Lubescan® Oil Analysis: An Invaluable Resource for Your Operation

March 22, 2019


Let’s face it, farming and ranching is not an easy profession and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. This winter has been a long, grueling, drawn out season of trials and tribulations that have tested our patience and determination to get our work done. Mud, snow, rain, and cold weather have been many of the trials we have faced this season, and right by your side has been the Cenex® premium diesel fuel and lubricant products you have come to trust to carry you through this challenging season.

With that in mind, I would like to talk with you about your equipment maintenance plans for the year. As we operate our equipment on our farms we see the challenging conditions that they run in, but have you ever given any thought to what your oil goes through to keep you in operation? Do you even know if your oil is still protecting your equipment? As the quality of lubricants have increased over the years, we take for granted that the oil is doing the job that it was designed to do. But do know this, even the best lubricants break down at some point and need to be changed. The only way to truly know if your equipment is protected is to take a Lubescan® oil sample to determine if the oil is still doing its job that it was designed to do.
Here is how the Lubescan® oil sampling works….

  • Acquire a Lubescan® sample kit from your nearest Central Valley Ag location or give me a call to arrange a time for me to come by your farm to walk you through the process.

  • When it’s time to change your oil take a sample of oil out of the stream as you drain it. Fill the bottle to the top and place the lid on it. Try to keep dirt and other contaminates out of the bottle as you fill it. Place the sample bottle back into the container it came in and place in the bag addressed to the laboratory.

  • Fill out the form with as much detail as you can. Using the brand of oil and its grade (e.g., Superlube TMS 15w-40) is a big help in interpreting the numbers on the report. Fill out the other information like the hours or miles, make and model of equipment, and so on is helpful in tracking and managing your data for your equipment. The moral of the story is, the more information that you provide, the better we can interpret the report.

  • When you are done filling out the information, place it in the container with the oil sample and send it off to the lab.

  • Once the sample has been analyzed, the lab will mail you a report and send one to me as well. It will give you a diagnosis on your piece of equipment and tell you whether there is a problem with it or not, whether your oil was still protecting your equipment, and what you should do moving forward with your equipment if there happens to be an issue.

  • The value of taking an oil sample comes in when it tells you information pertaining to the contaminate levels in the engine, wear metals, the lubricant’s additive chemistry, and the physical data of the oil. Some information that this report would include would be: testing to determine if you are getting coolant in the oil, fuel in the oil, water or dirt contamination, a mechanical issue arising like a crankshaft or cylinder liner wearing out, how the lubricant’s additives are holding up, a viscosity test of the oil to determine if the oil has thickened or thinned over time, plus many other tests that are of value. These are all helpful in determining if the oil has surpassed its usable life and how the engine is holding up mechanically.

As described above, taking a little extra time to sample your oil every oil change is critical to understanding what is going on under the hood of your equipment. This snapshot of your engine at the time you sample is an invaluable resource for managing the maintenance costs and repairs of your equipment on your farm or fleet. The good news is that it isn’t only useful in determining the health of the engine, but also hydraulic systems, transmissions, differentials and final drives, gear boxes and planetaries, and even universal tractor hydraulic fluids. Getting in a routine of sampling your equipment’s lubricants can only benefit your operation for the long haul, and in turn may save you from expensive repairs and downtime in your operation. Plus, it is the only proven and safe way to extend your drain intervals of your oil, if that is of interest to you and your operation.

If you would like to learn more about the Lubescan® oil analysis or CVA’s quality Cenex® lubricants and equipment warranty program, feel free to contact myself, Justin Fleming at 785-534-0298 or your local CVA energy team member. I look forward to talking with you soon about your equipment.


By Justin Fleming, CVA Energy Specialist 

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