'Get It In Check’: Lubricant Handling and Storage Best Practices

Does your maintenance plan include a program – or, at least a checklist – for taking inventory and care of your lubricants? If not, you’re (at best) missing an opportunity to improve your fleet maintenance program, and possibly (at worst) creating problems caused by the issues that come from improper and careless use.

So, what do you need to know about lubricant handling and storage? Today, we’ll share some tips to help you get your lubricant systems ‘in check.’ The goal is to improve your system to avoid needless issues ‘down the road’ from improper practices.

Here is a list of five best practices as you work with the oils, lubricants, and grease you use to maintain your fleet.

1. Documentation. Use a labeling system. Track your inventory. Track use of containers, so you don’t accidentally mix your oils and lubricants. Keep track of product types, dates, use, and testing results when you check for contamination and do routine inspections. Track the periodic filtration and agitation that you must do to prevent settling. If you don’t have a good plan in place to organize and document your products and use, put one in place ASAP.
2. Storage. Make sure your room or facility is clean, dry, and organized. Beyond keeping a clean facility space, you need to determine your usage and replacement rate. If your supplier has a longer interval between deliveries, you’ll need to have a more comprehensive system for longer storage. Alternately, if your supplier can make more frequent deliveries, you can store less product. Knowing your consumption rate and factoring in storage capacity will help you to know whether you need tanks, drums, or other storage containers. (For guidance and information, we can help. At Greg’s Petroleum Service, we provide both products and expertise to help our fleet fueling customers.)
3. Dispensing. You must consider the method of transport and filling for the oils and lubricants in your inventory. Use of non-sealable containers that you ‘top-up’ is likely to lead to contamination. Better yet, use washable and reusable containers that you can clean and maintain. In addition, you want to be sure to filter any oil dispensed from a bulk storage system into the containers for transport.
4. Quality Control. Are you keeping track of the age of your lubricants? Yes, your oils, grease, and lubricants have a shelf life. When you use a product past the OEM shelf life date, you’re using a product that isn’t likely to perform. For that reason, be sure you’re keeping track of your inventory. Use the products you bought first, before using more newly purchased inventory. Make it part of the process to pay attention and be sure that new product isn’t getting used before the older items on the shelf.
5. Avoid Contamination. Are you keeping your containers tightly covered? Are you keeping things labeled to avoid accidentally mixing product? Are you using the proper handling tools? Is your storage space free of debris, is it cool, and dry? Oil, grease, and lubricant contamination is a leading cause of preventable damage to your machinery. Taking care to avoid contamination is an investment in your product and machinery.

Finally, also know that this isn’t a comprehensive list. There is more to know and do to protect and maintain the life of your oils, lubricants and grease so that you get the best performance possible out of your machinery.

If you have any questions, or need additional guidance or expertise, we encourage you to reach out to the team at Greg’s Petroleum Service.

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If you need additional information, please know that the team at Greg's Petro is here to help. As your local lubricants supplier and commercial fuel delivery service provider in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

Help Us Stuff the Bus and Donate School Supplies to Kids in Need

Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive will be held at our County Line Chevron® ExtraMile® station starting Monday, July 8th and ending on Friday, August 9th.

Members from the Delano community are encouraged to come out and donate school supplies to benefit Morning Side, Princeton and Terrace Elementary Schools.

You can drop off supplies at our station located at 2322 Girard Street, Delano, CA. Our location is open 24 hours so please drop items at your convenience. Our team will place them on the bus.

Donations needed include:

- Backpacks
- Pencils
- Notebooks
- Composition Books
- Colored pencils
- Glue Sticks
- Crayons
- Markers
- Rulers
- Folders
- Scissors
- Pencil Boxes
- Paper

All school supplies will be donated to the more than 1,500 children in need at these Delano Union School District elementary schools. We believe school supplies help lead to success! Please join us in donating supplies to local kids in need!

To learn more, contact Elena Rhodes at elenachevron@gmail.com.

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'Don’t get stuck’: How do you prevent oil varnishing, the sticky coating that can lead to wear, tear and damage?

How much do you know about oil varnish? If your answer is “not much,” then now is the time to learn more so that you can prevent a leading cause of damage and wear to the hydraulic and lubricating systems of your equipment.

So, what is oil varnish? Simply put, oil varnish is the sticky coating of byproducts that form when oil begins to deteriorate due to friction and high heat. As oils and lubricants deteriorate, the process of oxidation creates the chemical byproducts from the breakdown of the oil plus contaminants. Once the sticky coating forms, it lodges on equipment and forms an abrasive surface on components.

This abrasive, sticky coating is often found on valves, filters, piping, and metal strainers – which can lead to reduced efficiency and failure of the very systems that are supposed to protect the lifespan of equipment.

How? Oil varnish can reduce filter efficiency, and/or lead to filter plugging, depending on how advanced the problem has become. Moreover, the problem is progressive. Once oil varnish has started to form, the sticky coating attracts dirt and other abrasive contaminants, trapping them in the system, clogging the lines, and creating problems in systems designed to clear the interior of the equipment.

If left unchecked, oil varnish can also coat heat exchanges and cause thermal inefficiencies. Hydraulic control systems and valves are extra vulnerable because the sticky coating can cause them to ‘gum up’ and seize/stop.

So, how do you know if your system is susceptible? Here’s the short list of risk factors for the high probability your equipment will experience oil varnish, without maintenance and support.

- Use of equipment with turbines, gas compressors, and hydraulic systems
- High operating temperatures
- Use of blended oils
- Any time your equipment sends a high flow rate of oil through a small oil reservoir

But, perhaps even worse than not knowing, we often find that some maintenance staff do know about varnish buildup, but don’t consider it a pressing enough problem or a high priority issue. That approach doesn’t take into consideration the long-term damage done to equipment due to neglect.

Due to the high risk, we recommend that you check for oil varnish as part of your routine maintenance schedule. It’s important to prevent the issue, because once oil varnish forms it accelerates exponentially.

Prevention is the best solution
Finally, we recommend that you prevent oil varnish from building up in the first place. How? We’ll answer that question in future blogs here on our website.

In the meantime, we invite you to give us a call if you have any questions about varnish or any other maintenance topic for your fleet, equipment, or machinery. We offer commercial fuel delivery services, fleet fueling solutions and lubricants in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita and Ventura, California. We look forward to working with you to maintain your business and your valuable investments!

CFN Adds Requirement for Fraud Protection

Did you know that CFN provides the best fraud protection in the industry? That’s right – not only is CFN the first card purveyor in the industry to establish fraud protection for fleets but they are always looking for additional ways to prevent fraudulent activity from happening to you! That’s why CFN has added a requirement for fraud protection.

CFN is now automatically adding state restrictions to all cards. All accounts created prior to 03/15/2019 will be restricted to the state(s) that they “normally” fuel in. Meaning, if you used your cards in CA, UT, and WY during the analysis period (1/14/2019 through 03/15/2019), your account will automatically be locked out of all other states but will remain open to CA, UT, and WY only.

What this means for our current customers: Going forward, if you are going to fuel out of state, you will need to make us aware prior to leaving so we can activate that state. If you are going to stop using cards in a state indefinitely, you will need to inform us so that we can set the appropriate restrictions and set up a State Lockout. Once the State Lockout is added, the cards will not be able to be authorized in that particular state. If you are an older account and you have started using your fuel cards in a new state in the last three months, you will probably become restricted to that state since use would not have occurred during the analysis period. Accounts that were opened after 3/15/19 will be reviewed by our team to make sure your restrictions are placed appropriately.

For new customers: During the card ordering process we will need to find out which states you expect to use your fuel cards in so we can “unlock” those states only.

If you are an account that has no state restrictions set, you may be automatically disqualified for any fraud protection even if the fraud takes place in a regularly used state.

With this new requirement for fraud protection, it is important that you check your card’s restrictions to ensure there is no disruption to your service.

If you have any questions regarding this added protection, please feel free to contact Aryana Trams at aryana@gregspetro.com or Tristan Regan at tristan@gregspetro.com.

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With 24-hour cardlock sites throughout the country, our fleet fueling service is both convenient and efficient. Contact us today to learn more!

NOLN’s Fast Lube Operator Survey Open Now

Right now, National Oil and Lube News (NOLN) is asking automotive installed professionals to take their online Fast Lube Operator Survey. The results will be published in the September issue of NOLN’s magazine.

We encourage all of our Havoline® and Valvoline™ operators to participate in the survey and to take the time to provide complete, accurate responses.

The data is a strong indicator for what’s happening within the industry and is used in benchmarking operator results.

Benefits of the survey include:

- Enables fast lube owners to benchmark their performance to U.S. industry averages
- A great tool to use with installed fast lube prospects
- Ranking in the survey helps create a sense of pride for our products and brands

For surveys like this to continue to be a powerful tool in providing industry standards for measurement, a high level of Fast Lube Operator participation is key, preferably using their POS data. More branded participants will help improve data quality.

We thank you in advance for your participation in helping your industry! If you have any questions regarding the survey, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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As your commercial fuel and lubricant supplier in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. We have the knowledge and expertise to help your quick lube franchise become a success. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

News you can use: Autoweek names Chevron’s Techron fuel additive a top choice

Are you driven to find the best products to maintain the life of the engine in your vehicles, machinery, and fleet? If you are, then you’ll be interested to learn more about the top choice of drivers, industry insiders, and experts to maintain engines, extend lifespan, and improve performance of vehicles.

Autoweek magazine recently awarded Chevron’s Techron fuel additive Top Honors in the Fuel Additive category as part of its Readers’ Choice Awards. The magazine is a leading publication for automotive enthusiasts, industry insiders, and readers interested in learning the latest about vehicle trends, finding helpful reviews, and information from auto shows.

The honor recognized that thousands of readers, longtime customers of Chevron and industry insiders, choose Techron first to care for the engines of their vehicles.

“Techron has been leading the way for decades in bringing to market superior, high-performance fuel additives for internal-combustion engines, and it’s incredibly rewarding for the brand to be recognized by the readers of such an authoritative, highly-regarded publication like Autoweek as their top choice among a very competitive field,” said Dave Schletewitz, Consumer Automotive Brand Manager North America with Chevron Products Company. “Chevron’s commitment to research and development is unwavering, so when customers and enthusiasts buy a bottle of Techron, we know they’re treating their engines with the absolute best. Thank you to Autoweek and its passionate readership for the honor.”

Here at Greg’s Petroleum Service, we know from experience as a fuel fleet service provider and distributor of products to maintain the life and performance of vehicles, equipment and machinery, that customers across industries prefer Chevron products because they offer superior benefits.

How? Chevron products set and maintain high standards for oil, fuel additives, lubricants, and more. For example, Chevron maintains a fuel cleanliness standard, called ISO Clean, to help owners stick to the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) guidelines. Meeting those standards for cleanliness is one important key to avoiding preventable engineer damage and failure.

Chevron also offers a range of products designed to help owners protect their equipment, improve performance, and extend the lifespan of the vehicles in a fleet. Some of the products include fuel cleaners, fuel injection cleaners, and treatment systems for machinery operating in wet environments and corrosive conditions.

That’s one reason that Greg’s Petroleum Service, a commercial fuel delivery service provider and lubricants supplier, offers Chevron products along with the many oils and lubricants we offer to help our customers maintain their fleet.

We also offer chemical additives to help maintain equipment, handle commercial fuel delivery, cardlock fueling, and retail branding services. In short, we act as a resource for our customers in the agriculture, oilfield and gas industries, as well as owners maintaining vehicle fleets.

In addition to products and services, we provide information you need about latest standards, best practices, and industry trends. We have more than 50 years as a family owned and operated service, and we’re ready to put our experience to work for you.

Click here for a list of our automotive supplies.

If you have any other questions, we invite you to give us a call. Want to learn more about Chevron’s Techron, or have other questions about how to extend the lifespan of your engine and equipment? Please reach out to us today!

Oil Can Do It Food Drive Kick Off Event June 6th

We have partnered with API, Chevron, CRC and Aera for the annual Oil Can Do It Campaign benefiting the Golden Empire Gleaners Food Bank in Kern County! Participating as a member of API, the fundraiser is a friendly competition and collaboration that demonstrates the care that our industry feels toward those in need in Kern County.

The Kickoff Event is Thursday, June 6 from 5:30-9:00 a.m. in the California Resources Corp. (CRC) parking lot at 9600 Ming Ave! The public is invited to contribute to the cause by donating non-perishable food items or making cash donations ($1 = 2 pounds). We will be serving $5 breakfast burritos, with all profits benefiting the Golden Empire Gleaners. We hope you can make it out to help us support the cause!

The campaign will run through August 31st. We will be accepting donations at our office for anyone who wants to participate. We encourage you all to get involved!

For any questions, please contact Jenn Hayslett at jenn@gregspetro.com.

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As your commercial fuel delivery provider and lubricant supplier in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

It’s time to get real: know when to choose a mineral based oil over a synthetic

Do you know how to choose the right base oil for your vehicle, equipment, or component? If you think that choosing a synthetic oil is a one-size-fits-all solution, then you might be unintentionally causing damage to your machinery and fleet.

In fact, it’s a common misconception that synthetic oils are just “close enough” to meet the needs of the whole fleet. Synthetics have a reputation for lasting longer, and durability under extreme conditions. While that might be true, that doesn’t mean you can safely choose a synthetic in every condition.

Instead, you have to take into account factors that include the age of the equipment or vehicle, use and conditions, and amount of wear already sustained. Why?
Some of the main benefits to synthetics can also be a drawback under certain conditions. For example, if you have a construction vehicle that is operating under conditions that would encourage oil contamination — think wind, water, dust, and debris — then the oil is more likely to need to be changed regularly. Same goes for short drive situations that can lead to condensation.

Use of a synthetic under these conditions would give a false sense of security and discourage changes at the rate needed to manage contamination issues. Synthetics are more expensive than mineral oils, so under those conditions a less expensive base oil would be the smarter choice.

Other issues? Let’s say you have an older vehicle, or a piece of equipment that has significant wear. Synthetics are not always compatible with seals, filters, and paints in equipment, and/or previously used mineral oils. So, if you choose to introduce a synthetic into an older vehicle without taking the history into account, you could be causing preventable damage and expensive equipment failure.

If you own a fleet of vehicles, each will likely have different specification for oil, OEM cleanliness standards, and other requirements based on maintenance history. It would be a mistake to assume that synthetics will be a match for each, as tempting as it might be to want to take the easier road and find a fast fix.

Instead, it pays to take the time to determine whether a mineral base oil would be a better fit. Here at Greg’s Petroleum Service, we can help you learn more about what you need to know about base oils in lubricants to maximize fleet efficiency.

We hope this information helps when considering the choice to make for your vehicles. As your commercial fuel and lubricant supplier, we have answers to your questions and can make great recommendations. We encourage you to get in touch!

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It’s always best practice to spend a little time getting to know more about the base oil you choose. And if you need additional information, please know that the team at Greg's Petro is here to help. As your commercial fuel and lubricant suppliers in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

‘Owner’s Manual’: Why OEM cleanliness standards matter

What if we told you that regular oil changes may fail to prevent damage and equipment failure? It’s true. It makes little difference how often oils and lubricants are changed out, if the wrong oil is used in the first place. And the wrong oil is most often the one that’s contaminated and doesn’t meet OEM standards.

Most of the wear and tear to a vehicle is entirely preventable. Its typically caused by a failure to keep the oil in the system clean. Experts estimate that 82% of the wear and tear to mechanical equipment is caused by contamination of the oils and lubricants in the system.

If your goal is to keep your fleet of vehicles and equipment in good working order, then you must make an effort to keep on top of oil system maintenance. That means maintaining regular schedule of oil changes. But you’ll also need to make sure you’re choosing the right oil to use, based on original equipment manufacturers guidelines for cleanliness.

Here’s what you need to know. As part of the manufacturing process, OEMs have done considerable testing to determine the standards set for oil cleanliness in a vehicle, piece of equipment, or part. The standards provide information about how oil contamination levels can impact performance, and even cause irreparable damage.

Contaminated oil damages your equipment in a couple of ways. First, it can cause wear. The fine particles that contaminate oil act like sandpaper inside a piece of machinery. Second, contamination prevents the oils and lubricants from protecting the engine and vehicle components from wear. That means that the normal dirt, minerals, bacteria, and other natural debris that get into the system between components during regular use become a hazard to your equipment. The damage done can include abrasion, erosion, fatigue, adhesion, and fretting.

But the worst contamination comes from particles so small they’re impossible to see, measuring between 1-10 microns. (A micron is one-millionth of a meter. Most people can’t see particles that measure less than 40 microns.)

One source of contamination is new oil that doesn’t meet OEM cleanliness standards. Industry standards have been set and are defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

To prevent oil contamination — and preventable damage in the process — you’ll want to adhere to the OEM guidelines for your machinery, fleet, equipment and parts. That will help you to ensure that you’re doing everything possible to prevent damage, and expensive (and dangerous) equipment failures.

So, how do you find out what the ISO Clean standards are for your fleet, according to the OEM guidelines? Here are a few tips:

1. Check the owner’s manual. You can often find this information online.
2. Use an online tool, such as the Chevron ISOCLEAN Calculator.
3. Call the manufacturer and speak with a representative.
4. Call experienced fuel fleet service staff (such as the team at Greg’s Petroleum Service) to point you in the right direction.

About Us:
If you need additional information, please know that the team at Greg's Petroleum Service is here to help. As your commercial fuel and lubricant supplier in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clarita or Ventura, California areas, we are available to help answer any questions you might have. Visit us online or give us a call to learn more.

Lubricant Price Increases Effective Soon

As you may have already heard, many of the major lubricant manufacturers have announced a lubricant price increase, including two of our major suppliers, Chevron Lubricants and Valvoline. They notified marketers of a general price increase on branded and unbranded lubricants and greases. The increases will be effective May 29, 2019 for Chevron and June 1, 2019 for Valvoline. Suppliers attribute the increase to the higher cost of raw materials.

Another major, Sinclair Lubricants, also announced a price increase that will be effective May 1, 2019.

Shortly after, other majors including ExxonMobil and Shell, announced a general increase of on all its lubricating oils and greases. The increase will be effective May 29, 2019.

Most recently, Petro-Canada advised its US lubricant marketers that the prices for its process oils, Purity FG White Oils, and finished products will increase. The increase will be effective May 7, 2019.

Greg's Petroleum Service strives to deliver quality products at affordable prices. For questions on how price increases across the industry may impact you, please contact your sales representative.