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The importance of Passenger Car Engine Oil in protecting your engine so you can drive on

We’ve all experienced that unnerving feeling when you’re driving and the ‘change the engine oil’ light unexpectedly appears on the dashboard of your car.

For most, it raises important practical questions about when the motor oil was last changed and how often it should be changed. But why do we only wait until that moment to think about the motor oil we use?

Think of motor oil as the lifeblood of your car, in the same way your own blood helps to ensure the smooth running of your body. To put it simply, your motor oil works to lubricate, protect, and cool your engine, which in turn, helps to improve the performance of your car.

And, just like blood types, there are lots of different motor oils. So, how do you know which one will protect your engine on every drive? Shell Helix Ultra is a fully synthetic motor oil which is made from natural gas designed for ultimate engine performance.

Because of its unique formula, Shell Helix Ultra fully synthetic motor oil provides up to 58% better resistance to oil degradation1 and on average 70% better piston deposit control in high temperatures during severe industry engine tests2. It is also designed for extreme temperatures, meaning it stays strong in extreme hot temperatures to keep the engine performing and has superior low temperature flow for easier starting and quick engine warmup3. This means that by choosing Shell Helix Ultra, you are ultimately working to remove the barriers that hinder driving performance, helping you to embrace your passion for driving.

So, regardless of whether you have a turbocharger or a supercharger engine, when using a fully synthetic motor oil, you will have peace of mind that your engine is fully protected, so you can drive on. So, don’t wait until your engine oil light is blinking, start thinking about your motor oil now.

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Navigating Motor Oil

For motorists around the world, so much of their love for driving is made possible through using the right motor oil in their car.

From lubricating the engine, reducing friction and improving fuel economy to dispersing heat and allowing emission filters to operate efficiently, motor oil is the ‘life-blood’ of the car.

When it comes to protecting the engine – from the inside out – prevention is better than cure. That is why it is so important to understand and choose the right motor oil to keep an engine in the best condition possible.

When navigating the motor oil aisle there are a few key things to keep in mind to ensure you are choosing the best lubricant for you and your engine.

  1. Understand the benefits of fully synthetic Passenger Car Engine oil
    Using a synthetic motor oil can help to provide long last engine performance and protection. Shell Helix Ultra fully synthetic motor oil made from natural gas, is formulated through a revolutionary gas-to-liquid process that converts the natural gas into a pure base oil with stronger molecular bonds. Shell Helix Ultra also provides up to 58% better resistance to oil degradation1 and on average 70% better piston deposit control in high temperatures during severe industry engine tests2. Put simply, this means that by using Shell Helix Ultra, you will have peace of mind, knowing that we are providing only the best for your engine and ensuring you that you have lasting engine protection, even in extreme temperatures so that you can always drive on1.
  2. Understand what type of engine you have and what you need to protect it
    The type of engine you have, from turbocharged to supercharged, plays a big part in determining the type of motor oil you should choose for your car. When selecting a motor oil, you need to be assured that it will protect your engine in the best way possible.
    Thanks to the unique properties of Shell Helix Ultra fully synthetic motor oil, even motorists who have high performance engines2 can select this motor oil with the peace of mind it will provide long lasting engine performance and protection so that you can enjoy the drive, no matter how extreme. In addition to this, Shell Helix also has low viscosity, low-friction formulations, which can result in up to 3.3% greater fuel economy3.
  3. Know your driving routine
    Modern day driving is putting additional stresses on engines which is making the role of motor oils even more important. Whether it’s the stop-start traffic of modern cities, or the open road of country driving, the needs of your engine will be different with every journey making it essential that your motor oil can handle every driving experience.
    Thankfully, Shell Helix Ultra is designed to perform in all driving conditions, whether in the city or adventurous off-roading, so that you can truly embrace the passion for the open road.
  4. Protect your engine from the extremes
    If your passion for driving takes you to the extreme, it is important to ensure you are protecting your engine for all types of temperature stresses that impact engine performance, such as cold starts and extreme heat from engine combustion. Shell Helix Ultra fully synthetic has superior low temperature flow even at -40 degrees below. Its lower viscosity also allows it to flow up to 3X faster at low temperatures for easier starting and quicker engine warmup4 . Shell Helix Ultra fully synthetic also stays strong in temperatures up to 1000°C to help keep the engine performing and key engine parts protected5.

¹Based on ACEA DV6C engine test results compared with ACEA A3/B4 specification.

²Based on DV6C (CEC L-106-16) and OM646LA bio test (CEC L-104-16) results compared with ACEA C5 specification SAE 0W-20.

³Based on the ACEA M 111 Fuel Economy results compared with the industry reference oil

⁴Compared with SAE J300 limit based on ASTM D4684

⁵Compared with SAE J300 limit based on ASTM D4684