Keeping Cool When the Heat is On – Chevron Lube Matters
With all the emphasis placed on protecting moving engine parts with lubrication, it might surprise you that a large number of engine failures are caused by problems with the cooling system. Often, those problems are caused by the coolant either becoming contaminated or breaking down.
That’s why it’s important to check your coolant regularly. And by “check your coolant,” we don’t mean just making sure you have enough in the tank. We’re talking about running regular tests twice a year for contamination, deterioration or indicators of other problems in the systems such as rust and corrosion.
Protecting your cooling system means ensuring that the corrosion inhibitor levels in your coolant are adequate. The use of extended life coolants with Organic Additive Technology (OAT), can provide this protection for up to 8 years because of the longevity of the corrosion inhibitor additives. This, in turn, helps prevent corrosion particulates from flowing through the system’s pumps and hoses, which are vulnerable to wear and abrasion.
Twice a year you should test for coolant concentration to be sure you have the right balance between the water, base fluid and corrosion inhibitors. Often you can tell right away if there are problems by the color or clarity. If the coolant sample has turned or is turning brown, it’s a sign of possible rust, corrosion or coolant breakdown. The coolant should be flushed out and replaced. If there is no obvious difference in color, using a refractometer to measure ethylene glycol concentration will yield the most accurate indication of freeze protection.
At these same intervals, you can test for carboxylates (OAT’s), the organic inhibitors that protect metal surfaces from corrosion. You should also test for pH levels or acidity. High acidity is a sign that the coolant is degrading, which increases the risk of corrosive damage.
Although the trend in on-highway vehicles is toward nitrite-free coolants, off-road equipment may still require a coolant with nitrites for added cylinder liner cavitation protection. If you use one of these coolants, you’ll want to check to make sure you have the right concentration of nitrites at the same time you are performing these other tests.
As part of a coolant maintenance program, make sure the tank is always full and not allowing any air into the system, which can cause overheating. And finally, check that the radiator cap is in good condition and able to maintain adequate pressure. If the radiator seal is old or compromised in any way, it can allow evaporation of water, leaving an imbalanced level of water to ethylene glycol in the system. Maintaining the proper cooling system pressure will raise the boiling point of the coolant so it can continue to perform as the engine reaches higher temperatures.
Testing is fairly quick and easy – a small amount of prevention to help avert big problems down the road. The main point with cooling systems is to avoid the all-too-common tendency to “fill it and forget it.” Proper coolant system function is critical to the life of the engine, and it starts with a clean and stable coolant.
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Is Your Equipment Operating at its Peak Performance – Chevron Lube Matters
When it comes to protecting the hydraulic systems used in a wide range of operations, from waste hauling to construction to manufacturing plants, all hydraulic fluids are not formulated the same. Only premium hydraulic lubricants are formulated to effectively protect against wear, ensure productive and safe performance and maximize useful equipment life.
What are Premium Hydraulic Lubricants?
Premium hydraulic oils have several characteristics that make them well worth the investment. One of those is a high viscosity index that promotes energy efficiency. When hydraulic fluids flow through equipment, as much as 20% in operating efficiency is lost due to friction and internal leakage. Properly formulated premium hydraulic lubricants, with the right base oil, additive system, and high viscosity index, offset those losses with a lower coefficient of friction that helps them perform more effectively in a wider operating range, and maintain viscosity at high temperatures to minimize internal leakage.
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The Value of Oil Analysis
Analyzing the oil in your vehicle is like sending your blood to the lab for tests. An engine oil analysis can provide clues about the health of your engine – without any invasive surgery.
By analyzing a sample of used engine oil, you can determine the amount of contamination, the wear rates and overall condition of your engine. The real benefit of an oil analysis is that it acts as an early warning system, alerting you to potential problems before they become an equipment failure.
And oil analysis isn’t for just one kind of driver or one kind of vehicle. The tests benefit all engines, from passenger cars to fleet vehicles to agricultural, construction, and industrial equipment.
How to Perform an Analysis
First, you’ll need to purchase an oil analysis kit. Jackson Oil & Solvents have kits which contain everything you need for analysis.
You’ll then extract a small sample of used engine oil from your vehicle and mail this to the lab for testing.
Interpreting Your Results
All Jackson Oil & Solvents kits are sent to Polaris Laboratories in Indianapolis for analysis.
Technicians will check for elemental metals, including the presence of metals and other elements, such as aluminum, chromium, iron, copper, lead, calcium and more. Knowing the levels of these materials can help you identify wear patterns in a specific part of the engine. High amounts of wear metal usually indicate an abnormal wear or corrosion problem.
Technicians will also check for insoluble matter like carbon, fuel and dirt. The insoluble test measures how fast the oil is oxidizing and receiving contaminants, and how effectively the system’s oil filtration is functioning.
Analysis will measure the oil’s viscosity, its alkalinity or acid level and if the proper level of detergents and anti-wear additives are presents. If your oil falls out of the range it’s supposed to be, the oil could have been overheated or contaminated.
The report will detail the results of these tests and provide an overall condition of the sample, ranging from normal to severe. If you’ve used Polaris Laboratories before, the report will include any changes from earlier analysis.
How Analysis Can Save You Money
The benefits of oil analysis go beyond preventative maintenance.
If you’re considering buying a new or used passenger car, commercial vehicle, or construction equipment an oil analysis can help identify any issues lurking under that washed and waxed hood. You might want to reconsider your purchase if a lab report shows high levels of metal in the oil.
For fleet managers, oil analysis can help minimize downtown, as well as safely extend drain intervals, meaning less money spent on oil, filters and labor.
Make the Most of Your Results
Oil analysis shouldn’t be a one-and-done item on your maintenance checklist. Although a single sample is useful in providing a snapshot evaluation, especially where a component problem is suspected, used oil analysis is best used when results can be compared to many samples taken over a period of time. For all your oil analysis needs or questions, contact Larry Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-502-5289.
While spring is here and summer right around the corner now would be a good time to make sure that your fuel tanks are clean and ready to go for the construction season. Water and bacteria can find their way into your tanks during this time and could cause you problems down the road.
Think of a fuel tank like your lawn in the spring or fall. If you walk out to get the paper in the morning or mail in the evening take a look at your shoes when you get inside. That same moisture on your shoes could be in your tanks. Or think of a hot humid day with a cold drink in your hand. Now pretend that the drink is your tank. Where did all that moisture/ water go? Remember this is happening everyday! With newer equipment and their higher fuel standards, making sure your tanks are clean would help your company reduce downtime and make more money. For more information on Jackson Oil’s Fuel Polishing services, visit: http://jacksonoilsolvents.com/services/fuel-filtering/
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Understanding ISO Cleanliness Codes – Lube Matters
Think about this: what’s the most critical part of the building you’re standing in? Quite simply, there is no building without a foundation. You may not see it or think about it, but it’s there, below the surface – that solid base that sets the stage for the structure and everything it holds.
The oils, lubricants and hydraulic fluids you use in your equipment play the same role. A clean lubricant is the foundation for maximizing component life. When contaminants you can’t even see reside in lubricants, they threaten equipment reliability. And that can disrupt your business operations and drive up maintenance and equipment costs.
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The right coolant can take the heat out of higher costs and downtime
If you can’t stand the heat . . . maybe you’re not using the right coolant. A major cause of costly downtime and diesel engine problems are related to cooling system failures.
Compounding the issue – today’s engines run hotter. Redesigned over the years to comply with the latest emission regulations, engines now produce higher amounts of heat and are therefore considerably more susceptible to coolant related issues.
Something as simple as using the right coolant could eliminate those added costs, not to mention the downtime for repairs. In many cases, extended life coolants offer improved protection from heat-related engine issues. These coolants do not deplete as rapidly as conventional products or require expensive Supplemental Coolant Additives (SCAs) or pre-charged coolant filters.
What are my coolant choices?
For on- and off-highway use, there are two main types of extended life coolants that can maximize heat transfer and simultaneously protect metal cooling systems. The right choice depends on the application:
- Nitrite-Free coolants are increasingly the choice for on-highway vehicles. A trend that started in European operations, the use of these coolants is expanding in North American truck engines, where they are providing protection without affecting metal surfaces. A growing number of on-highway vehicle manufacturers have made nitrite-free coolants their factory standard. For fleets wishing to switch and depending on the extended life coolant currently being used, nitrite-free products may be added to cooling systems without the need to flush and fill.
- Nitrited coolants are most commonly used in off-highway equipment for their proven engine protection properties. These coolants provide enhanced cylinder liner cavitation protection in engines that are susceptible.
Extended life coolants also are available in formulations using propylene glycol (PG) for freeze protection and are most often used in applications where there are environmental concerns. PG is less toxic than ethylene glycol based coolants, but offers the same engine cooling system protection. Water-based inhibited coolants also are available for applications where enhanced heat transfer is required and freezing temperatures are not a concern, mainly in warmer climates and in marine engines.
What to Look For in Coolants
Extended life coolants are often the answer for heavy-duty on- and off-highway diesel engines because they are designed to deliver enhanced cooling system protection at a lower overall cost. When selecting a coolant, you should look for it to be strong in the following three features:
- Heat transfer characteristics
- Antifreeze and boil protection
- Corrosion and cooling system component protection
The bottom line is that it is getting easier to find coolants that provide optimal engine performance, and longer engine life. Using the correct product, along with recommended coolant maintenance practices, can help avoid cooling system problems and failures, their cost and the added impact of downtime.
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Extended-Life Coolant (ELC)
What is Extended-Life Coolant (ELC)?
Extended-life coolants are coolants that use advanced organic acid technology (OAT). These additives deplete at a much slower rate than traditional coolant additives. This slow rate of depletion allows the coolant to protect the engine in a much more efficient manner and provide longer protection compared to conventional coolants. This eliminates the need to add Supplemental Coolant Additives (SCAs), extending coolant service intervals and providing superior heat transfer, cavitation protection, and corrosion protection.
Extended-life coolants should only be used on approved engines, as the organic acids can be incompatible with certain metallic and nonmetallic materials. Some brass compounds and some silicone-based seal materials can be adversely affected by prolonged exposure to extended life coolant, particularly in areas where the material is “scrubbed” by the coolant moving at high speeds inside the engine. So, be sure to check the owner’s manual for compatibility.
What are the benefits of Extended-Life Coolants?
Because the organic acid technology in extended life coolant protects the engine system without use of conventional abrasive corrosion inhibitors such as silicate and phosphate, truck and bus owners will benefit by:
– Avoiding silicate dropout (sometimes called “green goo”), which clogs coolant passageways.
– Reducing water pump seal failures.
– Improving hard water compatibility, reducing hard scale that can deposit.
– Improving maintenance costs. Due to the longer service intervals, fewer labor hours are required and fewer materials need to be purchased.
– Reduce engine operating temperature increasing component life.
– Extend the engine oil’s life by reducing the oxidation rate caused by higher temperatures, This will help increase drain intervals also decreasing maintenance and labor costs for oil changes.
What is the expected life of Extended-Life Coolants?
Commercial pre-diluted mixes, such as Chevron DELO Extended Life Coolant, will provide engine protection for up to 750,000 miles in on-road applications, and 15,000 hours, or 8 years in off-road and non-highway use depending on the severity of truck, bus, or equipment usage. You can also increase the benefits of the extended-life coolant further by adding a coolant extender to the cooling system. Doing so will provide an additional 250,000 miles in on-road use and 5,000 hours protection in off-road and non-highway applications. After 1,000,000 miles, 20,000 hours, or eight years, the coolant should be drained, flushed, and refilled.
Are Extended-Life Coolants Compatible with Conventional Coolants?
Although extended-life coolant is compatible with conventional coolant, mixing extended-life coolant with conventional coolant to top off leaks will reduce the benefits of the extended-life coolant. If mixture with conventional coolant exceeds 10%, the coolant must be maintained as a conventional system using SCAs, or should be drained and flushed, then refilled with new extended-life coolant.
– James Blankenbeckler, Commercial Sales & Service Division