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Not Your Dad's Truck: DEF, SCR, and the EPA

Jennie McRae - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

        Diesel engines sure have come a long way, haven’t they? They have a very bright future in light of recent technological, political, and economical developments. With the help of DEF and SCR technology, the reputation of diesel engines has shifted from being harmful to the environment to being an appealing alternative for its fuel efficiency.1


         In January 2010, the EPA brought in new emissions standards requiring medium to heavy duty vehicles to reduce engine emissions significantly. To help meet these demands put forth by the EPA, vehicle manufacturers are now equipping diesel engines with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) capabilities. With SCR technology, DEF (diesel exhaust fluid—a solution of urea and de-ionized water) is sprayed in the exhaust, breaking down hazardous nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, turning it into a harmless mixture of nitrogen and water. And by 2016, all newly manufactured OTR and off-road vehicles and equipment must be fitted with SCR technology and DEF.


         Even if it weren’t required by the EPA, DEF would be a valuable addition to your fleet; it is biodegradable, is much better for the environment, and will allow you to extend oil drain



         As a customer of Central Oil & Supply, you can be sure that your diesel fleet will be EPA compliant with Victory Blue DEF. Please feel free to contact your account manager today about the future of diesel engines, SCR, DEF, and what it all means for your business at


Curious about what your DEF consumption would be for your fleet? Visit http://www.govictoryblue.com/def-calculator/ today.


1. http://www.govictoryblue.com/environment/

Debunking Myths: Sythetics Edition

Jennie McRae - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

        Been thinking about converting from a conventional oil to a synthetic? You’re not alone. Ever heard of some possible negatives to making that switch? You’re not alone on that one, either! Some claims you have heard may be warranted, but others are down-right, plain and simple just not true. Let’s debunk some of the myths you might have heard about synthetic oils:


Myth #1: Once you switch to a synthetic, you will always have to use one.


         Normally, myths are at least rooted in truth—this one, however, is not. Most all synthetic oils use a base oil that is derived from crude oil. (We use the word "most" because Pennzoil is challenging the standards on that one lately… click here for more information!) There are also a variety of synthetic blend oils out there to choose from if that is what suits your needs. Our point is this: you should not be scared to mix synthetic with conventional because it’s already being done by every brand you may have used. As long as the synthetic oil is meeting the OEM requirements set out in your owner’s manual and your seals are in decent shape, you can switch back and forth to your heart’s content.


Myth #2: A synthetic oil will cause leaks.


         We’re going to give it to you straight: this myth is based in fact. Early synthetics were made from esters which were hard on neoprene seals. However, synthetic oils have come a long way since the 1970’s—of many improvements made to synthetics over the years, a huge one is that they are much easier on seals. And, while synthetic oils will not create any leaks, you can be sure that they will find one. Because synthetics are so streamlined molecularly, they have no mercy for cracked seals. Synthetic oils may even clean gunk and deposits from your engine which is a very good thing—unless those deposits are acting as spackle on some questionable seals.1 If your vehicle has over 75,000 miles, you should be using a high mileage engine oil. 2


Myth #3: You should break in a new engine with conventional before you start using a synthetic oil.



        False. There is no manufacturer, that Central Oil & Supply is aware of, that makes this claim. Corvette, Cadillac, Volkswagen, Hyundai, and many other manufacturers’ cars come from the factory with synthetic oil.3


        If you have a question about something you’ve heard about synthetics versus conventional oils, please feel free to reach our lubricant and fuel experts at Central Oil & Supply at 1-800-883-8081.


1. http://auto.howstuffworks.com/switch-to-synthetic-oil3.htm

2. http://www.pennzoil.com/motor-oil/pennzoil-high-mileage-vehicle/

3. http://www.pennzoil.com/learn-about-motor-oil/synthetic-oil/


How to Achieve Better Equipment Performance Today

Jennie McRae - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

        The performance of your equipment means everything for your business; it will directly affect how profitable and efficient your operation is. Here are three easy steps to help you achieve better performance and have healthier and more reliable engines to operate with:

1. Get the right fuel and lubricants.

        We've all been told that fuel and lubricants have a huge effect on how well a vehicle runs. (That's because they do!) It's imperative that you take the time to determine which fuel and lubricant products are right for your equipment. Double check the recommendation made by your equipment manufacturer. Even if it means spending more money up-front on premium products, you will absolutely reap the benefits later on--your ROI will dramatically increase as maintenance costs decrease.

2. Have your used oil analyzed.

        Regular oil analysis will help you determine what a proper life for your engine oil is, what problems might be occurring in your equipment that you might not know about, and will also help you determine if what you are using currently is working for your equipment. Not only will your equipment performance increase, but your maintenance budget will be more wisely spent when you have so much knowledge about what is going on in your equipment.

3. Talk to your fuel and lubricants account manager.

        As a business that works closely with a fuel and lubricants distributor, you have unlimited access to a wealth of knowledge. Central Oil & Supply's fuel and lubricant account managers are readily available to help you; they know what your equipment needs in order for it to function properly and remain reliable.

        Call to reach your account manager at 1-800-883-8081, and you can start learning about how to achieve better equipment performance today.




3 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Used Oil Analyzed

Jennie McRae - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Whether you run a fleet or a plant, your livelihood depends on your equipment and how well it runs. One of the worst things you can hear is that an engine or piece of equipment is no longer salvageable due to the wear and tear that happens every day on the job. You follow strict timetables and monitor mileage closely to avoid such problems, but you could be operating your fleet or plant with underlying and potentially devastating issues and not even know about it. The good news is that there are now “blood tests” for your engines and equipment. These tests have the potential to help in three ways:

1. You can detect problems in an engine before they become a big issue. Certain things like antifreeze mixing and fuel dilution could be happening on the job without you knowing. Your oil analysis results can serve as an early warning sign to these and many other potential problems with enough time for you to get the issues fixed before they cause damage, unwanted facility down-time, and inefficiency—which all result in your business losing money. 

2. You can save money by following the specified best schedule for that vehicle. Not only can you save money just by being proactive about the health of your engines and equipment, you can also determine when oil changes are actually necessary with a professional oil analysis report. When you have information that lets you know what the useful life of your engine oil is, you can save on time and money.

3. You can have peace of mind. When you are equipped with knowledge about the condition of your used oil, you will be able to best determine what product is the most effective in your equipment, which will ultimately give you peace of mind. You will know that you are not changing your oil too often, you will know that you’re putting the right oil in your equipment, and you will know that you are not running your machines on contaminated oil. Used oil analysis reports can be invaluable to the life of your equipment and the health of your company.

To learn more about keeping your equipment sustained and in good operating condition, please feel free to contact the fuel and lubricant experts at Central Oil & Supply at 1-800-883-8081. 


5 Tips to Better Fuel Economy

Jennie McRae - Tuesday, October 07, 2014

When it comes to fuel economy, going green isn’t just a fad—it’s a necessity that will ultimately save you and your customers money. At Central Oil & Supply, we work hard to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in motor oil and fuel technology to help you and your customers stay “in the know.” Here are 5 tips to get better fuel economy from a personal vehicle:

1. Change driving habits. Avoiding doing things like braking suddenly, driving too fast, or revving your engine can help you get more bang for your buck at the pump. Being mindful of the load you’re carrying, driving smoothly and changing gears efficiently will help you burn less fuel.1


2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Checking that your tires are properly inflated is very important to not only keeping your family safe in your vehicle; it will ultimately let you drive longer on that tank of gas. 2 

3. Use the best vehicle for the trip. This seems like a no-brainer, but considering which vehicle you use on an everyday basis could ultimately save you big dollars.  Taking your gas-guzzler to work every day will not be as fuel-efficient as taking your smaller car that gets better gas mileage.3    

4. Keep your engine tuned up. Staying on schedule with regular oil changes is imperative to getting better fuel economy. Using Pennzoil Platinum with Pure Plus Technology® could allow you to drive an extra 550 miles versus an engine that’s dirty.4

5. Fill up with a premium fuel. Think what you put in your gas tank doesn’t make a difference? Think again!  Filling up with a fuel such as Shell’s V-Power Premium® gasoline will remove an average of 60% of performance robbing gunk on intake valves left behind by lower quality premium gasoline. 5

To learn more about how to get better fuel economy for yourself and your customers, feel free to contact one of our fuel and lubricants experts at Central Oil & Supply at 1-800-883-8081.


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