Lubrication oil does not wear out, but it does become contaminated and lose various oil additives. If contaminants could be removed and additives restored, it would be unnecessary to drain, dispose of and replace the oil as frequently as is now done--or, for that matter, at all. Frequent oil changes are not necessarily cost effective. The author's advice is to use the correct type of lube oil, have it analyzed at regular intervals and replace it when it begins to approach minimum specifications. Oil should be added occasionally to replace lost additives, consumed oil or oil burned up in normal use. Filtering and oil analysis extend lubricant life and, in combination with the other suggested practices, reduce current maintenance expenses and possibly increase profits. Sidebars list the most common oil additives and the contaminants most commonly found in used engine oil.

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    • Journal article
  • Authors:
    • MacLean, D
  • Publication Date: 1990-3

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  • Pagination: 2 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00660072
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM