Motor Oil Tip of the Week – 07/18/2017

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When you drop ice cream in the mud, nothing happens to the mud. It just becomes more mud. Meanwhile, the ice cream is ruined forever. The same is true with lubricating oil. No matter how clean your new oil is, if you have it delivered into a dirty storage tank, you end up with expensive mud.

Particulate contamination inside a storage tank typically occurs in three different ways: Through the vent, through the fill port, or generated through corrosion wear inside the tank. (The latter is usually the result of water ingress through the vent and will go away if you take care of the first two.) Retrofitting your storage tank with a good 3-micron breather filter will take care two of these sources of contamination.

But once you have your storage tank all cleaned up with breather filters, how do you keep from contaminating it again through the fill port? New oil isn’t necessarily clean oil. Over time, particulates in your new fluid settle and build up in the bottom of your tank, only to be redistributed in the fluid by the turbulence of adding new fluid. The answer is to not put them in there in the first place.

The only way to remove particulates is through filtration. And, it is much easier to prevent them from getting in than it is to remove them. You can put an in-line filter on your dispensing nozzle. You might even have a kidney-loop filtration system on your storage tank. These methods will l help keep your oil clean. But these options take time and money to maintain.

Chevron’s ISOCLEAN® Program certifies the cleanliness of the fluid being delivered into your storage tanks and helps extend the life expectancy of your equipment. How long will it extend it? In the case of hydraulic systems, Noria studies suggest it can be as much a seven times. It’s easier to stay clean if you start clean.

Message brought to you by Sun Coast Resources.

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