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What is the Best Engine Oil for a Diesel?

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When considering what is the best engine oil for a diesel, there are various important factors to consider when choosing the best oil.

With the various modern types of diesel engines becoming so highly advanced with their complex specialized exhaust systems, the need for diesel engine oils to properly protect them is of critical importance.

When formulating the proper diesel engine oil, the chemists must decide whether they will engineer a conventional diesel oil that meets bare minimum industry standards and also meets a low price point or choose a totally different approach by deciding to formulate a high performance synthetic motor oil that far surpasses industry standards and provide oils for diesel engines that offer maximum protection and superior performance.

A full synthetic diesel oil initially will appear to be costly and expensive, but data has shown these advanced full diesel engine oils in fact offer the most value and greatest return on their investment. A blended full synthetic diesel motor oil  is a good choice to keep an engine running smoothly under all driving conditions, while effectively protecting critical engine components

For this blog post, we’ll try to offer some comparisons between these two philosophies. By understanding the difference between a conventional diesel engine oil versus a custom blended high performance synthetic diesel oil, you’ll be better equipped to decide what is the best engine oil for a diesel.

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Does Changing Transmission Fluid Help Shifting?

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Whether you are a heavy equipment operator,  in the automotive industry, or running a fleet of cars, you may be experiencing transmission problems, such as shifting issues, in some of your equipment.

When you drive your truck, bus, or car, do you hear strange noises as your transmission is shifting? Does your equipment need to be sent to the auto repair shop to check the transmission? Will the transmission need to be replaced? Does the torque converter need to be changed? Is it more a case of a dirty transmission that needs a change of the fluid and a change of the transmission filter, or is it simply low fluid levels?

In many cases, the genesis of these problems most likely lies in the type and quality of the lubricant being utilized.

The obvious question then is: Does changing transmission fluid help shifting?

Let’s discuss how changing your transmission fluid could be a simple solution to this frustrating problem.

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Best Synthetic Oil For Cold Weather

Snowplows removing the snow on the highway on a snowy winter day.

The best synthetic oil for cold weather is one that doesn’t thicken up when temperatures drop, thus allowing the oil to flow easily to critical parts that need proper lubrication and protection. Whether you are part of the heavy equipment or automotive industry, there are two oil types: synthetic and conventional. A synthetic base oil differs physically from a conventional base oil. This difference primarily concerns the molecular structure of each.

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What is the Best Automatic Transmission Fluid?

Winter diesel bus in Philadelphia.

Today, modern vehicles have a choice between lubricants that are considered conventional or custom blended synthetic lubricants. When deciding what is the best automatic transmission fluid, the first step in answering this question is to look at the base oils used for both conventional automatic transmission fluids and synthetic-based automatic transmission fluids.

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How to Make a Diesel Engine More Fuel Efficient

Blue semi truck.

If there was a way to learn how to make a diesel engine more fuel efficient, I would bet that the majority of diesel fleet owners would jump at the chance. This blog post will propose two very simple strategies that could increase fuel economy by as much as 9.5%. That may seem like a fairy tale, but there are diesel operators that have followed these two approaches to gain this type of improvement.

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Engine Oil Grades for Diesel Engine

Diesel bulldozer in the desert

Engine oils can be specified by two properties or characteristics. They can specify their performance capabilities and their viscosity. For any typical motor, the correct viscosity to be chosen will be dependent on the highest ambient temperature during operation and also the lowest start up temperature. Both of these can typically be found in your vehicle’s operation manual. The original equipment manufacturer will usually list a chart of recommended engine oils viscosity grades for the ambient temperature conditions that are likely to be experienced.

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Marine Grease vs. Regular Grease

Excavators in water.

There are many factors to look at when analyzing the differences of marine grease vs. regular grease. The most popular thickener that is added to the base oil to create a grease would be lithium soaps. Most conventional marine greases and regular grease are made up of lithium soaps. Added to the formulation for those greases would be your standard additives for extreme pressure, rust and corrosion, and additives that can enhance the grease’s ability to deal with water. Again, we’re talking about your conventional, run-of-the-mill marine grease and regular grease. Lithium soaps do not perform naturally well in wet environments. To make them perform better, they require specialized additives. The end result is a grease that is a compromise between regular performance and those needs for moisture resistance.

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