Viscosity Modifiers Play an Integral Role in Modern Engine Oil Technology

Posted by Lube-Tech on Aug 28, 2018 10:51:51 AM

Valuable Aid in Meeting EPA Fuel Economy Standards

Viscosity modifiers are polymers that play a critical role in modern multi-grade engine oils. Part of EPA fuel economy testing is a cold start and drive test, and carmakers such as Honda have been able to increase their overall new car mileage ratings by blending super-thin, multi-grade oils such as 0W-20 and 0W-16. Thinner oil creates less drag inside the engine, freeing up power in cold start situations as well as in overall driving and ultimately increasing fuel mileage. High quality base stocks and engine oil viscosity modifiers combine to make this possible.

Lube Service Challenges

Posted by Mighty Auto Parts on Aug 27, 2018 12:50:10 PM
New Technology Requires New Level of Service

In the past, most powertrains were forgiving when it came to lubricants, oil viscosities, and engine deposits. Many lube shops consolidated and took the approach that one oil viscosity was suitable for all applications. Taking the approach on one of the newer engine designs, such as those equipped with Active Fuel Management (AFM), can result in some major and costly engine repairs.

The Benefits of Upgrading to Premium Lubricants

Posted by Lube-Tech on Aug 8, 2018 3:11:58 PM

The Trickle-Down Effect

Lubricants are the lifeblood of any machine, and in any given machine a lubricant performs multiple functions. The primary role of a lubricant is to make things run smoother – to lubricate. But a lubricant also serves as a coolant, a cleaner, it protects against wear and corrosion, assists in power transmission and helps preserve component seals. Often the quality of a lubricant determines how well each of these roles gets performed. And lubricant quality is often the ultimate factor in helping a machine reach maximum efficiency and productivity.

Focus on Customer Relations and Retention

Posted by Mighty Auto Parts on Jul 19, 2018 10:37:48 AM
For Your Share of the Repair Business

With an aging fleet that is currently approaching 12 years, this translates into a lot of needed repairs to keep these vehicles operations. The independents are not the only service providers that have an interest in this market. New car dealers are taking steps to secure their fair share of this business. With the service department representing approximately 40% of the dealership’s gross profits, they are serious about obtaining and retaining their share of this repair business.

Gum and Carbon Deposits

Posted by Mighty Auto Parts on Jul 19, 2018 9:43:48 AM
Create Engine Performance Challenges

It was a busy morning with multiple vehicles arriving on roll-backs with no-start symptoms. The vehicles ran perfectly the previous day, only to encounter a no-start condition the following morning. The systems were that of loss of compression. Each vehicle shared two things in common:

1) They were low mileage vehicles with tight tolerances.

2) The vehicle owners had purchased fuel from the same fuel distributor.

Gasoline Direct Injection

Posted by Mighty Auto Parts on Jul 17, 2018 1:05:48 PM
And New Service Opportunities

Gasoline Direct Injection comes with a new set of challenges and service opportunities that the technician must be familiar with.

Many of today’s vehicles are fitted with a relatively new fuel system technology for the automobile, referred to as Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). While this technology has been around for 100 years, it has just become widely used by the automotive industry in gas applications. The GDI system offers a great improvement in power, torque, and fuel economy.

Lube Service Intervals

Posted by Mighty Auto Parts on Jul 17, 2018 1:03:58 PM
Are You Making the Right Service Recommendation?

For those accustomed to 2,500 mile lubrication schedules, extended service intervals are a concern. Tripling that mileage service interval (sometimes more) just doesn't seem right for the health of the engine. Due to high warranty repairs, some vehicle manufacturers are calling for more frequent service intervals.

Servicing Fuel Filters

Posted by Mighty Auto Parts on Jul 10, 2018 9:39:53 AM
Neglecting a Filter Replacement Can Be Costly

While much emphasis is placed on servicing filters during routine vehicle maintenance, little attention is given to the fuel filter until an engine performance issue occurs. Neglecting the fuel filter can result in damage to some expensive components such as an electric fuel pump or some costly fuel injectors. Following are reasons why some vehicles encounter multiple fuel pump failures.

Knowing the Right Grease For Your Application

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 27, 2018 11:04:34 AM

Precise manufacturing is the result of well-running, precision-built machinery, and grease plays a major role in keeping that machinery operating at peak levels. However, grease is often misunderstood and, worse, misapplied.

Grease is a solid to semi-fluid substance consisting of a thickening agent combined with a liquid lubricant. Grease is typically characterized by its thickening agent. Soap-thickened greases include lithium, lithium complex, aluminum complex, calcium, calcium complex, calcium sulfonate, sodium and barium. Non-soap greases include organo-clay, polyuria and silica. Thickeners make up 3-30-percent of a grease compound.

Tech Tip: Proper Coolant Mixing Practices

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 26, 2018 9:45:24 AM

When machining with water-soluble coolants, maintaining coolant stability is essential to produce quality parts and surface finish. Therefore, it is important to mix the coolant properly. 

Water-soluble coolants consist of both an oil phase (nonpolar) and a water phase (polar). These phases are extremely dissimilar, so they tend to separate from one another. Hence, emulsifiers are an important component in the coolant concentrate. Emulsifiers are molecules that consist of both polar and nonpolar sides, which help bring the two phases together.