One size does not fit all

Lubricants from Comma

Published:  07 October, 2014

Over 83% of motorists are unaware of the role that coolant plays in their vehicles and over 65% said they wouldn't know what product is suitable for their car, according to new research conducted by Cosan Lubricants for its Comma brand. It's a common misconception that a single product will do or worse still, that you simply replace coolant with one of the same colour - the wrong product will result in overheating, corrosion and component failure leading to possible invalidation of the warranty. Car manufacturers have tailored coolants and oils in recent years for specific, individual engine needs and as operating conditions in modern engines become more severe it is vital that the correct coolant is used. Comma's range of OEM-approved Xstream coolants are backed by a Compatibility Guarantee and a full application guide is available on its website.

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    Vehicle-specific lubricant has made things a little trickier for technicians and motor factors when deciding which grades to stock and in what quantities. Cosan-owned Comma Oil & Chemicals developed 'fit by application' over a decade ago and continues to expand a comprehensive applications VRN online facility for all makes and models dating back over 30 years. Comma's benchmarking service tracks and matches the lubricant applications requirement for all cars and LCVs in the UK car parc. "It is no longer enough to know that over 50% of vehicles require a 5W30 spec engine oil," says Comma spokesman Mike Bewsey. "There are now so many different manufacturer- specific 5W30s that motor factors need more detailed information to manage their lubricant buying and stock control activity most efficiently."

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    Vehicles equipped with new fuel efficient engines and post-treatment systems require new types of lubricant - oil containing high levels of SAPS can clog the diesel particulate filter and the EGR valve, for instance. Delphi's low SAPS oils are specifically designed for petrol, diesel and direct injection diesel engines equipped with DPFs and catalysts. Its lubricants range includes engine oils, gear oils, transmission and hydraulic fluids. The firm says it's vital to check the colour and viscosity of oil - black oil means an immediate service is needed but if the oil is not darkening at all during use, it's not performing as it should.

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