Volvo upgrading factory oil fill in new engines

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Updated Aug 22, 2016

oilVolvo Trucks North America will offer a new factory fill engine oil for its D11, D13 and D16 engines, which the company says not only meets Volvo’s VDS-4.5 engine specifications but also exceeds the new API specification CK-4, while offering extended oil drain intervals.

“Assuming a 600,000 mile vehicle life in over-the-road applications, the new engine oil intervals will allow truck owners to skip between four and 16 oil drains, depending on duty cycle, compared with the prior maintenance schedule,” says John Moore, Volvo product marketing manager – powertrain. In oil costs alone, that represents a savings of hundreds of dollars per year, even for the lightest duty cycles. Those savings would be substantially larger for operations that do not perform preventative maintenance in-house.”

At 10W30, Volvo VDS-4.5 is the same viscosity as today’s factory fill, but testing and analysis shows an enhanced performance for oil oxidation and oil aeration control.

Additionally, Volvo’s Spec version VDS 4.5 of CK-4 is compatible with and can be used in older, previous emissions-level engines. 

For engine oil and filters, the new recommended maintenance intervals add extra miles to the previous life of an oil change for each of the three duty cycles – long haul, regional haul and heavy haul – as defined by fuel consumption. Those intervals were increased to 55,000 miles for long haul, 40,000 miles for regional and 30,000 miles for heavy.

For owners that decide to use the current Volvo VDS-4 oil, current lower mileage oil change intervals will remain. If engine idle time is greater than 30 percent, Volvo says operators should use the next shorter drain interval.

Volvo VDS-4.5 will be available beginning in October.