Premium engine oils help to ensure bumper to bumper protection for vehicles, resulting in maximum efficiencies and reduced downtime. After the recent launch of its Texaco Delo range, Chevron Lubricants believes it has the ideal offering to match.
Regardless of the automotive application, the value in using premium engine oils cannot be underestimated. A heavy duty engine is the workhorse of any truck, bus, coach or industrial vehicle. As a result, durability is a key element to prevent unnecessary vehicle downtime and reductions in efficiency levels for vehicle fleets, and this is where oil – and oil selection – comes in.
Proper lubrication of the inside of the engine requires more than just creating a protective film. Quality, heavy duty engine oils must also disperse soot and control sludge, to help maximise vehicle mileage and guard against loss of performance from the engine itself.
As well as reducing the wear on moving parts, engine oils perform other functions that are integral to the performance and longevity of the powertrain. Corrosion inhibitors can protect the engine against corrosion as oil begins to oxidise, ensuring an increased engine life and better performance, while a reduction of metal-to-metal contact between the moving parts of the engine prevents premature wear of critical engine parts.
The oils also act as a protective barrier between the piston and cylinder liner as well as a coolant, preventing energy loss and engine deterioration.
Put to the test
Chevron Lubricants’ highly specialised products combine premium base oils with high performance additives in a way that provides high levels of diesel part protection for a fleet. The company’s engine oils, now marketed in Europe under the new Texaco Delo brand, are developed to provide extended service protection, to maximise engine durability and to minimise operating costs.
Chevron says the Delo product range is more than just a premium line of engine oils – high quality lubrication from bumper to bumper is essential to ensure smooth, reliable operation as well as component protection. From transmissions to differentials, from wheel bearings to shackle pins, it’s important to cover all areas of the vehicle.
There are a number of premium oils on the market, which can make choosing the ‘right’ one a difficult task. Despite what some cost-conscious fleet managers might think, the most attractive price per litre isn’t always the best – in most cases, a quality product comes at a price. There are also a number of other factors to consider: drain intervals; downtime; engine oil capacities; filtration costs; fuel-efficiency issues, delivery reliability and waste oil disposal costs, to name just a few.
The launch into the European market furthers the Texaco Delo product reach, giving customers single brand bumper to bumper engine protection, across all engine oils, drivetrain fluids, final drive fluids, greases and extended life coolants.
New items include:
■ Transmission fluids: amongst others, the Delo Syn-AMT XV SAE 75W-90 is capable of long-drain capability of 450,000km or more, while the Delo Syn ATF XV fluid has been launched for applications requiring Volvo 97342 transmission fluid.
■ Gear oil: the range features two new formulations to the European market, as well as the Delo Gear CGA SAE, which is designed for up to three-times longer drain intervals and helps keep gears and bearings deposit-free.
■ Greases: three new greases will join the lineup, including Delo Grease ESI HD Moly 3% EP 1, and Delo Grease ESI HD Moly 5% EP 2.
■ Engine oils: a number of reformulations have been introduced, such as Delo 400 MGX SAE 15W-40 for vehicles using high and low sulphur diesel fuels, and Delo 400 XLE HD SAE 5W-30, which meets Euro VI emissions requirements for Volvo, MAN, Scania, Daimler, DAF and IVECO engines.