December 17, 2014
A. I am not exactly sure what “thin ice” oil is, but your question is good. I assume you are concerned about newer low-viscosity oils that may be considered for applications operating on “thin ice”. These low-viscosity oils actually include grades such as 10W-30, 5W-40 or 5W-30
Posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:00 AM | »
December 10, 2014
A. Generally, differentials can be lubricated with SAE 75W-90, 80W-90, 85W-140 or even 80W-140 gear oils which helps people know which product should be used for differentials and the SAE 50 for transmissions.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 7:50 AM | »
December 3, 2014
A. Yes - equipment owners have changed to synthetic lubricants without problems.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:00 AM | »
November 19, 2014
A. So called high priced oils can provide some capability to optimizing the service intervals as long as you know what the manufacturers recommendations are for that component. However, there is more to the story than just extending the service life of the oil.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 AM | »
November 5, 2014
A. No - Color of an oil is not a method of evaluating oil quality. Oils can vary with base oil and the additive selection and color does not provide you with an indicator as to what level or how the oil will perform.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:00 AM | »
October 22, 2014
A. Absolutely there is a difference-refer to your manufacturers recommendations for their specification requirements.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 AM | »
October 8, 2014
A. The most basic explanation of these specifications is that TAN means total acid number and TBN mean total base numbers. Technically oriented people will want to give you a textbook definition of these specifications but here is the relevance of these specifications.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 8, 2014 12:00 AM | »
September 24, 2014
A. Proper application of grease is equally important as the type of grease. The frequent incorrect method of lubricating a 5th wheel is to simply apply the grease in a ribbon like manner thinking that the engagement of 5th wheel and trailer will spread the grease correctly.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:00 AM | »
September 10, 2014
A. Attempting to provide a meaningful explanation to the differences in base oil there is an excellent reference provided on the internet entitled understanding the differences in base oils.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:00 AM | »
August 27, 2014
A. Engines that start and stop frequently tend to have several potential lubrication related issues.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:37 AM | »
There is a lot of concern raised over cam damage in older flat tappet gasoline engines when current gas engine oils are used because of the reduction or elimination of zinc. Would using a diesel oil provide the cam protection these older engines are said to require?
July 7, 2014
A. If you are using the older gasoline engine for normal operating conditions, a diesel engine oil type formulation does typically provide higher Zinc levels and the higher viscosity-15W-40 will provide extra oil film in addition to the higher Zinc.
Posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 12:00 AM | »
June 23, 2014
A. Diesel heavy duty engine oils that meet the current American Petroleum Performance Category CJ-4 are backward compatible with older engines such as yours.
Posted @ Monday, June 23, 2014 12:00 AM | »
Why does Mobil say they can go 15,000 miles, and Amz-Oil to 25,000 to oil change. while others just say change at recommended intervals according to the book? Also how far can I go with syn oil in our truck fleet, and again, is one oil better than the other?
June 9, 2014
A. Your question regarding the products you have referenced need to be directed to those companies to support their claims. However, there can be a difference in the synthetic composition of engine oils.
Posted @ Monday, June 9, 2014 12:00 AM | »
I am trying to make a comparison to show the cost savings per truck annually when using this particular product versus a conventional motor oil such as Shell Rotella 15W-40. It is my understanding that with the SynDurance, there is a fuel savings of about 2 to 5% due to reduced engine friction - is that accurate?
May 26, 2014
A. Typically the range has been from 1-3% depending on type of fleet. With current diesel fuel prices that can yield an annual savings of up to $1500 or more annually in fuel savings.
Posted @ Monday, May 26, 2014 12:00 AM | »
May 26, 2014
A. Manual automated generally utilize the same type of drive line lubricant as manual transmissions.
Posted @ Monday, May 26, 2014 12:00 AM | »
May 12, 2014
A. If the natural gas engine is spark ignition and operates totally on compressed or liquefied natural gas, major engine manufacturers recommend a natural gas engine oil as opposed to an oil designed to operate on diesel fuel engine and compression ignition.
Posted @ Monday, May 12, 2014 12:00 AM | »
April 28, 2014
A. Even though many if not most heavy duty engine oils claim both the API C or commercial performance category for diesel and S or service category for gasoline engines, there are two factors two consider.
Posted @ Monday, April 28, 2014 12:00 AM | »
April 14, 2014
A. No, the engine does not develop an affinity for one oil or have a negative reaction to changing brands.
Posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 12:00 AM | »
March 31, 2014
A. Good question and an area that is most often neglected or done incorrectly. Many truck 5th wheels are re-lubricated by simply taking the grease dispensing unit and dispensing a ribbon of grease around the 5th wheel plate and often neglecting the 5th wheel jaws which engages the trailer pinion entirely.
Posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00 AM | »
March 17, 2014
A. TBN is total base number and TAN is total acid number. TBN is a measure of the reserve alkalinity or reserve acid neutralization remaining in the oil.
Posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 12:00 AM | »
March 3, 2014
A. There is no set answer to this question or standard. The answer depends on make, model, engine condition and operating conditions. A badly worn engine will consume more oil than an engine with less wear.
Posted @ Monday, March 3, 2014 12:00 AM | »
February 17, 2014
A. Oils listed with W (which stands for winter) can have different numerical values different combinations within what is called a multi-grade diesel engine oil.
Posted @ Monday, February 17, 2014 12:00 AM | »
November 20, 2013
A. Actually, Cummins recommended a multi-grade oil 15W-40 in this engine which offered several benefits versus a straight SAE 40 Oil.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 AM | »
November 6, 2013
A. Soot loading in the oil is caused by fuel combustion by products and can be impacted by operating conditions, engine condition and the efficiency of the fuel injection system.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 12:00 AM | »
September 18, 2013
A. Greases vary widely in their performance capability in respect to the basic performance factors. Greases for heavy equipment can be designed to pump very easily in cold weather while lasting up to three or four times longer in severe service. The key is to ask the right questions regarding grease design and performance capability matched to the operating conditions.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:00 AM | »