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

November 12, 2012

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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. To be on the safe side, we recommend using higher performance heavy-duty engine oils, especially when operating in severe conditions or when employing extended drain intervals. It is also recommended to utilize an oil analysis program to monitor oil condition.

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Mark Betner

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Heavy Duty Lubricants Manager

Mark Betner boasts 35 years of experience in the lubricants business. As the Heavy Duty Product Manager for CITGO Lubricants he is responsible for initiating and implementing the marketing of new products and human development programs and oversees communications with the media, trade shows and consumer education.

Prior to this, he was a field sales manager and technical training administrator at an independent lubricant company specializing in heavy equipment lubrication.

Mark earned a master’s and bachelor’s degree in both chemistry and biology from Indiana University. He holds a certification from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and is a member of the Truck Maintenance Council.


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