Impact of Vehicle Changes Upon Gear Lubricant Requirements
The authors provide evidence indicating that oils meeting only the minimum requirements of API GL-5 do not always provide adequate gear protection, especially in severe duty applications. Increases in commercial vehicle power and loading have accentuated the need for oils of greater load carrying ability. A modified version of the standard L-37 test may help identify oils that possess superior durability and thermal characteristics. Future gear lubricants should provide improved fuel economy, increased manual transmission life; and frictional characteristics that allow noise free performance in limited slip differentials.