FLEET MAINTENANCE O IL STUDY
CURRENT OIL PRACTICES
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Current Oil Practices
By Vesna Brajkovic, Assistant Editor
When it comes to best oil practices, fleets have many
decisions to make – from oil analysis and drain interval
management, to purchasing and using fuel additives
Those decision-making responsibilities largely belong to
the fleet maintenance manager, according to the 2017 Fleet
Maintenance Oil Study.
Of the study respondents:
• Ninety percent indicated they have direct or
supervisory influence over general maintenance.
• The majority of fleets surveyed, 92 percent, have
influence in the decision to purchase lubricants.
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Besides the commonality of being decision-makers,
the survey found that most fleets were split almost
evenly across the board when it came to current
practices, including when they conduct oil analysis, the
use of synthetic products and the addition of engine oil
supplements. Details are provided within this section.
Of note, when it comes to additives, 71 percent of the
fleets surveyed have considered using fuel additives or
premium diesel. In contrast, most fleets – 69 percent
– do no use, or have not considered using, an engine oil
Additionally, most fleets that were surveyed used
some type of synthetic product in their vehicles,
whether that be transmission fluid, differential grease
or engine oil.
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