Heavy Goods Vehicle/ Fleet management

Fleet ManagementA new diesel engines can cost up to €35,000 each. Companies invest heavily in maintenance programs to protect their investment and the life of the engine. 

The cost to a company if the engine stops working can be extensive in terms of: lost productivity, engine degradation, cost of parts, mechanics time and loss of revenue.

Oil contaminants

Coolant is the most frequent cause of diesel engine failure. There are several ways coolant can get into the oil, such as: head seals, pin holes in wet liners, injector cups on some types of engines, and the oil cooler. By the time you see dis-coloured oil, the problem has very likely progressed beyond a point of economical repair.

Fuel dilution problems run a close second. Bad injectors and fuel pumps can leak serious levels of fuel into the oil sump, affecting the oil’s ability to function properly. Left undetected, a fuel system problem can cause catastrophic engine failure. 

Oil analysis programs

An oil analysis program enables corrective action to be taken based on informed decisions.  Enabling effective scheduling of repairs and mechanics time.  Over time regular oil analysis of each vehicle will develop a trend profile of each engine.  Each profile shows gradual changes in fluid properties, contaminants and wear debris.  Allowing action to be taken before issues turn into expensive repairs, downtime and loss of productivity.

Benefits

  • Will reduce the amount of times a vehicle is in the garage for maintenance
  • Improve safety
  • Ensure optimum extended life span of the engine.
  • Extended oil life – reduce environmental costs, less oil filter changes, reduce the volume of used oil to be treated.
Oil Analysis

Oil Analysis has become mandatory in predictive maintenance tool.  It provides comprehensive diagnostic analysis of engine, generator, gear box, hydraulic, power steering and transmission fluid.  It helps to determine if mechanical problems actually exist.  For example Fuel dilution.  If an engine had faulty or bad injectors or fuel pumps it can cause fuel to leak into the oil reserves.  If left undetected a fuel system problem can cause catastrophic engine failure.

To ensure the best possible care and maximise the lifespan of your engines, send us a sample of your oil our oil analysis laboratory will complete a detailed report showing exactly what is going on within your engine.

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