Why are oil changes important?
Changing your engine oil and keeping fluids at capacity are critical parts of the preventative maintenance or PM process. This process keeps your unit under warranty and correctly operating. Some service providers also refer to this service process as lube, oil & filter or LOF service.
Because the oil pan collects engine oil at the bottom of the motor and circulates this oil throughout the entire engine, it’s critical that oil levels are checked and frequently timed oil changes are met by the asset owner. This process is critical for maximum engine life and the lowest cost per mile during the lifespan of the asset owned by your organization.
Improper lubrication and poorly scheduled preventative maintenance will cause motor parts to fail early and can eventually stop the engine from working properly or at its full potential. If the oil & the filter is not replaced on a regular basis, and scheduled service is not performed, the motor will wear early which could cause catastrophic parts or entire engine failure. Quality filters also play a key role in separating dirt, water, and foreign particles from entering the fuel system and high-value engine components.
We recommend the following:
- Replace the engine oil & filters on a dedicated schedule
- Use factory OEM suggested oil & filters to maintain warranties
- Make sure the check engine lights are re-set and the oil lights are off
Unit Standard Service Oil Change:
Depending on the assets operated by your organization, service providers change your oil with 5 to 44 quarts of major brand motor oil and install a new oil filter during each service event. Our professional service providers visually complete a 50 to 100-point inspection on each light, medium, heavy or super heavy-duty asset.
Our service providers check the following as a standard on each unit during an oil change: