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Did you know is a series of short films that gives you hands on tips and advice in regards to lubricants, how to choose and use.

About thinner oils

Did you know that thinner engine oils work perfectly well in heavy vehicles too?

Just because you have a big engine in your vehicle, doesn’t mean the viscosity has to be high. On the contrary, a 5W-3 or a 10W- oil can provide better lubrication than a 15W- oil. With a lower viscosity, the oil reaches the lubrication points quicker. This reduces wear and additionally the lower inner friction contributes to lower fuel consumption.

Read more in our blog about vehicle lubrication.

About the oil flow

Did you know that the oil flow in a truck engine moves quickly and a long way?

The oil covers a distance of 9,5 metres as it travels round all the nooks and crannies of an engine. Consequently, it's crucial that there's no soot or oxidation to obstruct the flow of oil. Due to the constant flow, each component in the engine is passed and lubricated by 135 litres of oil per minute. 

Do you have the right engine oil? Find out with our online oil guide.

About temperature and hydraulic fluids

Did you know that elevated temperature affects an oil’s life span?

A mineral-based hydraulic oil that’s correctly maintained – and works at a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius – can have a useful life of around 20 years. The useful life is halved for every ten degrees the temperature in the system increases.  So there is much to be gained by keeping the temperature down. This is most easily done by regulating the cooling with a thermostat, but also by ensuring that the air or water cooling system is clean and working properly. 

Read more in our blog about hydraulic fluids.

About the diesel effect

Did you know that the diesel effect can ruin hydraulic oil?

Low pressure in a system can cause what’s known as a diesel effect and ruin the oil. If the pressure is low, gas bubbles can form in the oil. In the diesel effect, these bubbles then ignite and cause a micro-combustion, forming nitrogen oxides. Over time this darkens the oil, it starts to smell acrid and perform worse. Low pressure can arise if the oil is of too high viscosity, if the hydraulic pump suction pipe is under-dimensioned, or if the pump is too high up in relation to the hydraulic reservoir.

Read more in our blog about hydraulic fluids.

About the right coolant

Did you know that it’s important to check which coolant your engine needs?

There are products in all the colours of the rainbow to choose from, and using the wrong one can be costly. Not all types mix well with each other. Mixing can lead to increased corrosion, clogged cooling systems, leakage, or even engine breakdowns in the worst cases. Check the vehicle’s user’s manual or use our online tool to make sure you’re using the right product!

Read more in our blog 'Colour blind’ glycol management is easier and more reliable.

About over-lubrication

Did you know that over-lubrication causes many cases of bearing failure? 

Research shows that between 30% and 40 % of bearing failures are linked to over-lubrication. To avoid this, it is vital to use the right amount of lubricant, at the right time. More is not better. On the contrary. To much lubricant can lead to increased temperature, greases can age faster and become thicker, putting a strain on the engineering. Also, make sure the pressure in the grease gun is not too high. This can cause waer, damage seals, lead to leakage which causes corrosion, and also increases the risk of breakdown.

For more tips and advice, download our Grease Handbook.

About the right hydraulic oil

Did you know that the right hydraulic oil decreases energy loss?

Therefore, choose an oil with the right properties, especially in terms of viscsity. An oil with lower viscosity is easier to "pull" around the hydraulic system, thus reducing energy loss and saving money. Many people choose a high-viscosity oil out of habit, but this is an area worth reflecting on to achieve improved lubrication and lower costs.  

For more tips, read our blog post about hydraulic fluids.

About a heated garage in a can

Did you know that oil can act as a heated garage in a can?

With a thinner engine oil, you avoid having to idle to keep the engine ticking over on cold days. This oil improved startability and reduces wear, and is therefore known as "a heated garage in a can". And of course, no idling is good news for your finances and the environment! 

For more tips, read our blog post about vehicle lubrication.

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