Driven to change
by Sean Kilcarr, in the December American Trucker magazine
Oil. It’s the lifeblood of an engine. Nothing’s changed about that since the birth of the automotive age. But when it comes to heavy-duty diesel engines, right now a lot about oil is changing. What’s more, say major lubricant suppliers, the changes under way are all for the better. Driving the ongoing push to develop and bring to market new multi-grade oil formulations is the growing recognition that this liquid gold can pump value into trucking operations beyond delivering on its core mission of protecting expensive engines. Indeed, the latest advances in lubricants for heavy-duty diesel engines promise to arm fleet owners with a potent weapon for further taking down operating costs. For the major oil formulators, the front line they had to push past was determined by staying on top of the various factors that shape their market.