Petro-Canada Lubricants and Jepson Petroleum Alberta Ltd., one of Western Canada's largest wholesale marketers of Petro-Canada products and services, have completed a joint field trial testing the performance of DURON next generation heavy-duty engine oils across four different engine types and ages from top OEMs, such as Cummins and Detroit Diesel.
The trial, which was conducted in Calgary, Alberta, tested DURON HP 15W-40 to reveal the extended drain performance of the oil in extreme temperatures.
The results of the trial showed that DURON HP 15W-40, a conventional mineral oil-based diesel engine oil, performed like a synthetic and resulted in extended drain intervals of up to 50 percent from 500 hours to 750 hours, with one unit lasting up to 1,100 hours. Petro-Canada emphasized that extending drain intervals should always be undertaken in conjunction with an oil analysis program.
Oil analysis during the trial also showed:
• Significant improvement in wear protection, shear stability and BN (Base Number) retention;
• Stay-in-grade viscosity performance with the prolonged operating hours; and
• Excellent all-weather performance over the wide temperature range experienced in Calgary.
"Our four engine trial of the new DURON HP 15W-40 (API CK-4) saw extended drain intervals of up to 50 percent. This translates into hundreds of extra hours of engine usage and thousands of dollars saved," said Dave Jepson, owner of Jepson Petroleum Alberta Ltd. "The results were exceptional and beyond what we anticipated. We now have first-hand evidence to show customers and demonstrate the real-time performance of DURON HP 15W-40. This process has really cemented our trust in Petro-Canada Lubricants and given us total faith and confidence in the DURON next generation product line."
Oil drain intervals were extended systematically until minor loss of performance was observed by oil analysis. The Petro-Canada Lubricants' sales and technical teams were on hand to ensure that testing went smoothly and the day-to-day operations at Jepson Petroleum Alberta Ltd. were not interrupted.