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.
How are FA-4 oils doing in real-world applications? What kind of durability have they shown? Will FA-4 be available in more engines anytime soon? Let’s get to the answers.
Phillips 66 Lubricants announced that it has extended its product quality guarantee to protect heavy-duty fleets against lubricant-related failure in the engine when using Guardol FE 10W-30. With more than 92 million miles of field testing on Guardol FE 10W-30, Phillips 66 says that it has proven the FA-4 product, like CK-4 oils, offers excellent
Historically, you’ve probably used total base number (TBN) as a key indicator of the remaining useful oil life in your fleet’s engines. The rule of thumb was to drain oil when the TBN reached one-third of its starting value. But changes in engine design—along with the move to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuels—have decreased
With a year of the new American Petroleum Institute (API) CK-4 and FA-4 oil categories under the industry’s belt, you have, most likely, switched your fleet over to the CK-4 formulation, as that was the engine OEM-approved backward compatible formula. The transition to FA-4 formulations for 2017 engines, on the other hand, has been a
Phillips 66 and Kendall have announced a new line of FA-4 and CK-4 diesel engine oils. Shawn Ewing, coordinator product technical services—commercial at Phillips 66, added, “Phillips 66 is committed to developing oils that support OEMs’ advanced technology and modern engine design, reduce emissions and offer performance benefits to fleets. We’ve spent the past four
Engine oil makers weigh in on the new oil formulations to help meet EPA improved fuel economy standards.
The most important thing that fleets need to know about CK-4 oils, according to Len Badal, global commercial brand manager for Chevron Lubricants, is that they are fully compatible, and there should be no concern if the two are mixed…
In an effort to strengthen relationships and drive strategic growth, Phillips 66 Lubricants has announced that it will consolidate its Lubricants portfolio into two brands, Phillips 66 and Kendall Motor Oil, beginning July 1, 2016. According to the company, transitioning away from a tri-branded strategy will help to elevate the profile of Phillips 66 Lubricants as a
Phillips 66 Lubricants has announced the addition of two new heavy-duty synthetic transmission lubricants to its Commercial product line—Triton Synthetic MTF and Kendall SHP Synthetic MTF. The new manual transmission fluids are full-synthetic, fuel-efficient transmission lubricants designed for use in heavy-duty commercial manual transmissions operating in extreme temperatures and extended service intervals. Both products are approved for
Phillips 66, an energy manufacturing and logistics company, has agreed to acquire Spectrum Corp., a leading specialty lubricants company. “The acquisition of Spectrum complements our strong-performing Lubricants business by increasing our access to specialized global lubricants markets and is in line with our strategy to selectively grow our Marketing and Specialties segment,” said Tim Taylor,