Therefore, the lubrication of your engine is not something be taken lightly. The choice of your engine lubricant is important and helps ensure reliable performance and optimal protection.

Therefore, the lubrication of your engine is not something be taken lightly. The choice of your engine lubricant is important and helps ensure reliable performance and optimal protection. Choosing a high-quality engine oil will offer long term protection and reduce the environmental impact of your machine.

What’s the purpose of engine oil?

Engine oil has several roles:

  • It reduces friction between the various parts, and protects them from scratching. The oil film between the two touching surfaces ensures optimal output.
  • The oil helps distribute the heat evenly throughout the engine block. The oil cooler will allow a faster evacuation of calories produced by significant friction.
  • The detergents in the oil help remove any foreign matter found in the engine.
  • It also protects your engine block from corrosion. Engine oil contains many additives to combat corrosion caused by water and atmospheric oxygen. The engine oil will form a protective film on the internal surface of the engine.

The different oil viscosity grades

The viscosity of the oil is determined by its flow resistance and its pumpability. Its resistance naturally varies according to the engine’s temperature.  On oil cans, we come across terms such as 15w40, 10w40, 15w50, etc.

Before the W = grade at colder temperatures; the lower it is, the more the oil is fluid at colder temperatures

After the W = grade at higher temperatures; the higher it is, the more the oil stays fluid at higher temperatures

These lubricants are recommended according to their characteristics for different standards of engine such as Euro II, Euro III, EURO IV…

Why drain your engine oil regularly?

CODIMATRA recommends that you drain your construction machine’s engine regularly. If you fail to replace the oil regularly, the engine is likely to deteriorate along with performance of your machine. The engine oil is subject to extremely demanding conditions and wide swings in temperature, causing oxidation of the latter. The oil will therefore gradually lose its properties.

CODIMATRA recommends regular maintenance of your engine to preserve your industrial, construction and agricultural machinery. It is always best to refer to the machine’s instruction manual.

Changing the oil filter when you drain your engine.

The experts at CODIMATRA advise that you change your oil filter each time you drain the engine. This prevents any microparticles and impurities present in the old filter from contaminating the new oil.

What to do with your used hydraulic oil?

After having drained the engine, you’re left with several litres of used oil on your hands. Once the drainage is complete, the used oil must be disposed of correctly. That means taking it to either your local recycling centre, dealer or repairer, or calling an accredited recycler.