Are you changing your oil often enough? Too often? Is that synthetic oil really worth it? A decade ago, the commercial multi-weight oils on the market were similar. We didn't see much difference in the various brands, and the only real choice for consumers was the grade. Then synthetics were introduced, as were many types of oil additives. Suddenly the question of what to put into your engine became more complicated.
Oil analysis can identify any problems developing in your engine long before they cause you an expensive headache. Or maybe you'd just like to get a good look at the microscopic wear your engine is producing. Can you run a fill of oil longer than 3000 miles? Are your oil and air filters doing a good job? We can answer these questions and more when you submit a sample of your engine oil for analysis.
New diesel engines cost up to $20,000 each, so it only makes sense to take care of yours. Oil analysis can identify insidious problems that, if left too long, could drastically shorten your engine's life.
If we had to pick the most frequent cause of diesel engine failure, we would choose antifreeze, the killer extraordinaire. There are several ways coolant can get into the oil — head seals, pin holes in wet liners, injector cups on some types of engines, and the oil cooler. By the time you see discolored 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 dump 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.
These are just a few of the problems faced by diesel engine owners. Preventive maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs. Send us a sample of your used oil for an in-depth look at your diesel engine.
Oil analysis has long been a common practice among car and truck owners who want to take the best possible care of their vehicles. But lately, an increasing number of people have been analyzing other types of engines too, especially motorcycles.
And why not? If you own a motorcycle, you want to keep it running as long as possible, and oil analysis is a terrific tool for doing so. We have seen samples from most of the motorcycles out there, and chances are good we've seen oil from your type of motorcycle engine. An analysis will allow you to see how your engine stacks up to the rest.
Motorcycle engine oil is often unique, since the transmissions and/or other assemblies may share the crankcase oil. Though we often suggest that oil type doesn't matter in gas or diesel engines, bike engine oils often possess unique additive groups due to their multi-purpose functions. We scrutinize the additives in motorcycle oil as much as we do the wear levels.
In the past we have traditionally used the same oil slip for motorcycle engines as we do for car and truck engines. But we have created a special slip that you can print out and use for sending in your motorcycle sample. You don't have to use this slip, but if you want to, click here to print it out.
Industrial groups have traditionally changed oil on an elapsed time basis. This can result in dumping millions of gallons of good oil annually, while doing little to prevent oil-related problems such as "leakers" — machines that leak oil from various seals, costing millions in new oil purchases and downtime. Quarterly oil analysis can eliminate leakers and other oil-related problems, with the added benefits of saving money in unnecessary oil purchases and the cost of getting rid of waste oil.
Industrial oil analysis can also be used to check the quality of incoming oil, reduce the number of oil types on the property, choose between oil vendors when prices are similar, and check waste oils for handling requirements before it is shipped.
Blackstone Laboratories' industrial oil analysis program can be used on hydraulic oil, spindle oil, lube oil, compressor oil, cutting oil, emulsified oil, and more. In addition to our standard analysis, we can perform a variety of tests, including TAN and Particle Count. To see a list of the services we provide, please click here. Could an oil analysis program benefit your company? Contact us to find out!
When a gasoline or diesel engine develops an unexpected problem, it leaves the owner stranded at the side of the road. When an aircraft engine develops an unexpected problem, it can have far more serious consequences.
Oil analysis is a critical component of aircraft maintenance. It's just one tool in your bag of tricks to keep your engine running in top shape. Air-cooled aircraft engines are twitchy, heat-sensitive machines that vary widely in wear depending on the type of aircraft they are installed on, the type of cylinders installed, and how they are operated.
Aircraft engines and repairs cost thousands of dollars. When you invest in a new engine or an overhaul, you want to make sure tolerances are set correctly and the engine parts are working well together – not only to get the most time and enjoyment possible out of your investment, but to literally protect your life. You've checked the weather, filed a flight plan, and done a thorough walk-around. But if you haven't checked your oil in the last 50 hours, are you sure you're ready to take off?
Sea-going engines require special attention in oil analysis. These engines are not often mechanically different from their land-borne cousins, but they are quite different in their environment and how they are operated. They tend to pull heavy and constant power for long periods of time. The operating environment has the engines situated in holds with little air for cooling and little room for maintenance. Some are treated to splashing bilge water and use seawater for cooling.
Marine engine oil analysis has to take all these factors into consideration when determining if a mechanical problem actually exists. From small piston, gas-fueled engines to gigantic diesels, we have universal wear averages available for determining your marine engine's health. Don't put your fate at the mercy of the sea — send in a sample today!
All our sampling kits are the same, regardless of the type of engine you're analyzing. We have traditionally used the same oil slips for boats that we use for all other gas or diesel engines. But we have created a modified slip to be specific for marine analysis. It's not necessary to use this slip, but if you'd like to, please click here to print it out.
Transmission and gear oils can be contaminated with metals, solids, and moisture, and those contaminants should be removed before they can damage the system.
Conversely, a test of your ATF, manual transmission fluid, or gear oil may reveal that it's still in great condition, and you don't need to change it as early or as often as you thought.
We can tell you what condition the oil is in, whether it needs to be changed , and whether the unit has any pressing mechanical issues that should be taken care of.
Transmission and gear oil samples can be sent in the same sampling container as engine oil samples, and you can use the same oil slip too. The cost is the same as for engine oil.