Useful Info From Parts and People Magazine –
When it comes to automatic transmission fluids, there is no one-size-fits-all-solution. Ford transmissions are designed for use in many different service environments and operating conditions, and each transmission has its own set of fluid requirements, said Robert Boss, Motorcraft Chemical and Lubricants product marketing manager. All of the Motorcraft Automatic Transmission Fluids (ATF) have specially formulated properties to meet unique requirements that result in optimal vehicle performance, which can’t be achieved with a single product on the shelf.
“Motorcraft has boiled down their ATF offerings to eight high-quality, reliable fluids that installers and authorized distributors can carry to service all Ford and Lincoln vehicles,” Boss said. “While the aftermarket may say there is a one-size-fits-all solution, each transmission needs the correct fluid to function properly so we have worked closely with our engineers to manufacture fluids that are right for our vehicles.”
Engineers do not recommend adding cleaners, conditioners or other “performance enhancing” products to those ATFs. Specially designed performance additives are already included in Motorcraft ATF formulations, making additional additives not necessary. Aftermarket additives do not prolong the life of the fluid or the transmission, and can mask transmission symptoms without providing a cure.
Motorcraft’s line of transmission fluids undergo extensive testing, both in the lab and in real-world conditions, to ensure they provide optimum performance and durability. MERCON fluids are the only fluids approved by Ford Motor Company for their recommended application, and each product is formulated for specific applications. Service facilities can visit www.fcsdchemicalsandlubricants.com to access the latest application charts, vehicle fluid capacities, product specifications and the online catalog for all Motorcraft chemicals and lubricants.
Heathwood Oil Company is excited to now be offering the Castrol GTX Magnatec brand, which has only recently been offered in the U.S.
Typically, an engine oil will drain from critical engine parts when the engine is turned off. Your oil is not fully protecting your engine until the engine has reached the peak protection temperature. This is the reason that 75% of engine wear occurs during warm-up.
Magnatec products are set apart from other conventional oils by intelligent molecules. These components will cling to your engine during all driving conditions, even when the engine is off. This means that you will have an extra layer of protection on your engine parts during start and warm-up.
Heathwood carries 0W20, 5W20 and 5W30 Castrol GTX Magnatec , all of which meet the dexos ™ performance requirements.
Heathwood is pleased to announce that we have recently become an Associate Member of the Missouri Dump Truck Association. We are excited to be affiliated with this organization, and look forward to seeing our customers at the next event!
Oil Change Intervals
Over the years, automobile manufacturers have been steadily increasing the recommended oil change intervals on our cars. Despite this, it seems that consumers aren’t taking the recommendations to heart. Since GM began using Oil-Life Monitoring Systems in 1999, oil change intervals have increased by only 155 miles according to a survey in National Oil & Lube News.
The manufacturers may be catching on. The 2014 Kia Cadenza recommends oil changes at 3750 miles, as do the 2014 Subaru Outback and Legacy. Even BMW is dropping their traditional 15,000 miles/24 months recommendation to 10,000 miles/12 months for both gasoline and diesel engines. GM has issued warnings to owners of some vehicles manufactured between 2010 and 2012 that they may need to change oil more frequently than the Oil Monitoring System recommends. After high warranty claims on several models with four-cylinder engines, GM will reprogram software to make oil change lights go on sooner. The change only affects the 2010-2012 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Buick LaCrosse and Regal models with 2.4 liter LAF and LEA four-cylinder engines.
Perhaps the Oil Change Interval future isn’t as dim as it once seemed!