If you own a Mercedes-Benz, you need to know how to take care of it properly. It’s important that you use the right products, and one important one is the engine oil you select. Mercedes-Benz engines are designed for high performance and require a specific level of care. Choosing any regular oil you find is often not the best selection, as these engines often require high-quality synthetic oils more than natural oils.
Most cars can comfortably use petroleum based oils. However, Mercedes-Benz is on a different level, and for it to function efficiently and offer better performance, it needs the right oil for its design.
The Difference Among Engines
Before you choose the right oil for your Mercedes-Benz, you need to know how the engine works. There are different kinds of engines including regular gasoline, turbo and biturbo engines, and diesel engines from Mercedes-Benz.
Gasoline or Petrol Engine
This engine runs on volatile liquids such as gasoline or petrol and is an internal combustion engine that uses a spark ignition. In most of these engines, the air and fuel mix before compression which is made possible with the assistance the carburetor. Modern Mercedes-Benz design now has models that use electronic controlled fuel injections. After the fuel and air are mixed, the engine uses the spark plugs to start the combustion process.
This engine is an internal combustion engine as well, but the difference is that the air is the only element compressed and heated. The heated air is what ignites the fuel in the combustion chamber. Glow plugs are used to initiate the ignition process when there is very cold weather or when there is a lower compression ratio.
Turbo or Biturbo Engines
Turbo and Biturbo engines, of a Mercedes-Benz AMG or Mercedes-AMG product, are either powered by diesel or petrol and use a turbocharger. While the engine performance is similar in its design to its gasoline or diesel counterpart, the turbocharger increases the efficiency of the internal combustion engine by forcing extra air into it and increasing performance.
Mercedes-Benz Engine Oils
Mercedes-Benz engineers know the engine better than anyone else, and as such, they know the best oil for it. Mercedes-Benz owners should only use Mercedes-Benz genuine engine oil for the engines to function efficiently. The reason to use the oil is that:
- The oil is developed to match the technical specifications of the engine.
- The oil reduces internal friction to optimize engine performance.
- The oil optimizes the engine service life by minimizing engine wear.
- Using the oil maximizes fuel efficiency.
- The oil offers complete protection to the engine in critical operating conditions.
- The oil circulates rapidly throughout the engine.
There are different Mercedes-Benz genuine oil products that have been manufactured to suit Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Before you get oil for your car, check with the vehicle owner’s manual and your local Mercedes-Benz dealer to find out the correct oil to use according to the car model.
This oil is 5W-40 premium synthetic engine oil that is suitable for:
- Mercedes-Benz AMG engines
- Selected Mercedes-Benz models that have diesel engines that do not have filters that are diesel specific.
- Mercedes-Benz petrol engines that are late models.
The 5W-30 premium synthetic oil is made using a formula that contains a low amount of sulfur, ash-forming components and phosphorous.
This engine oil is suitable for:
- Mercedes-Benz diesel engines that contain diesel particulate filters.
- Mercedes-Benz diesel engines that do not have diesel particulate filters.
- Selected Mercedes-Benz models that have petrol engines.
It is important to note that the oil cannot be used for the Mercedes-Benz G350 Blue TEC. Only the MB 229.51 Blue TEC can be used for this engine type.
MB229.51 Blue TEC
This oil is OW-30 premium synthetic oil that has been manufactured for a specific engine model. The engine oil is approved for and can only be used by the Mercedes-Benz G350 Blue TEC.
This oil is heavy duty 10W-40 premium synthetic oil that uses a formula that is low in phosphorous, sulfur, and any ash-forming components. The oil is suitable for diesel engines that have or do not have diesel specific filters.
If you have an old Mercedes-Benz engine, you will need to look for this 10W-40 premium engine oil that was designed to work best with older models.
If you love antique cars and you have a classic Mercedes-Benz that predates 1945 or one that was manufactured from the 1950s to 1990s, it might be hard to get the right engine oil. However, Mercedes-Benz engineers have you covered with their new range of engine oils for the classic Mercedes-Benz edition.
Other Engine Oil Brands That Are Approved
If you chose an after-market engine oil for your car, Mercedes-Benz engineers have approved another brand that will work just as efficiently. Mercedes-Benz users can also use Mobil engine oils as they circulate easily in the engine and also provide extra protection against wear.
However, before you use any engine oil, you should consult with your Mercedes-Benz dealer and your owner’s manual to guide you on the best engine oil based on your engine model.