Brent Wilson, Author at Fleet Equipment Magazine
The engine impact on furloughed trucks that are ready to start

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a story of two extremes—some fleets have been running harder than ever delivering essential goods and other fleets have had to park their trucks. As states across the country reopen and business starts picking up, the maintenance needs of your furloughed trucks should be taken into consideration.

How API engine oil categories are defined

Ever wondered how those engine oil categories from the American Petroleum Institute (API) are decided upon? Here’s a bit of behind-the-scenes info. “It’s important to note that once a standard or an API category has set those specifications, they remain untouched,” says Jeff Harmening, API manager of the Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System (EOLCS). 

API certification: What it is, what it means and why you should look for it

The mission of the American Petroleum Institute (API) is: “To promote safety across the industry globally and to influence public policy in support of a strong, viable U.S. oil and natural gas industry.” What does that mean to you? According to Jeff Harmening, API manager of the Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System (EOLCS), API exists

Recycled oils: Are they safe to use in your trucks’ engines?

A fleet manager should keep fluids in bulk, of course, but how much qualifies as “bulk” largely depends on your fluid consumption. Kenneth Tyger, director of technical services with D-A Lubricant Co. Inc., says that “it is typically recommended to turn the fluid over in the bulk tank(s) every one to two months.” After being used,

Diesel engine oil purchasing tips: Bulk fluid, bulk price

The second part of our in-depth look at bulk fluid holding.

Can engine oil expire?

Buying oil in bulk comes with its own bulk of considerations. Will it go bad before you can use it?

Fuel additives: Are they worth it?

You see the advertisements, you see the charts and statistics, but when it comes down to brass tacks, do fuel additives work? Chris Gabrelcik, founder and chief executive officer of Lubrication Specialties, had some thoughts.

How oil prices impact fleet costs

Oil prices go up and down at the slightest whim. Volatility can be nerve-wracking. And while its impact on diesel is apparent, how can oil prices affect the bottom-line cost of heavy-duty truck engine oil? The answer is: It doesn’t really.

Fuels and lubes column