Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Best for Fleets

Mercy Regional Ambulance Service in Benton, Illinois has 22 ambulances and 6 cars. They need to be "ready to roll" at a moment's notice, no matter what the weather. Before they switched to AmsOil synthetic oil, it took their chief mechanic a lot of time every month to keep them running. "These engines, especially the 6.0 liter, are prone to injector problems along with EGR valve problems." About a year ago they switched to AmsOil synthetic lubricants and Dustin Larkin (their chief mechanic) says "My expenses on parts are down 70% from 2007 and overall downtime is down 80%!" In 2007, Larkin changed a total of 85 injectors on the ambulances. He also had to change at least four injectors per unit. Each ambulance averages 100,000 miles per year. Two 2006 models have more than 250,000 miles on them. Larkin said, "Sometimes ambulances run three or four days without shutoff in real hot or cold weather. That's hard on any equipment." They now change oil at 20,000 miles and have had to change only TWO injectors in the last 10 months. That's a hefty savings for any fleet. Using synthetic lubricants can mean a similar savings for ANY fleet, or any private vehicle. The savings on just the cost of the oil and filters alone can be $250 a vehicle per year when you look at it as "cost per mile," rather than cost per quart. That's the difference between 40 quarts of fossil oil and 8 filters (if you change oil every 3,000 miles) and four or five quarts of synthetic oil (depending on your engine capacity) and two filters (the first fill requires a filter change because synthetic oil cleans out the engine very quickly). (Source: Action News)

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