Eaton Corp. has revised its line of synthetic lubricants with new specifications, new labeling and a new name. These initiatives have been made to help customers identify and use the proper lubricant to ensure the best possible performance of Eaton medium- and heavy-duty transmissions and other commercial vehicle components, the company explained.
Two new specifications have been introduced: One for newer model Eaton heavy-duty manual and automated transmissions, and one for Eaton medium-duty Procision transmissions. At the same time, the entire lubricant portfolio has been rebranded Eaton and package labels have all been redesigned so the current generation of products and specifications are easily identifiable.
“Lubrication plays a vital role in keeping trucks on the road,” said Donna Mosher, an engineering technical specialist for Eaton. “So we’ve raised the bar to meet and exceed customer demands for fuel efficiency, extended drain intervals and improved performance.”
Replacing the decade-old PS-164rev7 specification is the new Eaton PS-386 spec, which is backward compatible and mandatory for Eaton Fuller Advantage Series (FAS) Series transmissions, high torque models, all automated units, and for extended protection plans. Initial tests have demonstrated fuel economy improvements of 1.5% on non-Fuller Advantage Series transmissions. The new Eaton PS-278 spec has been specially formulated for the wet dual-clutch design of Procision transmissions and should not be used in other Eaton transmissions, the company advised.
To alleviate what Mosher describes as widespread confusion surrounding the use of approved fluids is a new colorful labeling system, featuring gold/yellow logos identifying all PS-386 lubricants, and light green logos identifying PS-278 containers. Eaton also is making light green dip stick tagsavailable for Procision transmissions.
“There often is confusion about what the right lubricant is for a particular transmission,” Mosher added. “We’ve made it simple, by either purchasing Eaton-branded lubricants or looking for the new ‘Eaton-Approved Lubricant’ logo on the package. Taking one of these steps will reduce the risk of having the improper lubricant for your transmission.”
The Eaton-branded lubricant product portfolio now includes two axle fluids (FE 75W-90 and 80W-140), multi-purpose grease, and the two transmission fluids.