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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 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!


Heathwood recently added three new tanks to our Tank Farm.  Business continues to be good, and we are happy to be adding to our bulk lubricant capacity.  This enables us to add to the variety of products that we can offer.  Please let us know how we can help your business!


According to the 2013 Lubricants Industry Factbook, Castrol was the #2 Best-selling oil at Fast Lubes in 2012.  That is up 4 positions from their 2011 ranking.  Heathwood is a proud distributor of Castrol Lubricants.  If you would like to feature Castrol in your Fast Lube or Auto Repair Facility, give us a call!



Heathwood is a proud Corporate Partner of the Kansas City T-Bones Baseball Team for the 2013 season.  Our Kansas City area salesmen will be at the ballpark on Saturday, July 27th when the T-Bones take on the El Paso Diablos at 7:05pm.  The guys will have plenty of product information – and a few giveaways too!  Make sure you stop by the booth!  Tickets start at $6.50, and we would love to see you there!


The Concrete Promotional Group is hosting its 21st Annual  Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at Adam’s Point Golf Course in Blue Springs, MO.  Heathwood is excited to once again be sponsoring a hole for this event.  All four of our Kansas City Metro salesmen will be working the tournament, so make sure you say hello!  Contact the CPG at 913-341-5800 for information about participating in the tournament!


Castrol Transmax Full Synthetic Multivehicle ATF

Are you tired of buying several ATF fluids just to meet specs? Are you running out of room in your shop because of all the different types of fluids out there? Well Castrol’s new Transmax Full Synthetic ATF should solve all those problems. This new Full Synthetic, Low viscosity ATF by Castrol is the only ATF fluid Fully Licensed and approved by both Ford and GM Models. It also meets or exceeds 85% of vehicle manufacturers specs such as the Toyota WS spec and JASO 1A to cover the full range of import models just to name a few. Please contact us or one of our
sales representatives for more information about this incredible product and how it can benefit you and your shop!


Heathwood Oil recently placed a 1100 gallon DEF tank at Fairview Express in Fairview, Kansas.  We are now able to regularly service their DEF needs on a regular rotation.  Call your salesman today to see if Heathwood cal help you with your company’s equipment needs as well!


Heathwood Oil Company is happy to announce that we are now carrying the latest cost-friendly Heavy Duty Motor Oil from Citgo Lubricants.  Price is a primary concern for everyone, and with Citgo’s HD 15W40 CJ-4 Motor Oil, you can have both Quality and a Brand Name at a competitive price.

Through the end of 2012, Heathwood will be offering Citgo HD 15W40 at an introductory price of $8.99 per gallon. *  Please call our main office today at 1-800-255-0287 to take advantage of this Changeover Special!

* 110 gallon minimum – new customers only.


Heathwood is excited to be offering TerraCair Ultrapure Diesel Exhaust Fluid.  TerraCair DEF is API certified and meets the quality standards required by engine manufacturer service warranties.  We have recently purchased a 7000 gallon tank and pumping system to pump bulk as well as fill totes and drums of DEF.  Heathwood has the equipment to service your company’s DEF needs!


Heathwood Oil recently attended the Vision Expo in Overland Park, KS on March 9-10.  This Automotive Service Industry show  had a fantastic turn out, and we were thrilled to see a lot of action at our booth.  Thanks to everyone who came out and visited with us.  It was a pleasure to meet and talk with a lot of great people in our industry as well as learn a few new things.  We featured new and old products such as Oil Eater, DEF, Antifreeze, Wiper Wash and oils which brought a lot of interest to our booth.  We introduced many people to our new Cleaner / Degreaser, Oil Eater, and handed out hundreds of samples.  We also talked to several local independent shops about how they can get started with all of the great products that we have to offer.

We enjoyed meeting new people in the industry as well as seeing many of our current customers.  We had a great time, and cannot wait to see everyone again next year.  If you didn’t make it to the 2012 Vision Expo, we encourage to you attend in 2013!


Come by and see us on March 9-10 at the Vision Expo at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS.  We will be located at booth 216.  The Expo runs from 5 – 10 pm on Friday and 9am – 4 pm on Saturday.  The Vision Expo is the Midwest’s largest Automotive Service Industry Expo.  Admission and parking are free, and all of our sales reps will be on hand with samples of many of our products.


Heathwood Oil Co. has recently started carrying Oil Eater Cleaner Degreaser.  Oil Eater is a non-toxic, non-corrosive and non-flammable water based cleaner.  It is a safe way to clean oil, grease and grime off of nearly every surface.  Oil Eater can be used in a spray bottle, a mop bucket, floor scrubber machine or even a parts washer.  Oil Eater offers you one cleaner to replace most of your cleaning solutions, ant it’s easier on your skin.  We will be stocking Oil Eater in drums, pails and 4/1 gallon cases.

Heathwood will also be offering Oil Eater absorbent pads and rolls to also assist in your clean-up needs.



Heathwood Oil Company recently completed a Ford Motorcraft Bulk Oil Inspection Audit.  This is one of the most stringent inspections of a bulk oil facility in the country.

The audit looks at policy, procedures and handling of bulk lubricants.  These things are very important when assuring product quality and integrity.

We are excited to report we passed this inspection audit with a 96% grade (100 scale), one of the highest in the country.

You can be assured we are looking to supply your company with products that meet the latest specifications, all with safe deliveries to your businesses.




Heathwood Oil Company recently introduced the Innospec line of fuel specialty products to provide Heathwood customers leading products in innovative additive technology.  Innospec products offer improved fuel efficiency, cold weather operability, a boost in engine performance and reduction in harmful emissions.  Innospec has over 60 years experience in fuel additive chemistry and has rapidly become the largest dedicated fuel treatment company in the world.

Innospec’s latest innovative product, ECOCLEAN HPFI Antifoulant, prevents fuel filter plugging and injector fouling keeping maintenance costs lower.  ECOCLEAN HPFI Antifoulant also boosts power in today’s high-tech engines and helps the environment by reducing exhaust emissions and improving fuel economy.

The Innospec product line also includes: winter diesel additives, water eliminator, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and gelled fuel reliquifer.

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