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In this edition of the Shell Rotella Newsletter, we are giving a big shoutout to the incredible Trucking with Tay and Sonne Farms. Don’t miss the chance to dive into their Instagrams, where you’ll uncover maintenance tips and an insider's view of the adrenaline-pumping trucking lifestyle on the open road.
Celebrating our July, August and September Calendar Features
“This is our third time coming to Shell Rotella® SuperRigs® and second truck to get in the calendar. Getting in the calendar is a huge honor and being picked a second time is even more shocking. When you’re a small kid and see the calendars hanging around places, you’re like man, one of these days that could be me. It’s something that you always aspire to, a great tradition that we’re honored to be a part of.” - Terry Aslinger & Family, Marquand, Missouri
“I’ve always wanted to build a truck that would be worthy of Shell Rotella® SuperRigs®. I have chills talking about it. A good friend of mine that we lost yesterday, Mr. Troy Huddleston, told me I need to get this truck here. This is my first SuperRigs® and to get the word that I was chosen for the calendar, it was an emotional moment for me. I was almost in disbelief. It’s a childhood dream come true. This calendar shoot is for Mr. Troy, who we dearly love.” - Bubba, Krystal & Kolt Branch, Lakeland, Florida
“This is my first Shell Rotella® SuperRigs® show. The boys have always wanted to come but we just haven’t been able to make time We’re proud to be here. When they picked me for the calendar shoot, I was just thrilled to death. The boys were too. I can’t say enough. Just overwhelming. I picked up the phone and started calling everybody because I felt so privileged. I use Shell Rotella® T4 in everything I own - trucks, dozers, log skidders, even my lawnmower.” - Jerry Whittmore & Family, Springdale, Arkansas
You had questions and we have answers. Take a look at what our technical experts had to say about your diesel pickup questions.
Are synthetic engine oils better than conventional oil at different operating temperatures?
Synthetic oils are primarily made from base oils that are more highly refined, producing an oil with fewer impurities, lower volatility, and increased temperature performance or Viscosity Index (VI). Viscosity Index is a measure of an oil’s change in viscosity resulting in changes in temperature. Oils thicken at low temperatures and thin at high temperatures. Synthetic oils are made with base oils that have a higher VI, meaning that they are more temperature stable with less dramatic viscosity changes with temperature.
This results in an oil that has improved performance at both ends of the operating temperature range. The improved cold temperature and volatility performance allow for oils to be blended at lower viscosities, such as 5W-30, as well as oils suitable for a wider range of temperatures, such as 0W-40. Shell Rotella T5 10W-30 or Shell Rotella T6 5W-40 are an excellent choice for operators of vehicle fleets in locations with large ambient temperature ranges - one oil to protect, whatever the season and is the viscosity grade recommended for use by most OEMs. Both oils have better low-temperature pumpability compared to conventional oil.
Do synthetic oils provide better oxidation control than conventional engine oils?
Synthetic engine oils offer better oxidation stability than conventional engine oils, which can lead to a longer oil life. Oxidation is driven by high temperatures which make severe operating conditions an excellent application for synthetic oils. Applications that have extreme operating temperatures, and/or where a maximum oil drain interval is desired are areas that need the improved performance of a synthetic oil.
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Oil industry's new category to help with emissions, efficiency
Shell Global Solutions OEM Technical Manager, Karin Haumann, recently spoke with Beth Colvin from Overdrive to discuss the new PC-12 engine oil specifications. Karin notes that “The new category is being requested with the following improvements beyond the current API CK-4 and FA-4 specifications: increased oxidation performance, new wear test capability, the addition of lower oil viscosities to include xW-20 in the F subcategory, improved aftertreatment capability, and the expansion of engine elastomer compatibility.”
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Gary Roberts, off-highway product application specialist for Shell Global Solutions (U.S.) Inc., was featured in the August issue of Construction Business Owner discussing how quality lubricants and preventive maintenance reduce downtime and improve efficiency. He notes that one way to keep on track is with a preventive maintenance program, which can include scheduling engine oil-drain and greasing intervals and making sure coolants are at the proper mixture and freeze point. Roberts goes on to say that regularly checking lubricants is an easy way to provide protection for engines and chassis drivetrains. Regularly scheduled maintenance intervals for lubricants can help reduce equipment ownership costs, improving equipment life and efficiency. Choosing the right lubricants and services related to the needs of your vehicles and equipment can help to make a significant impact on your bottom line.