Since the early 1980s, preventive maintenance programs incorporating oil analysis have become popular with equipment operators. This analysis monitors the condition of both machine and oil without taking the equipment out of service.
Scientific oil analysis provides a comprehensive chemical and physical analysis of the oil sample, indicating problems and suggestions for corrective action. These results can be used to reduce maintenance costs and increase uptime.
A new engine coolant analysis program could offer similar cost-saving benefits. A report from the Truck Maintenance Council estimates that 40% of engine problems can be traced to abnormal coolant conditions.
Coolant analysis programs now available from equipment manufacturers are recommended as part of the spring and fall maintenance to provide early detection of these problems.