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Cheaper Oils: A Costly Mistake

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Barton Petroleum has been an authorised distributor of Morris Lubricants for over 30 years. Here Adrian Hill, Product Manager at Morris Lubricants explains why using inferior lubricants may be more costly in the long run.

Fleet Managers who try to save cash by using cheaper lubricants might well end up shelling out more in the long run. Inferior lubricants affect fuel economy, meaning eet operators will visit the pumps more often than those who use products recommended by the OEM.

“Cheaper products might not always live up to the claims they make on the barrel – and that could lead to problems with components, or even complete breakdowns.

“Using the correct lubricants, at the correct drain intervals as prescribed by the OEM, will maximise the ef ciency and the lifetime of the vehicle,”

“People are attracted by the proposition of saving a few pennies on a litre of oil because it looks a good deal, but the down side is that it might not provide the necessary fuel economy bene ts and it might not offer the correct levels of protection.

“A lot of the cheaper gear oils claim the 75W-90 or 75W-80 viscosity classifications. But when they have been checked by the industry watchdog, Veri cation of Lubrication Specifications (VLS), they have been found to be substandard. They are not meeting the 75W claim, which means they are not as fluid at low temperatures as the specification claims they are.

“Fuel economy is mainly attributed to that cold-start period because that’s when the oil is at its thickest. If you’ve got a thick, gloopy oil, some of that energy generated by the engine is not getting to the wheels. It’s needed to churn through the thick oil.”

A sure-fire way to ensure that a lubricant is up to scratch is to check whether it carries an approval for a specific vehicle.

He says that eet managers should ask for proof from their lubricant suppliers that the oil in the barrel matches up to what is claimed on the label.

“If you use the wrong products in transcontinental vehicles doing many miles, you can rack up a lot
of wear and tear. In the medium-term, you start to see downtime and unreliability. If you’re going from Birmingham to Venice and you breakdown two-thirds of the way there, that’s expensive as you’ve got to repair and recover it.

“And cheaper products may invalidate a warranty claim. It’s short-term costs versus long-term gain.

“Anybody who thinks they are getting a really cheap deal on a lubricant, with lots of performance claims should ask for evidence. If they can prove it, great – but nine times out of 10, it’s not going to be a wise move in the long-term.”

Versimax, Morris Lubricants OEM approved commercial vehicle oils, is a name that combines the versatility and maximum quality on offer.

Source: Morris Lubricants Spring 2018 Newsletter

Barton Petroleum has been an authorised distributor of Morris Lubricants of over 30 years. Morris Lubricants are of one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of automotive lubricants. Click here for information on Morris Lubricants range of automotive products.