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Discussing the lubrication needs of internal combustion engines

Natural gas and hydrogen combustion engines need lube love too.

Shell Lubricants introduces T6 10W-30 heavy-duty engine oil

Shell Lubricants has introduced Shell Rotella T6 10W-30 full synthetic heavy duty engine oil, a full synthetic 10W-30, which provides the benefits of a full synthetic engine oil in the fastest growing viscosity grade for diesel-powered vehicles, the company noted in a press release. Shell Rotella T6 10W-30’s unique formulation is designed to provide better wear performance.

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The cost of ownership benefits of low-viscosity lubricants

On-highway fleet maintenance is arguably more complicated than it’s ever been. Fleet managers, maintenance managers, and techs alike face the difficult challenge of minimizing their total cost of ownership (TCO) amidst a radically evolving business landscape. The challenge of keeping current with and understanding how emerging trends affect each other is perhaps the most complicated,

Two ways to use engine oil data to make better truck service decisions

How do you know when you’re going to have an engine service need? Sure, you run the recommended drain intervals and your vast years of knowledge can lend to correct gut decisions more often than not, but still… The roads trucks roll down are challenging, the demands are unceasing. What if you had the clairvoyance

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How diesel engine filtration impacts fuel economy

Every fleet is feeling pain at the diesel pumps. As fuel prices continue to pummel bottom lines, the way to eke out even more fuel efficiency is to focus down on the details–nitty-gritty maintenance practices and component selections that will boost profitability. So let’s take a look at proper diesel engine oil maintenance practices that

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Four myths about API FA-4 diesel engine oil, busted

Lower-viscosity engine oil formulations have been available in the heavy-duty trucking marketplace for nearly six years. Despite some attractive fuel economy benefits that these lower-viscosity formulations provide, they maintain just a slim market share among all available formulations. Why is this the case? It’s been shown that Class 8 over-the-road fleets can realistically expect fuel

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How diesel engine oil analysis works (and why you need to be doing it)

Today’s diesel engine oil isn’t your grandfather’s old engine oil. Several years back, a pair of new API diesel engine categories entered the market–CK-4 and FA-4. Both aimed to lower oil viscosity and boost fuel economy, while still providing the much needed engine protection. CK-4 replaced CJ-4 as the go-to fill for most engine manufacturers,

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D-A Lubricant launches new look for PennGrade, PennGrade1

D-A Lubricant Co. announced a new look for its PennGrade Passenger Car Motor Oil and PennGrade1 High Performance Oil, a first since D-A acquired the PennGrade name and logo in 2015. The PennGrade Passenger Car Motor Oil lineup is now color coded to demonstrate the distinct levels of viscosities between the synthetic, full synthetic and

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What’s stopping fleets from adopting FA-4 diesel engine oil?

Choice of engine oil might not be something that many you, as a fleet owner or operator, think about every day, but it’s a choice that could be having a significant impact on the total cost of ownership. Why is that? The American Petroleum Institute introduced the FA-4 performance category for heavy- duty engine oils,

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Second Edition of API 1525A published to ensure bulk oil chain of custody and documentation

The American Petroleum Institute announced the publication of the Second Edition of API 1525A – Bulk Engine Oil Chain of Custody and Quality Documentation. The publication provides procedures for managing the bulk engine oil chain of custody to ensure oil quality from the point of manufacture to installation in a consumer’s engine. Updates were made

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Be it engine oil or delicious pasta: Beware of too much of a good thing

Some years ago, shortly after we were married, my wife made spaghetti using her own special recipe. This dish was one of the best plates of spaghetti I had ever experienced. I boldly proclaimed how I could easily eat this spaghetti every night. This experience was the first time I personally learned the truth of

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Donaldson updates Filter Minder Connect, previews additional capabilities to come

In a recent press event, Donaldson outlined new and upcoming updates to Filter Minder Connect, its solution for monitoring fuel filters and engine oil condition on heavy-duty truck engines. Among the updates Donaldson outlined are: Engine Oil Monitoring: This contains two components, one of which is a remaining useful life model that will help users

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