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Q. What should I look for in an oil analysis report?

May 29, 2013

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A. Oil analysis data should provide insight into the oil condition that could lead to lubrication-related component problems or failure. A complete engine oil analysis report may include the following information:

• Oil viscosity – the most important physical property of the engine oil. Maintaining oil viscosity is critical to both low- and high-temperature protection.
• Oil contaminants – coolant, fuel, soot and dirt contamination all can lead to engine problems or premature engine failure.
• Oil condition information – such as TAN (Total Acid Number) and TBN (Total Base Number), can provide insight as to the oil’s ability to provide corrosive wear protection or how much stress the oil has experienced over the course of the service interval.
• Wear element analysis – can reveal unusual wear patterns that can indicate a developing component problem.
• Additive elements – can help identify that the correct program is being used in service.

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Mark Betner

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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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