Shell introducing new synthetic oil to withstand Canadian winters

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Shell Rotella will be delivering an early Christmas present to the Canadian market. In December, it will introduce its Rotella T6 0W-40 fully synthetic oil, which was designed specifically with the Canadian climate in mind.

”T6 0W-40 will provide the best low temperature flow within the Rotella product line,” said Shell HDEO formulator Matt Urbanak during a press briefing in New York City.

At -30 degrees C, Shell’s testing has shown that T6 0W-40 will reach the rocker shaft within 90 seconds. Rotella T5 0W-40 took 106 seconds. Exceptional low temperature flow is critical in preventing excess wear.

“T6 0W-40 delivers good wear protection in Cummins ISM tests,” said Urbanak. “In terms of crosshead wear, it got a perfect score of 700/700.”

It also achieved a sludge rating of 9.4/10 in Cummins ISM testing – the highest in the Shell portfolio – and maintained its SAE 40 grade even when it contained 6% soot (in Mack T-11 testing), thus offering exceptional shear stability.

Testing has shown that T6 0W-40 also offers significant improvements in startability at -35 degrees C over Shell’s T6 5W-40 and 15W-40 formulas.

The new cold-weather formula may also offer maintenance benefits.

“It could help reduce stress and wear on the starter/battery and possibly reduce maintenance costs for these vehicle components,” said Urbanak. “This has been inferred from the cold box testing we have done.”

The new oil, which will replace Shell’s T5 0W-40 and 0W-30 formulas, will meet CJ4/SN, Volvo VDS-3, Mack EO-N and Caterpillar ECF-3, ECF-2 and ECF-1A.

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