How to read a label?

How to read a label?

The product label give information about the lubricant performances:

Viscosity Index

  • Viscosity index provides information on oil viscosity when submitted to temperatures variations. Multi-grade oil indicates a viscosity index at low and high temperatures.


  • 5W stands for viscosity index at low temperatures. The lower the index is, the more fluid motor oil will be at low temperatures, which ensures optimal lubrication when starting the engine.
  • 30 stands for viscosity index at high temperatures. The higher the index is, the more viscous motor oil will be at high temperatures, which enables better lubricating at high temperatures.

Product Category

There are 3 different types of base oils which are used in lubricants manufacturing process :

  • Mineral oils are made from petroleum-based products and undergo no transformation.
  • Synthetic oils consist of chemicals compounds. Synthetic oils are preferred to lubricants refined from petroleum when operating in extremes of temperatures, as it provides superior mechanical and chemical properties than those found in mineral oil.
  • Semi-synthetic oils which are blends of minerals and synthetic oils (no more than 30%).

Multi-language label

Total Lubricants have multi-language labels. They thus provide customers with product description and customers benefits in most languages.

Product description, customer benefits and applications

Here are indicated the lubricant technology (synthetic, mineral, semi-synthetic), the benefits for the customer and different applications.

International specifications and OEMs’ approvals

Total lubricants meet international specifications as ACEA, API, JASO and ILSAC to ensure high technical performances. In addition, some OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) set up quality certifications to protect and optimize their engines' performances. These homologations are more stringent than international standards. The OEMs recommend the use of a specific motor oil (see your car maintenance guide).