Keep Your Lubricants Ready For Use: Fluid Storage Best Practices

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jun 19, 2019 8:23:33 AM

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.


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 OEM trained. These 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.

What Fleet Owners Need To Know About PC-11

Posted by Lube-Tech on Jan 3, 2017 11:13:58 AM

By now, you’re probably already using PC-11 or are about to. To date, ExxonMobil has accumulated more than 27-million miles of testing on its CK-4 and FA-4 PC11 diesel engine oil blends. The main thing fleet owners need to remember is there are two sub-categories, CK-4 and FA-4:

 CK-4 – replaces CJ-4 oils, is a higher-viscosity blend with the high-temp, high-shear qualities needed for older-style diesel engines and is back-serviceable.

 FA-4 – In order to meet increasing emissions and fuel efficiency standards, new diesel engine designs will benefit from using a lower viscosity engine oil. FA-4 does not have the same high-temp, high-shear qualities as CK-4 and is not back-serviceable.

Prepping Diesel Fuel Tanks For Winter

Posted by Lube-Tech on Oct 14, 2016 10:00:43 AM

Diesel fleets depend on clean, moisture-free fuel to stay running their best, especially when temperatures start to drop in winter. Moisture in a diesel fuel system can cause numerous problems including bacteria growth, filter plugging and, in colder temperatures, icing. The summer of 2016 in the Midwest was wet and humid, and that moisture and humidity combine to create problems in diesel fuel tanks and dispensing systems once temperatures start to drop.

Treat DEF How You Treat Fuel

Posted by Lube-Tech on Oct 14, 2016 9:57:47 AM

Fuel is the energy that drives any fleet. Fluctuations in fuel price can mean big changes in fleet operations. For businesses that run diesel fleets, DEF is equally as important as fuel, and managing DEF supply is equally as critical to successful operations as managing fuel supply.

To keep NOx emissions in check, most manufacturers have turned to Selective Catalytic Reduction systems that inject Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) into the exhaust to break down NOx into nitrogen and water. DEF is 32.5% urea and 67.5% de-ionized water.