Synthetic drivetrain lubes record fuel savings

Roadranger Marketing has announced that results of recent fuel economy testing show fuel savings of more than one percent with use of the newest generation of Roadranger synthetic lubricants in transmissions and axles

Roadranger Marketing has announced that results of recent fuel economy testing show fuel savings of more than one percent with use of the newest generation of Roadranger synthetic lubricants in transmissions and axles. The tests compared Roadranger synthetic lubes to traditional synthetic blends and semi-synthetic blends and included those performed with two major U.S. fleets and a third that was conducted at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

According to Roadranger, both linehaul carriers participating in the test realized an average fuel economy savings of 1.029%. The Southwest Research test generated a fuel savings of 1.112%. Each test adhered to established TMC and SAE protocols, including the SAE Type III 1526 test, the TMC/SAE J1321 test, and a modified version of the J1376 test.

“This is a significant finding when you take into account that every one percent improvement amounts to about $500 in annual fuel savings per truck,” said Rick Muth, lubricants manager for Roadranger Marketing. “The previous Roadranger lubricants were already producing fuel saving benefits of two to four percent over mineral-based lubricants, so the additional savings is a further bonus. We’re expecting that fleets and truck makers will welcome the news of these results and immediately upgrade their lube spec.”

Muth added that the lubricants meet and exceed transmission specification, Eaton PS164 REV7, and axle specification, Dana SHAES 256 REV C. These were introduced last year to improve low and high temperature operation, and provide better protection against gear wear in high-horsepower, high-torque, high-speed and heavy-load applications.

Roadranger synthetic lubricants are available for all makes and models of medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold in North America. Roadranger-approved synthetics are required in Eaton Fuller transmissions and Dana Spiceraxles to qualify for extended warranty coverage and up to 500,000-mile initial drain approvals.

For more information, go to www.roadranger.com.

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