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What exactly is LL-01? #4535548
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A big deal is being made over M1 0W40 not having LL-01 spec. But what exactly is the criteria for the LL-01 spec?

It was my impression LL-01 is to guarantee the oil life for the long OCIs BMW uses in some vehicles (~15,000 miles).

If that's the case and you change your oil earlier than what BMW OLM recommends isn't the spec meaningless?


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: camrydriver111] #4535557
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I think it's a money thing. Mobil 1 FS 0W40 in the US has porsche A40, VW and Benz approvals. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Mobil has to pay for the certification and if BMW has a certain preference, say for example Pennzoil pays them to promote their product, they'll pull the certification. I looked at the Australia PDS HERE and it shows M1 0W40 still having the same certifications as the previous Mobil 1 0W40. Anyway, thats my 2 cents.


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: camrydriver111] #4535559
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I drive a Toyota I don't need LL-01 but it sure sounds like a good reason for Walmart to drop Rollback to $20.88.


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4535581
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Different strokes. I'm thinkin' we all need to use the latest/best spec oils in our engines. Cleaner running is better for longevity. .02.

Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: camrydriver111] #4535586
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Originally Posted By: camrydriver111
A big deal is being made over M1 0W40 not having LL-01 spec. But what exactly is the criteria for the LL-01 spec?

It was my impression LL-01 is to guarantee the oil life for the long OCIs BMW uses in some vehicles (~15,000 miles).

If that's the case and you change your oil earlier than what BMW OLM recommends isn't the spec meaningless?

BMW LL-01 is a set of requirements defined by BMW for their own engines. It's basically just ACEA A3/B4 (really rigorous and comprehensive spec) plus some testing in BMW engines.

Check out this PDF from Afton Chemical. BMW LL-01 is covered on page 129. ACEA A3/B4 is covered on pages 75 through 80.

Yes, part of LL-01 is to guarantee the OCI. But it also covers wear, deposit control, shear stability, foaming, etc. etc. etc. -- lots of stuff that can't be compensated for by just shortening your OCI. I'm sure there are plenty of alternatives that'd work just as well with shorter OCIs; it's just hard to tell what they are without testing.


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: THafeez] #4535588
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Originally Posted By: THafeez
I think Mobil has to pay for the certification

Correct.

Originally Posted By: THafeez
and if BMW has a certain preference, say for example Pennzoil pays them to promote their product, they'll pull the certification.

Incorrect. There are still TONS of BMW-approved oils from companies other than Pennzoil.


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: d00df00d] #4535873
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@ d00df00d : thanks, good post.
Finally answered the OP's question.


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: THafeez] #4535911
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Quote:
the Australia PDS HERE and it shows M1 0W40 still having the same certifications as the previous Mobil 1 0W40. Anyway


Oz still gets the old formula M1 0W40 with a HTHS of 3.8 cP, not the new M1 0W40 FS with a HTHS of 3.6 cP. Two different oils with (almost) the same name.


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: THafeez] #4535992
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Originally Posted By: THafeez
I think it's a money thing. Mobil 1 FS 0W40 in the US has porsche A40, VW and Benz approvals. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Mobil has to pay for the certification and if BMW has a certain preference, say for example Pennzoil pays them to promote their product, they'll pull the certification.

The thing is, though, there still are Mobil varieties with LL-01, such as Mobil Super 3000 5w-40. Is Mobil expressing their displeasure? Or, do they simply not care about LL-01 any longer? Unless Mobil and/or BMW say something concrete, we'll never know. Even if they do say something, will they be in agreement and will it be correct?

Of course, there are also other varieties with LL-01, so it's not like BMW is only allowing Shell products to carry the certification.


Plain, simple Garak.

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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: camrydriver111] #4536348
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Despite all the hypothesis thrown around about why M1 doesn't meet it anymore, the fact is M1 does not meet the spec and others like Castrol do. If I had a BMW I'd use Castrol for that reason alone.


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: KCJeep] #4536355
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And Mobil 1 does not meet Chrysler but Mobil Dino in bulk does ... so of course folks speculating is normal on a pay to play subject ...
Ford bovine output regarding HDEO is another


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: 4WD] #4536558
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Originally Posted By: 4WD
And Mobil 1 does not meet Chrysler but Mobil Dino in bulk does ...

Yes. It's interesting to note that the Mobil Super 3000 product I referenced is a bulk only product, too. Maybe they don't feel like annoying the independent Euro shops.


Plain, simple Garak.

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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: camrydriver111] #4536654
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Apart from the wear test LL-01 is the same as ACEA A3/B4. What are the chances that A3/B4 oil with MB, VW, and Porsche certifications would not pass the wear test?


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: THafeez] #4536689
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Originally Posted By: THafeez
I think it's a money thing. Mobil 1 FS 0W40 in the US has porsche A40, VW and Benz approvals. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Mobil has to pay for the certification and if BMW has a certain preference, say for example Pennzoil pays them to promote their product, they'll pull the certification. I looked at the Australia PDS HERE and it shows M1 0W40 still having the same certifications as the previous Mobil 1 0W40. Anyway, thats my 2 cents.

BMW charges approval process/testing like all other companies.
I was involved in testing and certification of VW 504.00/507.00oil, and VW charged 3,200 euros for certification.
Car companies do not make money granting approvals. It is actually in their interest to have as many oils approved as possible because that makes maintenance of their cars easier and more appealing.


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Re: What exactly is LL-01? [Re: THafeez] #4536840
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Go to exxonmobil.com.sg

Thatís a massive operation in Sípore Ö at the bottom you can find the gold bottle 0w40 with BMW and the other German brands ... Bet thatís sold in Oz Ö looks like what I found online in Melbourne a few weeks back.
Have seen (and rode in) a number of German cars in Sípore as wellÖ


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