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Oil Weights for Summer Use

The Old Rules Don’t Always Apply Summer means hot weather and if you are following your grandfather’s footsteps you are probably reaching for heavier weight oil to protect your car, truck, ATV, UTV or anything else requiring a four-stroke lubricant. Lubricants are naturally thinner in hotter weather, so logic would tell us heavier weight oil is needed to provide the same engine protection you get from thinner oil in cooler weather. This logic holds true in some cases, but not for the reasons you would think. Since your Grandfather’s time, EPA fuel economy mandates have motivated automobile manufacturers and...

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Special Lubricant Needs of Marine Engines

Tackling Shear, Moisture and Intermittent Use Boating can be one of the most enjoyable and memorable summer activities anyone will experience. However, that marine engine that powers your good times leads one of the most difficult lives of any powersport application and it needs a specifically- formulated oil in order to keep it running as it was designed.      •  Unlike most liquid-cooled engines that use an enclosed, pressurized cooling system, most marine engines use the lake, river or sea water for cooling; this means they run cooler. The cooler temperatures when combined with typical marine RPM and...

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Round Table: Solving Challenging Problems For Customers

The Lube-Tech Round Table is a new feature for the Viscosity Index, designed to provide you with insights into how Lube-Tech helps customers overcome challenges and solve problems they face in their day-to-day operations.  To kick off our Round Table Discussion series, the Viscosity Index sat down with Lube-Tech Product Specialists Rich Limpert (Minnesota), Mike Nelson (Wisconsin) and Zach Setterberg (Iowa). The Round Table moderator is J.T. Bernier, Digital Marketing Manager at Lube-Tech & Partners. J.T. Bernier:  Guys, we work with a ton of customers who encounter challenges every day, and being out in the field, it’s your job to solve their...

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Fuel Economy: Where are the Standards Going and Why?

U.S. approves 54.5 mpg by 2025 As global markets evolve, fuel economy is becoming an increasingly important topic. Today, over 50% of the oil used around the world is for transportation, and over 75% of the energy used in the transportation sector is consumed on the road. Driven by fears of crippling oil price spikes as well as concerns for the environment, the U.S. government is taking action to reduce consumption by aggressively increasing fuel economy standards. In 2010, the U.S. raised the average fuel economy for new passenger vehicles to 34.1 mpg by 2016. That mandate is increasing...

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Waking Up Your Summer Engines

When it’s time to break out the summer equipment, it’s tempting to just fire it up and go. But you may need to do some prep first. Whether it’s a motorcycle, boat, ATV, small engine or other gas-powered equipment that’s been parked for the winter, follow this checklist to minimize trouble and maximize your summer fun. Use this 5-point checklist before firing them up 1 – Check your spark plugs to ensure your engine has a healthy combustion. For a two-stroke engine, a plug that is covered in gum or heavy carbon deposits indicates poor oil performance or that...

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