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Keller-Heartt Honored with 2017 GLCA Supplier Member of the Year Award

Keller-Heartt is pleased to announce that, through our outstanding products and dedicated customer service, we have been selected as the winner of the Great Lakes Construction Association Supplier Member of the Year Award for 2017!

The GLCA was formed in 1947 to bring like-minded contractors together in order to provide an organized and more powerful voice concerning government affairs and construction contracts. 70 years later, the GLCA has grown to include over 200 members in 27 work categories from 3 states and all of the Chicagoland area! Over the years, the focus of the GLCA has evolved to not only bring their members closer, but to help them remain on the cutting-edge of the ever-changing construction industry through education and events.





We at Keller-Heartt are truly honored to receive this prestigious award and look forward to providing many more years of the products and service that have allowed us to be in this position!

Through our partnership with GLCA, we can rest assured knowing we will continue to obtain the latest knowledge of technologies and safety measures while helping provide a stronger, more unified voice for the area construction industry.

Diesel Exhaust Fluid’s Significant Impact on Emissions Reduction


2010’s introduction of Phase 1 of the EPA’s updated emission standards ushered in new regulations that require diesel powered trucks to reduce their impact on the environment. To operate lawfully and efficiently, the trucking industry has chosen to rely heavily on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, which works in conjunction with a mixture of urea and deionized water called Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to eliminate harmful chemicals in diesel vehicles’ exhaust.

This year’s DEF Forum in San Antonio shed some light on the large role DEF plays in the trucking industry’s compliance in emissions laws.
  • DEF use has grown significantly in the last 8 years.
  • By the end of 2017, 720 million gallons of DEF will be sold in the United States alone, which is 119 million more gallons than was sold in 2016.
  • By 2018, it is projected that DEF sales will climb another 80 million gallons to more than 800 million gallons sold throughout the year.
  • Phase 2 of the EPA’s emissions reduction requirements, which aims to further reduce emissions by 1 billion metric tons of CO² for trucks manufactured between 2021-2027, is anticipated to require the use of higher levels of DEF fluid resulting in another large increase in sales of the product.
  • With diesel powered vehicles making up 95% of medium and heavy-duty truck fleets, the use of SCR technology and Diesel Exhaust Fluid will almost certainly continue to climb.
While using DEF easily reduces emissions and increases fuel economy, it’s important to remember that not just any Diesel Exhaust Fluid will suffice. Bad or outdated DEF can cause major damage to your vehicle resulting in downtime and costly repairs.
Keller-Heartt is committed to providing only the highest quality DEF on the market at the best prices possible and from October 12th – 19th, we are offering an exclusive discount for our newsletter subscribers.

Enjoy 5% Off Diesel Exhaust Fluid and DEF Equipment by entering code DEQ at checkout.

Keeping Your Car's Fluid Levels In Check

Checking your car’s main fluids is easy and beneficial to preventing issues before they happen. Here are the fluids you should be checking, along with their respective colors:



Motor Oil – Light brown to black

Even more important than fuel, motor oil keeps your engine from seizing, so checking its levels regularly will let you know if you’re running low or if there are possible leaks. To check your motor oil levels, drive around for a few minutes and then let the engine cool down. Lift the hood and look for the dipstick near the front of the engine. If the oil is below the lower hash mark rather than between both markings, it’s time to fill up.



Coolant – Yellow, Green, or Pink

Your coolant is a 1:1 ratio of water and coolant concentrate that circulates around the engine to transfer heat to the radiator. This mixture gets hot, so check levels when the engine is cool and don’t touch the radiator cap in the center of the engine directly with your skin. If the coolant is not visibly near the top, add some more. Remember to use a 50/50 mixture.


Brake Fluid – Clear/Yellow to Brown

When you put your foot on the brake, brake fluid compresses and moves to the brake pads. The force creates friction and safely stops the car. To check brake fluid, look once again to the engine compartment for the brake fluid reservoir. Remove the lid and make sure that the brake fluid is at the full line.


Transmission Fluid – Reddish, Orange

Transmission fluid cools the transmission system. Behind the motor oil dipstick is another, slightly shorter, dipstick. Unlike motor oil, you should check transmission fluid while the engine is still running. Clean the dipstick with a rag and then check the levels the same way you would with motor oil, using the high and low markings to gauge levels. The fluid should not be black in color.



Other Fluids

Power steering fluid, windshield fluid, and battery fluid do not need to be checked as frequently, but don’t forget about them altogether. These caps are often labeled under the hood, and markings will indicate levels. Use your user manual for further guidance.


Keller-Heartt is proud to offer a full line of automotive fluids and products that will help keep your vehicle in perfect working order. Changing fluids can be a messy job and if you happen to have a spill on your hands, our large selection of absorbents and oil eaters will eliminate your toughest messes.

What Makes Oil Changes Necessary?


You’ve racked up many miles and suddenly the dashboard oil light is on. When you check the dipstick under the hood, you notice the oil is black and gritty. It’s time for an oil change. You know the signs, but do you understand the physical degradation that makes oil changes necessary? Let’s assess the damage that can occur without routine oil changes.

Contamination


Dirt and other harmful contaminants enter the engine through air cleaners, oil fill caps, and crankcase ventilation systems. In addition to dust and dirt, small metal particles from engine parts can make your motor oil less effective. Sludge and corrosion, which can ultimately change your motor oil’s viscosity, can also be caused by water vapor that has condensed on cylinder walls or by soot that forms through incomplete combustion.

Extreme Temperatures


In cold and freezing temperatures, your motor oil may thicken to a point where it cannot flow properly for several minutes. As the oil takes time to heat up and thin out, your engine could be in danger of wear and damage.

In extreme heat, viscosity may also increase due to sludge and chemical breakdown. High heat also increases oxidation, creating rust and harmful deposits that can damage your engine.


Stress and Pressure


Intense pressure between internal moving parts can break the protective layer of film formed by the oil. Air, especially oxygen molecules, can get trapped in the oil and cause oxidation or further prevent the oil from protecting metal surfaces from contact and friction.



Additive Depletion


Keller-Heartt’s catalog of automotive and heavy duty motor oils has a high level of quality additives that include detergents, corrosion inhibitors, antifoaming agents, and more. However, the effects of temperature, shearing, and other severe conditions can deplete additives and make the oil less efficient. It is important to use quality synthetic motor oil with strong additives that can withstand these conditions, but it is equally important to change the oil once depletion occurs.

What Do New CK-4 and FA-4 Oils Mean for Your Fleet?

The climate is getting hotter and so are modern engines. While federal regulations for emissions are currently being discussed within the new administration, two new categories of engine oil were recently made available for gas and diesel engines to improve fuel economy, keep up with changing engine technology, and adhere to EPA guidelines. The new CK-4 and FA-4 oils come as a replacement to old CJ-4 oils with greater, cost-saving benefits.

How will consumers save money?

CK-4 and FA-4 oils promise greater fuel economy and a longer oil lifespan. Consumers will get longer drain intervals due to a more stable oil with strong, protective additives. There are several components that make CK-4 and FA-4 oils more efficient:

  1. CK-4 oils run hotter. Today’s engines run at higher temperatures, meaning vehicles need to have a higher HTHS (Higher Temperature High Shear) viscosity oil. CK-4 oils have improved shear stability to handle high stress conditions and maintain viscosity so that your oil, and your engine, won’t fail.
  2. FA-4 oil has a lower HTHS viscosity, so it is easier to pump, especially during cold starts. Lower viscosity oils therefore increase fuel economy, and FA-4 oil is tested to improve fuel economy beyond CK-4 oils in diesel engines.
  3. One of the greatest benefits of both oils are their strong resistance to oxidation. Oxidation increases oil viscosity by creating sludge, leading to premature oil changes and maintenance costs. These new oils, however, promote stability and cleanliness under heavy-duty conditions.
  4. CK-4 and FA-4 oils have better aeration control than previous CJ-4 oils. High-speed engine operations cause air bubbles to become trapped in engine oil, but the new oil varieties are better able to release air bubbles so your oil won’t be compromised.

Who benefits?

CK-4 oils have full backwards compatibility with older engine models, and these oils are available in all current grades. Though Ford and Motorcraft do not recommend CK-4 oils for their F-series diesel trucks, CK-4 oils will benefit most engines. FA-4 oil, however, has limited backwards compatibility. These oils are designed for the newest engine models. It is best to check with the engine manufacturer to determine if CK-4 or FA-4 oils are right for you.


When you need the highest quality CK-4 and FA-4 oils at the best price for your fleet, Keller-Heartt has you covered! Shop our large inventory of heavy duty motor oils here.

Keeping Used Oil Alive: The Importance of Recycling Oil

One shop’s waste is another shop’s treasure, and that applies to the economic and environmental benefits of recycling used oil. The life of your oil doesn’t have to die once it’s time for a drain.

Why recycle oil?

Motor oil degrades slowly and counts as a major source of water contamination and pollution in the environment. Re-refining oil is a preferable method to purify used oil, reuse it as a base stock in new motor oil, and continue its utility in an unlimited loop. According to the EPA, re-refining used oil takes only one-third the energy of creating virgin lubricants from crude oil. In fact, it takes just one gallon of used oil, rather than 42 gallons of crude oil, to create nearly 3 quarts of new lubricant.

Who uses recycled oil?

Many shops and fleet managers use re-refined oil treated from their own used oil to benefit economically, because re-refined oil is just as effective as new oil. Used oil can also be recycled as material in the petroleum industry or burned as fuel for heat and power in industrial applications. Used oil filters can also be collected for their scrap metal.

How can I recycle oil?

  • Keep used oil in a labelled, leak-proof container and drain any used oil from the filter. 
  • Used oil can be brought to many auto shops and collection sites.
  • Check with state environmental agency for more information on best practices and recycling programs in your area. 


Three Reasons Every Shop Needs a Parts Washer

When you’re gearing up to make repairs, reassemble engine parts, or keep industrial machinery in top shape, you don’t want to spend more time than is necessary to get those parts clean. If the shop has been thrown everything and the kitchen sink, don’t settle for any sink to get the job done. The most reliable way to create a more efficient production is to let an appropriate parts washer do the grit work for you. And removing grease, grime, chips, and debris is only the first benefit.

Parts Washers Reduce Labor Time


One of the greatest advantages of a parts washer is its ability to reduce scrubbing time, as well as waste removal labor. Spray cabinets, agitating washers, and even ultrasonic washers (using sound energy) that include heavy duty pumps, large soaking basins, or agitators allow technicians to clean especially large or difficult parts with little effort and minimal scrubbing. This frees up time to tend to other tasks. Though sink-on-drum washers (common for auto shops and smaller parts) require a bit more manual work, their simple and easily moveable design makes waste removal no sweat.

Parts Washers Can Make the Work Environment Safer


Numerous parts washers today use aqueous solutions, a mixture of water and detergents that are less flammable and harmful to one’s health. If possible, switching from a petroleum-based or chlorinated solvent diminishes the risks of workplace illness. Automatic washers and spray cabinets also reduce the amount of hand-contact with the solution to minimize irritation.

Then come the cost benefits. In addition to employee safety, this eco-friendly option will save you money in toxic waste management and costs associated with regulatory and compliance issues. Since aqueous parts washers don’t contain VOCs, the water waste is allowed to evaporate. There will be less remaining waste to manage as a result.

Make a Return on Your Investment with a Parts Washer’s Lasting Endurance


The more automatic and aggressive the parts washer, the more expensive the start-up cost will be. But that’s not to say that a parts washer beyond a simple sink-on-drum will not pay for itself over time. The longevity of parts washers is improved with dual filtration systems, asbestos socks, and oil skimming mechanisms so that you can reuse the washer solutions over and over again. The washer’s continual productivity, coupled with reduced labor time, will realize more efficient assemblies and repairs, resulting in greater profits and yield.

Want to cash in on these benefits? Keller-Heartt’s catalog of Fluidall parts washers and degreaser concentrates will help you get the ball rolling and the grime disappearing.