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Q. How important is it to regularly grease my truck?

July 10, 2013

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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. This, combined with more corrosive anti-icing agents and the demand for higher productivity, has placed grease lubrication at risk.

Discriminating fleet managers have discovered that by selecting high-performance, longer-lasting grease, they have been able to not only safely extend the re-lubrication schedule, but also significantly extend component life.

The trap that maintenance programs often fall into is that “any grease will work if I see my truck often enough.” It is true that the more frequently re-lubrication occurs, the more the fleet manager can compensate for average performing products.

It is highly recommended to consult with your grease products supplier to learn about products that can go far beyond typical expectations.

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Author Bio

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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