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Oil Testing

Oil testing to save you on service costs

Oil testing has long been a way to check for fluid contamination that causes breakdowns and to rule out abuse or neglect as a cause of failure. A small fluid sample is submitted to be thoroughly analyzed; then, an oil analysis report exposes the condition and the contaminants it contains.

But for fleet vehicles using high-quality fluids, filters, bypass oil filters and synthetic oils, oil testing takes on a whole new purpose. What if you could extend your service intervals by thousands of kilometres while maintaining the high level of protection that AMSOIL provides? There’s only one way to know, and that’s by testing its condition.

Simply submit an oil sample for testing when the scheduled oil change is due

The process of submitting an oil analysis kit

Why would oil testing be beneficial in the first place? If you’ve been changing the oil in your machinery or fleet vehicles according to mileage, you could be leaving time and money on the table. If your oil could still serve for another 1,000, 5,000, or even 10,000km, wouldn’t it be good to know? And what if there were other issues detected like concentrations of fuel in the oil? Early detection could help avoid a major repair when a minor one could’ve worked earlier.

Simply submit an oil sample for testing when the scheduled oil change is due. The oil analysis takes just a few days to produce the test results, and it can change how you service your vehicles. Based on the contamination levels, your oil analysis may show that OEM intervals are correct, or with AMSOIL, it can show that saturation is well below normal and the oil is good for some time yet. And when that’s the case, you can confidently extend maintenance intervals on your equipment.

Oil Testing tool suction pump

Oil sample tool
OAI suction pump

G1206

Note: This Sampling Pump includes 10′ of hose. The Oil Analysis Kits contain the Bottle (kits sold separately).

Hose 25 feet sample tool oil testing pump

Replacement Hose-25 Ft.
for OAI Pump

G1571

Regular sampling and trend analysis — monitoring test data over an extended period of time.
What does the oil analysis show?

Sampling and Trend Analysis

Fluid analysis is a preventive maintenance tool that provides diagnostic testing designed to evaluate lubricant condition, component wear and contamination in mobile and industrial applications. Testing reports identify; dirt, wear particles, fuel dilution, coolant and other contaminants that can cause catastrophic failure or significantly shorten equipment life. Routine fluid analysis can detect lubricant or equipment issues before major problems develop.

Monitoring lubricant system cleanliness and filtration efficiency can keep your equipment operating longer and significantly reduce lubricant replacement costs. The suggested sampling intervals for conventional (non-synthetic) oils, follow the OEM’s lube service interval. When using a synthetic motor oil, the lubricant manufacturer’s recommended interval should be followed. Thus, to extend the lube service interval of synthetic lubricant beyond the manufacturer’s recommendation, an oil analysis must be conducted.

The Oil Analyzers Fluid Analysis Program protects valuable equipment by providing solutions for lubrication concerns through accurate and easy-to-understand fluid analysis, timely reporting and an unparalleled commitment to personal, friendly customer service. Oil Analyzers work with fully equipped laboratories staffed by highly trained analysts and offers a complete line of oil analysis services to help you get the most from your lubricants and extend the life of your equipment.

 

Engine Oil | Transmission Fluid | Gear Lube | Diesel Fuel | Engine Coolant

Oil Test Kit
UPS pre-paid

Product Code:
KIT401

Oil Test Kit
Non-postage paid

Product Code:
KIT402

Engine Coolant Test Kit
Non-postage paid

Product Code:
KIT403

Failure Analysis
Included 4ea. sample test bottles

Product Code:
KIT415

The Failure Analysis Kit, utilizing used oil analysis and the technical expertise of Oil Analyzers Inc., assists in pinpointing potential causes contributing to equipment failures.

Maintenance Improvement
Included 4ea. sample test bottles

Product Code:
KIT416

The Test Kit actively safeguards the prolonged operational efficiency of critical equipment by proactively detecting, diagnosing, and resolving major issues before they escalate into critical failures and averting unplanned downtime.

Drain Interval
Included 4ea. sample test bottles

Product Code:
KIT17

By utilizing AMSOIL products, the Oil Analyzers Drain Interval Improvement Test Kit extends lubricant drain intervals, leading to notable savings in both time and costs.

Basic Oil Condition Test Kit

Product Code:
KIT14

Utilize this kit specifically to assess whether an oil change is necessary. For setting or extending drain intervals, or in cases of suspected abnormal contamination like fuel dilution, select the comprehensive full-service kit (KIT01).

Oil Test Kit
Postage pre-paid

Product Code:
KIT01

Oil Test Kit
UPS pre-paid

Product Code:
KIT02

Oil Test Kit
Non-postage paid

Product Code:
KIT06

Failure Analysis
Included 4ea. sample test bottles

Product Code:
KIT15

Through used oil analysis and the technical expertise of Oil Analyzers Inc., Failure Analysis Kit aids in identifying potential causes behind equipment failures.

Maintenance Improvement
Included 4ea. sample test bottles

Product Code:
KIT16

The Test Kit ensures prolonged operational efficiency of critical equipment by proactively identifying, diagnosing, and addressing major issues before they lead to critical failures and unplanned downtime.

Drain Interval
Included 4ea. sample test bottles

Product Code:
KIT17

The Oil Analyzers Drain Interval Improvement Test Kit achieves extended lubricant drain intervals by leveraging AMSOIL products, resulting in significant time and cost savings.

Diesel Fuel Performance
UPS pre-paid

Product Code:
KIT11

Test for basic fuel quality, including 24 metals by ICP, viscosity at 40°C, calculated cetane index, distillation, and API gravity.

Diesel Fuel Contamination
UPS pre-paid

Product Code:
KIT10

Test for water, sediments, and aerobic bacteria.

Coolant Test Kit
Postage pre-paid

Product Code:
KIT09

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Oil testing lab locations

AMSOIL INC. partnered with Oil Analyzers Inc. since the beginning

For engine oil analysis, AMSOIL has trusted Oil Analyzers Inc. for decades. Send away a sample to one of their labs in Canada or the USA, and you’ll see why. With an established relationship since 1997, technicians can be more accurate about contamination levels to best recommend continued use and comment report data about the oil’s condition. No other lab has decades of compounded data about AMSOIL than Oil Analyzers Inc.

INDIANAPOLIS
7451 Winton Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: 877-808-3750

HOUSTON
10910 West Sam Houston Parkway North
Suite 700
Houston, TX 77064-6310
Phone: 877-808-3750

SALT LAKE CITY
3060 West California Avenue
Suit B
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Phone: 877-808-3750

EDMONTON
5140 75th Street
Edmonton, Alberta Canada T6E 6W2
Phone: 877-808-3750

Resources for your next oil analysis

Within the first year of implementation

The impact of utilizing an oil analysis program goes beyond the conventional scope of maintenance, influencing energy conservation, environmental sustainability, and operational resilience across industries.

Every dollar invested in oil analysis translates into savings beyond direct maintenance costs, which are attributed to increased equipment lifespan, minimized operational disruptions, and enhanced energy efficiency in machinery.

Why use oil analysis?

Oil Oxidation

Fuel dilution

Additive base number

Three Key Indicators for Machinery Health

Oil analysis tests provide critical insights that can be broken down into three key areas:

Lubricant Condition

This tells us if the oil is in good shape to keep the machinery running smoothly. It helps decide whether the oil needs to be changed or is still fit for service.

Contaminants

Dirt, water, and other outside elements can sneak into the oil, causing damage to machines. When we see more of these contaminants, it’s a signal that action needs to be taken to protect the oil and prevent unnecessary wear and tear on the machine.

Machine wear

Unhealthy machines produce wear particles that can speed up damage. By analyzing these particles, we can make proactive decisions about maintenance. It’s a way to prevent machine failures caused by worn-out parts. Remember, keeping the oil clean is critical to reducing wear and tear on the machine’s critical components.

How to get your oil sample?

Before taking an oil sample, it’s beneficial to warm up the engine slightly. This helps the oil flow more smoothly through the sampling pump. Running the vehicle for a few minutes achieves this without reaching full operating temperature.

Using a vacuum pump to draw the oil sample through the dipstick tube is the most convenient and clean method for accessing the oil sump.

 

How is oil tested?

As technology in mechanics evolves, so do the demands for lubrication. Adhering to these standards ensures that a specific lubricant not only meets the needs of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) but also safeguards the engine from potential damage. Without standardized criteria and thorough testing, aftermarket lubricants could potentially be of lower quality, posing potential risks if used.

 

Why does motor oil turn black?

Certain additives within motor oil react differently to heat, showing more susceptibility to darkening. Moreover, typical oxidation processes can also darken oil. Oxidation arises from the interaction between oxygen and oil molecules, leading to a chemical breakdown, akin to how oxygen causes an apple to brown or iron to rust. Elevated temperatures expedite this oxidation process.

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