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Machinery Lubrication May - June 2018

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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60 | May - June 2018 | www . BACK PAGE BASICS be the result of poor combustion. If the bypass valve is not working properly, a defective filter may be to blame. Above is a flow chart detailing the inspections and corresponding actions for low oil pressure in an engine. Reducing the Risk of Low Oil Pressure To reduce the risk of low oil pressure in your engine, change the oil and filter at the correct intervals. Also, use high-quality lubricants, including the right viscosity grade and appropriate quality standard specified by the American Petroleum Institute (API) in the engine/car manual. Be sure to check the oil level periodically and inspect your engine (and garage floor) for leaks. In addi- tion, watch for blue smoke emitting from the exhaust, particularly with high-mileage engines. Do not drive your car if the pressure sensor is on and you don't know what the problem is. For fleets, employing oil analysis to determine the condition of the oil and machinery will be the best predictive/proactive strategy. ML About the Author Alejandro Meza is a senior technical consultant with Noria Corporation. He has more than 20 years of experience in the lubricant industry, technical services, quality assurance, training, consulting and development in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and the Americas region. Contact A lejandro at 50% of lubrication professionals say low oil pressure has caused problems in their engines, based on a recent survey at

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