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Chevron offers free lube course in Spanish

Chevron’s Lubricants University, an online training resource offering information on relevant technologies and trends in the lubrication and maintenance industry, said it will offer its “Fundamentals of Lubrication” training course in Spanish.

Tire tips for light-duty trucks

Light-duty trucks, generally considered all-purpose vehicles, are classified at up to 10,000 lbs. GVW, but for the purpose of this column, we’ll extend the term to cover Class 3 and 4 offerings.

Cautious optimism about biodiesel

One of the privileges of being old is that I can be a bit of a curmudgeon. So, this month I’d like to pick on biodiesel a little.

ConocoPhillips oils OK with new Cat specs

ConocoPhillips Co. announced that its line of API CJ-4 diesel engine oils are compliant with the new Caterpillar Engine Crankcase Fluid (ECF) -2 and ECF-1-a specifications. These products, which were previously qualified as Cat ECF-3, were designed for use in the 2007 or later model engines equipped with diesel particulate filters (DPF) and catalysts for exhaust aftertreatment.

Chevron offers new synthetic gear lubricant

Chevron’s Delo brand of engine oils, lubricants and coolants introduced Delo Synthetic Gear Lubricant SAE 75W-90. The new product, which offers outstanding thermal and oxidation stability and meets all OEM warranty requirements, is suitable for use in rear axles and differentials for fleets in the commercial transportation and construction markets, the company said.

Chevron oils meet Cat specs

Chevron Products Co. announced its API CJ-4 and API CI-4 PLUS heavy-duty diesel engine oils meet the new Caterpillar ECF-2 specification. As of March 1, 2007, Caterpillar recommends the use of ECF-2 for pre-2007 on-road and any off-road Caterpillar engines no bigger than the C3500.

The high price of diesel fuel

I just returned from the TMC Annual Meeting with enough information to write three or four columns. If you haven’t attended a TMC meeting, I’d recommend it. The information taken back to your fleet will be well worth the expenditure.

Import solutions, not problems

In case you haven’t noticed, truck tires with new sidewall names are starting to appear where only well known brands have tread (couldn’t resist that pun) until recently.

CITGO fluid designed for GM, Ford transmissions

CITGO Petroleum Corp.’s new TRANSGARD Multi-Purpose ATF is specifically designed for use in General Motors and Ford electronically controlled transmissions calling for DEXRON-III, DEXRON-IIIE, DEXRON-II and MERCON-type fluids.

ConocoPhillips changes KLAS program

ConocoPhillips Co. announced several changes to Kendall Motor Oil’s Kendall Lubricants Analysis System (KLAS) oil analysis program.  Effective Jan. 1, 2007, ConocoPhillips aligned its software service provider with its oil analysis testing laboratory, consolidated contact phone numbers into one comprehensive support line and enhanced training opportunities, according to Steven Tarbox, director of product management, ConocoPhillips Lubricants.

The business side of biodiesel, ethanol

When we pick up a newspaper or magazine today, we see articles about emissions. It seems as if our entire world economy revolves around emissions reduction. That’s because it has become big business.

Bias ply tires destined for history books

It’s been a long time coming and, in the opinion of most tire industry engineers, long past due. Bias ply truck tires are becoming relics of a past age.