the oil advantage
Oil change intervals differ for each individual vehicle, even two identical Volvo B12B could experience different oil life; one might reach 80,000km, but the other may need fresh oil by 24,000km. This variance in engine oil life is the result of three main factors:
MachineryLubrication.com provides a great in depth overview of these three factors.
The ideal time to change the engine oil is when the damaging effects of the oil conditions are more significant than the costs and time saved by extending the interval. Short-term damaging effects include the loss in fuel efficiency, long-term effects involve permanent damage to internal engine components, which can cause unnecessary costs for repairs, rebuilds and downtime.
Checking the engine oil regularly makes it easier to find the ideal time, this would be:
However, these conditions are not always obvious through truck operation, the best answer lies with the operator’s ability to monitor the quality of the oil at any given moment either in real time (on-line sensors) or periodically by oil analysis.
Learn more about oil analysis from our blog post Benefits of an oil analysis.
Mineral oil is most commonly called as regular oil produced by untreated mineral refining. Semi-synthetic oils or synthetic-based oils are produced by untreated mineral refining and composed of oils produced by mineral refining with chemical treatment.
Synthetic oil costs twice as much however it lasts longer and has a much higher return on investment in the long term. Compared to regular oil, synthetic oil has many advantages:
We recommend using premium synthetic oil approved by bus and truck manufacturers to maintain your warranty such as FUCHS oil. Learn the benefits of FUCHS lubricants here.
Try us out. Tell one of our bus or truck parts specialists what part you're after. You'll be pleasantly surprised with the help you receive.
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