOLCS), API exists
Introduced three years ago, the American Petroleum Institute (API)’s CK-4 and FA-4 oil categories were billed as the next generation of oil, improving on the engine protection and fuel economy benefits offered by previous engine oil categories.
With the creation of two diesel engine oil categories a few years ago and with a growing number of viscosities for diesel engines, fleets need to be aware of the new types of oils—API CK-4 and API FA-4—and the differences between them.
With a year of the new American Petroleum Institute (API) CK-4 and FA-4 oil categories under the industry’s belt, you have, most likely, switched your fleet over to the CK-4 formulation, as that was the engine OEM-approved backward compatible formula. The transition to FA-4 formulations for 2017 engines, on the other hand, has been a
On Thursday, Dec. 1, the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) new diesel engine oil standards, API CK-4 and FA-4, will begin appearing in the marketplace on licensed products and marketing materials. This means consumers will be able to easily identify the API CK-4 or FA-4 category oils that are expected to be recommended in new owners’