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Q. How do I make sure I'm getting a good oil sample for analysis?

September 4, 2013

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A. Follow the oil analysis provider’s oil sampling guidelines. The best way to obtain an oil sample is to use an oil valve directly attached to the engine port. This sampling method reduces human error as well as the tendency for contamination and promotes oil sample consistency.

If using the more common methods of sampling, via the drain plug or with a suction gun, it is very important to adhere to housekeeping rules, otherwise oil sample data can be negatively impacted.

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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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