Kyle Kress

Kyle Kress

Kyle Kress is Phillips 66 technical coordinator, Automotive Products. For more information, visit: www.phillips66lubricants.com

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LSPI, GDI Issues Call for GF-5 Plus, the Interim Solution for GF-6

The implementation of the next ILSAC engine oil service category for passenger cars, ILSAC GF-6, has been delayed. This delay has pushed original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that produce vehicles powered by gasoline direct injection engines (GDI) to look for an interim solution to the challenges presented by GDI technology. That solution? GF-5 Plus. Why is GF-5 Plus Needed Now? GDI technology coupled with volumetric efficiency improvers such as turbochargers and superchargers, results in improved engine efficiency and decreased fuel usage. However, these technologies have resulted in a condition known as low-speed pre-ignition (LSPI). LSPI is a premature ignition of
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More European Vehicle Owners Look for Alternatives to Dealership Oil Changes

The average age of a vehicle on U.S roads is eleven years, and European-manufactured vehicles are no exception. These vehicle owners are quite savvy and know their vehicles require “special oil.” Many owners look for high-quality lubricants that are approved by their car manufacturer, even if their vehicle is out of warranty. After many European auto manufacturers stopped offering free maintenance packages with the purchase of a new vehicle, more new-vehicle owners began seeking out alternatives to dealership oil changes. One challenge to servicing European vehicles is that European engines require different oil formulations than U.S and other foreign
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