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New low viscosity diesel engine oils meet the needs of current, future engines

The American Petroleum Institute (API), working with engine manufacturers and oil makers, completely redesigned two heavy-duty engine oil specifications which were first licensable in December 2016. Nearly a decade had passed since the last diesel engine oil category, API CJ-4, was developed and major changes were required as engine technology had advanced. Engine technology advancement

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Hot Shot’s Secret introduces Blue Diamond Severe Duty transmission fluid and gear oil

Hot Shot’s Secret has introduced a new line of Blue Diamond Severe Duty transmission fluids and gear oils. Blue Diamond Severe Duty formulas are for all vehicles that experience heavy loads, towing or challenging terrain including commercial or utility vehicles, semi-trucks, motorhomes, tractors and off-road vehicles where there is an excessive demand on transmissions and

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What you can learn from diesel engine oil analysis

Oil analysis is a scientific way to assess the condition of the lubricant in your engine and detect oil contamination or conditions within your engine that could cause premature wear and/or downtime. A regular oil analysis program lets you build a historic database and watch for trends in a variety of areas. Optimally, you should

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Shell Rotella introduces Gas Truck Engine Oil

Shell Lubricants is introducing Shell Rotella Gas Truck full synthetic engine oil, which the company says will provide extreme protection for towing and hauling for gasoline-powered pickup trucks and SUVs. The oil comes in three viscosity grades: 0W-20, 5W-20 and 5W-30 beginning in January in the U.S. and in May in Canada. The oil will

Fuel-saving equipment continues to pay off

As diesel prices stabilized around $3 per gallon last year and the driver shortage started to show its full impact on the industry, operational costs have trended toward increasing wages and bonuses to attract qualified drivers. The driver shortage continues to be the top-ranked issue in American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) Top Industry Issues report.

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Oil drain intervals, OEM recommendations and whether you should extend

Today’s heavy-duty diesel engines are fine-tuned, highly engineered power plants. They’re churning out more power at lower RPMs and using advanced lubrication technology. Manufacturer recommended oil drain intervals (ODI) are equally engineered to provide the best performance, and they’re aggressive. Check out the latest oil drain interval recommendations: Cummins: When operating in the average 5.5

The lowdown on engine components

A growing trend when it comes to engine oil is that many fleets are employing extended oil drain intervals for their trucks. This can be a time- and cost-saving practice, but only if your trucks are in an application that supports extended oil drain intervals. If it does end up being a smart move to go with extended oil drain intervals, know that your filtration system can handle it.

Oil analysis: Is it really all about that base (number)?

Make no mistake: oil analysis is important. “Think of an oil analysis report as receiving a blood work report from your doctor. After all, engine oil is the life blood of any engine,” said Mark Betner, heavy-duty sales manager for Citgo. “The user of oil analysis needs to know what is tested, why it is

Hot Shot’s Secret introduces Two-Step Oil System Treatment

Hot Shot’s Secret has introduced a new Two-Step Oil System Treatment safe for gas and diesel powered vehicles. When used as directed, the company says that its two-step oil system treatment provides four major benefits: improved power and compression; reduced lifter and valve noise; reduced engine wear; and an increase in fuel economy. The first

Understanding key metrics in used oil analysis reporting

Understanding engine oil quality can ensure the proper operation of your fleet and prevent unforeseen damage during the recommended oil drain interval. Fleets commonly employ used oil analysis (UOA) to judge the oil life in their vehicles. By understanding and reviewing elemental analysis, oxidation and nitration, viscosity and soot, fleets can confirm successful oil performance

Chevron Delo awarded Daimler Trucks North America engine factory fill business

Chevron Products Co. maker of the Delo brand of engine oils, lubricants and coolants, announced Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) will begin factory filling with Chevron Delo 400 ZFA SAE 10W-30 (FA-4) starting Jan. 1. Beginning Jan. 1, Delo 400 ZFA SAE 10W-30 will be factory filled into all Detroit DD13, DD15 and DD16 engines. Chevron Delo

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Running your fleet on biodiesel is easier than you may think

One of the challenges of working in the renewable fuel industry is that people often believe that using biodiesel products requires a lot of jumping through hoops and equipment upgrades. With biodiesel, that’s just not true. In fact, getting started with biodiesel blends requires no vehicle or infrastructure modifications. Here’s what fleet operators need to