Tips and tricks to extend diesel engine oil lubrication life

Tips and tricks to extend diesel engine oil lubrication life Tips and tricks to extend diesel engine oil lubrication life

As the heart of any machinery, a diesel engine requires proper maintenance and care to ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently. One of the most important aspects of diesel engine maintenance is oil lubrication, especially reliability-centered lubrication. By taking the right steps, you can significantly extend the life of your diesel engine oil, which will help to keep your engine running smoothly and minimize the need for repairs and replacements.

  • Always follow the four “rights” of lubricant application - the right lubricant; the right amount; the right component/machine, and the right changeout interval.  
  • Select a high-performance lubricant for the application since a high-quality lubricant can protect equipment and maximize value.  
  • Maintain the proper oil level to ensure the usage of only the right amount of lubricant.   
  • Ensure the lubricant does not blend with other product, especially assembly oil or other lubricant types. The selected engine oil also should not be used for other applications.  
  • Also, ensure tests are performed on the oil in a laboratory or by using online sensors since these tests are a good indicator of the right time to change the oil which will help optimize its use and protect the engine. 
  • The lubricant should be thoroughly filtered and there must be an absence of solid or liquid contaminants.  
  • Filter the oil before being put into the engine and then maintain it in this condition while in service.  
  • Always use only high-quality filters should be used.   
  • Try installing a bypass filter since it filters the oil better than a conventional filter.   
  • Install premium air filters and follow correct replacement procedures to ensure the air entering the combustion chamber is clean.  
  • Have an effective oil analysis program in place in which samples are taken periodically, thus helping monitor the existence of contaminants in the oil, such as fuel, glycol, and soot.   
  • Keep your lubricants dry since many machines are plagued by the issue of water contamination.  
  • Also, keep your lubricants cool since the oil should be able to function at fairly low temperatures depending on the engine and its application.   
  • Maintain normal operating temperatures to preserve the lubricant’s properties and prolong its life.  
  • Consistent and proper maintenance must be undertaken at all times. 
  • Ensure accountability and utilize key performance indicators (KPIs) to oversee the team’s outcomes.  
  • Utilize pre-lube systems and heating systems since this reduces engine wear during startup, especially in cold temperatures.  
  • Never compromise on using premium fuel, and always carry out periodic engine flushing with low-viscosity engine oil.
This article was written by Chevron technologists in collaboration with industry experts and global thought leaders.

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