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ArchHoagland

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Posted: 09/23/13 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Railroad diesel electric engines never get their oil changed.

They do, however, get their filters changed.


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rocmoc wrote:

BECAUSE he has to add a quart of oil every 1,000 miles.
I would be wondering why he has to add oil that often.
ArchHoagland wrote:

Railroad diesel electric engines never get their oil changed.
LOL.. what do they hold, 50 gallons?

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rocmoc wrote:

I did go on a couple of trucker forums to see when they changed their oil and the norm was 50,000 miles or more but they did change the filter more ofter. What ya think? I have an oil change coming up, LOL!

While you were there, did you happen to find out anything about Luberfiner filters? Don't think you have on on your diesel's engine.
But there are aftermarket oil filtering systems available for your diesel that will greatly extend your oil changes.

Or you could look into a synthetic diesel motor oil like Shell Rotella T6 or Mobil Delvac 1. Both are well documented for use in extended oil changes. But not to a extended time frame your are talking about.

But I do personally know of diesel engine that ran well over a million miles in the commercial transportation setting. They ran the engine without ever changing the oil, just changed the filters and topped off the oil. It was a un-named, un-branded, synthetic oil that the oil company supplied to Lyons Transportation Lines, a LTL company, for testing. They tore down the engine at a million miles and measured everything and put it back together without replacing any internal parts, and continued to run the engine. The engine was still running when Lyons went through bankruptcy and was sold off with the rest of the equipment. The only reason I know this is because my wife's uncle was one of the head mechanics for Lyons, and the only mechanic who was allowed to touch that particular engine. He wanted to know what that oil was too, but never found out. He is no longer with us to document the information, but you just got a portion of what he passed along to me.

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ArchHoagland wrote:

Railroad diesel electric engines never get their oil changed.

They do, however, get their filters changed.



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Railroad diesel electric engines never get their oil changed?... That's funny.. I work on the assembly line that BUILDS those engines... And yes, they hold 200 gals. of lube oil. but they get an oil analylisis regularly and if it shows they need the oil changed, they get it.. Same thing you should be doing on your rv...





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rocmoc wrote:

Heard this interesting theory from a local guy the other day. He never changes the oil in his Diesel Pusher BECAUSE he has to add a quart of oil every 1,000 miles. His theory is the oil is already changed every 20,000 miles from adding a new quart every 1,000 miles.
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Railroad diesel electric engines never get their oil changed?... That's funny.. I work on the assembly line that BUILDS those engines... And yes, they hold 200 gals. of lube oil. but they get an oil analylisis regularly and if it shows they need the oil changed, they get it.. Same thing you should be doing on your rv...
Bet Kevin worked at GE in Harborcreek, Pa. I hauled some of the fuel used to test those engines before they left the plant.

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No, Grove City.. All engines are built there including the ones for Fort Worth...

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Let's see.....he adds a quart of oil to the top of the engine and he never drains anything out that may settle to the bottom of the crankcase each time he shuts the engine off. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me, but then I won't have his repair bill.
Through the years you hear of a lot of theories from people trying to save money or are just too lazy to perform recommended maintenance. You will never hear from them when their little experiment went bad.

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