What You Need to Know About API SN vs. SN Plus

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 25, 2018 3:02:47 PM

Increasing fuel economy and emissions standards continue to drive automotive technologies, and those technologies are placing higher loads and demands on lubricants. OEMs are demanding engine oils that assist them in meeting fuel economy and emissions requirements while protecting engines through the life of the vehicle. Idle stop, low-speed pre-ignition and turbocharged engines are just a few of the protection challenges in front of modern automotive engine oils.

The pending ILSAC GF-6 engine oil specification is intended to address the issues arising from emerging technologies. However, with timing getting pushed out to 2019 or 2020, API updated its SN rating, releasing the SN Plus oil classification as a stop gap.

The Science Behind Your Carwash

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 28, 2017 10:52:52 AM

The magic of your local car wash is that it can clean a winter’s worth of road salt, dirt and grime off a vehicle in one pass. But it’s not magic, it’s science working on your behalf. And that science is performed by chemists knowing exactly what chemical cleaners are needed to shed that dirt while protecting all a vehicle’s different materials and finishes.

Where some cleaners such as laundry soaps need to factor in multiple combinations of stains and fabric types, car wash chemists have a good idea the surfaces and types of dirt and grime (tar, asphalt, oils, sap and road salt) they are dealing with. This allows them to formulate more effective cleaners.

Oil Change Myths

Posted by Lube-Tech on Feb 8, 2017 9:15:34 AM

Separating Fact From Fiction

We've all heard the urban legends about when, why, and how to change your oil. So, with assistance from Edmunds.com, Mobil, and other sources, here are six helpful myth-busters:

When To Go To Synthetic Oils

Posted by Lube-Tech on Feb 8, 2017 8:36:21 AM

In the life of an engine oil formulator, the decision of when to go synthetic is determined by the performance requirements of the lubricant balanced with the cost the market will bear. For consumers, choosing whether or not to purchase synthetic engine oil involved a similar thought process. Of course, you want to buy the best lubricant for your vehicle, but you have to find a balance between performance and cost as well. 

Understanding GF-6 Oil Specs

Posted by Lube-Tech on Feb 7, 2017 9:01:04 AM

With a fuel efficiency standard of 54.5mpg set for 2025, passenger cars and light truck manufacturers are working to gain every advantage possible in pursuit of fuel efficiency while maintaining engine protection and performance.

One way the auto industry is doing this is with ever-thinner engine oils, namely the ILSAC (International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee)-spec GF-6. First license for this engine oil is currently September 1, 2018.

Bulletproof Your Lifts

Posted by Lube-Tech on Feb 6, 2017 8:55:35 AM

ANSI standards mandate lifts need to be inspected annually. But standards are only one reason to get lifts inspected – avoiding down time and ensuring a safe working environment are two big reasons to keep list inspections at the top of any shop equipment maintenance list.

Lift inspections should be performed by qualified inspectors who are certified by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI). ALI-certified inspectors will be familiar with the electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems of any given lift. Lube-Tech Equipment Service Installation (ESI) technicians not only inspect lifts, they install them and maintain them.

Shelf Life Guide For Oils And Greases

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jan 17, 2017 4:08:41 PM

Lubricant suppliers such as ExxonMobil do not recommend use of their lubricants beyond the stated shelf life. But for the average user, identifying an expired lubricant may not be as easy as it is with something such as food, where “best used by” dates are prominently displayed, and rotten food is pretty obvious. Knowing a little about lubricants can help users determine if lubricants are OK to use or should be recycled.

Keep Your Lubricants Ready For Use: Fluid Storage Best Practices

Posted by Lube-Tech on Oct 14, 2016 12:26:45 PM

In the world of lubricants, inventory costs are a universal concern in an industry that has forced many companies to go lean. Protecting inventory is critical and proper storage of lubricants will insure quality and prevent waste. Following lubricant storage best practices will help increase efficiency in your operation.