What is Oil Analysis?

For engines, oil analysis is a process by which a sampling of used oil is taken and then analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the lubricant, wear metals, and the level of dirt in the oil. The analysis will provide information on whether the proper oil is being used for the conditions in which the vehicle is being used. High levels of wear metals indicate possible internal wear allowing action to be taken before a catastrophic failure occurs. A high sodium level, which is found in anti-freeze, can indicate a leaking head gasket. The level of silicon (dirt) can provide information regarding the air intake system to determine the effectiveness of the oil filter, air filter, and intake components.

For systems such as transmissions and differentials, the sampling is taken and analyzed to determine wear metals which may indicate potential gear and bearing wear.

For more than 40 years, the lab of UnderMyHood has been in business. While we continue to innovate with our kits, our goals stay the same: to provide unmatched oil analysis kits and products for clients. You can also feel comfortable knowing that we only use ASTM approved testing procedures. So how does the process work exactly? Well, once you take your sample, send it back to us! Once we receive it, we email you the results within two business days. How easy is that?

Keep in mind that by sampling on a regular basis, you can create a trend that allows you to see issues that fall outside the normal limits as they occur. Whether you’re interested in just one oil analysis test kit or a pack of three, we have exactly what you need. Don’t let your equipment wear out and then be forced to spend more money than you should on repairs. Instead, get the most out of it with oil analysis. Shop our products at UnderMyHood today.