For the Workshop


Ravenol have a fully comprehensive range of OEM approvals, more than any other brand worldwide. This is of great benefit to all workshop owners. Let’s explain why.

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The world has been revolutionized in the past decade by technology and with this “Tech Revolution” products have become mostly better, faster and more compact. However, adversely they have become far more complicated. From satellite TV to mobile phones, many luxuries we take for granted today have in fact only been commercially available for a short period of time. Perhaps the biggest contributing factor to this Technical Revolution is the Internet. Having access to the internet is a major advantage to workshop owners.

In the past, universality was possible between petrol and diesel engine, vehicle manufacturers, turbo and non turbo, cooling system antifreeze and automatic transmissions and much more. Those days are well and truly gone forever with most OEM’s specifying vastly different requirements from year to year, model to model. Even within the same manufacturer, differently specified products are listed. Not using these products can lead to an increase in fuel consumption, excessive engine wear and a reduction in engine life and most importantly, that any legal warranty and guarantee claims may be limited.

Ravenol supply 36 different automatic transmission fluids at present. An article that appeared in Lube Report on the 29th of April 2015, written by Joe Beeton and well worth reading, confirmed the reason for this. Khaled Zreik, GM’s senior lubricant engineer speaking at the Uniti Mineral Oil Technology Congress emphasized the importance of following original equipment manufacturers’ guidelines for service-fill ATF. He warned that end users should be wary of the myriad ATFs in the market that claim to meet universal specifications – such as both GM’s Dexron-VI and Ford’s Mercon V – as each is different, and such universality is impossible.

Furthermore, Zreik stressed that aftermarket additives cannot convert or “up treat” one fluid to another. “We always see these kinds of claims, and have tested way too many such products. The results always show that the claims are hilarious.”

Pages from Lubes & Grease June 2015


We are able to help automotive workshop owners to add significant value to the services they offer their customers. One way we help is by supplying the correctly specified high quality automotive products, as specified by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). This includes engine oils, transmission fluids, power steering fluids, coolants/antifreeze, differential oils and more. The internet provides an easy resource via our Ravenol website, to check the exact lubricant requirements of each vehicle being serviced, including drain periods, quantities etc. By supplying the correctly specified product the workshops customer receives the correct product, not the closest match to what is specified by the manufacturer (OEM). This is far more important than one would think. Reliability in a vehicle is more important now than ever before. Breaking down at night with your family in the car, can have devastating consequences.

Ravenol make this possible by having a range of more than 330 products which include 20 different fully synthetic engine oils, all with different OEM approvals, 36 different automatic transmission fluids, 22 different coolants (antifreeze) to name only a few.

Our professional, knowledgeable and well trained team is more than willing to share the many advantages of supplying a high quality, manufacturer specific, non-commodity motor oil. Our products provide substantial value to the vehicle owner and at the same time provide the workshop with the facility to improve on their profit margins significantly, the trust the customer has in the workshop, its reputability and provision of customer satisfaction.

What we have to offer at Ravenol benefits both the car and workshop owner equally. Why have the same as all the others, Ravenol oils provide a win-win solution and give workshop owners the edge in this competitive automotive service industry. Technology has changed forever when it comes to automotive lubricants. Embrace the new technology and make it work in your favour!


With newer cars (past 10 years) workshops can expect:

Coolant/antifreeze incompatibility issues if the incorrect coolant is used, including incompatibility with hoses and head gasket material. Different types include Inorganic Additive Technology (IAT) Organic Acid Technology (OAT) Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT). This excluding the consideration of whether or not the OEM allows the use formulations containing phosphates silicates, borates and nitrites in their cooling system.

Incorrect engine oils for petrol and diesel engines that will block or significantly shorten the service life of catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters and other emission protection equipment.

Incorrect viscosity and type of engine oils will increase fuel consumption between service intervals.

Using the incorrect API Gear Lubricant numbered product in a manual transmission, like using API GL-5 where API GL-4 is specified can result in bearing failure. Using the incorrect gear lubricant in a differential can cause failure of the final drive.

Using incorrectly specified manual transmission fluids will affect cold morning shift ability and service life. These fluids are fully synthetic and low-viscosity. Newer low viscosities include SAE 75w, SAE 75w/80 and SAE 75w/85. The latest manual transmission fluids provide outstanding use under severe mechanical and thermal stress and extended oil change intervals.

Automatic transmission fluids. Make sure the replacement fluid meets or exceeds all OEM requirements. Using the wrong type of fluid may cause transmission problems and damage. Workshops will also need to provide fluids changes for CVT (Continuously Variable Chain Type Transmissions) and DCT/DSG (Dual Clutch Transmission/Direct Shift Gearbox) transmissions. Each requiring very specific OEM approved fluids.

Brake fluid has changed. DOT 4 was the standard, but now workshops can expect to see DOT 5.1. DOT 5.1 has a higher boiling point than DOT 4 providing a greater safety margin for the motorist. Keep in mind that the internal components of the system (seals, brake hoses, and fittings for example) were specifically designed and tested for compatibility with the chemical composition of the DOT ? fluid specified. Because different brake fluids typically contains a different chemical composition, compatibility of system components may be an issue. Dot 5.1 fluid is designed as brake fluid for modern vehicles with the brake circuit accompanying systems such as ESP and ABS due to its low viscosity.


“It is deemed by Engineering and Manufacturing Standard Authorities that the lubricant contained within an engine or machine is also a component of that machine. It therefore stands to reason that it should be correctly chosen, maintained and monitored for its condition just like the engine itself. Unfortunately the lubricant’s specification and condition is frequently ignored or overlooked until a problem arises and only then does anyone seem concerned about the maintenance of the lubricant and the critical importance of selecting the lubricant correctly”.


With the widest range of OEM approvals and top class lubricants, we are the obvious lubrication partner for any type or size of workshop. We offer unrivalled technical support.

Ravenol also offers a variety of other services for workshops including:

  • Access to the internet simplifies the choices workshop owners need to make regarding the choice of correctly specified OEM lubricant to be used in their valued customers vehicle. The Ravenol Oil Finder makes the task of choosing the correctly specified lubricant child’s play. An example follows of how a workshop can easily access all lubricant related information for all makes of vehicles via the Ravenol Oil Finder. For passenger cars alone there are 106 manufacturers with thousands of models listed. The example used is the printout available for all the lubricants specified for a BMW 1 series 135i (E88) 2008 model. Please click here to see this example of a printout Oil Guide – Ravenol.
  • Ravenol products are available in a variety of sizes, including 1l, 4l, 5l, 20l, bag in box and 208l drums.
  • Bag In Box is a unique solution for oil storage for the modern workshop.
  • More OEM approvals than any other oil brand.
  • Our interactive oil finder (oil guide for all motor vehicles).
  • Unrivalled technical support.
  • Peace of mind