Understanding Fuel Contaminants
The trucking industry has not changed much over the years goods still need to be moved from point “A” to point “B”. What has changed and will continue to do so are the trucks and power plants, from horse drawn carriages to the heavy-duty trucks and complex diesel engines with computerized controls. The modern engines are extremely durable and built to last a million miles or more as long as they are properly maintained and not abused. Motor oil is a key component to ensure that the engine wear is kept to a minimum and free from corrosion and pitting.
Over the years the bypass oil filtration industry has shown that by using additional filtration to remove contaminants within the oil will stay cleaner and the engine will last longer. Like the trucking industry the By Pass Oil Filtration Industry has had many changes since the days of toilet paper roll filters to modern micro glass filters to remove solid contaminants and the evaporation systems that remove the liquid contaminants. As engines became more complex with systems that regenerate the exhaust gases to lower air pollution and high-pressure turbo charges that add additional heat the oil manufacturers redesigned oils to improve the additive packages and heat resistance of the oil. The cost of these oils has risen over the years and oil can no longer be called “cheap”. Extending oil drains and keeping the oil clean to improve engine longevity is one of the best ways to improve the bottom line. A standard bypass system or an on board oil refiner being marketed today will lower maintenance costs and keep oil cleaner thereby protecting the most expensive component of the modern truck- the engine.
Extending drain intervals is more than just adding oil and running the engine. A good extended drain program utilizes periodic oil sampling to ensure oil quality is maintained and able to be extended until the next oil cycle. This sampling will also provide valuable information on the health of the engine as increases in wear metals or contaminants like soot, fuel or glycol will indicate that adjustments or replacement of parts may be in order preventing a catastrophic failure. Changing oil every 10-15K without sampling will not provide this information and will only place engine in a cycle of clean oil that becomes contaminated and changed at an arbitrary mileage. Changing oil to soon will waste $$$$ too late will create wear damage etc. It is much better to keep oil clean continuously and remove the contaminants before they can cause any damage.
There are numerous systems to choose from that are cost effective and available to meet your needs. Do some research and find the one that is best for you, by attending a trade show or using the internet to search for bypass filtration or on-board oil refiners.
There are only a few trade shows each year where you can see the newest technology and products that are available to help you run a successful trucking business. The Great American Truck Show at the Dallas Convention Center, August 22-24 is one of those shows. This year Kevin Rutherford, host of the Trucking Business and Beyond Show on satellite radio, has assembled a collection of exhibitors in one area to help you save time and visit with him and his approved product suppliers. If you plan on attending the show please stop by OPS-Oil Purification Booth# 20026 to see the OPS EcoPur On-Board Oil Refining System and learn what the system can do for you as well as the other exhibitors in The Kevin Rutherford Area, it will be time well spent.
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