Testing Out the New MOB Blog

The blog is not up and running yet. I’m still getting the design completed. This is just a test to see if I can post my blog entries to my social networking sites to keep people up to date regarding the happenings on the blog.


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Valero falls behind Exxon in US refining capacity

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Counting Exxon's half-interest with Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA in a Louisiana refinery, Exxon's crude capacity is 1.96 million barrels a day.

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Tire Pressure Monitors

Tire Pressure Monitors

For numerous reasons, keeping your tires inflated to the correct psi is obviously a good idea. However, if you’re like me, you don’t check your tire pressure until it’s obvious that the tire is already low, meaning you’ve been wasting fuel mileage for quite awhile already. So, it’s best to have a system in place to make sure that you always know (without having to manually check) the pressure in your tires.

I know, it’s not as if it’s really that difficult to check the air in your tires, but who does it as regularly as they should? Certainly not me. So, there are a couple of ways that you can make sure to keep tire pressure in the acceptable range. One is the more expensive route – purchase a wireless tire pressure monitoring system. I saw a number of systems on Amazon, ranging from about $170 on up. Seems kind of pricey to me, but might be an option.

A much less expensive option would be to purchase tire pressure indicating valve caps. Simply replace your old valve caps with the new ones. Most of them work on the principle of “green means OK, red means low” or something similar. That way, a simple glance at the valve stem gives you a clear visual indicator of whether the tire pressure is good or not.

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Motor Oil Bible Book & CD Fulfillment

I’ve been promising the release of this new edition of “The Motor Oil Bible” for quite some time now, but it’s finally getting close to release. The blog is basically read to go. The book rewrite has been completed and I’ve secured publishing/printing through Amazon.com and CreateSpace.

Within the next few weeks, I will authorize Amazon.com to release sale of the paperback version of the book. But, in order to be able to offer a CD option and a CD/Paperback combo offer, I’ll need another fulfillment company to ship these to customers at a decent price.

Fortunately, I’ve found a few options that look promising, so it shouldn’t be long before I’ve got those systems integrated with my ordering processes.

I’ll try and keep everyone posted regarding the progress of things.

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Microscale Pumps, Motors & Turbines

Obviously, smaller isn’t always necessarily better, but there are definitely situations where smaller can be a huge benefit. Apparently, a team of researchers at the A. James Clark School of Engineering agree, and are working on a project to help the US military lighten the load of soldiers in combat. Of course, their research could have wide-ranging effects not only within the military, but also in industry.

By creating super tiny ball bearings, they have been able to create microscale silicon pumps, motors and turbines with rotational speeds approaching 90,000 RPM, the ramifications of which could be unbelievable.

Check out the full article on this amazing new technology at the MachineryLubrication.com website

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Cadillac's Escalade Hybrid To Use Mobil 1

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By Staff Reporter ExxonMobil's Mobil 1, a fully synthetic motor oil brand, has been selected as the factory-and-service-fill endorsed motor oil for the 2009

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