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Why There is Much More Behind Oil Than a Price

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Proper engine oil maintenance is essential to protecting your equipment.

Here are a few tips to answer some of your questions.

Operator’s Manual recommendations are critical

  • Lubrication recommendations in Operator’s Manuals ensure good performance over a long period of time. Refer to the Operator’s Manual and follow the recommended lubrication practices.
  • Oil changes are necessary regardless of base stock type.
  • Oil loses many of its lubrication qualities as it absorbs contaminants and its additives are depleted.
  • Oil thickens as it breaks down and oxidizes. If it gets thinner during use, fuel dilution or coolant leak may be the cause.
  • Oil oxidation and excessive contamination cause the oil to eventually become unfit for further use.

Oil color may not determine replacement need

  • In a diesel engine, good oil should turn dark with use to be effective. Detergent and dispersant additives in oil attract and hold soot and other combustion products in suspension for removal at the time oil is drained. In a hydraulic system, it may be different.

Cheap oil does not save money

  • Too many people are trying to save money on oil when they should be saving their equipment. Ten dollars saved through buying cheap oil can result in hundreds or thousands of dollars of expense incurred prematurely.

Use manufacturer’s recommended filter

  • Buy quality oil filters as recommended in your Operator’s Manual. The money saved by buying cheap “will-fit” filters is negligible compared to the damage that can possibly result from their use. Filters meeting exact operating specifications are critical to the life of the machine.

An aftermarket oil additive may reduce protection

  • John Deere has adopted a general policy of not approving the use of additional or supplemental oil additives, oil treatments, or engine treatments.
  • Additional oil additives and engine treatments could produce more problems than benefits. These products could create a general chemical imbalance in the oil formulation and adversely affect the overall performance of the oil.
  • There is no need to add anything to improve John Deere oils, which already deliver exceptional performance.

Synthetic oils

  • Synthetic oils are composed of base-stock products altered from their natural state through changes in their structure.
  • Synthetic base stocks, like petroleum base stocks, require the addition of the proper additives for the optimum performance of the finished engine oil. Synthetic engine oils perform the same functions as mineral oil and require the same oil-drain intervals.
  • The value of operating with synthetic oils is most apparent under extreme operating conditions—very cold and very hot ambient temperatures.

For more information about oil, contact your Local RDO Equipment Co. store today.