hen the alarm sounds at Mercy Regional Ambulance Service in Benton, IL, 22 ambulances and 6 cars need to be ready to roll.
Before Mercy Regional switched over to AMSOIL products in the Ford-powered 7.3 and 6.0 liter diesel ambulances, it took chief mechanic Dustin Larkin a lot of time each month to keep them running.
Almost a year ago, AMSOIL Direct Dealer Brad Stacey approached Mercy Regional about switching its service vehicles to AMSOIL products.
The ambulance sevice decided to give AMSOIL Synthetic 15W-40 Heavy Duty Diesel and Marine Oil (AME), Series 3000 Synthetic 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel oil (HDD) and Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) a try to "see how well they would work and if they could live up to their reputation," Larkin said.
During 2007 Larkin changed a total of 85 injectors on the ambulances. He changed at least four injectors per month per unit, he said. He was running conventional 15W-40 Rotella motor oil at 5,000 to 8,000 mile oil drains.
The ambulances average 100,000 to 115,000 miles a year, Larkin said. Two models have more than 250,000 miles on them.
"Sometimes ambulances run for three or four days without shutoff in real hot or cold weather," Larkin said. "That's had on any equipment."
"I am thrilled with the way the AMSOIL products are performing," Larkin said. "My expenses on parts are down 70 percent from 2007 and overall downtime is down 80 percent."
The company now changes the oil in the vehicles at 20,000 miles. The EGR valves have not had to be changed and only two injectors required changing in the past 10 months.
"I do not miss sleeping on the couch in the garage from changing injectors," Larkin said with a chuckle.