Any machine that uses a motor or engine to generate power to a drivetrain requires motor oil to ensure its optimal operation. Motor oil is a viscous substance capable of transferring heat away from engine components, usually lubricated in areas where such components generate friction. Therefore, regularly performing a semi-truck oil change is of critical importance in maintaining equipment availability for Owner Operators.
Components such as cylinders, pistons, bearings, valve stems, rings, or other moving parts often need to be lubricated to transfer the generated heat away from them. The result of motor oil lubrication is a smoother movement that can remain within a safe temperature range. And by reducing the internal temperature of your engine, you are effectively reducing the risk of overheating during particularly long hauls.
Motor oils used in semi-truck oil change procedures often include specially-formulated additives to increase performance—such as a detergent for engine cleansing. Given the harsh conditions inside an engine, the additives help reduce the buildup of gunk or other minerals, as well as increasing the efficiency of the motor.
Failure to perform a semi-truck oil change during the recommended intervals can result in engine overheating—usually with catastrophic results that can render it permanently inoperable. It means that an Owner Operator would have to replace the entire motor and related systems, such as gaskets or other components, which they may not be able to do, given the high cost of such motor equipment.
A complete engine failure before a semi-truck oil change means loss of revenue due to the inability to transport, and this can have a death-spiraling effect on an Owner Operator. It is a fact that unless an Owner Operator has reserves set aside to counter a potential major malfunction, chances are he or she will not be able to recover from such a catastrophic instance.
Heavy-duty vehicles like semi-trucks could potentially drive up to 50,000 miles between oil changes—but you don’t ever want to find yourself pushing your luck. Doing so does not come without risks since a semi-truck oil change interval varies depending on many operational factors, such as road conditions, weather/season, and of course, driving habits by the Owner Operator.
Depending on the age of a semi-truck, the oil change schedule may have to be performed more often than the recommended interval to ensure operational viability. Add to that the need to replace the oil filter and inspect its condition before properly discarding it, since it can help you determine potential challenges during the semi-truck oil change and other maintenance tasks.
Status Truck and Trailer Repair uses OEM-recommended motor oil, oil filters, and other consumable components that may need to be replaced during a semi-truck oil change. It allows severely reduce the risk of being stranded during a long-haul trip and extend the operational lifetime of your equipment for many more years to come.