Delo® 400 LE SAE 15W-40 API CJ-4 Tested and Ready For 2010


December 8, 2009

Delo-400-LE-CJ-4-Oil— Nearly Ten Years of Field and Laboratory Testing Indicates Exceptional Performance with New Engine and Aftertreatment Technologies —

SAN RAMON, CALIF., December 8, 2009 – Chevron’s Delo brand of technologically advanced engine oils, lubricants and coolants, today announced that after conducting extensive field tests since 2000 in nearly two-dozen Volvo D12C engines using Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF), Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Urea, also known as Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) – technologies expected to be widely deployed to help reduce vehicle emissions starting in 2010 – Delo® 400 LE SAE 15W-40 showed exceptional performance in the areas of durability, reliability and the reduced production of incombustible materials in the DPF. Chevron’s test findings have been published in multiple SAE papers (SAE 2009-01-1781; 2005-01-3716 and 2005-01-3575).

Tests done in engines using DPF, SCR and DEF before Delo 400 LE 15W-40 was introduced in late 2006 were conducted with a pre-API CJ-4 Delo prototype. 

Since 2008, Chevron has been testing its Delo 400 LE 15W-40 in Volvo 2010 emission compliant engine technology using DPF, SCR and DEF. Multiple engines have accumulated between 130,000 to 190,000 miles of operations using the oil. Even with 30,000 – 40,000 mile drain intervals, the use of Delo 400 LE 15W-40 resulted in excellent engine durability and low levels of wear.

Testing of Delo 400 LE 15W-40 showed that the oils reduced level of sulfated ash (versus similar API CI-4 PLUS oils of the same grade) resulted in substantially less incombustibles in DPF. Lower ash levels in the DPF should result in less cleaning maintenance and potentially better fuel economy due to the lower back pressure on the exhaust.

Commenting on the strong test results, Jim McGeehan, global manager, diesel engine oil technology, Chevron Global Lubricants, said, “It is no accident that our Delo engine oils have one of the most respected reputations in the market. To assure our customers have lubricants they can rely on to run their businesses and protect their investments, we conduct extensive field and laboratory tests. In preparation for 2010, we have tested for nearly a decade.  Our customers can rest assured that our Delo 400 LE 15W-40 will provide the protection needed in 2010 and pre-2010 engine technologies.”

The DPF, SCR and DEF solution will be used by most OEMs to address 2010 emission regulations – only one OEM will employ an EGR only solution. The Volvo system Chevron used for testing was a “passive” DPF, while some OEMs will deploy an “active” DPF in 2010. The two systems are basically the same.

The strong performance of Delo 400 LE 15W-40 is a result of Chevron’s proprietary ISOSYN™ Technology which combines highly refined base oils with advanced additives to create products that rival synthetic lubricants in critical performance tests while maintaining costs similar to mineral-based oils.


Delo 400 LE 15W-40 is available in gallon jugs, five gallon pails, 55 gallon drums and in bulk. Contact Chevron or your local Chevron lubricant marketer for more information.

Chevron Delo® 400 LE SAE 15W-40 meets:

  • API Service Categories CJ-4, CI-4 PLUS, CI-4, CH-4, CG-4, CF, SM
  • ACEA European Service Categories E9/E7
  • Engine test performance requirements

o   Caterpillar ECF-3, ECF-2

o   Cummins CES 20081

o   DDC Power Guard 93K218

o   JASO DH-2

o   Mack EO-O Premium Plus 07

o   MAN 3275

o   Mercedes Benz MB-Approval 228.31

o   MTU Category 2.1

o   Renault RLD-3

o   Volvo VDS-4

Delo Oils Ready For 2010

Delo® 400 LE SAE 10W-30 has also been fully vetted on 2010 engine platforms 

Chevron’s Delo Product Family

Chevron’s Delo product family includes lubricants, coolants and greases that provide premium protection, performance and bottom-line value for on- and off-road diesel-powered equipment. Delo products are found in all major industries such as commercial transportation, construction, mining, agriculture, and power generation.

All Delo products are covered under the Delo Warranty Plus program, which provides bumper-to-bumper protection against lubricant and coolant related failures as described in the Delo warranty.

The Delo family contains a full line of engine oils, including Delo® 400 LE SAE 15W-40 and 10W-30 (CJ-4), Delo® 400 LE Synthetic SAE 5W-40 (CJ-4), Delo® 400 Multigrade SAE 15W-40 (CI-4 PLUS) and Delo® 400 Synthetic 0W-30. Rounding out the complete line of Delo products are Delo® Extended Life Coolant, Delo® Extended Life Coolant/Antifreeze – Nitrite Free, Delo® Greases EP, Delo® Heavy Duty EP, Delo® Synthetic Grease SF, Delo Synthetic Transmission Fluid SAE 50, Delo® Gear Lubricants ESI® and Chevron Delo® Synthetic Gear.

More information on Delo products can be found at:

About Chevron Products Company
Chevron Products Company is a division of a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX).

A full line of lubrication and coolant products are marketed through this organization under the Chevron and Texaco brand names. Select brands include Havoline®, Delo® and Texaco Xpress Lube®. Chevron Intellectual Property, LLC owns patented technology in advanced lubricants products, new generation base oil technology and coolants.

Headquartered in San Ramon, CA, Chevron Products Company, together with its Chevron affiliates worldwide, is ranked among the top three global marketers of lubricants and is active in more than 180 countries through 4,000 employees.

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