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Coolant Systems Require Regular
coolant-system maintenance can result in serious damage and
failure in other in other components, including the engine.
Why is engine coolant
so often neglected? We spend a great deal of time checking
motor oil level and making sure it is changed at the correct
interval, but many of us spend little to no time maintaining
our vehicle's cooling system. I am guessing that the
main reason is that coolant problems don't create issues with vehicle
operation as quickly as motor oil problems do. Those of us
not directly involved with the heavy-duty diesel industry
may not have ever seen a coolant-related failure. Or, we may
have blamed a failure on something else, not knowing the cause
was coolant-related. For example, a piece of equipment that
is running abnormally hot may be doing so due to fouling of
the coolant system. Scale and deposits in radiators and water pumps are a sign
of coolant problems that raise the motor oil temperature
and overheat key engine parts. If it continues, this particular
issue can lead to overheating and engine failure.
One common question
is, "I am using a well-designed, long-life antifreeze,
so why do I need to worry about scale, deposits, corrosion
and overheating?" This is a good question and is the
reason for this month's Tech
Talk. So the answer is (drum roll please) ...
as they age just like we do - they accumulate more contaminants,
more hot spots and develop wrinkles! As vehicles get older,
they are at higher risk for combustion exhaust gas leaking
into the coolant system, electrical ground problems causing
stray voltage, air contamination, salt contamination and hot
spots accumulating due to low coolant flow. All of these issues
cause the coolant to degrade much faster than if the vehicle
was in sound mechanical condition. Catching the issues and
correcting the root cause is critical to maintaining the system
and enjoying the benefits of long-life coolants in aging vehicles.
which are one of the primary causes of motor oil degradation,
are also harmful to coolants. When exhaust gases enter the
coolant system they accelerate acid development, which degrades
the backbone of the coolant. This leads to corrosive wear
and general corrosion, which will eventually cause leaks and
damage to the cooling system. Additionally, chemical changes in the
antifreeze due to acid formation can cause other issues, including
wrinkles in hoses and seals, which leads to leaks and introduces
air to the cooling system. Acid development can also cause
the additive package to drop out of solution so it can't
continue to protect the system from wear and corrosion.
electrical equipment can destroy cooling systems very quickly.
In light-duty vehicles this may show up as a heater core leak; in heavy-duty vehicles
it can cause problems anywhere the coolant is grounding an
electrical current improperly. This can show up as liner pitting,
water-pump damage, radiator leaks, oil-cooler leaks or transmission
damage. Anytime there is voltage being carried through the
cooling system, there is potential for damage.
usually think about air as a source of problems. Air is all
around us and we need to continuously breathe it in to survive.
Engines need air to burn fuel and generate power, but cooling
systems are not designed to be continuously refreshed with
air. Leaks causing air to be introduced to the cooling system
accelerate acid development, scale and damaging foam. Hoses
and seals need to be replaced as they age to ensure that the
cooling system is correctly sealed and operating under the
pressure it was designed for.
another concern for cooling systems. Owners operating vehicles
or marine equipment near areas where there is high salt content
in the air need to be particularly watchful for leaks and
evidence of salt entering the system. When dissolved, sodium
chloride introduces chloride ions to cooling systems. Chloride
has been proven to be very corrosive to cooling system components
and as a result, the ASTM specification is 40 ppm or below.
Above this level, the cooling system is at risk of developing
this type of corrosion. If levels are significantly higher
and stray voltage is present in the coolant system, damage
will occur quickly.
Hot spots develop
for a number of different mechanical conditions. If the cooling
system has excessive air, scale or is running low, hot spots
develop. Whenever you get areas of metal that are much hotter
than the surrounding area, there is the potential to damage
gaskets and warp metal surfaces, leading to other issues.
Over time, this can also create more permanent damage to engine parts.
All of this information
on cooling systems may seem a little scary, just like going
to the doctor in your 50s! Since we can't do anything about
the aging process, we have to do the best we can to prevent
issues and perform regular maintenance. The same is true of
our aging vehicles. Cooling system damage due to maintenance
issues is one of the leading causes of vehicle failures. The
good news is that it can be prevented for the most part with
inspections, new parts and taking care of the coolant with
regular checks. Published, AMSOIL Magazine 03/15.
Antifreeze and Coolant provides superior heat transfer
and excellent protection against corrosion, freezing and boilover.
It provides maximum protection in extreme temperatures and
operating conditions, and provides superior protection for
aluminum, steel, cast iron, copper, brass and solder alloys.
AMSOIL Signature Series
Synthetic Motor Oil
AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic
Motor Oils are formulated to meet the latest API SN Resource
Conserving and ILSAC GF-5 industry specifications. AMSOIL
Signature Series Oils include 0W-20, 0W-30, 5W-30 and 10W-30
and represent the very best motor oils AMSOIL has to offer,
allowing motorists to take advantage of maximum extended
drain intervals. AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor
Oils are recommended for drain intervals of up to 25,000
miles/one year, whichever comes first (15,000 miles/one
year in severe service conditions).
here for more information
Synthetic Motor Oils offer the longest drain intervals
on the market, unsurpassed protection and performance that
effectively extends equipment life and improved fuel economy,
saving customers money at the pump and reducing the nation's
dependence on foreign oil.
The Presidents Desk
Synthetic Diesel Oil Articles and Testimonials
INC. warrants that the use of its lubricants will not cause
mechanical damage to any mechanically sound equipment when
AMSOIL INC. products are used in full compliance with the
company's recommendations and instructions."
synthetic motor oils are formulated to surpass engine test
specifications, offering protection far greater than competing
motor oils for extended drain intervals. Most synthetic oil
manufacturers make no claim to extended drain intervals, deferring
to the maintenance schedule provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
With its unparalleled oil and warranty program, AMSOIL offers
consumers unprecedented protection and economics.
More than 20 years
ago, AMSOIL began using the NOACK volatility test as a comparison
tool and measurement of quality. Back then, nearly every oil
tested side-by-side with AMSOIL synthetic motor oils failed,
and those that passed barely squeaked by. Other oil companies
paid no attention to NOACK results until Ford Motor Company
made it a requirement for service fill oils, validating what
AMSOIL had said all along.
NOACK Volatility Test
Volatility Test determines the evaporation loss
of lubricants in high temperature service. The more
motor oils vaporize, the thicker and heavier they become,
contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy
and increased oil consumption, wear and emissions. AMSOIL
Synthetic Motor Oil resists high temperature volatization
better than other motor oils. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor
Oil maintains peak fuel efficiency and reduces oil consumption
AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified
received ISO 9001:2000 certification of our Quality Management
System (QMS). NSF International Strategic Registrations is
the registrar that has verified our QMS meets the requirements
of the ISO 9001:2000 standard, the most widely utilized quality
standard throughout the world for quality management systems.
ISO standards are used by over 300,000 companies worldwide
setting rigorous standards for businesses, government and
is applicable to any manufacturing and service organization
providing a framework for system development that focuses
on the customer, quality system performance and ongoing improvement.
AMSOIL received ISO 9001:2000 registration under the scope:
synthetic lubricants blending, packaging, and other fulfillment
directly associated with lubricant product.
certification puts AMSOIL in line with some of the most efficient
companies in the world. It is further assurance that the products
and services AMSOIL provides will continue to maintain the
high level of quality the company always demanded.
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