Delo® 600 LubeWatch® Offer Extended

As a reminder, the LubeWatch Program added a Delo 600 Engine Test package last year, and coupled a free testing offer with it that was good through June 2021. Well, good news! That offer is now good through December 31, 2021. This promotion description outlines the tests that are performed as part of the extended offering.

LubeWatch performance reviews provide detailed technical trending analysis and consultations by a Chevron lubes expert. In developing Delo 600 ADF, Chevron’s focus has been on the diesel particulate filter (DPF), which collects up to 98% of particulate matter emissions in the form of ash and soot, leading to a significant amount of clogging. Delo 600 ADF is the first ultra low-ash, heavy duty engine oil that reduces the sulfate ash content of a typical CK-4 oil by 60%.

We encourage you to take advantage of this promotion, along with the Delo 600® Kick Some Ash promo! It's a good opportunity to try the new premium product. With its all-encompassing protection, it will help drastically reduce the rate of DPF clogging and will deliver extended DPF service life and industry-redefining fuel economy retention!

Instead of filtering, choose ISOCLEAN® lubricants!

Smart equipment operators invest heavily in proper lubricant and oil storage. They know that protecting their lubrication supplies from contamination starts in the shop. They invest in proper shelving, establish storage protocols and keep detailed records of their supplies to ensure that they are getting the best return on their investment. But even with the most careful storage and handling practices, you could still be losing money on your lubricants.

Lubricants that sit for long periods of time can still go bad even in ideal storage conditions. Over time, the additives and other minerals in the lubricant can break down or band together to form larger particles. The quality of the lubricant can degrade, and that can be harmful to your machinery.

So what can you do? Many operators choose to filter their lubricants before introducing them to their machinery. This process can help remove contaminants, but it may also remove the additives you need for your equipment. Filtration can easily foam and corrode inhibitors, demulsifiers, and anti-wear additives. For some operators, filtering lubricants before using them may be a necessary part of the lubrication process, but it takes exact science and requires in-depth knowledge to ensure that you are doing it correctly and not ruining new lubricant supplies. Many operators don’t have proper training and may ruin their supplies before using them. There is no consistent filtration method or procedure for each lubricant product. The lubricant manufacturer determines the guidelines.

Clean lubricants are essential to good equipment performance. As an equipment operator, you rely on your lubricants to extend your machinery’s performance and avoid costly repairs and downtime. You buy specific types of lubricants for your individual equipment needs and specifications. The additives and performance enhancers in the lubricants you choose are essential to keeping your equipment in good working order. But if those additives get filtered out, your lubricants will not perform the way you want. That’s why you have to start with quality lubricants from the start.

As a southern California fuel and lubricant supplier, we recommend Chevron products to our customers. The main reason we believe so strongly in Chevron products is the ISOCLEAN® Certified lubrication program. This program is one of the best in the business. From the very beginning, the oils and lubricants produced under these standards are cleaner than the rest. Here are a few of the benefits Chevron outlines that you’ll get from choosing ISOCLEAN® products:

  • Meet OEM cleanliness requirements
  • Increase component and equipment life
  • Optimize oil life and reduce disposal costs
  • Improve reliability and increase uptime
  • Reduce the need for onsite pre-filtering
  • Reduce maintenance time and costs
  • Eliminate the risk of over-filtering lubricants
  • Improve safety

Let’s examine a few of these claims in more detail.

  1. OEM cleanliness requirements. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed the OEM cleanliness requirements. They developed end targets used by oil analysis labs to determine how clean oil is, which is defined as particulate matter in parts per milliliter (p/ml). The ISO code is one of the most rigorous in the world. Chevron lubricants meet these standards using the ISOCLEAN® lab process. Every lubricant is tested to meet OEM requirements and backed by their brand. They even offer an ISOCLEAN® lubricant’s calculator so you can find the right standards for your equipment.
  2. Reduce the need for onsite filtering. As mentioned earlier, filtering can be problematic for lubricant use. Many operators do not know the exact they need to take to ensure lubricant quality, so they don’t filter out essential additives. Many of the particles that cause equipment issues are often too small to be removed through filtration. That’s why it’s so important to start with high-quality oil and lubricants that have been tested and meet OEM cleanliness standards, like ISOCLEAN® products. Products backed by Chevron and certified ISOCLEAN® undergo precise filtration and lab testing before hitting the market. Each product is tested for filtration cleanliness and product integrity after filtration. The ISOCLEAN® program was developed here in California at Chevron’s Richmond Technical Center. To learn more about the ISOCLEAN® Certified lubrication program, visit their webpage. It’s full of great informative articles and videos that we highly recommend to our clients!

As a proud supporter of Chevron products, we know their value to our clients and other businesses. We’ve seen firsthand how their high-quality products extend equipment life and save businesses money. We want to share an example of how their products helped a business from their website.

A waste collection company in Georgia provided residential, commercial, and industrial waste collection services. The company owned 26 collection trucks of various makes and models. But they had a major problem. The hydraulic oils they were using were not working properly. The heat generated by the trucks’ packer systems caused the oil to break down, which led to seal failures and issues with valve bodies and cylinders. To combat the problem, the company was changing the oil in each truck every 250 hours.

The company decided to take advantage of Chevron’s RBL™ program and get a complete site assessment. After an audit and lab testing of their equipment and oils, Chevron recommended switching to ISOCLEAN® certified products. Their previous oils and lubricants were not meeting OEM cleanliness standards. This switch reduced the need for hydraulic repairs, reduced downtime, and saved almost 400 dollars per truck. The company representative said, “sticking valves and leaking seals were costing us over $12,000 a year in pump cylinder and valve body costs. With ISOCLEAN…one pump’s life was almost doubled.”

This company’s experience is just one of many. We’ve personally seen how our clients have benefitted from Chevron ISOCLEAN® products. As a fuel and lubricant supplier for more than fifty years, we know that choosing the right products from the start will protect your equipment and save your business money. Contact us today and let us help you find the right ISOCLEAN® products for your needs.

Are you worried that electric vehicles will ruin your quick lube business?

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve probably noticed that electric vehicles or EVs have been in the headlines quite a bit. There have been many new announcements about the future of the automobile industry and the adoption of EV cars.

Here in California, a law was passed banning the sale of new combustion engines after 2035. GM recently announced they plan to be carbon neutral by 2040 and increase the sales of EV vehicles to 40% by 2025.

Just this month, the Biden administration unveiled a plan to boost EV sales with $100 billion in consumer rebates. They plan to commit another $15 billion to build 500,000 new EV charging stations. It’s looking like the future of the automotive industry is electric.

Many of our wholesale lubricant customers are quick lube businesses. Announcements like these may have you worried. Electric vehicles have significantly lower maintenance costs and don’t require regular oil changes. How will the widespread adoption of EV vehicles affect your business? First, don’t panic. Here’s a list of five reasons EV adoption may take longer than predicted.

  1. Significant change is still decades away. Despite the landmark announcements from major companies and the government, most industry experts predict the gas engine is here to stay for some time. EV global passenger vehicle sales are expected to hit 10% by 2025, 28% by 2030, and 58% by 2040. Here in the US, the adoption of EVs is expected to be much slower. We’re expected to only account for 14% of EV sales by 2030.
  2. EV adoption will be dependent on the region. We all know that consumers driving habits are different across the country. EV adoption will likely vary, with urban areas making the change more quickly than rural areas. We can see from the current sales of EV vehicles that states like California, Washington, and Oregon lead the way for EV adoption. Here in our home state of California this year, 8 of 100 new vehicles purchased were electric.
  3. Consumers are still going for larger vehicles. It will take time for consumer attitudes to change, and right now, consumers want larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs. Only five years ago, half of the vehicles sold in the US were passenger cars. Now it’s one-third. Crossovers and SUVs are still widely popular, and there are only a few EV options. Until more EV options are available, consumers will be slow to make the change.
  4. Charging station and battery range availability is still a major issue. One of the biggest drawbacks to EV adoption is the availability of charging stations across the country. It’s estimated there are only 22,000 stations in North America, compared to 168,000 gas stations. The average range of an electric vehicle is only 190 miles before it needs a charge, making it difficult to use for long road trips. Without a significant increase in battery life and charging availability, many consumers may choose to forgo electric vehicles.
  5. EV vehicles are still more expensive upfront. Some estimates place the price point as nearly $20,000 dollars higher for EV vehicles than gasoline-powered vehicles. Over time, the initial price point of an EV vehicle diminishes as the fuel and maintenance costs are significantly lower. Still, the initial cost makes it difficult for many consumers to take the plunge.

Despite the reasons we’ve outlined, change is coming. EV adoption will begin to become more commonplace. It just may not happen as fast as we think. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. If you start now to make changes and offer new services at your quick lube business, you may handle the coming wave of EV cars. Here are five recommended changes that quick lube businesses can make to prepare for electric vehicles.

  1. Shift away from oil changes. Oil changes are a core part of the quick lube business, but EV cars don’t need them. Electric vehicles require far less fluid changes and inspection than gasoline-powered ones. Start to focus more on tire rotations, brake, filters, and battery services instead.
  2. Offer battery swapping services. In China, one area of EV maintenance that has seen increased popularity is battery swapping. The idea is that consumers can pull up to a shop and get their nearly depleted battery switched out for a fully charged one in five minutes when they are on long road trips. The idea could be very popular here in the future for consumers on long road trips. Quick lube shops already have the lifts to make this type of maintenance a reality.
  3. Start now to learn more about EV maintenance. Even though EV vehicles may be easier to maintain and have longer service intervals, they’ll still require regular checkups. Shops that put in the time and energy to learn more about servicing these vehicles will be ahead of the curve when widespread adoption comes. Start now to embrace EV vehicles and keep EV supplies in the shop. Valvoline recently released a whole line of fluids specially designed for EV engines, including EV heat transfer fluids, drive system fluids, brake fluid, and EV grease. Start stocking your shop with these supplies to help customers with their EV vehicle maintenance needs.
  4. Offer charging stations at your shop. Adding a charging station to your shop is a great way to bring customers in. While customers wait for their vehicle to charge you can offer basic routine maintenance like filter changes, wiper changes, headlight service, inspections, or even windshield treatments.
  5. Offer options for hybrid vehicles too. The widespread adoption of EV cars isn’t going to get rid of hybrid vehicles completely. Many customers will still want the option of a gasoline-powered engine. Learn more about hybrid vehicle maintenance and issues, and make sure your shop has the tools to offer service for hybrid vehicles as well.

The automotive industry is changing, and so are consumer attitudes. EV car adoption is coming. The best way to protect your quick lube business is to prepare for these changes by investing in training, technology and by offering new services to your customers. The shops that are willing to make these changes and pivot their services to appeal to EV customers will survive the coming change. As a southern California bulk fuel and lubricant supplier, we are always here to help!