Volvo Trucks North America will offer a new factory fill engine oil for the Volvo D11, D13 and D16 engines meeting Volvo’s VDS-4.5 engine specifications and exceeding API's new CK-4 oil specification.

Volvo models running oils meeting the VDS-4.5 oil spec will be able to travel for longer intervals between oil changes, saving customers time and service costs, the company says. For engine and oil filters, the new recommended maintenance intervals are longer for each duty cycle, including long haul, regional haul and heavy haul, as defined by fuel consumption.

Those intervals were increased to 55,000 miles for long haul, 40,000 miles for regional and 30,000 miles for heavy.

Volvo VDS-4.5 underwent analysis and testing to ensure changes met Volvo’s reliability and performance standards. VDS-4.5 is compatible with and can be used in older, previous emissions level engines. The new oil will be available beginning in October.

For owners who decide to use the current Volvo VDS-4 oil, current lower mileage oil change intervals will remain. If engine idle time is greater than 30%, operators should use the next shorter drain interval.

“Assuming a 600,000-mile vehicle life in over-the-road applications, the new engine oil intervals will allow truck owners to skip between four and 16 oil drains, depending on duty cycle, compared with the prior maintenance schedule,” said John Moore, Volvo product marketing manager – powertrain. “In oil costs alone, that represents a savings of hundreds of dollars per year, even for the lightest duty cycles. Those savings would be substantially larger for operations that do not perform preventative maintenance in-house.”