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Q. Why can't I use a CI-4 Plus engine oil in an engine that calls for CJ-4?

March 7, 2013

A. Engines produced after 2007 are equipped with diesel particulate filters that require the use of CJ-4 oils.

Author: Mark Betner | Posted @ Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. If an oil meets the API category and any other standards set by my engine maker, what's the difference between that and a premium oil?

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.

Author: Mark Betner | Posted @ Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Can synthetic lubes extend the life of transmissions, axles, etc.?

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.

Author: Mark Betner | Posted @ Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Q. Do natural gas engines need different oils?

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.

Author: Mark Betner | Posted @ Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. How do they come up with the API categories?

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.

Author: Mark Betner | Posted @ Monday, December 17, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Will a synthetic oil help improve mpg?

December 3, 2012

A. The key factor in improving fuel economy is choosing the right viscosity grade.

Author: Mark Betner | Posted @ Monday, December 3, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. What do I need to look for in an oil to use for extended drain intervals?

November 23, 2012

A. First, make sure you know your engine manufacturer recommendations and guidelines.

Author: Mark Betner | Posted @ Friday, November 23, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Do I need different oil if I'm using a biodiesel blend?

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.

Author: Mark Betner | Posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. How can using different engine oil help improve my fuel mileage?

October 29, 2012

A. Low viscosity heavy-duty diesel engine oils, when compared to SAE 15W-40, may provide levels of improved fuel efficiency.

Author: Mark Betner | Posted @ Monday, October 29, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. What is an oil stabilizer?

September 28, 2012

A. The word "stabilizer" can be thought of as an aftermarket additive which claims some type of performance improvement.

Author: Mark Betner | Posted @ Friday, September 28, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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