Gearing Up For CVTs

The automatic transmission has held the distinction of being the most popular type of transmission for vehicles for more than 75 years. However, the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and other new-age designs are slowly gaining popularity. By 2012, CVTs are expected to have a 20 percent share of the Japanese market, a four percent more…

BG Biodiesel Fuel Conditioner Makes Biodiesel Palatable

With diesel fuel prices at historic highs, desperate drivers are scrambling to find ways to stay on the road. “They are pouring transmission fluids, used solvents, suntan lotions, anything they can find into their tank to lower fuel costs,” says Mike Belluomo, BG’s Product Technical Services Manager. Would you like fries with that? The hottest more…

Coolant is long lasting, but keep an eye on it

When the first cold snap of winter or the first hot days of summer arrive, a car owner wonders: Do I have enough coolant to keep from freezing up or boiling over? Is it still any good? When was the last time I changed it? For that matter, when was the last time I checked more…

Viscosity Philosophy

There’s a common misconception that crankcase oil and gear oil share the same numerical nomenclature (i.e. 20W-50 and 75W-90). What’s worse, standard OEM manuals further the confusion by specifying grades of crankcase oils for gear oil applications. The information gap is an industry-wide problem. However, knowing how to use a viscosity classification chart, can keep more…

Say goodbye to diesel woes

When most people think of diesels, they’re reminded of smoke belching semis, smelly city buses or noisy, poorly engineered passenger vehicles. These perceptions represent actual disadvantages of yesterday’s diesel engine. In 2002, International Trucks created the 6.0 Ford Powerstroke engine with hydraulic injectors. It built a reputation as one of the most powerful performers in more…

BG helps Volkswagen/Audi solve a sticky problem

The European carmaker Volkswagen/Audi was facing a sludge problem resulting in $4.4 million in warranty repairs. Some models of the Volkswagen Passat and the Audi A4 are equipped with turbo-charged engines, which are especially prone to sludge-forming deposits. The only known solution was to take the engine apart to clean out the sludge that had more…

Biofuel. Is it the answer?

Blending fuel from chicken fat, corn and tree limbs instead of non-renewable petroleum sounds great. Where do I sign up? “While chicken soup may be good for your soul, the science for chicken fat in your fuel tank is shaky,” says Mike Belluomo, BG’s Product Technical Service Manager. Baby Steps Mike warns that the non-petroleum more…

Univers-oil

Once again, warmer days in the forecast have shifted our focus toward Climate Control. A year ago, we discovered the real market for unsurpassed performance lies in the newly developed, unmarketed, glycol-derived oil. Then, we introduced BG Universal Frigi-Quiet,® Part No. 701, the new di-capped Polyalkylene Glycol (PAG) oil due to its technological superiority. POE more…

BG MOA®, the engine’s best friend

Clichés survive because they are true, such as the one that says a picture is worth a thousand words. Look at the accompanying photos of the inside of a 250,000-mile engine taken out of a delivery van owned by BG distributor Tom Hickey of Tonda Enterprises, Midlothian, Virginia. Tom’s 1997 Dodge 250 delivery van was more…

Extended intervals call for upgraded ATC Plus

BG Products, Inc. has upgraded its popular BG ATC Plus Automatic Transmission Conditioner, Part No. 310, to match the extended drain intervals now recommended by most OEMs. “It was a great product before, we are just making it better to make a perfect fit with improved OEM automatic transmission fluids,” says Mike Belluomo, BG’s Product more…