Valvoline, Cummins announce extended oil drain intervals

Valvoline and Cummins announced that Valvoline Premium Blue Heavy Duty Engine Oil has proven to extend oil drain intervals for an additional 10,000 miles, enabling a new maximum ODI of 60,000 miles in the new 2017 Cummins X15 engines, compared to other API CK-4 engine oils.

Results were obtained through extensive collaborative development efforts, covering millions of miles of real-world truck testing. In an analysis of cost savings potential, comparing the use of conventional oil and synthetic blend CK-4 oils in the Cummins X15 engine, Valvoline Premium Blue 15W-40 was proven to save upwards of $20,000 in annual oil maintenance cost and productivity savings for a 100-truck fleet (based on 125,000 annual miles, $23/hr labor rate, $125/hr productivity loss rate).

“We know that when it comes to performance and investment of your engine and motor oil, everything matters-from the advanced hardware components found in the Cummins X15 engine, to the innovative formulation found in Valvoline Premium Blue. It’s not just one or the other,” said Roger England, Cummins R&D director of fuels, lubricants and materials.

“Together, we’ve integrated our products in a way that benefits our customer making a real impact on the health of their equipment and ultimately, their bottom line,” said Fran Lockwood, chief technology officer at Valvoline. “When you can extend oil life without reducing performance, that’s going to add up to incredible savings over the long haul.”

The 2017 Cummins X15 engine was meticulously engineered to provide incredible overall efficiency, delivering up to 3 percent base engine fuel economy improvement over the EPA 2013 ISX15 engine, and up to a 15-20 percent improvement over the EPA 2010 model. Valvoline Premium Blue diesel engine oil remains the ‘The Only Onerecommended for all Cummins engines, providing lasting performance and protection.

“The partnership between Cummins and Valvoline starts with the technical expertise of the two companies but advances to continuously meet the needs of our mutual customers,” said Cummins Worldwide Chief Engineer Kerk McKeon. “I am pleased we are able to offer them the dependability of our products to help them succeed with confidence over the long run.”