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S.O.S. Experts Analysis

S.O.S. testing is simple and quick. Everything you need is included in a handy, complete kit. Sample testing is done in the Caterpillar dealer’s laboratory by trained technicians utilizing the most modern equipment. These experts know what’s happening inside the equipment.They draw on a large historical database for your equipment to make comparisons and establish meaningful trends. They know speed is crucial, delays can be costly.

Most S.O.S. test results are available within 24 hours after receipt of the sample. If a critical situation is identified, you are immediately notified by telephone. Otherwise, evaluations and recommendations are supplied in an easy-to-understand report. This comprehensive report calls for specific action and / or makes carefully outlined recommendations which, when used, can result in greater efficiency and productivity.

Indication Problem Area & Causes Potential Wear
Soot Excessive Oil Degradation, Thickening Bearing Damage, + / or Piston, Ring, Liner Wear
Oxidation Increase Oil thickening, Varnish, Carbon Piston, Ring, Linear Wear + / or Bearing Damage
Chromium, Molybdenum, Iron Stuck or Broken Piston Ring (s) Ring, Liner Wear
Silicon, Aluminum, Chromium, Iron Dirt Ingestion, Poor air Filtration Piston, Ring, Liner Wear
Silicon, Lead, Aluminum Iron Dirt in Lower Engine Crankshaft Bearing Wear
Copper, Aluminum, Iron Oil Degradation or Contamination Rod eye, Wrist Pin Wear
Aluminum, Chrome, Iron Oil Degradation, Abnormal Operating Temp. Piston, Ring, Liner Wear
Lead, aluminum Oil Degradation or Contamination Crankshaft Bearing Wear
Fuel Oil Contamination, Visc. Loss Bearing Damage + / or Piston, Ring, Liner Wear
Water (NA) + / or Glycol Coolant Lead, Oil Contamination, Sludge Formation Bearing Damage, + / or Piston, Ring, Liner Wear

Our Part & Service Representative will help you prepare and institute a plan uniquely suited to your operation. He will take into consideration the type of equipment you operate, the kind of work you do, and your current maintenance practices. The largest fleet operator finds Caterpillar S.O.S. a real plus to pinpoint trouble among selected machines critical to his operation, those he can least afford to have shut down for unplanned repairs, or catastrophic failure.

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