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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Reduce wear with the right choice of cutting fluid

Choosing the right cutting fluid reduces the number of unplanned breakdowns and increases the life of both tools and cutting fluid. We guide you in what to consider when choosing a product.

Learn more about cutting fluids here.


Avoid break downs with regular oil analysis (in Swedish)

Read more about our oil analysis services here.


Tailor made Lubricant solutions at Cementa

With a structured overview of lubrication points and needs, Cementa on Gotland could reduce both cost but also the number of products by about 30%.

Read more about our customers here.


Choose the right lubricant for large industries

Large industries with extreme conditions require the proper lubricant. We help our customers choose the right lubricants tailored to their needs and applications.

Read more about our products here.


Increase performance with proper lubrication for very large machines

Huge  machines with maximum load of 90 tonnes call for meticulos care. Select the proper lubrication to increase the performance and service life of your machines.

Read more about our products here.


Increase performance with proper lubrication

Proper lubrication increases the performance and service life of your machines.

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Decrease oil consumption with FUCHS XTL® Technology

Did you know that our high-tech enginge oil offers up to 35% faster starts in extreme cold, 18% lower oil consumption and 1,7% lower fuel consumption?

Read more about XTL® -technology here.


The development of a new type of hydraulic oil

HYDRAWAY BIO was invented from a technical collaboration between clients and business partners, which optimized both oil and the use of the oil. The result was a customized product based on the client's specific needs.

Read more about our hydraulic fluids here.


Customized lubricants tailored to your needs

We at FUCHS help your company to tailor an optimal lubricant solution customized to your challenges and needs.

Learn more about how we can help your business here.


Reduced environmental impact in shipping with STERNWAY BIO

Did you know that our oil STERNWAY BIO is based on renewables and is readily degradable? It was developed to reduce the environmental impact on shipping and to meet clean shipping requirements.

Read more about marine lubricants here.


Prepare your bike for winter storage

Top tips on how to correctly store your bike over the winter period.

Prepare your bike for winter storage

  • Changing the oil prior to any prolonged period of storage will help drain any sludge or contaminants that may have deposited in your sump.
  • Visit the product selector at silkonene.com to find the correct oil.
  • Seal any exposed metal parts, bolts and screws with Silkolene Pro Prep and/or All In One to help prevent corrosion or rust whilst in storage.
  • Our products are safe to use on all body parts, exposed rubbers & plastics.
  • Remove the battery and place on a battery charger suitable for seasonal and long-term connection.
  • Store your bike off the ground using a motorcycle stand to prevent your rubber tyres standing on the same spot for a long period of time.
  • Cover with a clean, fitted and breathable motorcycle cover.
  • Follow these tips to ensure your motorcycle is fighting fit for spring.
  • Consult your local motorcycle dealer for further advice and to source suitable products.

How to check your engine oil

A video guide showing you how to correctly check the engine oil on your motorcycle.

How to check your engine oil

  • Start the engine & leave the bike running for 5 minutes to warm up the oil.
  • Switch off the bike and leave for 15 minutes to allow the oil to settle.
  • Ensure your bike is parked on a level surface & stood up straight.
  • Compare the oil level in the sight glass to your manufacturer´s recommendation. This should be somewhere between the min/max mark.
  • If the oil is between the min/max line you are good to go. If it’s too low, you must top up the oil & fill to the desired level.
  • To find the correct oil for your bike, use our product selector at silkolene.com.

How to effectively lubricate your chain

A video guide showing you how to correctly lubricate your motorcycle's chain.

How to lubricate your chain

  • Remove the chain guard & cover the rear wheel.Tip: Use a bike stand to make this job easier.
  • Spray a warm chain with Silkolene Brake & Chain Cleaner. Leave for 15 minutes. Tip: Do this in a well ventilated area & switch off the engine.
  • Using a brush, scrub the chain & sprockets. Tip: A chain brush is ideal but an old tooth brush will work too.
  • Re-apply chain cleaner & wipe the chain with a clean rag.
  • Liberally apply Silkolene Chain Lube. Get inside ‘o-rings’ & avoid getting lubricant on tyres or brakes. Tip: Use Silkolene product selector to find the right product.
  • Gently wipe the chain with a rag to remove any excess lube.

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