Top 3 Ways to Ensure You’re Using Your Engine Lubricant Properly
Using the right lubricants effectively helps take your fleet and equipment operations from good to great. While there is no one-solution-fits-all lubricant for your equipment, there are many lubricant solutions out there to help you enhance and extend the life of each individual engine or piece of equipment.
When searching for the right lubricants, keep in mind the functions and type of environment you have for each piece of your equipment. This way, you ensure that you’re getting the proper lubricant solutions for your business.
When you use lubricants that are either poorly matched with your equipment or applied haphazardly, you risk contamination. This contamination often leads to more severe problems for your fleet, including faulty engine performance and degraded oil quality.
Don’t let your lubricants come back to bite you – check out these three ways to ensure that you use your lubricants properly:
- Proper storage and handling. Make sure you know the specific procedures regarding storage and handling for each lubricant in your inventory. More importantly, make sure you adhere to those provisions.
When the appropriate lubricant protocols are not followed, contamination is much more likely to occur. Don’t risk faulty engine performance – just follow the proper storage and handling procedures to ensure you are using your lubricants properly.
By storing your engine lubricant outside, you risk rust buildup on the exterior of the lubricant drum. Rust causes seemingly undetectable leaks, which ultimately leads to moisture and storage tank contamination.
- Get an oil analysis. Have your oil analyzed at an oil analysis lab to get an indication as to whether your oil is handled properly and/or has contaminates. Analysis also helps identify the best products for your equipment based on age, environment and performance requirements.
A professional oil analysis program samples your engine oil and assesses the oil composition. The process allows you to detect and deal with oil contaminants before they become a problem.
As an added bonus, oil analysis even helps extend the life of your engine by determining when oil changes are necessary and identifying key mechanical issues. Protect the performance of your fleet by scheduling an oil analysis.
- Determine whether you need synthetic or mineral oils. Every piece of equipment is different. Some equipment needs synthetic lubricant while other engines might require mineral lubricant. With so many options and formulations for each to choose from, each with their own application, synthetic vs. mineral is just the tip of the iceberg.
Typically, synthetic oils last longer and operate at more extreme temperatures. However, in many applications, mineral oils are just as solid as synthetic oils – and they come in at a cheaper price. Double-check the specifications for your equipment to see which type of oil is preferred.
In addition to following these three best practices, be sure to get help from your fuel and lubricant distributor. A good fuel and lubricant distributor should provide their own analysis of the lubricants your company currently uses to make sure you are getting the most out of your products.
Your fuel and lubricant distributor should also use their industry-leading knowledge and expertise to help you choose the most cost-effective products and consolidate your lubricants inventory, ensuring that your business continues running smoothly.
For more information about how Richard Oil and Fuel helps you choose the right lubricants for your equipment, call 855.919.8444 to speak with one of our Petroleum Pros.