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Offering Synthetic Oil Expertise for Big Engines in Birmingham, Alabama


The big temperature ranges and heavy use make semi-trailers a good candidate for synthetic lubricants, such as AMSOIL Premium API CJ-4 Synthetic 5W-40 Diesel Oil. Fleet managers often say since they made the switch, they've had less downtime, extended oil drain intervals from 300 to 500 hours on the engine oil and doubled service intervals on their rear ends.

Why Your Semi-Trailer Fleet Needs AMSOIL Synthetic Oil Under the Hood

You will get really good performance out of your oil. For example, a truck with about 800,000 miles on it can run like a champ with the right AMSOIL Synthetic Oil. When there is nothing wrong with it, it will require very little top-up. While there are many factors that have contributed to the big truck's longer lifespans, one of the biggest reasons is Synthetic Oil likeAMSOIL Series 3000 SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Heavy Duty Diesel Oil.

Fuel Economy

Synthetic lubes have become accepted in transmissions and rear axles as a way to extend drain intervals as well as warranties and help improve fuel economy. However, acceptance of synthetic motor oils in the trucking business has lagged behind the automotive world and America's trucking industry, because they cost more than mineral-based oils. But with fuel prices rising, the potential fuel savings of using synthetic oils could change that. AMSOIL Synthetic Oil makes engines run cleaner and leaner making for a more fuel-efficient and cost-effective trip.

Synthetic Benefits

The benefits of synthetic lubricants can be summarized in four ways

  • Synthetic oil tends to have a higher viscosity index, meaning it remains thick at high temperatures and light at low temperatures. This in turn leads to easier cold starts and longer component life. Because synthetics are made of molecules that chemists design, the chemists can create base stocks with the ability to maintain stronger and thicker lubricating films, and that imparts wear protection even before the additives come into the picture.
  • A lower traction coefficient means less friction and heat, which promotes energy efficiency and fuel economy.
  • Improved oxidation and thermal stability mean the oil is less likely to thicken with age and offers better deposit control. This is what makes synthetics a good bet to help extend oil drain intervals.
  • Lower volatility means less oil loss, and, therefore, there's less makeup oil needed.

Why Use Amsoil Synthetic Oil in Your Commerical Fleet?

Synthetic motor oils offer excellent cold-weather starting abilities, better wear protection (especially in severe applications and high loads), resistance to oxidation at high operating temperatures, and improved fuel economy. Perhaps one of the main reasons fleets have turned to synthetic motor oils is that they are a valuable tool to help extend oil drain intervals. It's time to trust your commercial fleet vehicles in Alabama to AMSOIL Synthetic Oil.

The Base Oil

Both full and semi-synthetic diesel engine oil blends are increasingly being viewed as the “base oil” for heavy trucks of the future, even though such blends are expected to make up only a very small percentage of the market for over the next several years.At an engine teardown event to demonstrate the capabilities of synthetic and thinner, diesel oil blends, it was noted that the switch in emphasis by the federal government from reducing exhaust emissions from commercial trucks to boosting fuel economy is why demand for semi- and fully-synthetic blends is expected to keep on expanding.

Plenty of Trucks to Go in Birmingham, AL

When you look at the approximate 380 million North American engine oil market, including both the on- and off-highway segments, only 6% to 8% is made up of semi- and fully-synthetic blends. When you look at the 180 million gallons of over-the-road segments of which for-hire and private fleets comprise 100 million gallons, the cost tradeoffs are worth it. A shift is beginning to take place within trucking regarding the veracity of synthetics. For instance, of the 150,000 members of the “My Miles Matter” promotion club by Fleetowner, some 37% said they use synthetic oil in their truck engines.


Green House Gases

Truck and engine makers are now rapidly switching to synthetic oils for their “factory-fill” option like in the main synthetic formulas such as AMSOIL OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil. They depend on the engine oil to help deliver fuel economy improvements critical to meeting targets established by federal and state Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Regulations.OEMs want thinner oils to help boost fuel economy while not sacrificing wear protection and durability. That’s where synthetics come into play. Fleets are now looking more closely at synthetic and semi-synthetics because of their lower price difference when compared to mineral-based oils and how the fuel efficiency gains, which can be as high as 1.6%, benefit their bottom line. Neither wear protection nor oil durability is being sacrificed to attain that greater fuel economy.

Controlling Maintenance Downtime

Be strategic about your vehicles' maintenance schedules to reduce downtime. Maintenance costs fleets money not only when it comes to the supplies, people and equipment needed to complete a proper inspection but also in downtime as an asset needs to be taken out of service for the necessary maintenance to be performed. But if maintenance isn’t performed on a regular basis the cost is even greater with roadside breakdowns and even catastrophic failure. While it’s important that trucks be brought in on a regular schedule to be maintained, there are things you can do to reduce downtime related to maintenance.

Set Standards

Have a list of all the things that need to be completed during a preventive maintenance (PM) appointment. Organize the list so the vehicle can be inspected and work performed in a logical order. Ryder, for example, recently performed a lean analysis of its preventive maintenance bays. The company optimized the workflow and rearranged the way work on the maintenance checklist was laid out, so the technicians physically walk around less. The reorganization of the work bay itself saved the average technician over two miles of walking back and forth around the vehicle to complete the PM inspection.

Coordinate Services

Before setting up PM, schedules look at the OEM recommended service intervals and see what inspections can be done at the same time. If needed maintenance for one component is within a few hundred miles of needed maintenance for another component, schedule them at the same time. Also, check for recalls and service campaigns when a truck is in for normal PM service. Complete the recall work or service campaign while the truck is already out of service rather than scheduling another service appointment.

Lengthen PM Intervals

Consider increasing the time (miles or hours) between PM appointments. Don’t do this without first evaluating data from previous PM service, CSA reports, breakdown events and oil analysis. If the data tells you, the interval can be lengthened, push it out but make sure to add things like oil analysis to the PM checklist to help you catch developing problems. Switching to AMSOIL Synthetic Oils and Lubes makes it safer to extend PM intervals.

Schedule Carefully

Maintenance takes time but being careful about how and when you schedule it, can reduce its impact on your productivity. Consider outsourcing your maintenance to a service provider who can perform the work for you after hours or have maintenance performed in your shop when the truck is not being used. Coordinate the maintenance service with the Drivers Hours of Service rest periods. Use the driver’s downtime as an opportunity to get needed vehicle maintenance completed, so that when the driver is legal to get back on the road, the truck will be ready too.

Be Available

According to Trucking Info, if you outsource your service make sure you respond quickly to service provider’s questions and need for authorization. Remember that a big portion of the time attributed to truck service is non-wrench time. If a service provider is waiting for you to approve a repair of something he discovered during a PM inspection, failure to respond quickly will result in the truck sitting in the bay waiting. You could inadvertently be playing a role in lengthening your maintenance downtime.

Maximize Your Fleet's Potential in Birmingham, AL

Your job performance is judged on the performance of your entire fleet of vehicles. So whether you’re looking for a way to keep vehicles on the road, control maintenance costs, enhance efficiency, AMSOIL Synthetic Oil and lubricants can help boost your fleet’s performance by protecting your fleet. When you have to bring your vehicles in for more frequent oil changes, it can put a strain on your fleet, not to mention the productivity of your drivers. AMSOIL Synthetic Oil combines fully synthetic base oil fluids with individually selected additives that are custom blended using proprietary processes.

The advanced performance capabilities of AMSOIL Synthetic Oil can help provide exceptionally

  • Wear protection to help promote long engine life
  • Engine cleaning and protection from sludge and deposits for outstanding performance and efficiency
  • High-temperature protection up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, including high-temperature protection for turbochargers
  • Low-temperature startup protection for fast, reliable cold starts, wear protection on critical engine components and minimized strain on electrical systems down to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit

Longer Oil-Drain Intervals

With AMSOIL Synthetic Oil and lubricants protecting your fleet under the hood, you may increase your oil drain intervals by up to 10,000 miles. That means getting more out of your crew and fleet with less downtime and leaving fleet mechanics free to take on other services that might currently be outsourced. You may even be able to reduce your fleet size with the improved vehicle reliability.

Synthetic Oil in Birmingham, AL


AMSOIL Synthetic Oil provides outstanding protection to vital engine parts when compared to our conventional motor oil. Unlike conventional motor oil, the consistent, uniform-sized molecules in synthetic motor oil produce less friction and allow the oil to protect better critical engine parts, even in extreme driving conditions. The enhanced protection of AMSOIL The First in Synthetics can help reduce your overall maintenance costs and keep your vehicles in service running leaner, longer and stronger
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