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Q. What do I need to look for in an oil to use for extended drain intervals?

November 23, 2012

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A. First, make sure you know your engine manufacturer recommendations and guidelines.

Second, most heavy-duty engine oil suppliers have multiple performance levels available. Considering the investment cost of a diesel engine, downtime and overall maintenance costs, it is highly recommended to investigate what products are available to optimize engine oil performance and engine protection under extended oil change intervals. 

Third, implement and carry out a quality oil analysis program, partnering with an oil analysis laboratory or your engine oil provider. Failure to go about extended engine oil change intervals correctly can only result in problems down the road. It is recommended to use or at least inquire about premium or higher performance engine oils, used in combination with a quality oil analysis program.

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Mark Betner

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Heavy Duty Lubricants Manager

Mark Betner boasts 35 years of experience in the lubricants business. As the Heavy Duty Product Manager for CITGO Lubricants he is responsible for initiating and implementing the marketing of new products and human development programs and oversees communications with the media, trade shows and consumer education.

Prior to this, he was a field sales manager and technical training administrator at an independent lubricant company specializing in heavy equipment lubrication.

Mark earned a master’s and bachelor’s degree in both chemistry and biology from Indiana University. He holds a certification from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and is a member of the Truck Maintenance Council.


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