If a manufacturer introduces a new vehicle with a new ACEA sequence specification, the oil must be on shelves.
European manufacturers abide by the standards set by the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA).
Andrew Markel discusses oil specifications on European vehicles, and how international committees often work together to improve oil standards. Sponsored by Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper.
ACEA standards are based on testing developed by the European Engine Lubricants Quality Management System (EELQMS). Think of ACEA as the SAE of Europe and EELQMS as the API/ILSAC in the U.S.
As engine technology has evolved and fuel efficiency standards have tightened, oil specs have increased in importance. Using the wrong viscosity could set a fault code in some applications or interfere with the normal operation of the variable valve timing system. VVT engines not only require a specific oil viscosity, but also require an oil that keeps the pulse-modulated variable valve timing solenoids clean, lubricated and free of small air bubbles.