Did you know that every passenger car and pickup truck rolling off the assembly line in 2015 will require some sort of specialty fluid — from transmission fluid to differential fluid to motor oil?
Think about it. When was the last time you poured 10W-40? It wasn’t that long ago when 10W-40 was flowing freely from our bulk tanks. Just the other day I was talking to an operator who said he traded his 10W-30 drum space for 0W-20 synthetic-blend drums — and the 0W-20 is moving faster than the 10W-30 did! These days, you’ll be hard pressed to find much 10W-40 in any lube shop.
It looks like that’s where we’re headed, straight to lighter viscosities. Did you know that they’re pouring 0W-16 in Japan and have been for a few years now? Who would have imagined?
Speaking of 0W-16, it is reportedly going to be part of the new GF-6 specifications set to come out in the next couple years. For the latest update on both the GF-6 and PC-11 specifications, check out the article on page 34.
And if you’re looking for the latest and greatest in specialty fluids, be sure to peruse the Specialty Motor Oil Guide on page 16.
Until next time, keep on lubin.’