- September 12, 2015
- Posted by: Jeff White
- Category: Articles
Many fleet owners want to know some of the best ways to increase the time between their oil changes, as this can help them to cut down on costs. If your trucks are in need of oil changes, it is important for them to receive the proper service they need so they remain in good working condition now and for years to come. However, there are some things that fleet owners can do to help extend the life of the oil and potentially reduce the frequency of oil changes.
Many of the newer engines on the market are already able to go more than 25,000 miles without needing to have an oil change. Those trucks that have newer engines can sometimes go as much as 40,000 before they need to have their oil changed. Doing it at the older standard of 10,000 miles is simply not as cost effective for them, provided they have a new engine. If the engine is older though, then they should adhere to the normal schedule for the oil change. In addition, you have to consider the application for your vehicle. Even if you do not drive the vehicle often, the conditions could necessitate oil changes sooner.
One of the best ways to help reduce the frequency of oil changes is actually the filter. If you have a high quality filter, it can help to extend the drain intervals. You always need to make sure the filter meets or exceeds the minimum specs that come from the manufacturer for that particular engine. Always use the correct filter, or else it could prove to be problematic. The right filter helps to protect the engine.
Which oil filter is the best choice for your trucks? Different trucks might do better with different filters, and there is no “one size fits all” solution. Stick with the manufacturer’s recommendations, and make sure you are working with professionals for your oil change. They can make sure you are getting the proper filter and that all parts of your truck are running perfectly and not in need of repair. It is always better to be safe with your fleet rather than sorry.