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AMSOIL Products Improve Efficiency, Reduce Operating Costs for Gerlach Trucking

MSOIL INC., in conjunction with Gerlach Trucking of Erskine, Minnesota, conducted a field demonstration of its Series 3000 Synthetic 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil, Super Duty Oil Filters and Dual-Gard filtration system equipped with BE-110 (now EaBP110) by-pass filtration elements.

The test vehicle was a 1995 Freightliner FLD-120 powered by a Detroit 60 Series diesel engine and utilized mainly in long-haul transports. The testing covered a two-year period and the vehicle accumulated 212,326 total miles.

Evaluation Proposal
The goals for this demonstration included showing that the use of AMSOIL Series 3000 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil, in conjunction with the AMSOIL Dual-Gard filtration setup and SDF Oil Filters, would result in improved efficiency, reduced operating costs and environmental benefits when compared to conventional petroleum lubricants and filtration methods. As mentioned, the evaluation was conducted using a 1995 Freightliner FD-120 equipped with a Detroit 60 Series diesel engine. The AMSOIL Series 3000 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil was sampled at the manufacturer’s suggested oil drain intervals and monitored through the use of oil analysis to ensure its continued serviceability. The full-flow filtration units were also monitored and replaced at 12,000- to 15,000-mile intervals, while the By-Pass units were monitored and replaced at 24,000- to 30,000-mile intervals.

Oil Analysis Data

Miles on Oil

 
0
15470
34075
55071
72348
96493
119436
146883
169390
194205
212326

Iron (Fe)

PPM PPM p/mile
0 0
20 0.001293
27 0.000792
43 0.000781
54 0.000746
58 0.000601
46 0.000385
86 0.000586
87 0.000514
81 0.000417
83 0.000391

Chromium (Cr)

PPM PPM p/mile
0 0
1 0.000065
1 0.000029
2 0.000036
2 0.000028
2 0.000021
1 0.000008
3 0.000020
2 0.000012
2 0.000010
2 0.000009

Copper (Cu)

PPM PPM p/mile
0 0
2 0.000129
2 0.000059
2 0.000036
3 0.000041
3 0.000031
2 0.000017
5 0.000034
4 0.000024
4 0.000021
4 0.000019

Lead (Pb)

PPM PPM p/mile
0 0
4 0.000259
5 0.000147
7 0.000127
9 0.000124
10 0.000104
10 0.000084
21 0.000143
20 0.000118
15 0.000077
16 0.000075

Aluminum (Al)

PPM PPM p/mile
0 0
8 0.000517
6 0.000176
7 0.000127
7 0.000097
7 0.000073
6 0.000050
9 0.000061
7 0.000041
8 0.000041
7 0.00003

*PPM = Parts Per Million


Viscosity

Degradation

100 º C % OXD % NOX TBN Soot/Solids

11.70
10.95
10.64
10.37
10.84
10.70
10.88
10.71
10.70
10.50
10.80

0.0
5.6
7.8
11.1
17.8
15.6
26.7
16.7
26.7
11.1
40.0
0.0
15.7
20.0
21.4
25.7
25.7
37.1
30.0
41.4
31.4
52.8
12.00
11.34
6.23
9.98
11.31
9.62
8.62
9.05
8.20
9.00
8.10
0.0
0.0
0.0
1.2
1.2
1.0
1.2
1.7
1.6
1.0
1.1
*PPM = Parts Per Million

Summary
Overall, the demonstration was a success. After switching to AMSOIL Series 3000 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil (and later AMSOIL 75W-90 Gear Lube in the differentials and Power-Shift Transmission Fluid in the Transmission), the truck experienced significant declines in wear rates and an eight percent increase in fuel economy. The pictured charts show individual rates of wear throughout the two-year demonstration. As the engine wear rates were reduced, operating efficiency rose, leading to an increase in the life of the engine and decreasing operating costs. Even with 212,326 miles on the oil, there was no indication it needed changing. Because of the extended drain capabilities of AMSOIL Series 3000 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil, the negative effects of used oil on the environment were also significantly reduced. If it had been using conventional petroleum diesel oil, which usually requires replacement approximately every 18,000 miles, this application would have required up to 12 oil changes and 480 quart s of oil over the demonstration running time of 212,326 miles, compared to just one oil change and 40 quart s of oil using AMSOIL Series 3000 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil and Dual-Gard filtration system. Overall, the data demonstrates that AMSOIL Series 3000 5W-30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil is capable of providing extended drain service for a period well beyond recommended drain intervals, while also significantly decreasing wear rates, operating costs and environmental waste.

Rate of Wear Charts  
Rate of Wear - Iron Rate of Wear - Chromium Rate of Wear - Copper
Rate of Wear - Lead Rate of Wear - Aluminum Rate of Wear - Viscosity
 
 
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