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Automotive Lubricants

The demands on the automotive engine are changing. The past decade has seen our traffic congestion increase dramatically and is only likely to increase further still. This presents a new set of challenges for drivers in looking after their engines. Because of increasing congestion, today's drivers are experiencing a steep increase in 'stop-start driving'. Your average driver can now stop and start their engines as many as 18,000 times a year. This is annoying, but worse, it slowly damages the engine - permanently.

A change in pattern

Frequent stopping and starting involves increased decelerating, idling, and accelerating. This change in how automotive engines perform applies new stresses to different areas. This in turn causes metal abrasion with metal fragments worn from the surfaces of critical engine parts. This increases microscopic engine wear. Over time, this damage decreases efficiency and performance, ultimately irreparably damaging the engine.

What does this mean for oil?

At the heart of the battle to keep up with the changing challenges engines face is oil, the vehicle's lifeblood. As the demands of the automotive engine change so does the lubricants' job role. To continue to be effective, it needs to evolve so it can continue to protect the areas most needed. This needs to be done in the confines of working within new limitations posed by the strive for more environmentally sound engines and increased heat cycle demands.

Does it matter?

You may think, what does it matter, isn't automotive all the same? No, the properties today's oil strives for are almost unrecognizable from the needs oil had to meet as little as 10 years ago. With the constant stop-start cycles, today's generation of automotive oil is focused on new technology. Primarily it needs to keep protecting components during the 'stop' cycle rather than draining off. With the higher demands, newer oils are also required to provide higher levels of protection through various technologies to defend against wear, improve engine life or increase service intervals. All this against a backdrop of environmental focus and regulations demanding 'cleaner' automotive oils.

Getting the right lubricant

This is why getting the right oil lubricants for your vehicle is essential. Investing in the right lubricant will help keep it on the road, reduce engine issues, and prolong its life and performance. Kernow Oils is a UK distributor for Castrol, Total Energies, Quaker Houghton, Morris Lubricants and Lubric8. We cater for a whole plethora of vehicle types from motorcycles to Agricultural vehicles. Our comprehensive range of automotive oil lubricants covers a huge range of OME vehicles with engine oils, transmission gear oils, greases, coolants, and hydraulic oils.
Fluid Handling

Fluid Handling

Food Grade Lubricants

Food Grade Lubricants

Industrial oil, lubricants, and cutting fluids

Industrial Lubricants

Industrial lubricants - make the world go round!

Industrial lubricants quite literally make the world go round. Without it, we would see manufacturing, food production, aerospace, power, in fact almost every facet of industry come to a grinding halt. It is easy to see why industrial lubrication plays an integral part in keeping our society running. It is the unsung hero that keeps everything moving.

The importance of getting it right

As industrial lubricants play such a crucial role it is paramount that machinery has the right protection. Getting the right lubrication for the job is quite a scientific process. This means analysing its uses, the nature and direction of the forces, stress points, operating temperatures, cycles, lifespan requirements and so on. Only by analysing every part of the process can you find the right product specification with the correct properties.

Invest now and reap the rewards later

Luckily, most machine/equipment manufacturers have done the leg work for you. They provide OME specifications which must be used, failure to do so may invalidate warranties. This is because failure to use the correct specification industrial lubricant is likely to cause damage. Furthermore, it is likely to cost you in stoppages, damage, downtime, shortening machinery life, and unnecessary wastage. In essence, ensuring the best possible product for the process will save time and money in the long run. Similarly, avoiding using inferior products in an attempt to save a buck is likely to save you money now at the expense of costly issues down the line. We have a huge range of industrial lubricants covering all applications. As an ambassador distributor for Castrol, Total Energies, and Lubric8 we have the right solution for you. And, if not, please get in contact with your needs and specifications and we will be happy to work with you on providing a custom lubricant solution. See more about who we are and what we can do for you here. Or visit our industry certification and associations.
Marine Lubricants

Marine Lubricants

Spill and Containment Management

Spill & Containment