21 Jun 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

Positive conclusions for VLS gear oil investigations

A number of gear oils and transmission fluids were recently had their blending changed following cases brought forward by the Verification of Lubricants Specifications (VLS) following concerns over low temperature property claims.

Questions were raised over Westway Lubricants 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Oil, Fanfaro 75W-90 Max 6 GL-5 Gear Oil, a synthetic gear oil suitable for use in manual transmissions, and Granville 75W-90 Fully Synthetic Manual Transmission Fluid.In all cases, following the investigations, appropriate action was taken that saw claims clarified and blends amended.

Mike Bewsey, Chairman of VLS, commented: “The outcome of these cases demonstrate that VLS plays a vital role in ensuring that lubricant products are fit for purpose and can deliver what they claim. Products that do not comply with specifications regarding low temperature properties may not provide adequate circulation. This can lead to accelerated wear when equipment is started from cold and will not support fuel efficiency expectations. We thank the companies involved in these investigations for uplifting and disposing of affected products to protect end users and communicating their process changes to ensure future products are compliant.”

For more information, visit: www.ukla-vls.org.uk