The Ethanol Problem

Ethanol creates hard deposits If a gas station is switched from conventional gasoline to E10, much of the sediment, oxidation residue and other contaminants in the storage tanks and lines can be dissolved or suspended in the new fuel. Contaminants can cause premature filter plugging and injector fouling. In addition to lost mpg and power, more…

Dual clutch transmission: Growing opportunity?

We are accustomed to two types of transmissions in all of our vehicles: manual or automatic. Manual is known for its strength and better MPG. Automatic is known for its ease and smooth operation. Today we hear more and more of a new kid on the streets that offers the best of both worlds: the more…

Lab Q&A: BG 332 vs. BG 334

Question: How do I determine whether to recommend BG Power Clean, PN 332, or BG Universal Synthetic Power Steering Fluid, PN 334. Answer: Many European and other import vehicles require a full synthetic “Mineral Suspension-Hydraulic” fluid. We often call this application a central hydraulic system. This fluid not only protects and operates the power steering more…

What’s bad for DPFs and why you should care?

All 2007 and newer, on-road diesel vehicles and 2010 and newer off- road vehicles are manufactured with diesel particulate filters (DPF). Many older vehicles have been retrofitted with DPFs. Tight emissions restrictions have caused diesel vehicle manufacturers to turn to after-treatment devices like DPFs for emissions reduction. What is it?  A diesel particulate filter is more…

Grease is stickier than I thought

From the moment my father first taught me how to grease our farm equipment back home, and through all the years of working as a technician, grease was just that thick stuff you found in a tube or tub. When your grease gun was empty, you just found a new tube and plopped it in! more…

Expand your knowledge on compression

Compression ratio is the volume of space in the combustion chamber from largest to smallest capacity. In internal and external combustion engines, compression is defined as the piston’s movement to squeeze the fuel/air mixture in the cylinder. Peak compression is a must Most technicians know that peak compression in an engine is necessary to allow more…

Lab Q&A: BG MOA® vs. BG RF-7

Question: When to use BG MOA® vs. BG RF-7? Answer: BG MOA,® PN 110, and BG RF-7, PN 107, are both intended to improve conditions of the engine oil. However, BG MOA® is a maintenance product, whereas BG RF-7 is more of a fix-it product. BG MOA® is an advanced ashless, anti-wear oil additive that provides more…

Lab Q&A: DFC

All three products were discontinued in August to stream-line and optimize the complex BG diesel fuel products line. Before, the primary product used for de-icing was BG Winter Blend DFC, Part No. 238. And the primary products for low temperature pourability were BG DFC Plus Low Temperature Pour, Part No. 251, and BG Diesel Fuel more…

Clean diesel–what it is

What is all this talk about clean diesel? Is it the fuel? Is it the engine technology? Is it the aftertreatment technology? Is it the push for cleaner emissions? Yes, it’s all of the above. Clean diesel is a collaborative effort set forth by the EPA, carried out by OEMs, state and local governments, environmental more…

Conventional vs. synthetic oil

Everyone knows, or seems to know, that synthetic oils are better than conventional oils, but do you know why? The fact is synthetic oils have several material advantages over their non-synthetic counterparts. Synthetic oils are structured with very specific properties, which leads to stronger oxidative protection against breakdown and lower evaporation rates under high temperature more…