Shell Rotella T6 Multi Vehicle 5w30

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I am curious about the sulfated ash content in this oil. The Shell PDS does not mention it. I have contacted Shell and asked but no response. Has anyone here asked Shell about this and received an answer? Thanks.
 
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ACEA E6 and Mercedes-Benz 228.51 approval both require an ash level less than or equal to 1%, so even if Shell reports it they will likely give you this typical value.
 
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Originally Posted by SummitX670
I am curious about the sulfated ash content in this oil. The Shell PDS does not mention it. I have contacted Shell and asked but no response. Has anyone here asked Shell about this and received an answer? Thanks.
TBN looks more like High-SAPS oil, so probably around 1%. But in general, oil looks pretty stout.
 

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Originally Posted by kschachn
ACEA E6 and Mercedes-Benz 228.51 approval both require an ash level less than or equal to 1%, so even if Shell reports it they will likely give you this typical value.
I would agree at look at the ratings for a general idea of what is used as the additive package.
 
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The reason I am curious is that I am considering this oil for my 2019 Mercedes Sprinter with the OM642 turbo diesel V6. Many other Sprinter owners are using Mobil 1 ESP 229.52 with an ash content of .8%. I am probably splitting hairs here but am curious about the ash content of the Rotella and how it compares to the Mobil 229.52
 
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In that case you don't need Shell to tell you what the SA is of the oil since the approvals tell you that. The Rotella T6 5W-30 does not carry even a recommendation for the approval required for your vehicle and there's a reason for that. The amount of ash is one of those reasons. I would not use any oil that did not carry the required approval for your Sprinter. You are not splitting hairs, you need to use what Mercedes-Benz specifies. Shell is not going to ever give you an acceptable answer since this oil (and the approval it carries) is fundamentally incorrect for the engine.
 
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Correct. MB 228.51 is approved for Sprinter vans according to Mercedes own publications. Personally I like the idea of using an oil designed around protecting a diesel engine rather than oil that is designed to maximize MPG. I will take the slight hit in MPG for better protection and longevity.
 
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Since Mercedes-Benz 228.51 is appropriate per the owner's manual, and the oil in question has that approval what is the question again?
 
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