Future soiled oil detector

By: Chris Smith


Oil change intervals can be extended by around 25 percent by means of a special sensor developed by Daimler. Researchers

Oil change intervals can be extended by around 25 percent by means of a special sensor developed by Daimler.

Researchers from Daimler have developed a practical system that allows them to monitor oil quality directly on board a vehicle. This helps reduce operating costs, especially in commercial vehicles.

The longer engine oil remains in use, the more it is susceptible to impurities. Its quality is impaired and it gradually loses its lubricative effect; this can even lead to engine damage. Timely oil changes are thus indispensable.

However, this is offset by material costs with up to 40 litres of oil in a bus or truck diesel engine, and loss of earnings due to downtime during maintenance.

An oil change should therefore take place as early as necessary, but as late as possible.

Read more in the April Australasian Bus+Coach due for release next week.

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