Proper Lubrication of Wheel Bearings and Kingpins Adds to Fuel Efficiency

by on December 7, 2016 0 Comments


We spend so much time talking about engine protection and performance that we sometimes overlook the other areas where quality lubrication is critical to vehicle efficiency. At Chevron, we take a holistic view of a vehicle’s moving parts – bumper-to-bumper. The engine, transmission, axles, front-end and trailer wheel bearings all represent opportunities to drive greater fuel efficiency, long-term durability and overall performance of on-road vehicles.

Axle wheel bearings and front end kingpins are a particular area of focus. The weight of a truck and its load literally rests on its wheel bearings. They require a lubricant that can handle extreme pressures and heat. Improper lubrication can shorten bearing and front end kingpin life and create a potential safety hazard. If the lubricant is not properly formulated for long life and high temperatures, bearings and front end kingpins can wear out sooner and lead to more downtime and lower equipment productivity. On the positive side, using a premium lubricant for wheel bearings and kingpins can deliver extended component life. We are also seeing a definite trend toward lower viscosity lubricants in these areas to help reduce friction and drag, which results in greater fuel efficiency.

Take a look at this 2-minute video that shows the results you can expect from the proper application of high-quality lubricants on wheel bearings and kingpins.

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Leonard has worked over 25+ years in the Lubricants Business in sales, product line, training, and solutions focus with over 14+ years with Chevron Lubricants. He is Chevron’s Global Commercial Brand Manager overseeing the Delo Brand and product line strategy for Heavy Engine Oils, Coolants, Greases, and Automotive Gear Oils within Chevron’s family of lubricants brands. He has developed and led Chevron lubricants HDMO and Driveline strategy into low viscosity leadership with the launch of several key fuel efficient Chevron Delo branded products. He also is the Global Project Manager responsible for Chevron’s Delo PC-11 product launch into the North American, European, Africa & Middle East, and Asia Pacific Markets for the future. Leonard is a member of STLE and SMRP and holds several certifications including Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP); Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS); Oil Monitoring Analyst (OMA); Machinery Lubricant Technician (MLT); and Machinery Lubricant Analyst (MLA). He has also written over 35+ articles for various publications in relation to reliability, coolants, greases and heavy duty engine oils. Recent articles including “Breaking the Myths and Superstitions about Total Base Number”, “Coming Changes for Customers with PC-11” and a recent featured article in STLE Tribology & Lubrication Technology Magazine – “The Challenges of PC-11 – Q&A with Chevron Lubricants Leonard Badal”


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