A:To help ensure the motor oil you use in your car or truck offers a minimum level of performance, the API has published motor oil specifications for decades. They typically update their specs every few years to ensure lubricant performance keeps pace with engine and equipment advancements. Normally the transition from the outgoing to the incoming specification is simple and most people never notice it. This time, however, the API has introduced two new diesel oil specifications – API CK-4 and API FA-4 – to replace the outgoing API CJ-4 spec. As you can imagine, this has led to some confusion.