Date: July 30, 2007
Contact: Glenn McDaniel (269) 342-3213 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For release: Immediately
Tests Confirm New Roadranger Lubes Improve Fuel Efficiency
KALAMAZOO, Mich. … Roadranger Marketing has released the results of recent fuel economy tests revealing fuel savings of more than one percent with use of the newest generation of Roadranger Synthetic Lubricants for transmissions and axles. The tests, which compared Roadranger Synthetic Lubricants to traditional synthetic blends and semi-synthetic blends, included those that were performed with two major U.S. fleets, and a third that was conducted at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas.
“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.”
With the fleet tests, both linehaul carriers realized an average fuel economy savings of 1.029 percent. The Southwest Research test generated a fuel savings of 1.112 percent. Each test adhered to established TMC and SAE protocols, one the SAE Type III 1526 test, the second the TMC/SAE J1321 test, and the third a modified J1376 test.
Roadranger-approved synthetics are required in Eaton’s Fuller® transmissions and Dana’s Spicer® axles in order to qualify for extended warranty coverage and up to 500,000-mile initial drain approvals. Muth added that the lubricants meet and exceed transmission specification, Eaton PS164 REV7, and axle specification, Dana SHAES 256 REV C – which 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. Customers should look for the “REV7” spec on transmission lube containers and “REV C” spec on axle lube to make sure they’re getting the latest fuel-saving formulation.
Manufactured with high-quality synthetic base stock and high-performance additives, Roadranger Synthetic Lubricants are marketed worldwide and are available for all makes and models of medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold in North America. Roadranger-approved full synthetic lubes are also distributed by other lube providers under many different labels. Customers should always look for the Roadranger label or the Roadranger-approved sticker for the best drivetrain protection, continued warranty coverage and additional fuel-saving benefits.
Additional Roadranger Synthetic Lubricants features and benefits include:
• Synthetic base stocks and high-film strengths better protect components from friction and wear.
• Best protection in severe applications, high loads and extremely cold ambient temperatures.
• Resistant to oxidation at high operating and peak drivetrain temperatures.
• Advance seal conditioning base additives help maintain and extend the life of seals.
• Non-corrosive to copper and other yellow metals common in contemporary drivetrain systems.
To find out how much your fleet can save, visit roadranger.com/lube. For additional information on Roadranger commercial vehicle components visit www.roadranger.com. To talk to a Roadranger in the U.S. or Canada, dial 1-800-826-HELP (4357). In Mexico, dial 001-800-826-4357.
The Roadranger Solution is an unbeatable combination of the best drivetrain, chassis and safety components from Dana Corporation and Eaton Corporation; all backed by the Roadranger team – the most experienced, expert, and accessible drivetrain consultants in the business.
Dana is a world leader in the supply of axles; driveshafts; and structural, sealing, and thermal-management products; as well as genuine service parts. The company’s customer base includes virtually every major vehicle and engine manufacturer in the global automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets, which collectively produce more than 65 million vehicles annually. Based in Toledo, Ohio, the company’s continuing operations employed approximately 35,000 people in 28 countries and reported 2006 sales of $8.5 billion, with more than half of this revenue derived from outside the United States. For more information, please visit www.dana.com.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 62,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.