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Shell Position on new Ford Diesel Engine Oil Specification

Recently, Ford Motor Company issued a position statement regarding the use of API CK-4 & FA-4 heavy-duty engine oils in Ford diesel vehicles when API licensing begins December 1, 2016. Ford has developed a new specification, Ford Material Engineering Specification WSS-M2C171-F1, which goes into effect December 1, 2016.

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Recently, Ford Motor Company issued a position statement regarding the use of API CK-4 & FA-4 heavy-duty engine oils in Ford diesel vehicles when API licensing begins December 1, 2016. Ford has developed a new specification, Ford Material Engineering Specification WSS-M2C171-F1, which goes into effect December 1, 2016. Ford will recommend that all diesel engine oils meet this new Ford specification in order to be used in Ford diesel vehicles.

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The Shell ROTELLA technology team has been working closely with Ford throughout the API category development process. Shell believes, and its testing demonstrates, that the new Shell ROTELLA CK-4 formulations provide superior wear protection compared to Shell ROTELLA legacy CJ-4 formulations.

Ford has not approved the use of API FA-4 oils in its vehicles due to the low viscosity nature of these fluids. Ford will approve API CK-4 heavy-duty engine oils that meet its new specification. A list of all approved oils will appear on their website. Shell is confident it will gain these approvals and will communicate accordingly. Ford currently approves the use of API CJ-4 licensed oils.

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It is important to note that Ford customers may continue to use Shell ROTELLA CJ-4 licensed products as none of the Shell products are API CK-4 licensed until December, and the new Ford specification does not go into effect until December 1, 2016.

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