New Oil Category Put to the Test

January 28, 2017 02:53 AM
 
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PC-11 oils likely to cost more—will it be worth it?

In December a new Proposed Category 11 (PC-11) heavy-duty diesel engine oil hit the market. Composition of the new oil (also called API CK-4 and API FA-4) can withstand higher operating temperatures of late-model engines without sacrificing protection and helps manufacturers meet fuel economy goals.

 

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To show how the benefits of the new oil offset the potential cost increases, Chevron is testing its formulations on a variety of on-road and off-road equipment. Three farmers and two agricultural hauling companies tested the oils on 90 John Deere and Case IH tractors, along with 30 Ford F-350 diesel trucks.

“It was a good opportunity to see it perform in a lot of different conditions,” says Len Badal, Global Delo Brand Manager for Chevron.

The testing showed a 10% to 15% reduction in wear and gave many tractors the opportunity to move from a 500-hour drain interval to once every 750 hours.

The PC-11 category has no known adverse effects on existing equipment, Badal says. That said, farmers can still use CJ-4 oils—if they can find it.

“By the middle or end of this year, it might be hard to find,” Badal explains. “Most oil manufacturers will be moving to CK-4.” 

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