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Oil Analysis Programs are Simple to Start

While oil analysis can provide equipment owners with valuable insight and considerable savings, starting such a program can seem like a daunting task.

How do you get started? And once you do, how should you take samples? And how often? The first step is to provide important company and equipment information, as well as any testing requirements.

“In order to start the program, the customer must submit an enrollment form. It gives us the address we need to issue the customer their oil analysis kits, so they can begin sampling and obtaining results.  The enrollment form provides us the special testing requirements the customer may or may not want performed,” Mike Wyant, Director of Technical Services for PetroChoice, said.  “We require the customer to submit the year, make, model, and Type of each piece of equipment and the various components that they will be sampling.  This ensures us that the information is detailed, specific and accurate.”

Sampling isn’t difficult and can be performed on any type of fluid. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when collecting.

Related: A Quick Guide to Reading your Oil Analysis Report

“The best sample is one that is taken routinely, timely, and accurately,” Wyant said.  “The sample should be taken after reaching operating temperature, so it is representative of the fluid being sampled.  It should also be sampled from the same port as the previous samples.  The sample must be submitted in a very timely manner.  The longer the sample isn’t submitted, the less representative it is from the current operating component.”

In general, Wyant recommends sampling at each drain interval. This allows for analysis to be performed consistently and for equipment owners to better track trends.

“Test interval frequency is based upon the service interval frequency,” Wyant said.  “Any time the fluid is changed or the component is serviced, the fluid should be sampled and tested.”

Testing time is relatively quick, Wyant said customers can usually expect to see a report within 24 hours of the lab receiving the sample. Regularly testing is an important, and sometimes necessary, part of keeping machines running and budgets under control.

“The oil analysis helps protect their investment.  Typically, it’s a requirement of their warranties,” Wyant said.  “Beyond that it helps the customer react to potential catastrophic failures by giving them information they can use in advance to address the issue.  By following the trends developed through oil analysis, the customer can be advised of an adverse or critical situation and address it before the component, whether it’s an engine, transmission, hydraulic system or gear set, reaches failure, costing the customer downtime and money.”

To learn more about PetroChoice’s oil analysis program, click here.

New Jersey Auto Dealers Sue Tesla

The New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers has filed a lawsuit against Tesla, claiming the electric vehicle giant has violated state franchise laws.

According to reports, the suit accuses Tesla of violating the law when it opened a fifth direct sale location. The state had previously allowed Tesla to open four locations. The suit also accuses the automaker of over-advertising gas savings and a bait and switch related to a special offer on the Tesla Model 3.

NJCAR’s complaint also accuses Tesla of misleading customers by advertising its autopilot system as “self-driving.” The automaker’s website does state that vehicles with the feature require a driver and that it does not make vehicles completely autonomous.

Apple to Begin Using Recycled Rare Earth Metals

Apple has announced it will begin using parts made from recycled rare earth metals in its new iPhone 11 models.

According to reports, the phones’ taptic engine will be made entirely from rare earth metals. The part allows the devices to generate a button clicking sound when tapped and represents about 25 percent of the rare elements used in their production.

Read More: Nissan CEO Saikawa Announces Resignation

Apple released its annual environmental responsibility earlier in 2019, which revealed the tech giant recovers about 32kg of rare metals for every 100 thousand recycled iPhones. It uses robot technology to extract minerals that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Volkswagen Settles Another Emissions Scandal Suit

Volkswagen has settled another claim related to its diesel emissions scandal, this time in Australia.

According to reports, the German automaker has settled a class action lawsuit with owners of various Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda models. The settlement will be for a minimum $87 million and up to $127 million if the claimant group is large enough. As part of the settlement, Volkswagen will make no admission of liability.

Related: German Firm to Pay a $35 Million Fine for Role in VW Scandal

The settlement is yet another repercussion of the 2015 diesel emissions scandal, where the automaker was found to have equipped their vehicles with software to cheat emission tests. The fallout saw the company face a downturn in sales. Volkswagen just recently announced it is on pace to once again reach the sales they had at the start of the scandal.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: Trucking Industry Fast Facts

Truck drivers play a critical role in so many aspects of our day-to-day lives.  In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, check out some key facts and figures about the industry that keeps America moving.

PetroChoice thanks all truck drivers for their contributions.  We would especially like to thank our drivers, who are the backbone of our company.  Interested in driving for PetroChoice?  Click here to learn more.

Nissan CEO Saikawa Announces Resignation

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa announced his resignation after admitting to receiving improper income linked to the automaker’s stock price.

Saikawa had been under fire since the arrest of his predecessor Carlos Ghosn in 2018. According to reports, the now-former CEO received inflated payments by illegally adjusting the date he cashed in stock options. He promised to return the money and blamed Ghosn for setting up the system that led to the illegal payments. Saikawa has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

Related: Ex-CEO Ghosn Indicted for 4th Time

Nissan board members has said about 10 candidates are being considered to replace Saikawa, including international candidates. Chief Operations Officer Yasuhiro Yamauchi will serve as interim CEO.

Automakers Pledge to Add Rear Seat Reminders

As many as 20 automakers announced they would equip their vehicles with rear seat reminders by 2025, according to reports.

The announcement comes after the Senate Commerce Committee passed legislation to require all automakers to install such technology. The July vote did not give a timeline for the change. However, a group of 20 automakers, including, General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota and Honda have all agreed to include rear seat warning systems by the 2025 model year. The group of automakers represent about 98 percent of all vehicles sales in the United States.

Read More: Kia Will Recall More than 30,000 Telluride Vehicles

The changes come as hot car deaths of children continue to garner medial attention. More than 800 children have died after being left in hot cars in the last 20 years.

FMCSA Advises Trucking Companies to Beware of Biennial Updates Scam

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is advising truckers and trucking companies to look out for scams related to the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s biennial updates.

According to reports, scammers are threatening fines against truckers who fail to pay when filing their DOT biennial update claims. However, these updates can be filed for free on the FMCSA’s website. The agency requires all trucking companies to update information like name, location, number of vehicles and number of drivers every two years.

While filing is free, the FMCSA does levy fines against companies who do not complete the update. A filing schedule can be found on the agency’s website.

Volkswagen on Pace to Return to Pre-Scandal Sales

German automaker Volkswagen is on pace is on pace to return to pre-scandal numbers as its U.S. sales continue to trend up.

Reports indicate the automaker’s year to date sales were up 6 percent through July, despite a 1.6 decrease in the industry as a whole. With about 215,800 vehicles sold, Volkswagen is on sale to top its 366,970 in sales from 2014. 2015 saw a significant drop in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal and the automaker has been driven to get back to those numbers.

Related: German Firm to Pay a $35 Million Fine for Role in VW Scandal

Much of the increase has been driven by the Atlas crossover, which has seen a 31 percent increase in sales, and the redesigned Jetta, which has seen a 43 percent increase. It was the sixth consecutive month where crossover vehicles contributed to the majority of Volkswagen sales.

Kia Will Recall More than 30,000 Telluride Vehicles

Kia announced it will recall more than 30,000 Telluride vehicles due to incorrect seat belt assemblies.

According to reports, faulty assemblies in the passenger seat as well as the second and third rows are the reason for the recall. The seatbelts in question were not equipped with an automatic locking retractor, which could prevent child restraint systems from fastening securely. In documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the automaker said these seatbelts were not intended to be installed in Tellurides sold in the United States.

The recall affects vehicles manufactured between Jan. 9 and Aug. 5. Kia has asked customers to take their vehicles to the nearest dealership to be inspected. Repairs will be at no cost to the customer.