What you need to know about ethanol

Does the use of ethanol reduce fuel economy relative to conventional gasoline? Yes. The consumption of fuel relative to miles/kilometers traveled is directly related to the energy content. Conventional gasoline has an average energy content of 114,000 BTU/gallon. But, energy content of conventional gasoline can vary up to 7 percent from one fill up to the more…

Lab Q&A: “Synthetic” Products

Question: What makes a product “synthetic”? Answer: Synthetic is derived from the word synthesize, referring to a process that involves taking a set of raw materials and making a finished good. Typically, the process includes a series of chemical or manufacturing steps that produce a chemical compound with planned and predictable properties. These processes usually more…

Diesel emissions technologies

According to the EPA, “more than 11 million diesel engines in operation today do not meet EPA’s new clean diesel standards, yet these engines can continue to operate for 20 to 30 years” (www.epa.gov/cleandiesel). Environmental reform is one of the most important issues facing the country today. Smelly fleets The EPA developed the National Clean more…

Tech Trends: Fuel System Technologies

With the fickle availability of refined fuels and the price of crude oil ever on the rise, fuel economy is a concern now more than ever. And as a result, fuel system technologies are undergoing dramatic change. Recently, major vehicle manufacturers are focusing primarily on improving fuel economy through better weight-to-power ratios while reducing exhaust more…

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…