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  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    December 2019
    As winter approaches you should start preparing for the additional stresses that are placed on engines, transmissions, differentials and cooling system. Cold weather affects the oil and lubricants that protect moving parts from wear and potential fai...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    October 2019
    When you sample your oil do the results you receive show all the historical sample results or just the single sample results? Is it really necessary to have previous results to review or will the latest results be sufficient? If you want to understan...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    September 2019
    In 17 years with Oil Purification Systems I have learned that when you tell people that oil itself does not breakdown (that it becomes contaminated and the additive package depletes due to acid formation, heat and liquid contaminants), that only a fe...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    August 2019
    Before I get into this month’s article, I want to remind everyone that the Great American Truck is coming up August 22nd to 24th at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas. If you haven’t made plans to attend, I suggest you register...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    July 2019
    When you think about the properties of motor oil, viscosity, soot percentage and fuel usually come to mind. But there are other factors that need to be considered especially if you are extending drain intervals; total base number, oxidation and nitra...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    June 2019
    Here are a few questions submitted this month that I thought may be of interest to our readers.• My oil sample results were showing high fuel dilution that caused my viscosity to drop a grade. I added a viscosity stabilizer to bring the viscosity u...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    May 2019
    At this year's Mid America Truck Show I was surprised to hear that people still believe the old oil myths: “Oil is cheap, compared to engine replacements”. “My father and grandfather always changed their oil every 10,000 miles”. “My mechani...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    April 2019
    One of the questions I hear often is “why does it take 24-48 hours to process my sample, when I can get it done in a few minutes at a truck stop?” The answer is that the truck stop uses a desktop analyzer that tests for a few of the wear metals, ...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    March 2019
    The questions I get most often: is why does motor oil need to be changed? Why does it lose the ability to protect the engine? The simple answer is if you can keep the oil clean it does not require periodic changes. <!-- /* Font Definitio...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    February 2019
    Over the past few months I received some questions I thought you might find interesting: <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:r...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    January 2019
    January is a time for reflection, resolution and planning. Take a few minutes to look back at 2018, what went right in your business and what didn’t go as planned. Ask yourself why? Was it pure luck that things went well, or did you properly plan ...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    December 2018
    Remember the goals you set for your business back in January, well it is time to review them to see how your business did in 2018. Hopefully with the booming economic growth you were able to take advantage of the shortage of available trucks to meet ...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    November 2018
    I have received numerous questions over the past four months, so I guess it is time to answer some of them. My oil sample is showing high potassium and aluminum, what could be causing these results? The first step is to weed out environmenta...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    October 2018
    1) brought my truck in for an overhead and the technician told me I needed a new camshaft. Why didn’t the oil sample results let me know my cam shaft was bad? The first question I asked was the camshaft bad due to wear or were there large pieces t...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    September 2018
    It’s not very often I get a question from a driver with 49+ years behind the wheel and over five million miles on the road, but I received one this month from moverman124 ("SAFE & ON TIME SINCE '69"). His question was about a friend of his that ha...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    August 2018
    Recently I was asked a very interesting question. I know oil sampling can help me to understand what is happening in my engine and allow me to safely extend my oil drains, but is it really worth the time and expense? Well the best way I can ...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    July 2018
    When I tested my oil at Caterpillar it didn’t match the results from the sample I shipped to the lab for analysis. How could the same oil sample taken at the same time result in different results? It is not easy to comprehend why two oil sa...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    June 2018
    I received a few questions relating to water, acid formation prevention and what effects the acid has on motor oil, along with a few misconceptions of the how bypass filtration and water removal. All of these are related as they all have major effect...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    May 2018
    At this year’s Mid America Truck Show I was asked many questions about oil sampling and how it would help to lower costs. I was surprised how many people still are not doing any oil sampling. They just change oil every 10-15,000 miles and dump the ...
  • Understanding Oil Contaminants

    Tom Bock
    April 2018
    I get many questions asking lube why oil fails and what happens to the oil that is drained and collected at the service stations when I have oil changed. Simple answer is oil fails to function properly when it becomes contaminated with fuel, particle...