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Fleet Lubricants

July 21, 2021

Demand for delivery service is growing, and while that’s good news for your business, it also presents new challenges for your fleet. When it comes to your vehicles, increased workload means increased strain, which in turn means increased risk of breakdowns and downtime. 

For a fleet that’s already running lean, any unplanned downtime can result in consequences. From wasted driver hours to expensive repair costs to potentially even missed deadlines and unhappy customers, the added strain on today’s delivery vehicles can create a domino effect across your entire operation and impact your bottom line. So, keeping your fleet in top condition is more important than ever. After all, your vehicles set the pace for your whole operation. When things are running smoothly, your entire operation can run smoothly as a result.  Using the right CENEX lubricants with proper preventive maintenance will help reduce the risk of breakdowns and less downtime. 

The first lubricant we think of is the engine oil. A properly lubricated engine is essential for any fleet vehicle. This is especially true of modern diesel engines, which run under intense heat and pressure for maximum efficiency.  Always make sure to change your engine oil according to the interval recommended by your original equipment manufacturer. For optimal protection, consider using a quality full synthetic or synthetic blend oil, like Cenex® MAXTRON® ENVIRO-EDGE® or MAXTRON DEO.

Premium synthetic lubricants like the Maxtron product line are a vehicle’s best line of defense against the brutal conditions inside today’s engines. This is thanks to their high-quality synthetic base oils, which are engineered for stability against intense heat and pressure, and their balanced additive packages, which reinforce the fluids key benefits and protect against harmful engine contaminants.

The second lubricant vital to keeping your fleet running is your transmission fluids. Responsible for transferring power from the engine to the wheels, the transmission is one of your vehicle’s most important components.  Regardless of whether your vehicle operates using a manual or an automatic system, a synthetic transmission fluid can protect critical components and increase operating efficiency. Because of their thermal stability, synthetic transmission fluids provide exceptional oxidation control to reduce oil thickening and breakdown. The enhanced thermal stability allows for your transmission to operate more effectively and restore fuel economy. 
For automatic-transmission vehicles, consider using MAXTRON FULL-SYNTHETIC HEAVY-DUTY AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID, which provides smooth shifting and excellent fuel economy. For manual-transmission vehicles, Cenex offers MAXTRON MT FULL-SYNTHETIC MANUAL TRANSMISSION LUBRICANT, specially formulated for extended drain intervals and severe-condition service. 
 
The third important lubricant are your gear lubes.  Your axles contain differentials.  Compared to other vehicle parts, wheel axles require extra thick lubrication because of the high pressure these components face. As a result, this application is another excellent job for a synthetic oil.
Full-synthetic gear lubricants like MAXTRON GL are specially formulated for extreme durability and all-season performance. Maxtron GL also protects wheel axles through outstanding shear resistance, oxidation protection and thermal stability.
 
Last but not least is your grease. As your vehicle’s outer framework, the chassis is the component most exposed to the elements making it an extremely vulnerable area.  A well-greased chassis is critical because it provides a seal for inner components. Without the protective barrier of a high-quality grease, a chassis cannot effectively shield delicate engine parts from the contamination of the outside world.
Consider using MAXTRON FS, a premium full-synthetic or MAXTRON EP, a synthetic blend, both multi-purpose lithium complex grease that provides superior structural stability with excellent resistance to water wash-out and protection against rust and corrosion.

To keep your rigs running, it pays to be proactive and using the right CENEX lubricants is essential to reducing your breakdowns and limiting downtime.  If you would like to see our full line of CENEX lubricants, please contact your local certified energy specialist or give your CVA Energy office a call.
 
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 by Travis Rathje
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