Friday, October 31, 2014

Trusted Automotive Dealer Supplies Provider Recommends Baldwin Filters

At Apache Oil Company, we are proud to be considered as a highly trusted automotive dealer supplies provider here in the state, especially since Texas car dealers and repair shops do not give their seal of approval so easily. A distributor of lubricants, coolants, and other oil-based engine products and accessories has to please these businesses first with excellent customer service and with high-quality automotive parts like hydraulic filters before getting their nod. We are glad to say that every dealership we’ve worked and are currently working with is very satisfied of the products we carry and the kind of service we render.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Synthetic Oil Benefits for Your Fleet

Synthetic motor oils were originally designed to protect powerful jet engines from the extreme conditions that they have to endure when flying thousands of miles up in the air. Thanks to technology, the benefits experienced by jetfighters can now be enjoyed by even the most humble of land vehicles. Used in a fleet, synthetic oil can help your trucks operate at optimal performance for many years to come.

To understand synthetic motor oils and how they can benefit your fleet, it pays for you to know the difference between the two. Considering that synthetics generally cost two to four times more than conventional, you naturally want to build a strong enough business case before your fleet makes the switch to synthetics.

The difference is in the hydrocarbons

Synthetic oils have more consistent hydrocarbon molecule structure. Conventional oils, on the other hand, potentially have a hundred different hydrocarbon molecule variants. Thanks to the uniformity of hydrocarbons in synthetic oil, engines experience less friction and hold up better to extreme conditions.

Better fuel economy

Due to lesser friction and heat, moving components inside an engine are able to do their job more efficiently. In that sense, synthetic oil can increase fuel economy by as much as 10 percent.

In the face of extreme temperatures

Whether in extreme hot or cold, synthetics simply perform better. It takes longer for synthetics to vaporize or solidify than conventional oil, again, thanks to its more uniformly-sized hydrocarbon molecules.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

On Fuels and Disaster Preparedness

Fuel is necessary to drive industries and twenty-first century living. Fuel is especially necessary during calamities. When energy power is challenged, people scramble to make do with their rationed power; after all, people still need to cook food, power up generators, and keep their appliances and automobiles running. One would be in a precarious position if one’s household is not prepared for such an event. It is a wise move, for instance, to store fuel in anticipation of power outages caused by weather-related incidents.
Keep in mind, though, that storing fuel has its own risks. For instance, storing fuel in inappropriate containers can lead to gasoline leaks, fires, and other health hazards. To avoid such incidents from happening, one should store such dangerous chemicals in proper containers. Other safety measures pertaining to proper fuel storage would be keeping containers in a dry, isolated area far away from fire hazards such as appliances, electric outlets, and even direct sunlight; routinely checking containers for possible leaks is also good practice.
It would also be good practice to determine what kind of fuel one’s appliances need first so that one would know what fuel needs to be stored in case of emergencies. Most types of fuel have varying shelf lives, and as such, stockpiling on fuel that one might not even use is counterintuitive; knowing what kind of fuel and how much fuel one needs would be helpful in mitigating expenses.

Having the right kind of fuel safely in storage would ease things somewhat for you by having enough power to use your appliances to survive an emergency.

Monday, October 20, 2014

How Oil Is Funneled to Your Cylinder

You’ve probably wondered how gas is pumped and channeled to your car’s engine every time you drop by the station to refill. You’ll understand the process better if you know the basics of how oil is delivered to the oil station in the first place. Here’s how it works.

Oil comes from crude oil, which is essentially full of materials that are not necessary for powering car engines. This is the reason why crude oil has to be processed in refineries to become the oil your cylinder ignites to produce power. However, despite the highly efficient refining process, many impurities that affect efficiency of oil may still be present in oil products delivered to oil stations.

To prevent impurities from getting into your car engine, fuel filters are installed between fuel lines and fuel injector. The fuel line is the pipe that draws oil from the tank to be channeled to your engine. The fuel injector is the device consisting of a tiny nozzle that sprays fuel into your car’s cylinder.

Over time, the impurities that flow with oil through the pipe build up. This will affect the efficiency of the delivery of fuel to car engines, which is why a fuel injector cleaning system is necessary. This system is used to ensure that the fuel injector is constantly in good shape for funneling fuel to engines. This also helps determine how much impurity a certain oil product contains and therefore, also realize the means to reduce or eliminate them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Three Refrigerants that Auto Dealers Should Have

Automotive air conditioning systems may come in different types that use different mechanisms, but all of them share the same basic need: refrigerants. These chemicals are used to transfer air from and to the atmosphere in order to provide cool air inside the room or vehicle. As such, they are one of the most essential items that auto dealers should have in stock, and refrigerants come in various types that suit vehicles of different ages.
R-12, also known as dichlorodifluoromethane, was the main automobile refrigerant used up until the early 90s. Its popularity waned after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered that R-12 can seriously damage the ozone layer. Since then, the EPA has required auto makers to phase-out R-12 in favor of a better type of refrigerant called R-134A, though vintage cars still use the former.
On the other hand, vehicles that weren’t retrofitted to use R-134A used R-22, or chlorodifluoromethane, as an alternative. R-22 is one of the rarer types of auto refrigerants because its production was halted in 2003.

R-134A or tetrafluoroethane is currently used by nearly all vehicles produced after the EPA’s mandate to employ more environment-friendly refrigerants. While it retains the same cooling capabilities of R-12 and R-22, R-134A has very little effect on the ozone layer, making it popular worldwide. That said, some European countries are in the process of finding an even better alternative to R-134A, in light of more stringent sustainable policies made in 2011.