Motor Oils - Fuel Economy vs. Wear Blaine Ballentine, Central Petroleum Company Tags: automotive, motor oils, synthetic lubricants, viscosity Machinery Lubrication (7/2003) Conventional wisdom states that engine oils that increase fuel economy allow less friction and prolong engine life. The purpose of this article is to challenge conventional wisdom, particularly concerning modern (GF-3 ILSAC/API Starburst) engine oils. Fuel Economy: Does Anyone Really Care? First, we should face the fact that the American consumer does not typically care about fuel economy except during difficult economic times. The No. 1 selling passenger vehicle is the Ford F-Series Pickup. Five of the top 10 best-selling vehicles are trucks, and trucks outsell cars. Some of the trucks are called sport-utility vehicles, otherwise known as SUVs, because their owners don’t want to admit they are trucks. The mass (size, weight) of these vehicles is not conducive to great fuel economy. Additionally, consider how most vehicles are driven. Anyone accelerating slowly or driving at the speed limit to conserve energy is a danger to himself and other drivers who are in a much bigger hurry. Auto manufacturers, on the other hand, are concerned about fuel economy. The manufacturer faces big fines if the fleet of cars it produces falls short of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements imposed upon them by the federal government.
Bypass Continuous Oil Purification System test and service procedures: 1) For large trucks : First, monitor your fuel consumption to get an accurate average mpg. Then, at the regular oil change interval, using a clean container, take a first oil sample as you drain the oil. This is very important as you need a starting point for comparison. I understand there is a lab you can use. Also, the analysis will tell you what condition the oil is in at the regular oil change interval. It will also tell you what condition the engine is in and preventative maintenance can be performed to save unnecessary and costly breakdowns. Send us a copy of the analysis for our records. We will give you our opinion of the results. 2) Change oil filters (and the centrifugal oil filter as well if it has one). 3) Install the bypass oil filter housing (element should be installed), you will need to get the appropriate length of hoses and proper fittings. This varies from truck to truck and it depends on where the mechanic chooses to install the unit).Our technical advisors can provide consultation if required. 4) Add 1 qt of our HD Oil Stabilizer and 1 qt of the Super Lubricant to the crankcase. Top up with new oil. Run the engine for 15-20 minutes and check to make sure there are no leaks. Check the dipstick again as the bypass element will hold approximately 2 qts of oil. Top up if necessary.