Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Importance of Fuel Injector Cleaning

The fuel injection system is considered one of the most worked sections of any vehicle. Of course, we all know that with constant mechanical movement comes wear-and-tear; and eventually, dirt. Fuel often leave behind deposits that may directly affect the engine’s overall efficiency, which can lead to significant drops in overall vehicle performance.
As the name suggests, the fuel injectors’ job is to squirt in a right amount of petroleum into the combustion chamber. However, high temperatures and variations in gas quality can clog injectors with wax, water, dirt, fuel additives, and carbon. These clogs work like blockades, preventing the injectors from pumping the right amount into the engine. And you know what that means – less fuel means less power, and the car might be wasting its supply without delivering enough thrust. That’s something you’ll definitely not want.
Keep your injectors clean either by having professionals look at it, or by using specialized injector cleaning solutions. Such additives are ideally used along with routine vehicle maintenance, done every 5,000 miles. Most products are designed to effectively remove clogs like carbon, gum, and varnish. Once fuel goes through the injectors, the additive “sweeps” through the inside, clearing away the grime.
In the end, all drivers would want: a perfect balance of great fuel mileage and overall performance. Think of your car’s fuel injectors as the valves connected to a living heart – it will never beat without life-giving blood.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Starting an Auto Repair Business?

If you have always loved fiddling with car parts and functions, and you have at least basic training or experience as a mechanic, then starting your very own car repair business just might be the right track for you! Before you find the perfect place and start setting up shop though, there are a few things you should do to get in gear.


Think of which types of vehicles you’ll want to service and choose a space that can efficiently accommodate them. It should have adequate entrance space, and tall enough for you to hydraulically lift the vehicles without fear of hitting the ceiling. Your floor should also be sturdy enough to bear the weight of the cars.

Natural Light

Make sure that there is an adequate source of natural light coming in through your shop. This is great help for mechanics looking for signs of fluid leaks in cylinder blocks. A good natural lighting source could also help you save on energy use.


Next, think about your car supplies dealer. You will need a constant supply of chemical cleaners, anti-freeze coolant, battery acid, engine degreaser, motor oil and additives, and other essentials of your new business. Opt for one that’s close enough to where you want to set up shop so that emergency supplies can come in as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Facts for Racers: On Using Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is a lubricant made of manufactured or modified products like chemically modified petroleum instead of crude oil. In almost all industries that involve transportation, there is widespread debate regarding the use of synthetic oil versus the conventional lubricants. Nevertheless, whether you’re using the lubricant for a racing ride or for an aircraft, many experts suggest that the real key is in how you actually use it.


The most basic term you should know about lubricating vehicles is viscosity, which stands for the oil’s thickness or semi-fluid state. Too much viscosity, and your car’s pipes may clog; too little and you run the risk of rod bearing failure. Make sure that the viscosity index of the oil you’re using is compatible with your engine’s

Oil Change

Sure, synthetic oil typically lasts a lot longer than the conventional variety, but unfortunately, many people take this to mean prolonging their oil even when it’s already clearly dirty. As a matter of fact, the filth and gunk that accumulate, thanks to your lubricant, just might hinder your engine’s longevity. It’s still important to have your oil changed whenever it gets dirty.

No Experimental Additives

Don’t rely on any shady ‘miracle formula’ that passes for oil additives unless you’re absolutely sure that they work. This is because base oil formulas and the additives in them are already set precisely to work efficiently together; adding an entirely new compound might, in fact, actually disrupt that efficiency.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tanker Trucks and Fuel Transportation

One of the primary duties of an oil company is to ensure the proper transportation of gasoline and other petroleum products. Since most people rely on fuel resources, it is essential that the fuel delivered to the company’s clients arrive safely and on time.

The common mode for transporting large quantities of fuel is through fuel trucks, also known as tankers. These tankers are specially designed with trailers that can carry gallons of liquid for easy transportation. Oil companies utilize multiple tankers for multiple clients. Depending on the quantity needed by customers, oil companies use different kinds of tankers in their business.

The function of each type of oil tanker is the same—to carry and secure loads of oil using its sealed tank and to transport these to a specific destination. The difference lies in the quantity of fuel the tanker transports. Oil tankers are classified into light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty tankers, depending on the maximum amount of fuel the tanker is allowed to carry and transport. These tanker types are allowed and capable of collecting and releasing the required amount of fuel solely for the purpose of securing and transporting the important cargo—and not for any other function.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Like Your Engine, Fuel Injectors Also Get Clogged

Your car cannot run without fuel, but fuel can’t reach your car’s engine without the help of fuel injectors. Of course, as experience will tell you, the longer you drive your car without cleaning it, the more likely dirt, iron fillings, and other particulates get mixed with the fuels, leading to engine clogs or worse. This explains the importance of engine cleaning and the usefulness of a reliable fuel injector cleaner.
Determining the best time to clean your car’s fuel injectors largely depends on mileage; an acceptable range is about 15,000 to 30,000 miles. However, your car may also need a fuel injector cleanup more often than most vehicles if it uses older pintle-style multiport injectors. In addition to that, cars that have a high mileage may need to be cleaned more often since their fuel injectors are likely to be “well-worn”.
As much as possible, you should let professional mechanics handle the cleaning process in your stead; the cleaning agent may not properly pass through the injectors if you poured it yourself. Aside from that, tests on CO emissions may need to be carried out to determine that your car’s fuel injectors are properly cleaned or not: something you likely will have no knowledge of.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Take Advantage of Pennzoil’s Platinum Synthetic Oil Promo at Apache

At Apache Oil Company, we are currently running a promotion that allows anyone who buys more than five quarts of Pennzoil Platinum to receive a $10 rebate from Pennzoil. Our team is proud to be able to promote this synthetic oil product that can help vehicle owners save even more money throughout the lifetime of their vehicle.

Pennzoil Platinum is the American oil company’s fully synthetic conventional oil alternative for ordinary road vehicles—Pennzoil Ultra, its more sophisticated older brother, is designed for high-performance vehicles. Unlike conventional oil, which is derived from petroleum, synthetic automotive oil is created in laboratories through chemical synthesis. This allows for the creation of an oil that lasts longer between oil changes and can help your vehicle perform better.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Driven: Car Dealerships and Automotive Care

Automotive dealerships are like regular retail stores in some ways; the cars being sold in dealerships have to be well-maintained in the same way stores have to manage their stocks closely. However, while stocks in a store can be easily rotated and replenished, car dealerships can’t simply replace their units. Customers want to buy cars that work, so dealers need to keep their automobiles in working condition.

Some motorists believe auto maintenance begins the moment they purchase a car, yet it actually starts even earlier—as soon as the vehicle rolls off the production line. Once automobile dealerships get a hold of a new batch of cars, it’s up to the auto retailers to supply the vehicles with essentials such as liquid coolant, brake fluid, motor oil, and so on. Additionally, dealers will need to keep their units presentable for purchase, so they’ll need a wealth of window cleaning solutions, body wax, rust cleaners, and other car care products.

Unlike motorists, who purchase their auto maintenance supplies from specialty stores, dealerships acquire their products from specialty suppliers. Since dealers handle numerous automobiles on a daily basis, they’ll need stocks upon stocks of car supplies, and only through bulk suppliers can dealers acquire these important products wholesale. Dealerships typically have one or two suppliers at hand to immediately fix them up with much-needed supplies upon request.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Apache Fleet Fuel Programs and On Site Fuel Service

Apache Oil Company is the first choice in Southeast Texas for fleet fuel programs and on site fuel services by a locally owned company. Our expert staff will meet with you face to face and understand what your business needs are, and how Apache fleet fuel programs and on site fuel services will fit your needs and take un-necessary work out of your business.

How does that work, you ask?

First, our account manager will visit your company or site, and understand the fueling requirements in your business. No obligation, on your terms. Most of our account managers are veteran distribution experts and former fleet managers themselves, not simply order-takers who sold some other product line last month and rely on second-hand information from subject matter experts back at the office.