Today's Trucking
news

FA-4 oils are proven, but uptake remains slow

March 21, 2019 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – Doug Kading, vice-president of maintenance for C.R. England, would love to use FA-4 engine oils across his entire fleet of 4,000 tractors. Instead, the FA-4 factory fill his new trucks come with is tossed at the very […]

news

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.

products

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 […]

products

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, […]

products

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.

news

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.

products

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

products

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.

products

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

products

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%

products

PETRO-CANADA DURON-E CJ-4

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The new Duron-E CJ-4 oil from Petro-Canada is for EPA-compliant 2007 diesel engines

products

PREMIUM BLUE IN CJ-4

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Valvoline’s Premium Blue engine oil meets and exceeds API CJ-4 specs.

products

Is Your Oil Well?

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

EGR engines make oil analysis more important than ever

products

KNOW YOUR GREASES

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Chevron’s Lubricants University offers new grease courses

products

ENGINE OIL IS TOUGH STUFF

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Prior to the launch of EGR engines, we looked at the challenge they represented for engine oils. Fact is, today’s remarkable engine lubes work harder – and better – than oils ever have. From the September 2000 issue.