Diesel Oil Change Intervals: How to Extend Them
Many equipment owners follow manufacturers recommendations and leave it at that. But given the fact that the true cost of an oil change is far more than just the oil itself, others seek ways to extend drain intervals to boost the efficiency of their operations and reduce costs.
Before you consider extending oil drain intervals, be sure of three things. First, that you are using a properly rated oil for your engine and the load/ temperature conditions under which it operates. Second, that you are performing analyses on your oil and attend to any remedial actions these analyses may indicate. Third, work with your supplier and engage the services of a field engineer.
Even the Right Oil Won't Last Forever
There are plenty of stories of using oil a little longer to save money, or getting poor advice from a saleman trying to close a sale, resulting in failure or problems down the road.
Your equipment operates under conditions of extreme heat, cold, engine load, idle times and contaminants. As your oil does its job during the engine's operation, these conditions can deplete, degrade and/or pollute the oil. Acculube never recommends the use of aftermarket oil additives- it's better to use a quality oil.
Have Your Oil Analyzed
You can't tell who is winning the game unless you look at the scoreboard. When it comes to your engine's life and performance, a formal oil analysis is the scoreboard you need. Any sophisticated heavy-truck fleet maintenance program consists of regular engine oil analyses, which reveal early-warning signs of impending equipment problems, failures or, more frequently, the need to simply change the oil.
Extending Diesel Oil Change Intervals
Once you're using the right oil and having it analyzed regularly, you can consider extending Diesel Oil Change intervals, keeping your truck on the road longer between scheduled maintenance times. Here's how: