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Q. How can oil analysis help me go longer between oil drains?

May 1, 2013

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A. Several factors impact oil change intervals. An equipment owner should always start with knowing the equipment manufacturer’s recommendation and their input regarding the use of oil analysis.

To be successful, an oil analysis program must be implemented using a proven process. A proven process means consistently taking oil samples on the recommended schedule, providing complete compartment information, using the proper technique in taking the sample, and learning how to interpret the oil sample results correctly.

If the equipment owner follows these guidelines, oil analysis can be a key part of setting up an optimized oil change interval. Note that the word “optimized” is used instead of extended service interval. Some fleets may already be overextended but do not know to what degree; oil analysis can reveal the weak links in this type of situation.

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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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