fluid analysis 101

Fluid Analysis 101

Are you new to fluid sampling or a seasoned pro? Do you use Cat® fluids or another brand? Are you a do-it-yourself type or do you prefer to let your Cat dealer handle the work? Whatever your situation, you’ll find that Cat® S·O·SSM Services can improve the health of your products—and your bottom line. We provide full testing options for oil, coolant and diesel fuel samples.

Oil Sampling
Our comprehensive analysis of your lubricated systems—engines, transmissions, hydraulics, final drives, differentials, gear boxes and compressors—spots early signs of damaging wear metals. It also identifies contaminants like water, fuel, glycol or dirt that can hamper performance. We check the condition of your oil and provide an overall particle analysis.

Coolant Sampling
Don’t overlook the condition of coolant—the damage caused by overheating is hard to forget. Our tests determine if your coolant has the right chemical balance for maximum protection and cooling efficiency. We assess correct usage, condition, adequate freeze/boil protection and contamination. Choose from two levels of coolant testing: one that checks routine characteristics and another that provides more in-depth analysis.

Diesel Fuel Sampling
Poor quality fuel can affect how your equipment performs. It can lead to abnormal wear of components, valves, valve guides, piston rings and more—and drive up maintenance and operating costs. Our fuel testing program checks for acceptable quality, microbial growth, contamination and appropriate usage.

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