Although obviously still a ‘consumable’ item, the advanced technology used to formulate modern engine oils means that they can no longer be thought of in the old fashioned multi-grade parameters of previous years. Instead, as the formulations are becoming more and more engine specific, it is easier to consider oil alongside the vehicle’s other components that are generally no longer ‘universal’ fit products, but vehicle specific items that need to precisely fit the application for which they are designed.
“As a result of the technological advances in its manufacture and its subsequent in-vehicle performance, specifying an oil with the correct formulation is not just important, it’s crucial,” says Shaun Greasley, commercial director of TecAlliance UK and ROI. “It was as a reflection of this developing trend that TecDoc, Europe’s leading parts information data provider, has for a number of years now included oils in the Catalog electronic parts catalogue system.”
“Just as it is vital for motor factors to supply the correct timing belt kit or brake calliper for the vehicle their workshop customer is servicing, it is equally important that the correct formulation of oil is also used. Obviously many garages will carry a range of oils in stock, but with so many formulations now in everyday use, stocking sufficient quantities of each means the factor is in a position to step in and supply the correct oil, just as they do with the other vehicle specific items they supply on a daily basis.
“So, in common with the other search mechanisms on the Catalog system, factors can look up the make, model, year or use the registration number of the vehicle to ensure they supply precisely the oil specified for that vehicle from quality European suppliers as diverse as Liqui Moly and Comma. With the opportunities and also the responsibilities that come with service related European Block Exemption Regulation (BER) legislation, using the right oil is vital to validate the vehicle manufacturer’s (VM) warranties.
“Workshops also have access to this valuable information resource through our TecRMI technical service and repair data, via its service schedule and repair times function. Not only will the system describe the repair procedure and the official VM repair time for it, TecRMI will also link the parts required for the repair and their part numbers, which where relevant, will include the oil.”