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Oil Test Kits

May 2013

Cabin Air FiltersEffective oil analysis is the best method to accurately determine maximum oil and filtration service intervals. Oil analysis can detect potential problems before catastrophic damage occurs. Hastings Premium Filters offers an oil test kit and laboratory analysis in its line:

    OTK5063** - Oil Test Kit - Sample bottle, package for mailing to
       laboratory

Oil analysis includes several tests performed on each oil sample submitted to the laboratory. The results of these analyses, when compared to original and earlier tests, reveal lubricant condition, contamination levels and wear rates of oil-lubricated components. An understanding of these test results helps get the most life out of the oil.

From the oil analysis, lab technicians and/or end users can detect:

    Changes in lubricant viscosity
    Effectiveness of acid-neutralizing additive
    High fuel dilution
    Presence of water and/or coolant (ethylene glycol)
    Contaminant level
    Metallic content

Continued use of test data and lab recommendations helps to provide users with an in-depth understanding of the test results. The user can combine lab results with maintenance history to derive a clear view of the engine's condition.

Oil analysis combined with used filter analysis can help to determine the useful service life of the filter. Lab technicians can analyze the used filter, matched with the corresponding oil analysis, to determine if the filter has reached its maximum contaminant holding capacity or if there remains additional service life.