August 21, 2013
A. A full-synthetic heavy-duty engine oil typically is offered in a 5W-40 or 5W-30 grade. Full-synthetic oils include many advantages.
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I'm a lubricants consultant for 3,000 vehicles, mostly class 8 long haul fleet.
August 14, 2013
A. CITGO is already doing the necessary testing of the new requirements that will take effect in early 2016. These requirements will include fuel efficiency, which is a category that has always been a main focus for CITGO.
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August 7, 2013
A. Semi-synthetic oil means that the finished lubricant contains both conventional- and synthetic-based oils. The amount of synthetic component can vary from product to product with no set rule as to how much synthetic base oil is used.
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How about if you change from regular to synthetic? Can a person just experiment with oils to see which one works best? How about mixing them? By that I mean using an odd brand in a pinch when you can't find the one that's in your crankcase?
July 31, 2013
A. It’s perfectly fine to change brands of oil – the engine doesn’t care.
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July 24, 2013
A. Re-refined oils have proven to be successful alternatives. Today’s re-refining process for base oils – when combined with the high-performance additive technology – can rival the performance of their virgin base oil counterparts.
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July 17, 2013
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July 10, 2013
A. Grease is often given the least attention, and has been described by many fleet managers as the weak link in establishing maintenance schedules. Today’s fleets have steadily extended re-lubrication schedules.
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What about viscosities? Are you going to TMC?
July 3, 2013
A. Unfortunately, there is not one correct answer to this question as performance varies greatly on usage, environment and overall conditions, but it’s always important to know the engine manufacturer’s recommendations and match a fleet’s operating condition with the engine oil drain / change intervals.
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What can I do to make sure my engine is protected from higher heat?
June 26, 2013
Premium oils are designed to withstand the rigors of higher temperatures.
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June 12, 2013
Premium oils typically use additive and base oil technology that is designed to last longer in service without breaking down.
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May 29, 2013
A. Oil analysis data should provide insight into the oil condition that could lead to lubrication-related component problems or failure. A complete engine oil analysis report may include the following information.
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May 15, 2013
A. Yes, there are several benefits to implementing an oil analysis program, even if you do not plan to extend oil drain intervals. Here are seven.
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May 1, 2013
A. Several factors impact oil change intervals. An equipment owner should always start with knowing the equipment manufacturer’s recommendation and their input regarding the use of oil analysis.
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Isn't thicker better when it comes to long engine life?
April 10, 2013
A. Lower viscosity oils or oils with a lower W rating such as 10W-30, 5W-40 or 5W-30 can be formulated for both engine durability and fuel economy.
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March 7, 2013
A. Engines produced after 2007 are equipped with diesel particulate filters that require the use of CJ-4 oils.
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February 21, 2013
A. Many lubricant consumers refer to the basic engine manufacturer approvals and API credentials to determine whether or not the oil selected is suitable for service and complies with component manufacturer recommendations.
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February 7, 2013
A. Yes. Properly formulated synthetic drive line lubricants can offer extended lubricant service and component life compared to mineral oil or conventional type gear oils.
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January 24, 2013
A. Yes. Most leading diesel engine manufacturers typically recommend engine oils that are specifically designed and formulated for engines using CNG or LNG.
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December 17, 2012
A. The API (American Petroleum Institute) categories are established through a joint effort of engine manufacturers, oil suppliers and chemical additive suppliers with oversight by API.
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December 3, 2012
A. The key factor in improving fuel economy is choosing the right viscosity grade.
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November 23, 2012
A. First, make sure you know your engine manufacturer recommendations and guidelines.
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November 12, 2012
A. It has been reported that higher biodiesel blends above 5% may increase the rate of oil oxidation and fuel dilution. This, however, is still under further review.
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October 29, 2012
A. Low viscosity heavy-duty diesel engine oils, when compared to SAE 15W-40, may provide levels of improved fuel efficiency.
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September 28, 2012
A. The word "stabilizer" can be thought of as an aftermarket additive which claims some type of performance improvement.
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