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ILSAC GF-6: Five things you need to know about the new oil standards

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GF-6 is the newest ILSAC engine oil performance standard aimed at improving fuel economy and enhancing engine capabilities for passenger cars. This new standard, effective May 1, 2020, will replace the current ILSAC GF-5 standard. Every new level of standard is backward compatible with the previous generation.

GF-6 will provide low-speed pre-ignition (LSPI) and timing chain wear protection while improving piston cleanliness and fuel economy.

Here are five things you should know about GF-6:

  1. What do the new GF-6 standards mean for my engine?
    ILSAC standards are constantly evolving and improving to meet changing industry demands. The popularization of turbocharged engines among Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) has led to a new focus on turbocharger-specific standards for GF-6. The primary purpose of GF-6 is to combat problems with LSPI, a common issue with turbocharged engines. As in the 2018 upgrade of API SN to API SN Plus, the new ILSAC GF-6 standards will also require added protection against the harmful effects of LSPI in today’s modern turbocharged engines.

  2. What is LSPI and how does it affect my engine?
    LSPI creates excessive pressure within the engine’s cylinders, which can cause permanent damage to cylinder walls, pistons, piston rings, connecting rods and spark plugs. The internal engine damage caused by LSPI can also lead to catastrophic engine failure. Learn more about LSPI and its effects on your engine.

  3. Do Mobil 1™ motor oils currently meet GF-6 standards?
    Mobil 1 motor oils currently meet or exceed the current industry standard (ILSAC GF-5), and are in the process of being tested against the new ILSAC GF-6 standards. Our initial tests indicate our current formulations are GF-6 capable.

  4. Will GF-6 apply to every kind of viscosity grade?
    Almost. There will be a split between 0W-16 viscosity grade oils and all other existing ILSAC viscosity grades. GF-6A will represent existing ILSAC viscosity grades and GF-6B will represent 0W-16 viscosity grade oils only.

  5. Does my vehicle need an ILSAC GF-6 motor oil?
    ExxonMobil advises checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine if your engine will require an ILSAC GF-6 motor oil.

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