Is your fuel ready for the Winter?

Mother nature is wrapping up 2016 with a frigid cold front across the Midwest, signaling a rough winter ahead of us to start the New Year.  Don’t begin 2017 with costly equipment repairs.

Avoid Fuel Gelling

Fuel additives are specifically formulated to keep heavy duty diesel engines performing at their peak.  Once winter approaches, fuel should be treated with an anti-gel additive package, designed to keep your equipment operating in cold temperatures.  If left untreated, fuel has a tendency to gel in winter weather causing unnecessary downtime and possible costly repairs.  Don’t neglect your equipment this winter–make certain your fuel is treated.

Diesel fuel gelling can be costly for both the vehicle and the company.
At 32 degrees, the wax in liquid form will crystallize and leave the fuel tank clouded.  At 10-15 degrees, it will finally start to gel and clog the tank and fuel filters. If you plan now, it will save you later.
Give us a call now.

Understanding ISO Cleanliness Codes – Lube Matters


Think about this: what’s the most critical part of the building you’re standing in? Quite simply, there is no building without a foundation. You may not see it or think about it, but it’s there, below the surface – that solid base that sets the stage for the structure and everything it holds.

The oils, lubricants and hydraulic fluids you use in your equipment play the same role. A clean lubricant is the foundation for maximizing component life. When contaminants you can’t even see reside in lubricants, they threaten equipment reliability. And that can disrupt your business operations and drive up maintenance and equipment costs.

– See more at: http://www.chevronlubematters.com/2016/03/30/know-your-numbers-understanding-iso-cleanliness-codes/#sthash.5GGUOqkJ.dpuf



Six on Highway Trends That Drive Fuel Savings

Vehicle efficiency changes are now being implemented across the total vehicle today from both truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and fleets to help improve fuel economy and operating costs, while helping to reduce their carbon footprint. Some of the items that are continuously evolving through improved technology and innovation are:

  1. Diesel Engine Optimization
  2. Improved Drivetrain Efficiency
  3. Aerodynamic Changes
  4. Vehicle Weight Reduction
  5. Tires and Automatic Tire Inflation Monitoring
  6. Telematics and Vehicle Automation


key areas vehicle efficiency


– See more at: Chevron Lube Matters: Total Vehicle Efficiency – Looking Beyond HDMO



The right coolant can take the heat out of higher costs and downtime

right coolant less downtimeIf you can’t stand the heat . . . maybe you’re not using the right coolant. A major cause of costly downtime and diesel engine problems are related to cooling system failures.

Compounding the issue – today’s engines run hotter. Redesigned over the years to comply with the latest emission regulations, engines now produce higher amounts of heat and are therefore considerably more susceptible to coolant related issues.

Something as simple as using the right coolant could eliminate those added costs, not to mention the downtime for repairs. In many cases, extended life coolants offer improved protection from heat-related engine issues. These coolants do not deplete as rapidly as conventional products or require expensive Supplemental Coolant Additives (SCAs) or pre-charged coolant filters.

What are my coolant choices?

For on- and off-highway use, there are two main types of extended life coolants that can maximize heat transfer and simultaneously protect metal cooling systems. The right choice depends on the application:

  • Nitrite-Free coolants are increasingly the choice for on-highway vehicles. A trend that started in European operations, the use of these coolants is expanding in North American truck engines, where they are providing protection without affecting metal surfaces. A growing number of on-highway vehicle manufacturers have made nitrite-free coolants their factory standard. For fleets wishing to switch and depending on the extended life coolant currently being used, nitrite-free products may be added to cooling systems without the need to flush and fill.
  • Nitrited coolants are most commonly used in off-highway equipment for their proven engine protection properties. These coolants provide enhanced cylinder liner cavitation protection in engines that are susceptible.

Extended life coolants also are available in formulations using propylene glycol (PG) for freeze protection and are most often used in applications where there are environmental concerns. PG is less toxic than ethylene glycol based coolants, but offers the same engine cooling system protection. Water-based inhibited coolants also are available for applications where enhanced heat transfer is required and freezing temperatures are not a concern, mainly in warmer climates and in marine engines.

What to Look For in Coolants

Extended life coolants are often the answer for heavy-duty on- and off-highway diesel engines because they are designed to deliver enhanced cooling system protection at a lower overall cost. When selecting a coolant, you should look for it to be strong in the following three features:

  • Heat transfer characteristics
  • Antifreeze and boil protection
  • Corrosion and cooling system component protection

The bottom line is that it is getting easier to find coolants that provide optimal engine performance, and longer engine life. Using the correct product, along with recommended coolant maintenance practices, can help avoid cooling system problems and failures, their cost and the added impact of downtime.

– See more at: http://www.chevronlubematters.com/2016/02/10/the-right-coolant-can-take-the-heat-out-of-higher-costs-and-downtime/#sthash.kE5NTJ7t.dpuf


Maximize Your Equipment Life

We at Jackson Oil & Solvents, Inc. realize that other than human resources your equipment is your most valuable asset.  Contaminants in your oil can significantly reduce the life of your equipment.  OEMs have been pushing for years for cleaner lubricants, but there wasn’t an easy alternative to a Do-It-Yourself filtration program…Until Now!

Jackson Oil has the solution to assist you in meeting OEM requirements saving you valuable time spent on warranty hassles as well as helping you maximize the life of your equipment.

The news is spreading that Chevron Lubricants ISOCLEAN program is out! Check out the below articles for more information:




When contaminants — like metal particles and dirt — enter a machine’s lubrication zone, a chain reaction of wear begins:  these particles grind away the equipment’s insides, creating more contaminants and more wear.
The Chevron ISOCLEAN® Program has the solutions to fight contaminants.  This premier program provides the expertise and products to increase equipment reliability and avoid equipment failure and downtime.
The article below was published in the Wall Street Journal describing the benefits of Chevron ISOCLEAN.



Chevron Debuts ISOCLEAN® Certified Lubricants and Services, the Industry’s First National Program Focused on Controlling Particle Contamination

Particle contamination is the number one cause of lubricant related failure in equipment.

SAN RAMON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Chevron Products Company, a Chevron U.S.A. Inc. division, today announced the launch of its ISOCLEAN Program, a first of its kind national program that offers a solution to particle contamination through products and in-plant services designed to assist customers in maximizing the life of their equipment by meeting stringent quality control standards set by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Chevron’s ISOCLEAN program includes ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricants, which have been certified to meet the fluid ISO Cleanliness requirements of OEMs, and ISOCLEAN Services, which are in-plant services designed to clean up and manage contamination of in-service lubricants and operating systems. Both offerings are dependent on each other and help to reduce wear, decrease unscheduled downtime and extend the life of equipment.

Chevron’s ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricants meet a specific ISO Cleanliness code at the point of delivery, which represents the most stringent cleanliness standards and specifications for lubricants placed in equipment that are required by several leading OEMs. An important first step in controlling lubricant contamination is starting with a certified lubricant. These products help reduce the expense and manpower required by end customers to pre-filter non-certified lubricants to meet OEM requirements.

ISOCLEAN Services are performed by a national certified network of service providers at the plant location. Controlling particle contamination for in-service equipment is another critical element in maintaining efficient operation. The portfolio of services performed may include:

  • Fluid purification and dehydration
  • Varnish removal and mitigation
  • High velocity flushing
  • Reservoir and tank cleaning
  • Condition monitoring and system audits
  • Fluid handling consultation

Chevron began rolling out its ISOCLEAN program in early 2015 and has developed a national network of ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricant Marketers. The program has seen such dramatic success that it will begin to expand internationally in 2016. The company’s goal is to significantly increase the number of certified marketers throughout many regions.

“No other company is as dedicated to providing solutions for lubricant particle contamination as Chevron,” said Doug Hinzie, VP Americas Lubricants at Chevron. “Our ISOCLEAN Program with certified lubricants and services is proof that we are investing heavily in this crucial industry need. In response to the request for a turnkey solution from customers and OEMs, we developed this comprehensive national program because we know how important it is to provide a consistent solution which is certified and backed by Chevron, and delivered wherever our customers need it.”

The number one cause of lubricant-related failures in equipment is contaminant particles – most of which are so small that they are unable to be seen by the naked eye. Controlling fluid contamination early in the process can significantly reduce the costs to remove it later, which is a direct saving that goes to the bottom line of our customers.

“It doesn’t matter if you are in mining, construction or own a fleet of trash trucks, it is all about lubricants and high pressure lubricants – the cleaner that oil is the longer it is going to last, because downtime is a killer,” said Freddie Dodge, expert miner and star of “Gold Rush” on the Discovery Channel. “You get peace of mind with ISOCLEAN lubricant system because every gallon you use you get a certificate that it is free of harmful contaminants.”

Chevron offers more than 50 ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricants for critical equipment components from hydraulics to gear oils to synthetics for a variety of industries: agriculture, construction, manufacturing, mining, petrochemical refining, power generation, and waste hauling. ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricants give customers the opportunity to significantly maximize equipment component life: by 2 to 4 times in most cases.

These lubricants have undergone one of the most rigorous testing processes in the industry to verify that the lubricants performance is not compromised, which is exclusively done at the Chevron Research and Technology Center. All products delivered by ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricant Marketers meet the required certification process, which includes multiple tests, and follows stringent delivery processes to verify that the products meet specification on each delivery.

For more information on ISOCLEAN program or to contact an ISOCLEAN Certified Lubricant Marketer in a specific region, go to: www.chevronisoclean.com

About Chevron Products Company

Chevron Products Company is a division of an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) headquartered in San Ramon, CA. A full line of lubrication and coolant products are marketed through this organization. Select brands include Havoline®, Delo® and Havoline Xpress Lube®. Chevron Intellectual Property LLC owns patented technology in advanced lubricants products, new generation base oil technology and coolants.

For more information go to: www.chevronisoclean.com

Avoid Fuel Gelling Issues

Howes Winter Tow Guarantee

Avoid Costly Fuel Gelling Issues

Winter Treat Plus contains a concentrated cold flow improver designed to reduce the size and alter the shape of the wax crystals as they precipitate from the diesel fuel in low temperatures. This reduces vehicle failure during cold weather.

The best cold weather protection available.

  • Lowers the Cold Filter Plugging Point by up to 20 degrees or more.
  • Increases fuel economy – reduces the requirement for blended fuel, which has lower BTU content.
  • Prolongs fuel filter life. Reduces Contaminants and safely controls water.
  • Non-Alcohol formula is safe to use in all weather conditions.
  • Flows at -20º allowing you to store additive outside.Howes Diesel Treat Anti Gel

Why Howes?

Jackson Oil & Solvents, Inc. has been partnered with Howes because it is the most recognizable name in the fuel additive business. “Howes Diesel Treat Anti-Gel and Howes Meaner Power Kleaner are the #1 selling diesel additives in truck stops and travel plazas throughout North America”*.


*Howes Website 10/28/2015


Howes Winter Treat Plus





Howes Winter Treat Plus is available for purchase from Jackson Oil & Solvents, Inc. It can be included in pre-additized bulk fuel.


Howes Meaner Power Cleaner




Howes Diesel Treat with Anti-Gel is available from Jackson Oil in packaged sizes while Meaner Power Kleaner is available in packaged sizes as well as pre-additized bulk fuel.



To learn more about the “Winter Tow Guarantee”, see the below website for details when purchasing packaged goods. Speak with your sales consultant regarding the details for bulk fuel with the Howes Winter Treat Plus additive.
Winter Tow Guarantee

Extended-Life Coolant (ELC)

Delo ELC AFC 5050 Silver Red Cap What is Extended-Life Coolant (ELC)?

Extended-life coolants are coolants that use advanced organic acid technology (OAT). These additives deplete at a much slower rate than traditional coolant additives. This slow rate of depletion allows the coolant to protect the engine in a much more efficient manner and provide longer protection compared to conventional coolants. This eliminates the need to add Supplemental Coolant Additives (SCAs), extending coolant service intervals and providing superior heat transfer, cavitation protection, and corrosion protection.

Extended-life coolants should only be used on approved engines, as the organic acids can be incompatible with certain metallic and nonmetallic materials. Some brass compounds and some silicone-based seal materials can be adversely affected by prolonged exposure to extended life coolant, particularly in areas where the material is “scrubbed” by the coolant moving at high speeds inside the engine. So, be sure to check the owner’s manual for compatibility.

What are the benefits of Extended-Life Coolants?

Because the organic acid technology in extended life coolant protects the engine system without use of conventional abrasive corrosion inhibitors such as silicate and phosphate, truck and bus owners will benefit by:

– Avoiding silicate dropout (sometimes called “green goo”), which clogs coolant passageways.

– Reducing water pump seal failures.

– Improving hard water compatibility, reducing hard scale that can deposit.

– Improving maintenance costs. Due to the longer service intervals, fewer labor hours are required and fewer materials need to be purchased.

– Reduce engine operating temperature increasing component life.

– Extend the engine oil’s life by reducing the oxidation rate caused by higher temperatures, This will help increase drain intervals also decreasing maintenance and labor costs for oil changes.

What is the expected life of Extended-Life Coolants?Delo ELC AFC Conc Blue Red Cap

Commercial pre-diluted mixes, such as Chevron DELO Extended Life Coolant, will provide engine protection for up to 750,000 miles in on-road applications, and 15,000 hours, or 8 years in off-road and non-highway use depending on the severity of truck, bus, or equipment usage. You can also increase the benefits of the extended-life coolant further by adding a coolant extender to the cooling system. Doing so will provide an additional 250,000 miles in on-road use and 5,000 hours protection in off-road and non-highway applications. After 1,000,000 miles, 20,000 hours, or eight years, the coolant should be drained, flushed, and refilled.

Are Extended-Life Coolants Compatible with Conventional Coolants?

Although extended-life coolant is compatible with conventional coolant, mixing extended-life coolant with conventional coolant to top off leaks will reduce the benefits of the extended-life coolant. If mixture with conventional coolant exceeds 10%, the coolant must be maintained as a conventional system using SCAs, or should be drained and flushed, then refilled with new extended-life coolant.



– James Blankenbeckler, Commercial Sales & Service Division



3 Easy Methods to Test DEF

This short film will take you through the proper ways to test the quality of your Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Supply. As a customer, you have 3 easy methods to test your DEF: a visual test, a handheld test, and an in-house lab or certified DEF testing lab.

View the video to learn more:

Need DEF?

Having trouble with DEF supply issues? It is our understanding that there are supply issues in the marketplace with regard to Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).  Because of our local supplier we are not experiencing any issues with obtaining product.  We know the pain associated with not having product when it is needed.  It could lead to unscheduled equipment downtime.  If you are in need of DEF, call your sales consultant today. 

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Package Size: We are able to supply 2.5 gallon jugs, drums, totes, and bulk product at a competitive price.  (The picture below shows one of our stainless steel tank wagons solely used to deliver DEF.  There are only a few like them, dedicated for such!)


Equipment:  Jackson Oil & Solvents has solutions for storing and transporting the product to the DEF tank whether the equipment is in a service bay or out in the field.


Cleanliness is next to…
Jackson Oil & Solvents, Inc. has partnered with the Brenntag/TerraCair brand of DEF because we understand the importance of a quality product.  Brenntag offers its customers a closed DEF system to control and manage product quality.  Closed drums and totes require a MicroMatic coupler on the end of the dispensing hose which will connect to the tote’s MicroMatic valve to prevent contaminants such as dirt, debris and bugs from entering the container…Pure to the Tank.


Go Green and Save Green

Having trouble managing the growing demand for premium motor oils?  Jackson Oil & Solvents introduces the new E-Pak™ Lubricants Dispensing System from Service Pro®.  This dispensing system is meant to assist you in supplementing your bulk products (e.g. 5W-30, 15W-40, etc.).  The 6-gallon packages and rack help you overcome the challenge of carrying all the products demanded by your customers while helping you conserve valuable space.  Using the Service Pro® dispensing system 6-gallon package, you can now inventory six different products in the same floor space as required for a single 55-gallon drum.

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Call your Jackson Oil & Solvents’ sales consultant for more details and pricing or Donneta Thompson at (800) 221-4603 x731 or donneta.thompson@jos.us.com.


 Go Green…Save Green Each Service Pro® 6-gallon box uses 89% less plastic than the 24 1-quart bottle equivalency.  In addition, the pricing of these 6-gallon boxes is between that of case goods and a 55-gallon drum reducing your costs.  This environmentally responsible packaging and delivery system will save you space, time, money, and significantly reduce waste.

Jackson Oil – Your DEF Solution

Now that 2014 is upon us, off-road implements and equipment are in the same predicament as the on-road fleets were a few years ago.  Many of Jackson Oil & Solvents’ customers are searching for a Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) solution.  We have it! 

Package Size: We are able to supply 2.5 gallon jugs, drums, totes, and bulk product at a competitive price.  (The picture below shows our stainless steel tank wagon solely used to deliver DEF.  It is one of a kind!)

Equipment:  Jackson Oil & Solvents has solutions for storing and transporting the product to the DEF tank whether the equipment is in a service bay or out in the field.

If you are looking for a DEF solution, call your sales consultant today or contact us at the phone number in the image below.


DEF Image


Cleanliness is next to… Jackson Oil & Solvents, Inc. has partnered with the Brenntag/TerraCair brand of DEF because we understand the importance of a quality product.  Brenntag offers its customers a closed DEF system to control and manage product quality.  Closed drums and totes require a MicroMatic coupler on the end of the dispensing hose which will connect to the tote’s MicroMatic valve to prevent contaminants such as dirt, debris and bugs from entering the container…Pure to the Tank.


Buzz About Natural Gas

What is CNG?

Rising diesel fuel costs and the shale-gas boom in the last couple of years has caused many fleet companies to begin looking at natural gas as an alternative to diesel fuel.   Large amounts of natural gas in shale rock formations has been unlocked by improved drilling techniques, making the fuel cheaper and more plentiful across the U.S.   However, the major concern for fleet owners is the cost of natural gas engines.  Vehicles equipped to run on natural gas typically cost quite a bit more than conventional diesel models, but because of the significant price gap between natural gas and diesel fuel many companies are beginning to justify the transition–breaking even in just a couple of years.   At the pump, a gallon of diesel often costs more than twice as much as natural gas, on a diesel-gallon-equivalent basis.


Another disadvantage of natural gas is that it isn’t as dense as diesel.  Compressed natural gas (CNG) is only 25% as dense and super-chilled or liquefied natural gas (LNG) is 60% as dense. That means vehicles need more tanks or bigger tanks to go as far, or they must refuel more often. Thus the shift has been mainly in local fleets such as trash trucks, city buses, or delivery trucks that go back to home base each night, where they can re-fuel.  Many long-haul truckers remain concerned about a lack of natural gas fueling stations across the U.S.  Other challenges include the bulky tanks for compressed gas and the hazards of handling liquefied gas.  In the past, the volatility of natural-gas prices also hampered wider use.


Besides the decreased cost of fuel, another benefit to natural gas engines is its environmental impact.  Tailpipe emissions would drop since natural gas burns cleaner than diesel fuel or gasoline.


We at Jackson Oil & Solvents, Inc. believe that this transition will continue, but it will be a slow process.  We are keeping our finger on the pulse of this transition and will be equipped to handle the needs of our clients as demand continues to increase.  Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Australia have transitioned to natural gas quicker than the U.S., but that is pretty typical.  Many fleet owners are trying to determine whether natural gas really has legs as a transportation fuel.   As natural gas becomes more readily available (increased infrastructure) and the cost of natural gas engines continues to decrease, we will see an increasing speed of transition.  Don’t worry, though, Jackson Oil & Solvents will be ready!