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Is your truck getting the most out of its oil?

March 13, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The last truck I owned was a 1991 Peterbilt 379 with a Detroit Series 60 engine. I had to change the oil in that thing every 10,000 miles (16,000 km). At about $200 a pop every time I pulled the drain plug, oil changes took a significant bite out of my maintenance budget. I’m not in a big hurry to buy another truck, but I have to say I’m envious of current truck owners who can get away with two or three oil changes per year — in some cases, maybe only one.

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Premium Blue One extends drains

June 25, 2018 by John Smith

Valvoline’s Premium Blue One Solution, unveiled in March, is now the first engine oil approved to meet the Cummins CES 20092 spec’ that allows for extended drains in natural gas engines. With CES 20092 oils, Cummins Westport allows ISX12 G […]

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Valvoline Premium Blue three oils in one

March 7, 2018 by John Smith

Valvoline’s latest engine oil comes in a single bottle, but it’s designed to meet the needs of engines burning any one of three fuels – natural gas, diesel, or gasoline. Valvoline Premium Blue One Solution 9200, developed with Cummins Westport, […]

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Fuel-efficient oil from Shell

September 21, 2017 by John Smith

Shell’s new Rotella T5 Ultra 10W30 synthetic blend has been unveiled, meeting the recently introduced FA-4 oil category and improving fuel economy when compared to a conventional 15W40.

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New engine oil categories making the grade

September 21, 2017 by John Smith

SANTA BARBARA, CA – A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about related features and benefits continues.
The transition from CJ-4 to CK-4 and fuel-efficient FA-4 categories has essentially been seamless, says Dan Arcy, Shell Lubricants’ global OEM technical manager, referring to formulas that were officially released in December. The chemistry was driven by ongoing calls for longer drain intervals, better fuel economy, lower emissions, and increasing horsepower, after all.
And these are hardly the engine oils that have flowed through pumps in years gone by.
Oxidation stability had to improve to handle higher under-hood temperatures. When oil oxidizes, it becomes acidic and thickens, Arcy explained during a media briefing in California this week. At the very least, that shortens potential oil drain intervals.

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Next-Gen DURON Lubes Launched

October 22, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

Petro-Canada Lubricants has revealed its API CK-4 and FA-4 DURON engine product line, available to the market on December 1

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Shell Fleet Tests New Experimental Engine Oil

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

Shell is testing an experimental new engine oil in a fleet of test trucks with the goal of improving efficiency and fuel economy.

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Severe-Duty Oil

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

Chevron has created Delo 400 SD SAE 15W-30, a new oil to protect engines in severe-duty operations, engineered to address major changes in on- and off-highway applications

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New Petro-Can Engine Lube

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

Petro-Canada Lubricants has launched a new heavy-duty diesel engine oil, Duron-E UHP 5W-30, said to improve fuel economy by as much as 4%

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ENGINE LUBE-FILTER BASICS

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

There isn’t much that’s more important than keeping your engine oil clean. From the June 2000 issue

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CNG/LNG ENGINE LUBE

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Shell’s new Rotella T3 NG is dedicated to engines running on natural gas

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CI-4 OILS: BEST LUBES EVER?

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

With all the tests they have to pass, CI-4 engine oils for 2002-04 diesels are superb performers. From the June 2002 issue.

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SYNTHETIC ENGINE OIL

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Petro-Canada Lubricants announces its latest Duron-E lube

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Chevron to offer both CI-4 and CJ-4 engine oils in 2007 and beyond

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Chevron says it will still offer its CI-4 Plus engine oil in 2007 even after the introduction of the upcoming CJ-4 specification next October.

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IF OIL COULD SPEAK

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

What contamination, wear metals, and additive conditions say about your engine.