Daimler issues their own set of requirements for service fill engine oils used in their Mercedes-Benz vehicles. These are compiled together into a single document which is periodically updated, either when testing requirements are changed or new specifications are added.
Each individual specification is known by its MB Sheet Number. For passenger vehicles, the MB sheet numbers all in a sequence beginning with the number 229 and ending with a two digit suffix denoting the specific specification. For example, MB Sheet 229.3 is typically referred to as MB229.3.
The specifications detail allowable viscosity grades, ACEA or API level performance that must also be met plus additional physical, chemical and engine testing that must be conducted. This includes engine tests that have been developed by Daimler and chassis dynamometer testing fuel economy testing in specific vehicles for certain specifications.
All applications for approvals against Daimler’s specifications are made through Daimler’s online BEAM system. Daimler publish lists of approved lubricants on the Mercedes-Benz website.
May 11, 2020
OEMs often go way beyond the ACEA baseline when publishing their own service-fill engine lubricant specifications. Here we discuss the Daimler MB 229.52 lower SAPS service-fill specification for high performance engines.
March 14, 2018
Colin Morton, Lubrizol regional business manager for Europe, Passenger Car Engine Oils talks about how the MB 229.71 specification represents one of the first in a new generation of advanced low viscosity SAE 0W-20 lubricants.