By Karl Rudman, Business Development Manager, Petro-Canada Lubricants
An abundance of choice, as well as continually evolving legislation and technology, mean that choosing the right lubricant for your fleet is a decision that requires careful consideration. To ensure that the best solution is found when selecting a new lubricant, there are four actions that should be taken:
- Begin by consulting the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) vehicle manual – or contacting them directly for further advice when deciding upon which product to stock.
- Consider what conditions your fleet works in – both how the oil is used and the climate it will operate in should be reviewed. Lubricants are available in different Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) viscosity grades, which dictate the acceptable temperature range in which they can perform optimally. For example, the “W” often found following the SAE viscosity grade stands for “winter”, according to the engine oil viscosity classification. This indicates that the oil provides protection in colder temperatures and is suitable for use in winter or cold climates. For fleets working in warmer conditions, a heavier engine oil such as an SAE 30 or 40 grade may be more suitable. These oils can prevent the breakdown often caused by higher operating temperatures by ensuring lubricant flow and the protection of critical engine components.
- Review the benefits of synthetic vs. non-synthetic – the synthetic quality of an engine oil is important as they offer varying properties. Full synthetic and synthetic blends provide better stability than conventional oils and therefore have improved performance in varied weather conditions. Depending on the operational conditions, synthetic blend oils can also improve performance and engine protection. Full synthetic oils can offer an even greater performance as they are formulated with a synthetic base stock that is blended with high-quality, performance-enhancing additives.
- Proof of performance - The final consideration before selecting a lubricant, should be whether the manufacturer can demonstrate their product line’s credentials with proof – such as OEM approvals or customer testimonials.
To provide a solution for all of these conditions and to comply with the strictest global regulations, including Euro VI, ACEA and North American API CK-4/FA-4, we introduced the DURON™ next generation product line.
Putting the product line to the test to demonstrate just how effective it is, DURON was tested at the renowned Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford, England. Assessed within a controlled environment designed to reflect real world use, the new and upcoming DURON UHP E6 5W-30 was found to offer up to a 2.34 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and emissions.
DURON also provides a more robust resistance to oxidation and aeration, as well as increased shear stability that enhances both engine performance and protection.
Selecting a lubricant for a fleet is a serious task that should always involve professional recommendations by OEMs and expert lubricant manufacturers, as selecting the wrong oil could result in the invalidation of a warranty, increased engine wear and inefficiency, as well as unnecessary downtime.
To find out more about DURON, visit lubricants.petro-canada.com and search DURON.
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