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How to Fix a Hydraulic Leak on a Tractor, the Easy Way!

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In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to fix a hydraulic leak on a tractor, the easy way. It may surprise many heavy equipment operators that if a tractor hydraulic system were to leak out one drop of hydraulic fluid per second, approximately 420 gallons of hydraulic fluid would be wasted during a twelve-month period.

Factor that over multiple pieces of equipment and the resulting oil consumption leads to a decrease in profits. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of utilizing a high-quality tractor hydraulic fluid stop leak.

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Best Motor Oil for Hot Weather

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Today’s passenger car or light truck engine has a typical operating temperature of 235 degrees Fahrenheit and can also climb higher when exposed to extreme operating conditions. With turbochargers and direct fuel injection becoming more commonplace, these types of technologies have contributed to increased operating temperatures within engines. Car manufacturers are being forced to make engines with performance improving technologies to meet the tough emission and fuel mileage standards enforced by the US government. In this blog post, we’ll offer some insight on what would be the best motor oil for hot weather.

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How to Get Better Gas Mileage in a Truck

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Improving a truck’s fuel miles-per-gallon (MPG) is an important goal for all truck manufacturers. CAFE standards for MPG are still undecided, yet fuel costs continue to skyrocket. If you’re a truck owner wondering how to get better gas mileage in a truck, we’ll try to give you a few useful strategies.

One strategy that many truck manufacturers are turning to is installing synthetic engine oils as factory-fill. This is one useful strategy that truck manufacturers feel will help them fit tough government fuel economy requirements. The main question for truck manufacturers would be the following: does synthetic oil give you better gas mileage over conventional lubricants?

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Best Oil for Diesel Engines

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Is synthetic oil better for diesel engines when compared to conventional diesel motor oils? We’ll try to answer that question in this blog post.

The first question we must ask is what is synthetic motor oil and is it the best oil for diesel engines? Synthetic motor oil is manmade and chemically engineered to create a pure lubricant. Pure means that the synthetic oil contains no harmful contaminants. Also, the molecular structure of synthetic oil is designed for specific purposes. There’s much thought and planning put into creating an oil with all the important features so that the oil delivers real benefits to the user.

A quality and high-performance synthetic oil is versatile. Due to its uniform molecular structure, it imparts properties that deliver superior friction reduction, stronger film strength, the ability to function in a vast range of temperatures, and improved fuel economy. These enhanced properties are so advanced and effective that they put synthetic oils’ performance far beyond the reach of what any conventional lubricant can provide.

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Straight 40 Weight Motor Oil vs 15w40 Synthetic Diesel Oil: Which Is Better ?

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For years, you may have run and continue to run a straight 40 weight motor oil in your diesel engine. Also, the thought may have occurred to you whether switching to a multi-viscosity 15W40 synthetic diesel oil might be a better option. To determine if a straight weight engine oil is the best for your diesel engine, first, we need to understand how it differs from multi-viscosity engine oil.

The engine oil’s viscosity is typically printed on the motor oil label for everyone to see. The thing is, most people don’t know what those numbers (e.g. 15W40) mean. For this post’s discussion, we’ll basically say that the majority of engine oils sold today are multi-viscosity. The first number you see listed on the label refers to the engine oil’s viscosity, or its resistance to flow when cold (e.g. 15W.) The “W” after the first number means “winter.” The lower the number, the easier the engine oil will flow when it’s cold. This means a 5W50 motor oil will flow easier and quicker at start-up than a 20W50 motor oil.

Did you know that 80% of engine wear occurs during dry and cold starts? This means that every morning when you start up your diesel engine, the potential of your engine experiencing 80% of its wear will occur during this period unless you’re using an engine oil that will flow fast and easy during these dry and cold starts. So, ask yourself this question: are you confident that the straight 40 weight motor oil you’ve been running does in fact provide your diesel engine with immediate protection during cold dry starts?

It’s very easy to adopt the “out of sight, out of mind” type of thinking. In the case of commercial diesel engines, we’ll try as best as we can to present ideas and concepts in this blog post that can help you maximize your engine’s performance and protection. Understand that there are simple strategies in improving your diesel engine’s performance and protection.

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