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The use of high-quality lubricants cannot be overstated. As your engine runs, it is inevitable that metal parts will start grinding against one another. Eventually, this friction will wear out the components of your engine, possibly resulting in your trucks breaking down in the middle of a delivery. Needless to say, the use of lubricants is what prevents such a scenario from happening.

A Truck Fleet Owner’s Guide for Purchasing Engine Oils and Lubricants

Unfortunately, there is a massive number of lubricants available on the market. This can make it difficult for many people to choose the engine oils and lubricants that ensure an engine performs at its best.

If you find yourself in such a predicament, it would be best to stick with a brand that is recognized throughout the world. Shell would be a good example, as Shell lubricants are used worldwide for a variety of vehicles, including racecars. By limiting yourself to a particular brand, you are able to effectively narrow down your choices while assuring yourself that you will purchase a quality product.

Once you’ve chosen a brand of lubricant for your truck fleet, ask yourself the following questions. How you answer them will determine the best kind of lubricant to purchase:

What Driving Conditions Does Your Fleet Face?

The climate of your immediate area should weigh heavily on your mind as you try to choose the correct type of engine oil for your fleet. If your trucks regularly navigate a cold climate and/or a mountainous region, you’ll want to choose a lubricant designed for such weather conditions.

Using the cold climate example, you’ll want to try using a multi-viscosity oil marked at least 10W-40. The “10W” portion expresses how well the oil flows within your engine during winter-like conditions. On the other hand, 40 refers to how well the oil flows when your truck operates at higher temperatures.

How Far Do Your Trucks Drive on a Regular Basis?

For fleets that drive from state to state, or cross-country for that matter, using a synthetic oil with additives is a good idea. Synthetic oils have been specially engineered for long, grueling trips and provide your engine with the necessary protection. Additives like detergents also help prevent the build-up of the black sludge that mucks up your engine.

If you are still unsure about which lubricant to use, it’s best to consult your manufacturer’s manual. The manufacturer’s manual will often give you the minimum requirements for lubricants your engine needs to run at peak efficiency. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the needs of your truck, you can discuss which option best serves your needs with a reputable lubricant supplier like Apache Oil Company.

Sources:

How an Engine Lubrication System Works, How Stuff Works

Choosing (and Using) the Right Engine Oil, Edmunds.com

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

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