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Old 26 Dec 2005, 20:59   #1
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Engine Oil Equivalents

Anybody know where I can find an equivalents chart for engine oils? You know, what is equal to what from the various makers.
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Old 28 Dec 2005, 13:08   #2
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Equivalent what?
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Best place to look is the owners handbook of a regular production car. The ones that aren't tied to one oil supplier will give a list of equivalent oils for specific applications (temp range) from various manufacturers.

BTW if you get a handbook for a car of similar age to your own and you will get equivalents from that period, which won't necessarily be the same blend if you buy them now
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Old 29 Dec 2005, 19:10   #4
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Equivalent what?

E.G. ELF Evolution LDX 5w/40 is recommended for FR2000. what would Mobil, Castrol, Silkolene's equivalent be?
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theres more to it than that, you could be compairing the Viscosity (i.e 20/50 10/40 etc) API classification, oil type, i.e mineral , semi syn, fully syn, recomended operating temperature ranges, detergent/ non detergent

whats an FR2000?
would it not be simpler to look up and see what the different oil companies recomend for that application? differences in oils might mean that in one brand a 5/40 is most suitable but another brand 10/40 might work better
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or contact the oil supplier you want to use and ask them?
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E.G. ELF Evolution LDX 5w/40 is recommended for FR2000.
who by Elf or the makers/servicers of whatever a FR2000 is?
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Graham... run the guy a little slack, may sound like a silly question to you, but we all ask those from time to time. Can we keep the answers to helpful advice and civil questions please.
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OK guys, seems i have been a little obtuse for you!!

An FR2000 is a Formula Renault 2000, the latest spec car. Being what it is there is an alliance with Elf, the French oil company and theirs is the only oil named in the recommended lubricants.

As it happens, I, through a supplier, can get hold of another premium brand of oil at very low prices and I would like to compare the specs before I do. All I know at the moment is that it is a 5W/40 fully synthetic, like the Elf product. I would like to know more.

Of course I could ask my supplier but he is perhaps likely to say "yes it's the same", just as Elf will say "no it isn't"! Which is why I was furtively looking for an unbiased source.

Sorry for the confusion.

(You really didn't understand FR2000??)
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If you do UKFR you get free oil so much you dont know what to do with, we still have gearbox oil left over from when we did it for one year in 2002.
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This company is worth talking too -

http://www.opieoils.co.uk/

The guys that run it seem to know a hell of a lot about oil, are partially independant and VERY enthusiastic (a rare combination of good qualities in the motorsport world). They answer oil related questions on another forum but I am not if it would be 'PC' to give the details here.

I suppose one viewpoint would not to be to find an equivelent oil for a given application, but to find the BEST one for that application.
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They answer oil related questions on another forum but I am not if it would be 'PC' to give the details here.
If it's who I think it is, very knowledgeable & helpful......I wouldn't dream of mentioning the forum I've come across them on, but alfa owners are always asking questions about oil....
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Very helpful people and it wouldn't be very PH to mention the forum.

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